We’ve got one week to go until May 13, the date Motorola’s told us to expect news of its next smartphone – that much, it’s been kind enough to confirm. But even knowing that a new phone is on the menu, we’re still at a bit of a loss for understanding exactly what device Motorola’s coming forward with – and there are a handful of possible candidates in the running. One of the strongest contenders, though, has been the phone we’ve heard referred to as the Moto E. It’s still no assurance that the Moto E will be featured at next week’s event, but a new spotting of the hardware in India’s Zauba import database finally has us feeling a lot more confident about the phone’s name.
Remember, we’ve been talking about the idea of a new, very thin, and quite low-priced Motorola Android since mid-April, but only later did this Moto E name emerge, and even then only from a single source. This Zauba database has been a fantastic source of intel on unreleased smartphones in the past and it doesn’t disappoint today, revealing Motorola importing some 1,300 Moto E handsets.
The listing confirms the Moto E’s model number as XT1022, and if those quantities weren’t enough to convince you that this is a commercial handset, and not one still in the testing phase, the documents specifically describe a retail destination.
We also see mention of 4GB storage (less than even the Moto G), one spec that had previously been attached to this hardware thanks to a leak. The prices reflected in this database don’t always directly translate into figures we’ll see in markets abroad, but the scant $105 the Moto E is valued at here certainly gives us hope that this really is the incredibly affordable model we’ve heard described.