Second-gen Moto E makes early appearance on retailer site
Late last month we the clearest sign yet of an upcoming new Motorola smartphone, as renders leaked that appeared to show an unknown mid-range device. The assumption at the time was that we were looking at a new Moto E, following the launch of the initial model last May. Still, there was no conclusive evidence linking those pics to the Moto E, nor had we any specific reason to expect that a launch would be imminent. Well, just a couple short weeks later we’ve hit the jackpot, and while Motorola is still keeping quiet about the smartphone, Best Buy has prematurely posted a product page for the phone.
While the first Moto E was 3G-only, this listing clearly identifies the phone as the Moto E 4G, as well as mentioning the storage bump up to 8GB (with microSD expansion). The renders we saw last month return, confirming their legitimacy, and we’re also treated to previously-unseen renders showing off the hardware from some new angles. Other hardware details we see verified here include the presence of 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon SoC, 4.5-inch quarter HD display, and 5MP rear camera with VGA front-facer. And on the software front, you’ll find the phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The page identifies the new Moto E as finding a home on Sprint’s prepaid offering, though we don’t yet know if that will be the phone’s only home in the States; there will be a GSM option somewhere, but so far there’s no word about any potential Sprint exclusivity in the US.