We knew Motorola had some pre-MWC news for us today, and while we didn’t have any direct clues about what it might be, our best guess was that it might announce a new Moto E. After all, leaks of the second-generation handset had been piling up over the last few weeks, and it felt like it was just a matter of time before Motorola would be ready to make the affordable smartphone official. Today it does just that, announcing a new LTE-equipped Moto E.
Compared to the first-gen mode, there are several big changes here. The phone’s screen grows to 4.5 inches, while keeping its quarter HD resolution. Storage doubles to 8GB (retaining the option for microSD expansion), and while the first Moto E had no front-facing camera, this new models picks up a VGA-quality selfie cam. Battery capacity gets a solid boost, growing from 1980mAh to 2390mAh, and the SoC graduates from a Snapdragon 200 to a 1.2GHz quad-core 410. And as you’d expect from a new Android in this day and age, the phone will ship running Lollipop
All those improvements don’t come without a cost, and the phone’s price grows from the $130 the first Moto E sold for to $150 – at least that still leaves it very much a budget-conscious purchase.
There’s still a way to save a little more, and in addition to this LTE version of the phone, Motorola is also introducing a 3G-only version of the new Moto E. That model keeps its Snapdragon 200 and will sell for more like $120. Other than that SoC and radio change, specs are in line with the LTE edition.