The “exciting announcement” that Motorola was supposed to make on Wednesday turns out to be for a new affordable Android Lollipop smartphone. The company has announced the next generation Moto E in two variants, the Moto E (2nd Gen) and the Moto E (2nd Gen) LTE which will replace the Moto E launched by Motorola last year.
Both the variants of the new Moto E (2nd Gen) support single SIM and will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The handset features a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display with 540 x 960 pixels (245ppi) resolution making it a little bigger than the original Moto E. The LTE version is powered by 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and Adreno 306, while the 3G version has 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and Adreno 302.
Other specs common to the two devices include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 32GB microSD card support and a 5MP rear camera supporting 720p HD video capture. The handset packs a 2390 mAh battery, considerably larger than the previous gen Moto E and lasts up to 24 hours. Its dimensions are 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm and weighs 145 grams.
The basic Moto E (2nd Gen) is available in two color variations, Black and White but Motorola grip shells and bands are available in several colors that make it attractive and offer protection.
The Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) begins rolling out immediately after launch in over 50 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It is available in the US on the company’s website and may also be offered by Verizon in the near future. The 3G model costs $119.99 and the LTE version can be bought for $149.99. Motorola has also launched a new website to promote the new smartphone – Start With Moto E.
Check out the video where Motorola President Rick Osterloh introduces the new Moto E (2nd Gen) :
Here are some more pics of the device: