Motorola Moto E launched for $129: Poor man’s Nexus?


After a very successful Moto G launch, Motorola are following it up with another budget package — the Motorola Moto E. Although we’ve seen quite a bit of this phone before, its only today that we’re glimpsing the specs sheet in all its glory, officially.

Moto E specifications

Google, and now Lenovo, both parent companies of Motorola are known for offering products at a highly competitive pricing. Thus it is no surprise that we see about the same Moto G-esque value proposition with the Moto E as well. Priced just $129 in the US, £89 in the UK and 6,999 INR in India, the device demands attention with a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage + microSD expansion, a handy 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixel display coated in Gorilla Glass 3, a 5 mega-pixel camera, a 1980mAh battery and the Android v4.4 KitKat operating system out of the box.

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Motorola uses the same ‘all day battery’ terminology that it used with the Moto G here as well, which should give you an idea of how long the device can go on a single trip to the wall socket. That’s not all, the budget phone also comes with customizable shells like other Moto phones from Motorola so you can add a bit of you to your device.

Those in the US can get their hands on the Moto E via the official Motorola website, while folks based in India can head over to Flipkart to order the device.

Does the Moto E fit the bill of being a ‘poor man’s Nexus’ better than its elder sibling, the Moto G? We certainly think so.

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10 Comments

  1. Airyl
    May 13, 2014

    Interesting. I’d probably get something else for that price, but it’s a good choice for people who are concerned over brands and quality.

  2. $3003525
    May 13, 2014

    More important news is the new Moto G 4g LTE

  3. Xiaolu
    May 13, 2014

    I’m interested about availability and prices here in China, and possible Chinese alternatives, any of the editors can help?

    My first thought about a budget smartphone for my father was a Jiayu F1, but this Moto E seems pretty good stuff for a price like that, and will sell in my parents country, so is easier to get technical help if needed.

    • May 14, 2014

      Indeed, and this also comes with double the RAM and a more recent version of Android.

      • Xiaolu
        May 14, 2014

        That’s right… and the reason I’m seriously looking for a budget phone like this. It’d be great to buy it for that $129, but if I buy it in Spain, they’ll charge $34 more… that’s around RMB210… little more and I could buy a Jiayu F1. I mean → Moto E = RMB800 vs Jiayu F1 RMB329 (WCDMA version).

  4. Allanitomwesh
    May 14, 2014

    Snapdragon 200 is shitty. Would’ve preferred to see Krait action, but otherwise very nice.

  5. OnlyMe999
    May 14, 2014

    This is £79.99 locked to o2 in the uk. £20 cheaper than the Motorola Moto G.

  6. May 14, 2014

    This is a very good device for a low cost international market. ¿Why? have a lot of bands, not like many low cost chinese phones that have very few bands.

  7. $2548414
    May 14, 2014

    This mobile is pathbreaker..in India ₹ 6999 i.e.about $ 115..feature filled and good Moto reputation behind it..no wonder Flipcart the seller sold out 30000 + pcs..online on first day..whereas in India most mobiles are sold in physical stores..good for Indian cunsumer..and death knell of the phone packers..who are relabelling Chinese phones , like micromax et.al.

  8. Feher
    May 15, 2014

    This phone has dangerously high radiation levels