Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 13, 2014.
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Motorola introduced the Moto G last year as the phone that would test the boundaries of what can be done with a budget device. Today Motorola is testing limits further with the release of an even cheaper handset, the Moto E, and a new version of the Moto G that now supports 4G LTE bands. The refreshed G phone is designed to remove one of the limitations of its affordable handset and the E is meant to go even lower than entry level and finally put an end to the feature phone.
The Moto E is an Android 4.4.2 KitKat smartphone with low-level specs. The device has a 4.3-inch qHD display (256ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM power the device. Rounding out the specs are a 1,980mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, a 32GB microSD slot, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and radios to connect to AWS, 850/1700/1900 (2100); QGSM, 850/900/1800/19000; GSM 850/900/1800/1900; CDMA 800/850/1900.
The Moto E is designed to be a more attractive option for people who use a feature phone, so its price is kept at a low $129 without contract. It will be sold through Motorola.com and 40 other carrier partners. As for the Moto G 4G LTE, that device will cost $219 or users can stick with the $179 3G model.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.