Motorola has announced the new Moto E budget Android smartphone today that is aimed at emerging markets. The Moto E is a successor to the Moto X and the Moto G. The Moto E has a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM. The Moto E will ship with 4GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1980mAh battery. The Moto E does not have a front-facing camera.
The Moto E will launch with Android version 4.4 (Jelly Bean) and will receive firmware updates regularly. This is because the software is nearly identical to “stock Android.” Unfortunately, the Moto E is not powerful enough to run exclusive software features that are seen on the Moto X like Active Notification sand Touchless Control.
One of the new features built into the Moto E is Motorola Alert, which is a safety-focused software feature that helps people stay in touch. The Moto E has location alerts that send a message whenever you exit or leave a designated spot. The “Emergency Mode” allows users to quickly message or call a contact when they are in trouble.
The Moto E cannot be customized from the ground up like the Moto X, but it will be sold with nine brightly colored back plates known as “shells.” It will also have five additional “grip shells.”