The 3G version of Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) has officially arrived in India. The new Moto E smartphone will be available from March 12 on Flipkart only at a introductory price of Rs 6,999. Commenting on the availability of the 4G version, Amit Boni, general manager, Motorola India said, “The 4G version will not take much time and we will launch it soon in India. The device will be similar, except for the processor and will be very competitively priced.”
Meanwhile, Motorola will also continue with its earlier Moto E smartphone which will now sell at Rs 5,999 on Flipkart. The new Moto E smartphone sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS, it runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB. It is powered by a bigger 2,390 mAh battery.
|Moto E (2nd Gen)||Lenovo A6000||Moto E|
|Price||Rs 6,999||Rs 6,999||Rs 5,999|
|Display||4.5-inch (540×960 pixels, 245 ppi)||5-inch (720p, 294 ppi)||4.3-inch (960 x 540 pixels, 256 ppi|
|OS||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop||Android 4.4 KitKat, Vibe UI 2.0||Android 4.4.2 KitKat|
|Processor||1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200||1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410||1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB|
|Storage||8GB ( up to 32 GB)||8GB (up to 32 GB)||4GB ( up to 32 GB)|
|Camera||5MP A/F rear camera with no Flash; 0.3MP front camera||8MP A/F rear camera with LED Flash; 2MP front camera||5MP rear camera with no Flash; No front camera|
|Connectivity||2G/3G- dual SIM||2G/3G/4G- dual SIM||2G/3G- dual SIM|
|Battery||2,390 mAh||2,300 mAh||1,980 mAh|
On the camera front, the new Moto E now offers a VGA front camera for selfies along with 5MP rear camera which is now powered with Auto Focus and has similar features of that of the Moto G (2nd gen). However, there is no Flash. Citing the reason, Boni said, “We did a lot of market research and found out that at this budget price point, users are comfortable in trading off Flash for a selfie camera and Motorola’s Quick Capture feature.”
As Motorola is now a Lenovo company, smartphone enthusiasts in India complained that the new Moto E smartphone is underpowered ( in terms of specs) when compared to Lenovo’s bugdet 4G smartphone- A6000, which is also priced at Rs 6,999 on Flipkart. However, Boni denied this.
“The specification sheet really doesn’t matter. It is the overall experience which counts. The question of ‘underpowering’ the Moto E (2nd gen) doesn’t arise as both brands are completely seperate from each other. Also, the new Moto E offers the latest Android operating system in its purest form (no bloatwares) along with good software features from Motorola. We take user experience very seriously and have strictly avoided bloatwares worth millions of dollars and offer good after sales support,” said Boni.