Motorola launches Moto E smartphone for $129
At a launch event in London today, Motorola finally took the cover off their new budget Moto E smartphone, the successor to last year's Moto G. The announcement caps off a couple weeks filled with rumors and leaks, and the Moto E matches up with what we've heard.
Featuring a 4.3" display and a resolution of 960x540 pixels, the Moto E is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with 4GB of internal storage, microSD support of up to 32GB, a rear-facing 5MP camera, a 1,980 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. A number of exchangeable rear covers, dubbed Motorola Shells, will also be available for the smartphone and users will have over 20 colors to choose from.
Motorola is emphasizing durability with the device, as a Corning Gorilla Glass screen and a water-resistant splash guard provide some cover from frequent drops and spills. Of course, the best thing about the device is its affordability and it will be available in over 40 countries over the next few weeks for just $129 off-contract.
The company also had some good news in store for the older Moto G, as it is now available in a 4G LTE variant. The upgraded smartphone will sell for $219, compared to the original $179, and should be available very soon.
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