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The Moto E6i launches as the phone with probably the most underwhelming specs of 2021 so far

The Moto E6i. (Source: Motorola)
The Moto E6i. (Source: Motorola)
Motorola has released the Moto E6i to the Brazilian market. This phone has just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, something that one would have thought would be left behind at this stage. It also has a Unisoc SoC, an HD+ display and a microUSB port. On the plus side, it is an Android Go device, at least.

Motorola has unveiled the Moto E6i as a new option for the Brazilian market. However, some consumers there might find it underwhelming, as it has only 2GB of RAM, something hardly mentioned among leaks for lower-end devices in 2021 thus far. It also has 32GB of internal storage, although this can be expanded via microSD, at least.

The E6i has a 6.1-inch display (which, again, is looking progresively ungenerous at this point) with a 720 x 1560 resolution and a waterdrop notch. Of course, there is no mention of an above-standard refresh rate here. It is controlled by a Unisoc Tiger SC9863A processor, made up of unprepossessing 1.6GHz Cortex-A55 cores and 1.2GHz A55s (4 apiece). It is accompanied by an IMG8322 GPU of uncertain speed.

They are powered by a battery that, while being almost uniquely removable, is a disappointing 3,000mAh in capacity. As if to add those final grains of salt, it is refilled using a microUSB cable.

Finally, the Moto E6i is technically not even a new phone: it is a refresh of its sibling the E6s, a device that, while it has most of the same specs, also has the faster MediaTek Helio P22 SoC.

On the other hand, the "new" E6i is also part of the Android Go program, which means it might have an easier and more streamlined time getting software updates than if it were not. It ships with Android 10, whereas the E6s is still on version 9.0 (Pie) at present. However, this advantage must be weighed against its price.

The Moto E6i has launched at 1,099 real (BRL, or ~US$204), whereas the 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 636 Moto G7+ can be had on Amazon for $180 right now. Motorola is a popular name for smartphones in Brazil, but it remains to be seen if it can leverage that fact to get this low-powered prospect selling there.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-11 (Update: 2021-02-11)