“If you’ve got doubts about the new Moto E, you’ve come to the right place.”
Motorola had a great run in the Indian market last year thanks to its trio of offerings targeting different price segments, followed by second-gen editions of its affordable Moto G and flagship Moto X. With that, the brand was also able to silence critics who doubted it could make a comeback into the competitive Indian landscape. Not only did the brand succeed in selling millions of units in India, it also changed the game with the Moto G (review) and Moto E (review).
In 2015, the brand is betting big on the sub-Rs 10k segment with the Moto E (2nd-gen). Similar to the Moto G 2nd-gen, the second iteration of the Moto E solves the pain points of its predecessor, while retaining the same price tag, in this case Rs 6,999. But we’re sure you still have several questions about the new handset. We attempt to answer the most frequently asked ones here.
Let’s start with the specifications of the new Moto E
The second-gen Moto E is fitted with a 4.5-inch display, which bears a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 245ppi. Under the hood runs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with each core clocked at 1.2GHz, supplemented with a gigabyte of RAM. For storage, it comes with 8GB of built-in memory. In the photography department, the device gets a 5-megapixel shooter at the rear, whereas a VGA snapper is available in the front for selfies or video calls. Fuelling the smartphone is a 2,390mAh sealed battery.
What do I get inside the retail box of the second-gen Moto E?
We recently detailed this in our unboxing of the Moto E (2015). For a recap, the device is accompanied by a pair of earphones and a 550mAh wall charger, along with the usual documentation. Unfortunately, just like Motorola’s other budget offerings, there’s no included micro-USB cable to connect the phone to a computer.
What’s the build quality of the Moto E (2nd-gen) like? And what are those bands on the sides of the phone?
Even though the second-gen Moto E is priced affordably, Motorola has paid special attention to its design and build quality. This is evident when you hold the device in your hands as it offers superb feel and the handling is further improved thanks to its curved back. Even though the device is made from plastic, it feels quite sturdy and looks nice too. The phone also gets a nano-coating, which makes it impervious to water to some extent.
The Lenovo-owned company has also added an interesting design element to the new Moto E. A textured band runs along the edges of the device, which the brand calls Motorola Band. Removing the band exposes the slots for the micro-SIM(s) and microSD card. But that’s not all, the company is also selling these bands in multiple hues to add a dash of colour to the staid black and white options.
How much do the bands cost? Is Motorola selling protective covers too?
Similar to the other Motorola offerings, accessories for the new Moto E are also available to buy from its exclusive retail partner Flipkart. The Motorola Band is available in a variety of choices such as red, blue and yellow among others. You can purchase them in a pack of three for Rs 999.
In case you want to protect the smartphone, you can also choose the Motorola Grip Cover, which costs Rs 899 and is available in choices of turquoise, blue, black and more.
Does the display on the second-gen Moto E have any protective layering?
The original Moto E was amongst the first in its price segment to feature a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass over its display panel, and its successor is no different. The Moto E (2nd-gen) features third-gen Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the screen against scratches and minor bumps. It also gets an oleophobic coating.
Does the new Moto E support dual-SIM? What about 4G?
Yes, similar to its predecessor, the second-gen Moto E comes with dual-SIM support.
While there’s a 4G version of the Moto E (2015), it’s yet to arrive in India and can be expected to be priced slightly higher. The one that’s currently selling in India is a 3G variant, and comes with usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
How much storage is available out of the box on the Moto E (2015)?
After accounting for the space consumed by the OS and system resources, the device offers 4.6GB to the end user. The space should be enough to install apps and store multimedia content, and you can also utilise the expansion slot to insert a microSD card of up to 32GB.
Can I use flash drives with the second-gen Moto E?
Alas, the answer to that would be no. Just like the first-gen Moto E, the smartphone misses out on USB On-the-Go support and hence can’t read flash drives.
Which operating system does the Moto E (2nd-gen) offer?
The new Moto E comes loaded with Google’s latest mobile platform i.e. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Staying true to its promise of offering an unadulterated experience, the device ships with a stock interface, offering users a visual treat with the Material Design language.
Are there any special features in the OS?
In order to offer a premium experience on a budget device, Motorola has packed in a few extra software features which we’ve seen on the second-gen Moto X (review | FAQs). Among these are Moto Display, where the display lights up when you pick up the smartphone, giving you a glance at the notifications without even waking the screen. The notifications are displayed on a black screen to conserve the battery. With Moto Assist, the device automates actions in various situations such as Meeting, Sleeping, etc. You can also open the camera with a simple double flick of the wrist thanks to the Quick Capture functionality.
What are the differences between the second-gen Moto E and its previous iteration?
The new Moto E features a better build quality than its predecessor, and it’s also slightly bigger thanks to a display panel measuring 4.5-inches compared to 4.3-inches. It features a a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chipset vs. a dual-core processor on the original Moto E. Instead of a fixed-focus shooter, the camera at the rear of the second-gen Moto E is autofocus. Lastly, the Moto E (2015) can last longer since it’s fuelled by a larger 2,390mAh battery.
A lot has changed since the launch of the original Moto E. Several new brands have entered the market, online-only sales have become a common sight and pricing has become even more competitive. To find out where the 2nd-gen Moto E stands, stay tuned for our full review.