Motorola may have a new Moto E waiting to be revealed to the world, but any plans it had of keeping it a secret have been ruined by Best Buy, after the device briefly showed up on the retailer’s website. The phone has been updated in several different ways, but the big news is the addition of 4G connectivity.
The webpage shows the Moto E 4G as a no-contract, pay-as-you-go device available through the Sprint network, and priced at $100. The processor will apparently be a 1.2GHz Snapdragon chip with 1GB of RAM, while the Android operating system – which may end up being Lollipop, if we’re very lucky – measures 4.5-inches and has a 960 x 540 pixel resolution.
On the rear we should find a 5-megapixel camera, while a basic VGA cam may be fitted on the front. Internal storage is listed as 8GB, and a MicroSD card slot will allow this figure to be increased. This is the other major difference between last year’s Moto E and this revised model, as the 3G version had a mere 4GB of internal storage space. Motorola didn’t fit a front camera to the original phone either, although whether a VGA cam constitutes much of an upgrade may depend on your expectations.
The price, should it remain at $100, is lower than the 2014 Moto E when it was first introduced. We reviewed it at $130, and although it’s hardly a feature-packed powerhouse, noted its value as a basic smartphone even then.
The Moto E was announced in mid-May last year, so it’s less than a year old. However, there’s a growing number of interesting, low-cost smartphones on the market, and Motorola may not want to wait for much longer before putting the new Moto E 4G into battle. We’ll keep you updated.