Lenovo’s takeover of Motorola seemed to spell doom and gloom to some, but Motorola’s lineups are all alive and well, with the exception of the Moto X family. Those who favored the Moto X series’ styling over the more sleek and modern lines of the Moto Z family or the ruggedness of the Verizon exclusives will soon find themselves forced to hop over to Moto’s budget offerings, the Moto E and Moto G or head elsewhere. Luckily for these customers, these are the phones that changed the connotation of the word “budget”, and they continue to innovate, crowd-please, and quite simply rock the house. The 4th generation of the Moto G lineup proved that, and all signs are pointing to the 3rd generation Moto E doing the same. Thus, US customers on a budget may be glad to hear that the newest member of the Moto E family should be coming stateside soon, and has already stopped by the FCC.
Going by the model name XT1607, the newest Moto device to hit the FCC bears all the hallmarks of the new budget styling that Moto adopted with the 4th gen Moto G, but since that’s already been released, most bets are on the Moto E3. The pictures from the FCC listing reveal a back panel similar to a Moto G4, along with the label location and the fact that there will be a removable battery. The sticker, on the other hand, lets slip that the phone will bear 16GB of internal storage, compared to the 8GB that the Moto E lineup has had up until now.
Other details, mostly gleaned from the fairly quiet UK unveiling, include a 5.0-inch screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution, along with an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The whole thing is kept humming along by a 2,800mAh battery, which powers that fairly nice screen, and a quad-core mystery processor, almost certainly of Qualcomm origin and likely to be in the Snapdragon 400 series, backed by 1GB of RAM. All of that will set customers back the rough equivalent of $130, and signs are pointing to a US launch some time in September.