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Motorola says ‘goodbye, dumb phone’ with the $129 Moto E

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Watch out, feature phones: Motorola is once again aiming low with its latest Android phone.

The company today announced the Moto E, a $129 Android phone targeted at consumers who would normally opt for a cheap cellphone rather than a smartphone.

The Moto E is more concerned with durability than specs: It sports a water-resistant coating atop a tough Gorilla Glass screen. With a 4.3-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and only 4 gigabytes of storage, you can definitely tell that the Moto E is a budget device. Of course, that won’t really matter to the audience Motorola is targeting.

At just $50 less than the Moto G, a smartphone also praised for its low price, the Moto E heralds a new wave of Android devices. Expect other companies to follow suit with ultra-cheap Android phones. Motorola is also hammering home its war against dumb phones with a Tumblr-esque blog.

The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Motorola has also developed some custom apps to help feature phone owners transition to the smartphone world.

The Moto E will be available this week in the U.S. and Europe.

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25 comments
Denise Newton
Denise Newton

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Sabyasachi Sarangi
Sabyasachi Sarangi

In India apple sells it's iPHONE 4@ 25k, this thing has a better processor and is a better all round package. I wonder what makes apple price their phone at such stupid levels.

Sabyasachi Sarangi
Sabyasachi Sarangi

But how, the import data shows they have imported this phone @6330 and they are selling it for 6999 that too with corning gorilla glass and qualcomm processor. Moto Rocks man.

Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumar

Placed my order.....jst waiting for this 15....!

Peter Philip LoPresti
Peter Philip LoPresti

The prices are different in the United States. The Moto E is $129 and the Moto G is $179. For that extra $50 you get X2 or X4 internal storage, a quad core instead of dual core processor, a front camera, and at least a 720p screen on a slightly larger screen too. I see that in India the Moto G is twice as expensive as the Moto E. In that scenario, I can see some people accepting the Moto E as a nice entry level phone. In the United States, I'm surprised they even bothered to release the Moto E at a price so close to the Moto G.

Hadlee Simons
Hadlee Simons

this isn't the phone for tech snobs with loads of disposable income.

Peter Philip LoPresti
Peter Philip LoPresti

The $179 moto g wasn't sacrificing anything. This phone is definitely a downgrade. Less than 720p screen when 1080p is the standard, no forward facing camera, 4 GB of storage when most come with 16gb.

Michael van der Kuijl
Michael van der Kuijl

I'd vote for the sturdier models, appearently I'm to strong for the current available technology, :( ..

Bhanu Goyal
Bhanu Goyal

moto is moto best brand of tha world

Sujit Chaudhary
Sujit Chaudhary

best fone in 7000 till now.....gonna surely buy...this will definitely give samsung and nokia run for there money!!! Hats off Motorola

Rahul Saha
Rahul Saha

now samsung have some competition!