Lenovo has announced the all new Moto E3 for 2016, and it features a bigger 5 inch display, more RAM, storage, but the same old $130 price tag.
The Moto E has been Motorola’s (now Lenovo) least expensive smartphone. It is for those who want to be part of the Android ecosystem, but don’t want to spend a lot or sacrifice on build quality and brand name.
The latest refresh to the Moto E brings it with par to other budget offerings from Chinese manufacturers. Lenovo has expanded its Moto line up, which now consists of the new Moto E, Moto G4 Play, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto Z and the Moto Z Force. It is expected that the company will announce a new Moto X soon.
Moto E3 Specs
The Moto E3 gets updated hardware in terms of display size, storage, processor, RAM, battery and camera.
You get a 5 inch 720p display in the new Moto E, a good improvement from last years 4.5 inch display. Lenovo has also included a smudge-resistant screen protector on the device.
It has also been treated with a nano-coating and is water repellent. This doesn’t mean that you can dip it in water or take it with you swimming.
There’s a quad-core processor, model unknown, but presumably faster and newer than the one in last years model. RAM and inbuilt storage have been bumped up to 2GB and 16GB, from 1GB and 8GB. You get microSD card support for expanded storage.
As for the cameras, a 8 megapixel unit sits at the back and the front unit is of 5 megapixels. A 2800mAh battery is included in the device, up from the 2400mAh unit in Moto E 2nd gen.
The Moto E3 will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and give you a stock Android experience with very little bloatware.
Moto E3 Price and Availability
As of now, the Moto E 3rd gen is only available in the UK and it will most likely remain that way. Lenovo has no plans to release the device in the US for now, but other countries will definitely get it soon.
You can buy the new Moto E3 from Amazon, Tesco, Argos, O2, and many other retailers in the UK for £99. Sales start in September.