Super low-priced Moto E launching in the coming weeks [RUMOR]



While $200 for an off-contract smartphone like the Moto G sounds reasonable to many of us, there’s been talk around the blogosphere that Motorola could be planning on taking it another tier lower with an even lower-priced handset. On Friday, we took a look at some leaked specs of such a device in Brazil, showing what appeared to be a variant of the Moto G, only with slightly less internal storage and a dual-core processor.

This same smartphone — dubbed the Motorola Moto E — has now reportedly been confirmed by the Mexican tech site Xataka. According to their sources, the phone is expected to launch in Mexico in the coming weeks at around 2,999 pesos ($230) and although global availability wasn’t mentioned, we’re expecting to see this outside of Latin American countries as well.

Moto E logo Xataka

It’s important to note how much more expensive smartphone are in countries like Mexico and Brazil (more expensive than the US), so an even lighter version of the Moto G could be another strategic move by the OEM to capture that extremely low-end market. And even though it’s “low-end,” the Moto E could offer quite a lotta bang for the buck. Internal memory, while limited,  is so said to feature a micro SD expansion slot for storage of media and (some) apps.

Don’t forget there’s also been talk of a LTE equipped Moto G launching later this year, along with a Moto X refresh this summer. Motorola’s new smartphone portfolio could exactly what they need to gain valuable market share and with new help from Lenovo, they just might get there.

[Xataka | via phoneArena]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. This will make a perfect phone for my mother.

    1. Am I the only one confused? Is $230 converted from Mexican pesos less than $200 price tag for Moto g with 16GB?

      1. He mentioned that phones are much more expensive in Mexico, so any “cheap” phone in Mexico should be really inexpensive elsewhere. Just guessing.

  2. Great, hopefully we can have a higher-spec’d Moto X(+1) now.

    1. I’d like to see 1080p displays and SD card support with next moto x!

      1. No thank you. I put my n5 versus my wife’s moto g and I cry at the battery life, and I’m supposed to have a more power efficient CPU, so the screen is the obvious problem. SD card would be alright, but not a necessity anymore, though on tablets is where it would be welcome.

      2. The last thing I want is an SD Card decelerating my phone’s OS. 1080p display on 5 inch is 441ppm… the only good thing that comes from It is 1080p videos on the phone not downscale, saving some processing. I don’t think anything higher than 320ppi is necessary since it’s paper-printed magazine’s resolution already. Anything above that is overkilling, and is less energy efficient. I hope they keep things as they are with the next Moto X, at least for this kind of engineering choices.

        1. Umm… if you don’t want an SD card, don’t stick one in.

        2. Yes, because you need to use an SD card. Clown.

  3. Let’s hope they don’t get stuck in the cheap zone and forget how to make a flagships to compete with the big boys

    1. Ignore mistakes

  4. Everybody might be getting a Moto E for Christmas.

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