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Motorola Moto E 2016 3rd Generation: bigger, better and cheaper compared to last year

Motorola Moto E 2016 photo

If you are in the market for a budget smartphone, then perhaps you should be looking at Motorola Moto E 2016 which is now in its 3rd generation. Lots of improvements is said to be taking place and the best thing is that it will be priced even lower than last year’s model.

We did cover it last year so, to begin with, let’s do a little bit recap on what Moto E 2015 was back then:

  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Oleophobic coating
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 306 and 1GB RAM
  • 5MP primary camera
  • VGA secondary camera
  • 8GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 32GB
  • Android Lollipop 5.0 upgradeable to Marshmallow 6.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • $149 USD price tag

Pretty decent it was in 2015 but since the influx of other Chinese manufacturers with their definition of delivering a smartphone on a budget, the whole landscape has now changed forever.

For that kind of price range, we should now be expecting at least a mid-range device and no longer an entry-level device. That’s how powerful the push has been for the last few years, and you either follow the flow or be left behind.

So what can be expected of Moto E 2016 then? With an expected launch date in September 2016, it is said to be released with the following specs:

  • Bigger and higher resolution 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~294 ppi pixel density
  • Similar Gorilla Glass 3
  • Similar oleophobic coating
  • An unspecified quad-core processor
  • Upgraded 8MP primary camera
  • Upgraded 5MP secondary camera
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Bigger non-removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
  • Cheaper $129 USD price tag

From the looks of it, yes it does gets a nifty upgrade in screen size, screen resolution, primary camera, secondary camera and having a bigger battery capacity – but taking into consideration that it is now 2016; there are a lot of other strong competitors out there in the market.

Even with an expected cheaper price tag, it doesn’t have a really strong pull factor except for it has a strong reputation and following. But with a good two months before its release date, anything can happen in between right? Perhaps it gets an upgrade in other departments, time will tell…

Conclusion:

Based on limited information that is available out there in the market, we do hope that Motorola consider upgrading its Moto E 2016 a little bit more to keep up with the times. We are not totally convinced that it will be selling like hot cakes if all of the above specs are true. Guess we have to wait until the official specs are finalized then.

Motorola Moto E 2016 is expected to be released in September 2016 for approximately $129 USD and should be available in black and white.

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