When companies slash the pricing of an existing version, it’s safe to assume that a new version is on its way! Not so long ago Motorola slashed the price of its Moto E budget smartphone and yesterday a new version has been announced. Just like its predecessor, the 3G version of new device has also been priced at Rs. 6,999 and it’ll hit the Indian shores soon via online retailer Flipkart. However, the price of 4G version has not yet been disclosed. We expect it to be somewhere around Rs. 8,000 based on global pricing estimates.
So far, so good. But the big question that comes to mind now is – what has changed since Moto E to Moto E 2nd Gen? Well, the short answer is – not much. Major improvements lie in terms of processor and storage only. Let’s see the things in detail for the sake of clarity:
Let’s start the comparison with the thing that’s looked before anything else in smartphones – processor. While original Moto E was based on a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, the 4G version of new Moto E is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip, which essentially translates into performance improvement. But on the other hand, 3G version of device still retains the same 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 chip that we found in original Moto E. RAM of both new devices is also the same at 1GB.
Coming to the second most observed thing, let’s talk about the display, which has been increased slightly in size from 4.3-inches to 4.5 inches. However, a little bit disappointing part of the story is that the resolution hasn’t been increased with the size of screen, which means a low pixel density in comparison to original version. The new Moto E retains same 540 x 960 pixels resolution that’s available in its predecessor.
But if you see from the perspective of human eyes instead of mathematical numbers then it turns out that the minor difference in screen size doesn’t essentially translate into any major effect in display quality. It’s a difference of 20ppi only, and I bet that you won’t be able to see it from your eyes!
Finally, Moto E has a selfie camera. Motorola heard to feedback and the major drawback of a secondary camera has finally been fixed. The sad part? It’s a VGA sensor. Primary camera still remains the same at 5MP. However, its status has been improved from fixed-focus to auto-focus.
And yeah, there’re some cool gestures too in this department now. If you twist your wrist two times the new Moto E will launch the Camera app, something that wasn’t available in original Moto E.
Another pain point associated with original Moto E was its limited storage capacity of 4GB. Thankfully, Motorola has not just upgraded the storage to 8GB but has also provide an option of 16GB version on the side. Expandable storage of both new devices is up to 32GB.
Design and Build Quality
Let’s talk about design thing now. New Moto E is much more colorful and customizable. Company has released 6 colorful back panels for the device dubbed ‘Bands’ that can be used to give your color of choice to the new Moto E. The six color choices provided in the form of Bands are Golden Yellow, Blue, Raspberry, Turquoise, Purple and Red.
Five “Grip Shells” have also been released alongside in Turquoise, Charcoal, Golden Yellow, Raspberry and Blue color choices.
Aside from these Bands and Grip Shells there’re also some subtle changes in the form-factor of new devices. In case you don’t remember, original Moto E had two metal bars – one above the display and another one below the display. The one below the display is now gone. New Moto E is also slightly larger than its predecessor at 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm. Moreover, it’s 3 gms heavier too. But that doesn’t make much difference.
While soak tests for the Lollipop update of Moto E are still going on, the new device is running Lollipop out of the box. But that’s not a big deal because original Moto E may also receive lollipop update soon. It’s just a matter of few days!
The device is promising and Motorola has fixed several issues associated with the original device, but the single biggest change of processor is tied to 4G version, which is the biggest problem with the new launch, thanks to its pricing. 3G version has no major improvements except for the increase in storage capacity. Would you like to upgrade your phone within one year only for the sake of storage capacity? I don’t think so.
On the other hand, 4G version is clearly overpriced as of now in comparison to other options. Upgrading to Moto E is definitely not a good idea if 4G version is priced around 8000 INR. I suggest you to wait for a while until pricing of 4G version comes down a little bit.