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Motorola is set to have an event in just a few days on May 13th. Rumor has it the company will announce the Moto E, an even more affordable Android device targeted at developing markets. You don't have to wait for the official unveiling to get a glimpse of the device. A user apparently posted a pic of the Moto E on Motorola Mexico's Facebook page.

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The E (on the right) looks a bit smaller than the Moto G (left), which would fit with the limited information we already have. The device appears to have some branding on the front like older Motorola devices did, but that might be because it's a pre-release testing unit. The user removed this image after posting it, but we've got a screen of the post below (name redacted) as additional confirmation.

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One odd thing is the apparent lack of a front-facing camera. The oblong spot next to the earpiece is most likely the light sensor – it's the same style as the one on other Moto devices. There's nothing else up there that looks like a camera. Interesting, no?

[Thanks, anon]

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  • silaslenz

    Is that thing on the bottom a speaker?

    • ProductFRED

      HDC Poonsound.

    • Axel

      Right?!? How come no one is talking about this

    • Robert Macri

      Thats a credit card slot because this will be a prepaid phone... Want more minutes? Insert credit card.

  • Roberto Giunta

    It's meant to be a ~100 Euro/Dollar device and I don't think that the lack of a front-facing camera is surprising there.

    • http://techdissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

      That was my thought as well. It's not an essential thing to have, so this type of device doesn't need to have it. They're trying to retire the feature phone, here, after all.

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      nooo it's a pain to take selfies without one... T.T

      • Eric

        Too much narcissism

  • Aooga

    It doesn't seem to have a front camera. That black space is most likely just the proximity and light sensors.

  • vyktorsouza

    maybe the "oblong spot" is camera and some sensor at the same place instead of distributed in the upper part of the smartphone as usual, no?!

    • Jaime

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Kaushal Rohi

      Same here bro

    • kpkp

      And the pictures will look like if your camera was wearing sunglasses :P

  • Henrique Persechini

    for a moment there the screen protector made it look like there was a thick moto defy-like bezel

  • Freak4Dell

    That logo looks like the same thing that was on the leaked pictures of the X before it came out, so it's probably just an identifier for pre-release versions. I doubt it will be on the final device.

  • Richard Andrew Angeles

    The oblong spot most likely are the light and proximity sensors, just like most ~$100 android phones sold here in my country. But why couldn't Motorola squeeze at least a 0.8mp front cam?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Because that could easily add $3-5 to the manufacturing costs. At a projected $100 price, that's way too much for something hardly necessary.

  • ProductFRED

    As the article states, this is for emerging markets, where devices like the Moto G are either unavailable or are far more expensive than what they normally retail for. If you can get a Moto G for a reasonable price, I'd highly recommend buying that instead.The purpose of the Moto E is to sacrifice everything necessary to maintain a certain price. The Moto G, on the other hand, is a budget phone that doesn't look, feel, or act like a budget phone.

    TL;DR: If you can afford the Moto G, buy the Moto G instead.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      It's a little early to be saying buy a Moto G over a phone that we have no idea what the specs are. The Moto G is a great phone no doubt but really.

      • ProductFRED

        - 1.2 GHz Dual Core

        - 1GB RAM

        - 4GB Internal Storage

        - Dual-SIM (850/900/1900/2100, no LTE)

        - 5 MP camera

        - 1900 mAh battery

        http://www.gsmarena.com/specs_of_unannounced_motorola_moto_e_leak_out_in_mexico_-news-8325.php

        • Steve Williamson

          that site does say front facing camera. which doesn't look likely based on the above report. So maybe their specs are completely wrong (or there is a front facing camera)

          • victorcaputo

            Actually, the leak says there is NO front facing camera.

            It is written in Portuguese.

          • Mystery Man

            No it doesnt.

      • reverend_house

        Unless you want to put in 64GB micro sd for music. In that case you'll want the Moto E.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        I think we can be fully confident from everything we've heard that yes, the Moto G will still be the better phone. There isn't a hint of evidence that this will be anything but lesser than.

    • abobobilly

      "... are far more expensive than what they normally retail for."?

      What makes them think Moto E won't share the same fate? :p

      I live in Pakistan and here an 8GB Moto G costs more than $200 (it was initially like $300 when released newly. So i am pretty sure this phone is also gonna be a fail even for emerging markets ... "Unless" Motorola keeps its commitment of updating the device up, and starts offering warranty services in such countries ... maybe.

      • Thales

        The Brazilian price will be R$ 548,74 or something like $ 238.
        It's the sad truth of my country. We're like a comunist country, they don't like we have nothing from other countrys, so they tax in 60% our importations.

        • abobobilly

          There are MANY countries which share the same fate, so don't worry thinking its just you :) My country isn't any different from this regard, probably worse actually. I once had to pay $10 customers on a product which wasn't even worth $5 (A Noctua mounting Kit for a D14 CPU Cooler).

          If something is available in Pakistan 'Officially' then its another story because prices would remain in a near reasonable mark. Otherwise, its the same as you and I have mentioned before.

  • Kieron Quinn
  • TrixzD

    Is that thing on bottom a long skinny button or a speaker ? If its a speaker then good move ☺

  • Matthew Merrick

    They put in front facing stereo speakers but left out the front camera? WTF.

    • therealbiglou

      No, that's probably a phone speaker at top, and a mono loudspeaker on the bottom.

  • RSA

    i think the design matches the teaser from flipkart

  • Tiago Bastos

    Moto e Oficial http://goo.gl/bQ9ofI is poop

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj

    Moto E would exclusively go on sale on Flipkart in India http://www.gadgetgossip.info/2014/05/moto-e-would-officially-go-sale-on.html

  • Diaz1999

    Oh no! Motorola has been infected by Lenovo's cheapo chinese design!

  • Ashish

    A good flight for Nokia X phone !

    http://droid-bug.blogspot.in/

  • Guilherme P.
  • Guilherme P.

    Here 2 pictures of moto E.

    Thanks, tecmundo.com.br

  • santhosh bhat

    Join the discussion…

  • santhosh bhat

    If no front cam then... No buy