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At this point there's little doubt that Motorola will be unveiling the "Moto E" at its event next week. In addition to a leak on Facebook comparing the phone to the low-end Moto G, some new information and a promotional image has come out of FastShop, a Brazilian Internet retailer. According to the specifications that briefly appeared on the site, we're looking at a phone that's very similar to the G with a redesigned case and budget-minded specs.

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Image credit: Engadget

Here's the breakdown: the XT1025 phone allegedly has a 4.3" screen with an unknown resolution (I'd guess 720p), a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage space plus a MicroSD card slot, and a 5MP rear camera. Strangely, the phone appears to have no front-facing camera (unless the lens is very well hidden behind the black case) and it looks like the main speaker has been moved to the front, beneath the screen and roughly opposite the earpiece speaker. Otherwise the "Moto E" looks like it has the same basic shape and design as both the G and the X. Reportedly this cheaper phone will come with dual SIM card slots (a popular feature in remote areas) and a 1980mAh battery. Software is Android 4.4 - note the virtual navigation buttons.

Assuming that the Moto E would hold a price point below the Moto G, it would need to be very cheap indeed, since the G is already under $200 without a contract. It's possible that Motorola might have something else to show off in London - the "X+1" rumors have been floating, and the Moto 360 watch is due sometime this summer - but we haven't seen any reliable evidence for either. We'll be covering the event this coming Tuesday.

Source: Jonas Henrique (Google+) - thanks for the tip, Paulo Botelho!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Captain Canada

    A front facing camera is a defining feature of a smartphone, no matter this phones price they should have included one.

    • Emme Di Kappa

      Not ONCE I have used the front camera, I don't see the use for it... unless you're into selfies, I guess

      • Ibrahim Yusuf

        or video calling

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Video calling is more for tablets IMO

      • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

        People who do selfies are better off using the BACK camera. The front camera, on every phone that has one (yes, this includes the iPhone), ALWAYS looks like absolute crap.

        • dude

          Oppo N1.

        • guidomus_maximus

          ∆∆ doesn't understand selfies!

        • Simon Belmont

          My wife's HTC one takes pretty nice selfies with the front facing camera. At least worthy of posting on a social network feed.

          The best part is the FFC on the HTC One is wide angle. You can fit more people into the picture.

      • ElfirBFG

        I'm with you, never used it with any of my phones that had one. With a budget device you're probably looking at ~VGA for a FFC anyway.

    • henry

      The Lumia 520 doesn't have a front camera and that is a pretty popular phone especialy since the Moto E is targeted at around that price point.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      It is? Because I remember most smartphones existing for YEARS without one.

    • Simon Belmont

      Defining? Ha, I'd say it's more like a "nice to have" feature.

      It's not really that critical of a feature unless you're really into video chatting or taking selfies. I bet the vast population of smartphones owners have never even used it, except maybe once to see if it worked.

  • CerealFTW

    The wait for the moto 360 is killing me

    • morteum

      Yes^

    • Bob G

      Are you dead yet?

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Children of Bodom, yeah!

      • Simon Belmont

        No. Not until he hits at least 20 upvotes.

        Though, to be fair, I'm looking forward to the Moto 360, too. But, not to the point of my demise being in question.

        • CerealFTW

          Damn i just hit 21 upvotes... I'll say hi to Steve Jobs for you

          • guidomus_maximus

            I once upvoted a man, just to watch him die...

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            Talking 'bout votes...

          • Simon Belmont

            Now you're double dead. You are beyond 40 upvotes.

            Do I hear triple dead? Quadruple dead?

          • CerealFTW

            Death by upvote is the best way to die... Either that or death by snu snu

          • Simon Belmont

            Haha. Futurama for the win.

            Great reference. Now go and get yourself a crushed pelvis.

      • Krzysztof Jozwik

        Well, by default every second we lives brings us one second closer to death, so he's not lying.

        • CerealFTW

          Did you know that life is the leading cause of death...

      • karthik nayak

        cob m/

    • ha

      Yes, I cant wait either. All my problems will be solved by a fucking watch.

  • Dani R.

    Yes, the phone doesn't look so pretty. But hey, this is a 100$ phone! In comparison to other 100$ phones this one looks pretty decent. And the phone will defenitely be fast - stock Android and a dual-core processor is a great combination. The phone won't be as fast as all the recent flagships, but will be perfect for third world countries, and people who want a decent phone, but don't want to pay more than 100$.

  • thelionk

    50$ maybe?

    • Simon Belmont

      I'm guessing more likely $99. Which is still a steal for what you're getting, IMO.

      It'd make a great back up phone if you lose yours or it gets broken. The specifications are basically flagship level circa 2011, but you get a bigger battery and a better version of Android.

  • Simon Belmont

    I can get on board with the 720p screen resolution. But, I think it might be qHD, which actually isn't bad at all on a 4.3 inch screen.

    I've read sites that said it WILL have a front facing camera. Some seem to be debating on whether the processor is quad-core or dual-core, but either way, I bet it's a Snapdragon 400 (which can be had in either flavor).

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      If it has a quad-core 1.2 GHz SnapDragon 400 and a 4.3" 720p screen, then I'd say the ONLY difference between this Moto E and Moto G will be the (lack of) flash (in the former), apart from the storage support, of course.
      Thus, I'd rather think it'll be a qHD screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core. Time to wait and watch. Pricing in the range of $110-130 would be my guess, off contract.

      • ProductFRED

        And the front facing speaker (I think that's what it is?)

      • DaveNull

        It's most likely msm8210 (snapdragon 200). It's the latest budget chip from Qualcomm.

        • Simon Belmont

          I thought it might be that, but there's a problem. The Snapdragon 200 only comes in quad-core configuration (Cortex-A5 or Cortex-A7 cores, to be exact).

          The leaks are saying this is a dual-core, so I think it'll be a Snapdragon 400 in dual-core guise. I guess we'll find out soon.

          • DaveNull

            Err, msm8x10 is dual-core Cortex-A7 at 1.2 Ghz.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I'm with you, I came to say I'm pretty sure they'll go qHD. 720p seems unlikely for the price point they're aiming for.

      • Krzysztof Jozwik

        When it comes to mass production of small screens, how big is the difference in price on these screens?

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Well, considering all the cheap-ass, Chinese tablets and phones are running ultra-low resolution screens, I'm guessing it makes a rather notable difference. And keep in mind this is a smaller screen than the G, which means higher PPI, which is more expensive to manufacture. I'd wager it could be as much as a $2-3 difference. In a phone aimed at emerging markets and presumably attempting to reach $100, $2-3 is a huge difference.

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            But a $60 BOM vs a $63 BOM is still a decent profit if you don't put too much into marketing / R&D

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Except they WILL need to put a lot into marketing and R&D. And $3 is still a lot for a minimal gain for the type of consumer they're going after. There aren't ANY other comparable phones in this bracket. They're already committed to not having killer specs in any other aspect of the phone. There's no reason to push this one. They're not competing.

            Plus, how do you know the BOM will be $60? It might be higher than that. If, for instance, it's $80, then $3 becomes a significantly higher burden.

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            There aren't any comparable phones in this bracket. That makes it a win, it's better than all the other POS phones in this bracket. Seeing as how top end phones have a BOM of ~$200 I'd imagine this can't be that much. Who knows, but 720p would be a standout feature in a market that's trying to beat out feature phones.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Sure, but a qHD smartphone would kill and feature phone. So they have a very low bar to beat.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    This.....suddenly looks crappier than Moto X and G

    • Simon Belmont

      Hmm. Well, it's meant to be a lower price than both of those, so that sort of makes sense.

      They have to cut costs somewhere and the specifications seem pretty decent especially if ends up being in the $100 off contract realm. A great back up phone.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Phone's price does not justify its design, they could have at least modeled it after X, just smaller and thicker

        • Simon Belmont

          What's wrong with the design? To me it's inoffensive at best, and a little bland at worst.

          This price demographic doesn't care as much about looks. It's more about value for your money.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            It looks like something from 2008,. absolutely not classy and as if Motorola fired the designer who came up with X and G. G was also smaller than X, but somehow they look almost identical, so what's the hell went wrong with this thing?

          • Simon Belmont

            I agree, it's not beautiful. I doubt that it was designed to be.

            It was designed to a cost and probably uses simplified manufacturing processes that require it look chunkier and less attractive. Again, it's less about aesthetics at this price range, and more about ease of manufacturing to lower costs, so the phone can be produced at that price. I'm not defending their decision on the design. I'm merely guessing as to why it was designed that way with a financial perspective in mind.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            meh, maybe. But don't say that people who look for phones within this price range don't care about the looks. Sure, maybe 70% won't, but other 30% might be wanting a beautiful phone like the abovementioned G, but simply can't afford it, so they have to walk with some 10 year old Nokia cell phone with monochrome display just because everything else is not worth it.

            I thought E was suppoed to be the solution to this problem, but looks like Lenovo is already saying their word when it comes to design

          • Simon Belmont

            No, I didn't say that they don't care at ALL about design (just not as much). I just meant that it wasn't the TOP concern at this price range.

            No one wants a shitty looking phone. We can both agree on that. But people who are on a budget care more about something that's reliable, works well, and isn't going to let them down, at a good price, than the looks. I agree, that doesn't mean that a phone should look terrible because of its value price, but I don't feel the Moto E looks terrible.

  • someone755

    A new Moto X that also comes to Europe? Please?
    Moto don't do dis to me. ;-;

  • ShawnDWalker

    this is a 100$ phone! In comparison to other 100$ phones this one looks pretty decent. And the phone will defenitely be fast - stock Android and a dual-core processor is a great combination. The phone won't be as fast as all the recent flagships, but will be perfect for third world countries, and people who want a decent phone, but don't want to pay more than 100$. http://num.to/904.970.893.852

  • Semianonymous

    Bully for developing countries. I'll keep waiting for x+1 info

  • Jean CNC
  • Rafael Luik

    My HTC EVO 3D is officially low-end now. ;_;

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. I was thinking something similar (I have an HTC EVO 3D, too, but it's long since been retired).

      Funny how a low-end phone has the same specifications as a flagship from only 3 years ago. Gotta love that.

    • Scott

      I had that phone and it was completely broken. Couldn't keep a signal at all. Even right next to a femtocell. I'd constantly miss calls.

      • Rafael Luik

        Everything is still working in mine. I'm using a KitKat ROM (unofficial CM).

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    Those people bashing on this phone for its low end specs are giving me headaches

  • Chaosprower

    I hope there's multiple versions and that one of them has a front-facing camera. Hangouts video calls are a necessity for me.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Why is a budget phone not having a front-facing camera strange? Seems like one of the more obvious things to cut. Didn't most budget smartphones not have these for many, many years? Heck, most flagships didn't have them for quite some time, either. Seems like one of the most obvious first things to cut.

  • Henrique Persechini

    Good bye Nokia X

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj
  • http://jeffmcneill.com/blog/ Jeff McNeill

    4gb of ram doesn't work at all with Google continuing required app bloat upgrades. SD cards don't help in this case.

    • Scott

      Your comment doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    I know it's lucrative for them, imho but Moto's focus on low-end stuff is killing the brand for me. They haven't had a decent, high end Android device in... well, ever at this point. Even the Moto X was insufficient for me.

  • Karan Shrof Karan Shrof

    Desperately waiting for the moto 360

  • Sophia Patel

    Nice watch moto 360. I still waiting.

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