What’s New in New Moto E then its Predecessor?
Motorola stirred things up the budget smartphone segment when it came out with the Moto E. when it was launched; there weren’t many devices to compete with it. Even if there were options, they came from manufacturers that weren’t the popular choice back then or they were simply not good enough. The Moto E came with its share of limitations but for the price you pay, you used to get a reasonably powerful device with a decent display and good software. Just like any other Motorola device, it came with vanilla android (almost) and Motorola was prompt in providing updates.
While it was all good for the Moto E for a while, the competition started to get stiff. Manufacturers like Asus and Xiaomi were giving them a tough fight and the number of devices being sold started to go down. Now Motorola has taken the wraps off the latest budget offering, the Moto E 2015 or the Moto E2 as some might call. This new device brings in some changes that were expected while some of the features are carried forward from the previous generation device. This time the device comes with the option of 4G support as well at a slight premium. We put the new device against the old one and list down what all has changed and what hasn’t.
# Display size
The most prominent change here is the display size which has also caused a change in the overall dimensions of the device. We found the display on the previous Moto E to be decent with its 4.3 inch size and qHD (540 x 960 pixels) resolution. This one has got a slightly bigger display that measures 4.5 inches which is good. What is not good is that they have retained the same display resolution as the previous Moto E. 720p is becoming the norm for even the budget devices these days and still they have decided to adhere to this resolution. In contrast, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S offers a 4.7 inch 720p display which is much sharper. Another option could be the 8 GB variant of the Asus Zenfone 5 which has got a 5 inch 720p display. So a 720p display here would have been appreciated. Still the display resolution is acceptable and considering that they are targeting basic users with this device, we shouldn’t find many people complaining about it. The display retains the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and also comes with oleophobic coating. It is a bit reflective which might get intrusive outdoors.
The design of this device is along the lines of most recent Motorola devices. It carries pretty much the same design as the previous generation Moto E but with slightly bigger dimensions, obviously to house the bigger display. The weight has increased a little bit but nothing to be worried about. The length and breadth haven’t increased much and the overall look and feel is same. The quality of material used is good and it has got a soft matte finish on its back with slight rubberised feel to it. The feel is slightly better on this device, probably because of the slightly different dimensions that makes it more handy.
This time there are two different chipsets on offer inside this device. On the 3G variant, there is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with four Cortex A7 cores running at 1.2 GHz. while it manages to cope up with the requirements of the software, the hardware is slightly dated. For this reason we like the other version more. The 4G variant runs the recently introduced Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset which has got four Cortex A53 cores running at the same clock speed as the 3G variant. Obviously with a different chipset, you also get a different (and better) GPU on the 4G variant. While the pricing of the 4G variant isn’t known yet, we are expecting it a premium of 1000 bucks which is justified considering the differences between the two variants. Both the variants come with 1 GB of RAM like the previous generation device. The internal storage is also up from 4 GB on the first generation of Moto E to 8 GB on the latest one. This is good for people who don’t put a lot of content on their devices because then such users can do away without a micro SD card slot on their devices. The battery capacity has also gone up from 1980 mAh to 2390 mAh on the new device.
The original Moto E came with a pathetic 5 megapixel camera. There was no autofocus on it and it yielded blurred and grainy photos. This time they have tried to make things better. We aren’t saying that the camera on new Moto E is very good but still it is much better than the previous generation device. This time it has got autofocus so the number of blurred photos is less than what we are used to from the previous device. It can record slightly better videos now at 720p instead of 480p on the previous device. They have also added a front camera this time though it is a VGA camera only and according to many, it is just as bad as having no camera at all. But still an extra piece of hardware won’t hurt.
The previous generation Moto E is running an older version of android right now but will soon be getting the Android Lollipop update. This one comes running android lollipop and like the last time, they have promised a major update after the lollipop on this device. This is really good considering the fact that manufacturers tend to ignore the budget devices and they usually go without getting any updates. Over the stock android, it gets some software features like the Moto display which allows you to check notifications without turning on the display. It also gets Moto Assist which was earlier available on Moto G and Moto X.
Author Bio: The article has been written by Kundan Srivastava, who is passionate about technology. He’s working at 91mobiles.com and writes about the latest in the tech domain, right from devices to innovations. He recommended new Moto E much better than the previous generation device.