Since being bought out by Google, Motorola have gone a long way. From cutting edge style and one of the most desired phones in the era before smartphones, the Motorola Razr, to near extinction a couple of years ago, to suddenly being back on top with powerful phones like the Moto X and to the affordable sibling the Moto G. Now, Motorola have released an even more affordable phone called the Moto E.
Moto E Review:
When we reviewed the Motorola Moto G, we were amazed that Motorola and Google could get away with selling a phone with such adequate stats at such a low price (£140 at the time). Now, Motorola have gone one better and made a sub £100 ($170/€126) phone which is still powerful enough to keep up to date.
Design and Display:
Design-wise, the Moto E keeps Motorola’s new minimalist style of matt black plastic backing and a black glass front. Only two chrome highlights where the speaker and microphone on the front will differentiate it from the Moto G. There are no physical buttons on the front, keeping a flawless smooth black surface of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the devices 4.3 inch display. The whole device only weighs 142g (5.01Oz) and is a little smaller than the Moto G at 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm (4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 in).
The display itself has a resolution of 540×960 with a pixel density of 256ppi. Obviously with that kind of resolution, it’s not able to display 1080p video, but what do you want for under £100?
Inside the little plastic casing of the Moto E is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 with a 1.2GHz Cortex A7. This is backed up by 1GB of RAM and a Adreno 302 GPU. Internal storage is set at 4GB only, but there is a Micro-SD card slot so you can expand it by a maximum of 32GB. As well as the powerhouse, the Moto E has Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi B/G/N and WiFi hotspot and is charged by a Micro USB 2.0 cable (there is no plug, that is sold separately).
AnTuTu Benchmark results:
As usual with all test devices, we submitted the Moto E to two lots of benchmark tests, one being AnTuTu benchmark. With such low end hardware, it wasn’t a surprise to see the Moto E come dead last in the list, bellow the Samsung Galaxy S3 of two years ago. The Moto E scored 12216 points.
On AnTuTu’s 3D benchmark programme, the Moto G is able to run OpenGL ES 3.0, and manage