Motorola’s third entry-level smartphone was introduced in the UK one and a half week ago, then a few days later it was certified by the FCC in the US and yesterday, press images of the E3 have surfaced online. The device is expected to arrive in September, in the UK, and its price will be equivalent to $132 USD.
The four images that have surfaced online show a Moto E3 with a black plastic body that’s curved on the edges and has a matte effect. The rear camera is still located in the top middle, but Motorola has finally added a flash to the module, and the resolution was bumped to 8MP. On the front side is found a 5MP selfie camera that sits above the 5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and under the hood, there will be a quad-core processor, most likely a Snapdragon 620, which will offer a better performance than the previous E2. The RAM capacity will still be 1GB and the internal memory will have the same capacity of 8GB, but it will support expansion and users will be able to add microSD cards of more than 32GB. As for the battery, it will be non-removable, which is no surprise, but its capacity will be increased to 2800mAh. The phone is expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Its predecessor is planned to get the new firmware but currently, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Its body measures 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm, it weights 145 grams and has a smaller 4.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a lower resolution of 540 x 960 pixels at 245 ppi, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The 3G model is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor backed by an Adreno 202 GPU, while the LTE model has a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor backed by an Adreno 306 GPU. Both cameras are disappointing, as the primary one supports a resolution of 5MP and lacks a LED flash, and on the front side you’ll get a VGA secondary camera. The battery is also mediocre, having a capacity of only 2390 mAh.
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