Ken Wong, President of Lenovo APAC, has revealed that the third-generation Moto E3 will be officially released in two weeks in India, after the phone was announced in July. This lowest-end model from the Moto series is expected to run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and it will have a larger body than its predecessor.
The specs of the new Moto E3 reveal the following changes: a larger IPS screen of 5-inch that supports 720 x 1280 pixels 294 ppi and which is protected against scratches with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, upgraded from 4.5-inch with a much lower resolution of 540 x 960 pixels at 245 ppi; a new Mediatek chipset that houses a quad-core processor clocked at 1.0 GHz, which replaces both variants of internal configurations consisting of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset (3G model) with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor backed by Adreno 302 graphics and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset (LTE model) which supports a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and an Adreno 306 GPU. The RAM capacity and internal memory haven’t changed, which means that the new phone comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which supports expansion with a microSD card.
Both cameras have been upgraded, so the one on the back was increased from 5MP to 8MP, but it still doesn’t offer a LED flash, and selfies will look better with the 5MP front snapper that replaced the VGA camera. The previous Moto E was powered by a 2390 mAh battery, and since the new model will have a larger body (143 x 71.4 x 8.6 mm), there will be enough room to accommodate a larger battery. The new capacity will be 2800mAh, but it won’t be removable either.
The Moto E3 will be sold in India for INR7999, in the USA for $129 and in the UK for £99.