Lenovo’s Motorola division just unveiled the 3rd generation Moto E. It’s a sort of pre-unveil, the phone is expected in September, that’s a month after the Moto G4 Play launches. The two phones are so similar that we’re struggling to find out what has changed. Lenovo is taking the ultra-affordable Moto E and beefing it up for 2016.
The Moto E3, as the new model is called, moves from the 4.5-inch display of yesteryear to a new 5-inch HD screen, adds a quad-core processor, and steps up the main camera to an 8-megapixel resolution. This is augmented with a 2,800mAh battery, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, and a splash-proof construction for extra peace of mind. Lenovo even claims the Moto E has a “built-in smudge-resistant screen protector,” though how that differs from just building a good screen with something like Gorilla Glass, I’m not really sure. Lenovo, although, has not specified the chipset or the amount of RAM it is paired with or how much inbuilt storage is provided in the Moto E3, but confirmed it will be expandable via microSD card. The maximum card capacity has not been specified either.
The 4G-enabled smartphone features the standard connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
The phone will launch in September at an expected price of £100. The Moto E3 will be available in UK stores like Amazon, Tesco, Argos and O2 in early September. The very similar Moto G4 Play is coming to the UK a earlier, in mid-August. Lenovo confirmed (via Pocket-Lint) the UK pricing of the Moto G4 Play smartphone that was unveiled back in May – it will cost GBP 129 (roughly ₹ 11,500), and become available in mid-August in the country.