Motorola, which is now owned by Lenovo, has announced the entry-level Mote E3 smartphone. It brings much-needed hardware upgrades compared to its predecessor. Running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, one of the key highlights of the smartphone is the 5-inch HD display, quad-core processor, smudge-resistant screen protector and slightly larger capacity battery. Also Read - Top tablets for e-learning/online classes to buy under Rs 30,000 in April 2021
Moto E3 Price
The Moto E3 is priced at $131 in the US (£99 in the UK), which roughly translates to Rs 8,900. At this price point the smartphone will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, Intex Aqua View and Panasonic Eluga A2. Interestingly, the Moto G4 Play which was recently launched in India is priced at Rs 8,999. Moto E-series has always been the entry-level smartphone priced around Rs 5,999, with Moto G series priced slightly upwards of Rs 10,000. It will be interesting to see how aggressive Motorola can get with the pricing when it launches the Moto E3 in India. Also Read - Lenovo Legion 2 Pro unique design, pop-up camera teased ahead of launch
Moto E3 Specifications
The smartphone flaunts a slightly larger 5-inch IPS HD (720p) display, compared to 4.5-inch one on the Moto E (2015). It follows the same trend as the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, which comes with a 5.5-inch display compared to 5-inch one on the predecessor, the Moto G (2015). Under the hood, the Moto E3 is powered by a quad-core processor. However, there is no word on whether it is a Qualcomm or MediaTek chipset. Also, while details about the amount of RAM and onboard storage are missing, the smartphone does include a microSD card slot for further expansion. Also Read - Here's a look at the upcoming gaming smartphone from Lenovo
Moto E3 features
Motorola has also worked on the camera chops giving the new Moto E3 the much-needed upgrade. It now sports an 8-megapixel rear camera compared to 5-megapixel on the previous generation, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. Armed with a 2,800mAh battery, connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and dual-SIM 4G LTE. The Moto E3 also features a splash-proof body to protect it from accidental spills. This is one feature that had been there on the earlier Moto G and Moto E smartphones, but was missing from the latest Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.
Moto E3 availability
The smartphone is set to go on sale in the US sometime in September, TheVerge reports. However, there is no word on when it will be available in India.