Refreshed Moto E3 offers respectable specs on the cheap

Motorola seems to be releasing phones to fit every use case of late. The company's latest revelation is palatable to all wallets. The company revealed a refresh of its super-affordable Moto E handset, now called the Moto E3, yesterday.

The Moto E3 is more than a little similar to the basic G4 Play model. The screen measures 5" across its diagonal and has a 1280×720 resolution, which works out to a pixel density of 294 PPI. An unspecified quad-core SoC powers the handset, though it's possible it may be the same Snapdragon 410 unit present in the G4 Play. According to The Verge, there's 1GB of RAM on tap. That's a rather pedestrian amount when compared to the 4GB and 6GB present in high-end monsters, but it should be perfectly acceptable on a budget phone.

Although onboard storage is limited to 8GB, Lenovo added a dedicated microSD slot that can take in cards as large as 256GB. The battery is a 2800-mAh unit, which should last a good while in this modestly-powered handset. The rear camera has reportedly received an upgrade to an 8MP snapper, too. There's no official US pricing yet, but the Moto E3 will be selling in the UK in August for £99, which works out to $132, roughly on par with Motorola's pricing for the current Moto E model.

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    • Misel
    • 3 years ago

    [url<][/url<] Only "Proximity and Accelerator sensors" are mentioned but not a gyroscope. So Google Cardboard and the AR function of Pokémon Go are not working.

    • PBCrunch
    • 3 years ago

    1GB is not enough for a smart phone with the modern web (poorly coded and loaded with annoying ads).

      • chµck
      • 3 years ago

      If they put 2gb into the low cost phones, fewer people would shell out for the 2gb+ “high end” models.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, I think my GS3 has 2GB of RAM and it’s from 2013.

    • djayjp
    • 3 years ago

    It’s crap. Get a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with snapdragon 650 (two A72 cores) 3GB of ram and 32GB of storage for about $160USD.

      • JalaleenRumi
      • 3 years ago

      Xiaomi is giving Moto/Lenovo and others some tough time with those cheap phones with great specs. Redmi Note 3 has great specs with awesome price. I would never recommend 1GB ram/8GB Rom phone for over $100 to anyone. What were Moto/Lenovo thinking when they launched that phone?

      Anything about $100+, should at least have 2gb/16Gb with sensors for AR/VR. They are not that expensive if Xiaomi and the likes can offer it in their phones.

        • XTF
        • 3 years ago

        Does Xiaomi provide (stock) MM yet?

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      After the AT review I almost want to pick up a Redmi Note 3, alongside the 6S my work provides, to store all my music and have as a messing around phone. Two Cortex A72 cores (and the low power cluster) for that price, and good build quality, it’s quite impressive, not only is it budget but you’re off the Cortex A7/A53 budget processor train right onto a high end A72.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    I had the first gen G with 1GB, Android on it isn’t a whole lot of fun (it was fine with Android 4 versions, but after that demands got too high – otherwise it was a nice bloat free experience that punched above its price class). I’d bump up to the G with 2GB at least, not so far in budget.

    • rika13
    • 3 years ago

    I snagged a LG G Stylo (the Boost version) from Best Buy for $80 (it was on sale, normally $100) and it has a 5.7″ display (same resolution IIRC), runs Marshmallow out of the box, and has similar specs.

    Lenovo is probably going to have to sell these for $100 or cheaper or else people would go for the bigger screen and same specs, and possibly cheaper.

    They might have better luck against the T-Mobile version (G4 Stylus) and Stylo 2 (which is just an update of the CDMA ones to the T-Mobile version’s specs) since they go for a bit more due to being more capable phones.

      • localhostrulez
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, but let me guess, the LG’s locked to a prepaid carrier?

      Granted, that’s fine if you just want a cheap mp3 player/something to play with (I have a phone like this, no intention of activating it), but the Motos are usually unlocked (worth more).

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