So Motorola has just dropped a bombhsell before MWC 2015, and a very good one at that. The long awaited super budget 2nd generation Moto E has been unleashed and its coverage goes beyond the usual developing markets that the first Moto E catered to. It’s coming not just to the US but to a total of 50 countries world wide, bringing the sweetness of Android Lollipop in an affordable package.

Of course, for only $150, that’s the US price for the LTE version, don’t expect to have blazing fast specs. But the 2nd gen Moto E does manage to hold up on its own, with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410, that’s 64-bit for you, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 2,390 mAh battery, and an improved 4.5-inch qHD screen. And yes, it comes with an LTE model as well as a plain 3G one, costing only $120.

Tech specs aside, Motorola doesn’t want you to feel like you’re buying a dumbed down version of its smartphones, so it’s bringing some of its unique software features to the table, like Moto Display for notifications or Moto Migrate for easily moving over from an older smartphone. In terms of customizations, you won’t get the same options as, say, a Moto X, but you can get to choose your choice of colorful shells, called Grip Shells. New to this Moto E are the Motorola Bands, basically colorful bumpers that you can wear on the smartphone’s edges for added protection.


If you’ve been wondering why Motorola even has a Moto E when it already has a somewhat wallet-friendly Moto G, then this Q & A video might satisfy your curiosity.

And to show off the features of the 2nd gen Moto E in moving pictures, Motorola has this demo to whet your appetite.