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Moto E (2015) Vs. Moto E Tech Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | February 25, 2015February 25, 2015 12:00 pm PDT

The new Moto E is out, but it is worthy of an upgrade, or purchasing for the first time?

The Moto E isn’t designed with the hard core mobile user in mind, and that’s just fine, but this year’s model is such a big upgrade we just had to compare the two of them.

First off, an upgrade to LTE is a huge step. Secondly, adding a front facing camera is never a bad idea. These weren’t the only upgrades, but to get a feeling for all of them in an easy comparison, just check out the chart below.

What do you think of the new Moto E?

Motorola - Moto E (2nd Generation) Motorola - Moto E
Display Size 4.5-inch, 540 x 960 pixel display (245 ppi) 4.3-inch, 540 x 960 pixel display (256 ppi)
Resolution X 540 540
Resolution Y 960 960
Display Type qHD qHD
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200
RAM 1GB 1GB
Storage
  • 8GB
  • 4GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 32GB
  • MicroSD up to 32GB
Main Camera (Back) 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera (Front) VGA No
Networks
  • 4G LTE - US GSM (XT1527): GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 4G LTE - US GSM (XT1527): UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
  • 4G LTE - US GSM (XT1527): 4G LTE (2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17)
  • US GSM (XT1511): GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • US GSM (XT1511): UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
  • Global GSM (XT1505): GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Global GSM (XT1505): UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • AWS 850/1700/1900 (2100) + QGSM 850/900/1800/19000
  • CDMA: 800/850/1900
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS: 850/900/1900/2100
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2390mAh 1980mAh
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headset jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer (x2)
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
  • Sensor hub
GPS
  • AGPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • BeiDou
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 129.9 mm (5.11 inches) 124.8 mm (4.91 inches)
Width 66.8 mm (2.63 inches) 64.8 mm (2.55 inches)
Depth 12.3 mm (0.48 inches) 12.3 mm (0.48 inches)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz) 142 g (5.01 oz)
Colors Black, White Black, Turquoise, Yellow
Supported Audio Formats AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
Supported Video Formats MP4, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, DivX 4/5/6 MP4, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, DivX 4/5/6
In The Box N/A N/A

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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