The Moto E (2nd Gen.) is now officially official, and you can even buy one from Motorola right now. The new Moto E is available for $149.99 in either black or white, and the device is unlocked, GSM, and contract-free.
You can also customize your Moto E (2nd Gen.) with a Motorola Band, which come in packs of three for $19.99, or a Grip Shell that’s $19.99 for one unit. The Motorola Band is just that, a band that changes the color of the outer edge of the Moto E (2nd Gen.) to either red, yellow, blue, purple, turquoise, or raspberry. Meanwhile, the Grip Shell has a rubberized outer edge that provides more protection and grip than the Motorola Band, and it’s also got a plastic shell on its backside to cover the back of the Moto E. The Grip Shell is available in blue, raspberry, yellow, turquoise, or charcoal.
So what kind of specs can you get for $149.99 without a contract? They’re actually pretty respectable. Up front is a 4.5-inch 960×540 display with Gorilla Glass 3 and a VGA front-facing camera, and around back is a 5-megapixel auto focus cam. Packed inside of the Moto E (2nd Gen.)’s body is a 1.2GHZ quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 8GB of storage, a microSD slot, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE, and a 2390mAh battery. It also comes without Android 5.0.2 out of the box.
Compared to the original Moto E, this new model’s got a larger display, beefier processor, auto focus camera, all-new front-facing shooter, double the internal storage, and 4G LTE connectivity.
So how is it? The new Moto E (2nd Gen.) is a pretty impressive little phone so far. The curved back helps the Moto E (2nd Gen.) to feel really nice in your hand, performance seems smooth, and the camera takes some respectable photos and it does so quickly. We’ll have more on the Moto E (2nd Gen.) in the coming days, but until then, you can check out some more photos in the gallery above.