Motorola Moto E leaked via Brazilian retailer

The new budget-friendly handset from Motorola has leaked courtesy of Brazilian retailer FastShop. The retailer posted a listing for the handset on its website with full details indicating that it will most likely be a low-end Android handset. The Moto E utilizes the same design language as the previously released Moto X and Moto G. The device has a curved body with subtle silver accents.

According to the pulled FastShop listing the Moto E will feature:

  • 4.3” display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP camera
  • 4GB storage with microSD expansion
  • 1980 mAh battery

Although pricing wasn’t listed on the leaked page, judging by the specifications, the Moto E should be priced to compete with other low-end Android smartphones. Motorola's current budget friendly Moto G is priced from $99 to $199 USD depending on your region and provider. The Moto E could be priced below that. The leaked handset is expected to make its official debut at an upcoming Motorola event that will be held in London on May 13th, 2014. This will be the first release since Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google. Although considering the timeline, it is highly unlikely that Lenovo had any input on the design or creation of this device. 

Source: Engadget via FastShop (page removed) | Image via FastShop

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I guess these things happen only in Brazil and other third world countries where product quality is not a priority. Odd things happen here with other phones too, like the Lumia 620 my son bought a month ago. It had a flaw young people here call something like "ghost input". It was kind of something randomly moving in the screen which made it difficult to use the phone. I've never heard of such thing elsewhere. Anyway, you get what you pay for…

Probably another peace of crap, if made in Brazil. I bought a Moto G last week (about US$ 370, for the 16 GB internal memory) and it's been extremely annoying to use the thing. The phone should more properly be named Google G Ad, for it is really a Google advertising machine. I'm not an expert in using smartphones, but I think it takes a long time to do anything because of the Google ads that get in the way of anything you want to do. The first time I tried to watch a video it took me some five to ten minutes to get to my video. Everywhere I touched only led me to ads offering all kinds of crap from Google. When I finally found my video, I put a shortcut on the main screen. It didn't help much, because the ads where there again every time I wanted to watch a video. The phone manual don't help much. Retailers here also manipulate the ratings of people who buy the phone, showing upfront the silly praises from people who just say “I love it!”, “Great phone!” without saying anything to substantiate their claim. Some people who have used the phone for a month or so (you'll find them after reading twenty pages of praises) are saying the phone is fragile, specially the screen, and have other serious flaws, like short battery life. Mine has worked fine so far, but again, I've used it for one week only.

gallo68 said,
Probably another peace of crap, if made in Brazil. I bought a Moto G last week (about US$ 370, for the 16 GB internal memory) and it's been extremely annoying to use the thing. The phone should more properly be named Google G Ad, for it is really a Google advertising machine. I'm not an expert in using smartphones, but I think it takes a long time to do anything because of the Google ads that get in the way of anything you want to do. The first time I tried to watch a video it took me some five to ten minutes to get to my video. Everywhere I touched only led me to ads offering all kinds of crap from Google. When I finally found my video, I put a shortcut on the main screen. It didn't help much, because the ads where there again every time I wanted to watch a video. The phone manual don't help much. Retailers here also manipulate the ratings of people who buy the phone, showing upfront the silly praises from people who just say “I love it!”, “Great phone!” without saying anything to substantiate their claim. Some people who have used the phone for a month or so (you'll find them after reading twenty pages of praises) are saying the phone is fragile, specially the screen, and have other serious flaws, like short battery life. Mine has worked fine so far, but again, I've used it for one week only.
sounds like you went to the wrong porn site... Uninstall those apps you install from the sites...

Edited by ogamawab, May 11 2014, 1:45am :

Haven't had time to browse the web yet. Guess it will be another nightmare of Google ads when I do... As for the videos, at least I don't need to convert to mobile format. It plays my mp4 TV shows videos just fine. There's an annoying warning when transferring video files from the computer. It says the device may not be able to play the video. But it plays just fine.

I have been using Moto G for about 2 weeks, and it has been a really great phone to use (and motorola doesn't pay me anything, if they do, I would be happy actually :p)

As I understand, you could have probably ended with a device that is broken or something, as mine have been working really well, no short battery life (pretty good actually) or screen issues. The other part of the post refers to ads in youtube, which is really expected as youtube is an ad-funded service and not related to the phone operation at all. If you really find the ads that annoying you can root the phone and use a modification called "xposed" that will allow you to use a certain a module to block the ads in youtube app.

Thank you for the tip, Mamoun. I may try it if I don't get used to avoiding the ads. As for the device, mine has worked fine for the past week. I just hope it keeps working fine for at least one or two years.

Got my wife a Moto G on her birthday, And she is pretty happy with it. I use it from time to time and I, or my wife, have yet to see the add loads you're talking about. For us, its been super fast (she is coming from an S3 mini), and the battery time is great, it lasts almost 3 days of use, with .5-1 hr of calls, ~1hr of music, ~1 of tv series a day.

Your device maybe broken, or you might have gotten a returned device, the previous owner might have installed dirty apps. Have you tried a full reset? If there are certain apps that annoy you, and you do not want to use them, uninstall those apps, or turn them off. Good luck!

gallo68, you are welcome. :) Good to know that it stopped acting up. As an alternative non-root solution you might want to try an alternative youtube application from the store, an application called "Viral" doesn't probably include video ads, but I haven't tried it myself to be honest. and the free version probably includes its own ads, but they are not video ads so they are less obnoxious.

I reset the device and learned a few things in the process. I found out, for example, that if I touch the “gallery” icon instead of “play films” I can play my videos without any hassle. It seems they insist on trying to trick you into going where you don't want go, but I've learned the workarounds... Now things seem to be working as they should. Another weird thing I read on a blog post in Motorola site is that it's safer to use the phone always logged in a Google account. It was an old post, so I don't know if it still makes sense today. I never had any issues with my older Samsung Galaxy phones.

0.2 inch smaller screen
also slightly smaller battery
dual core vs quadcore
flash removed
adds sd card support

Should be a decent phone for emerging markets.

Probably won't come to markets where the dispute is happening, clearly targeted towards emerging countries