On Tuesday (13 May), Motorola officially unveiled the much anticipated 'Phone for all, Built to last' device Moto E in India.

The new Moto E is a watered down version of the company's bestselling smartphone Moto G and still has enough tricks in its sleeve to give stiff competition to popular domestic brands like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava as well as the well established MNC brands such as Samsung, Nokia, Sony and HTC.

With the launch of Moto E, the American company is trying to do an encore to shake up India's niche budget smartphone market, like Moto G did in the mid-segment sector.

Both the Moto E and Moto G are said to be worth to their respective price tags, while the former is a smart buy for a first-time smartphone consumer, the latter serves to be perfect handset for the middle-class working population, who can expect great features and still be pocket friendly.

To help provide a better perspective on the two Motorola devices, we have done a quick comparison of the Moto E and its elder sibling Moto G.


First up, Motorola Moto G flaunts a 4.5-inch HD (1280x720p) screen with pixel density of 329 ppi (pixels per inch).

On the other hand, Moto E is 4.3-inch display, negligibly (about 0.2-inch) smaller than its sibling. It features qHD (960x540p) resolution having 256 ppi pixel density. Currently, it is the only device in the budget segment to offer this kind of display resolution. Most of the rivals are offering WVGA (800x480) or FWVGA (850x480) based screens.

[Note: Both the phones are said to boast of water-repellant nano-coating on the phone, enabling users to take/answer calls even in rain. However, it cannot be really taken for a dip in the pool]

Processor, RAM, Storage Capacity:

Both Motorola phones run on the Snapdragon chipsets manufactured by the industry leader, Qualcomm, but only differ in CPU types and clock rate.

Moto G is powered by Snapdragon 400 series 1.2GHz quad-core processor, whereas Moto E ships with 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 series dual-core CPU.

In terms of memory, Moto G comes with 8GB and 16GB inbuilt storage with no options of expansion.

[Note: Motorola has launched the upgraded version Moto G 4G-LTE with micro-SD card slot; it is currently available in select markets of Europe and USA. As of now, there is no official word on whether company has any plans to launch the device in India]

Moto E, on the other hand ships with 4GB inbuilt memory with microSD-card slot, enabling user to expand storage up to 32GB.

Motorola Moto G and Moto E boast of sumptuous 1GB RAM for effective (lag-free) functioning of the phone.

Mobile Operating System Software:

Motorola Moto E and Moto G are powered by the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS.

In this aspect, both Motorola phones stand apart from the rivals as they run on the near-stock Android OS with no bloated custom UI and they are also said to receive timely update, unlike other smartphone vendors who rarely provide software update to budget phones compared to their top-end devices.

One advantage of having the latest software is that, it will provide more security features, performance enhancing tweaks and user-interface optimizations.


Motorola Moto G houses a 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear-side and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front side.

Moto E too packs a 5.0-megapixel camera, but lacks LED flash support as well as front camera. It is one of the few downsides of this budget phone, but is an inevitable part of the company's cost-cutting strategy.


Both the Motorola devices are exclusively available in Flipkart (in India). Moto G - 8GB and 16GB- models are priced - ₹12,499 and ₹13,999 respectively, whereas the new Moto E costs just ₹6,999.

The e-retailer, as a launch-day offer is giving away 50 percent discount on back-covers (nine colour options) and Transcend 8GB microSD card (only on 14 May) to buyers, who purchase Moto E along with these accessories.

Key Specifications of Motorola Moto G and Moto E:


Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto E


4.5-inch HD (1270x720p) LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield  

Pixel Density: 329 ppi (pixels per inch)

4.3-inch qHD (960x540p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield 

Pixel density : 256 ppi


 Android v4.4 KitKat

Android v4.4 KitKat


Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor with 1.2GHz CPU speed

1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 series dual-core CPU (with 400MHz Adreno 302)




Storage capacity

8GB/16 GB variants (expandable up to 32GB)

4GB, expandable up to 32GB


Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash    

Front: 1.3-megapixel camera 

Main: 5.0-megapixel camera (no flash)   

Front : no camera


3G & 4G-LTE (select markets only)



2,070 mAh; Can provide power for close to 24 hours under mixed media usage

1980 mAh (Li-Ion); Can provide power for close to 24 hours under mixed media usage


Dual-SIM slots (in India), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n),Bluetooth v4.0, USB, NFC, GPS, microSD card slot

Dual-SIM slots (in India), Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-USB v2.0, microSD card slot, FM radio, 


129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

124.8x 64.8 x 12.3 mm


143 g

142 g


8GB: ₹12,499;

16GB:  ₹13,999;

4G-LTE model - 16GB: £130/$219(around ₹13,000) without contract

$129 (₹6,999 in India)