Thursday, 26 February 2015

Moto E (Gen 2) VS Moto E (Gen 1): Everything you wanted to know

The Moto E was more of a resurgence device for Motorola Mobility when it was launched last year. It was Motorola's attempt to re-enter the smartphone market with a simple philosophy: provide a decent handset at an affordable price. Little did we know the handset would create such a storm in the market.
The company has now launched the second generation of the handset. After the formidable success of the Moto G (Gen 2) and the Moto X (Gen 2 ), expectations were obviously high with this one. Let's just say, the company has lived up to them a great deal at that, at least on paper.
Here we have summed up everything you wanted to know about Motorola's Moto E (Gen 2)...

The Moto E (Gen 2) is not alarmingly different from last year's model, heck it's not different at all unless you look very closely. Motorola has been more or less consistent in terms of base design aesthetics across its board of handsets and the trend continues with the Moto E (Gen 2).
The second iteration of the Moto E carries the signature design of Motorola handsets with subtle differences when compared with last gen Moto E. To begin with, the front now has only a single chrome speaker grill, replacing the dual grills found in last year's model. The back panel, although still same in design is now non-removable. Instead the company now gives you simple colored bands to personalize your new Moto E.
The Moto E (Gen 2) comes with a slightly bigger display at 4.5-inches in comparison to last year's model that stood at 4.3-inches. The company has retained the qHD (960×540 pixels) resolution on the second iteration of the Moto E, so there's not a major change in terms of display with this one.

The Moto E (Gen 2) sees a sizeable upgrade in terms of processing power. The new Moto E is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. This processor is 64-bit capable and a significant upgrade in terms of processing power.
The difference can be gauged from the fact that theoretically speaking the Moto E (Gen 2) packs in a faster processor compared to that in the Moto G (Gen 2), which is powered by Snapdragon 400.
The original Moto E was powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor alongside 1GB RAM.
The Moto E (Gen 2) now comes with 8GB of internal storage in comparison to the meagre 4GB found on last gen Moto E. But if you need more memory, you can add up to a 32GB microSD card.
The Moto E (Gen 2) runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. Last year's Moto E although upgradable to Lollipop came with Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The Moto E (Gen 2) sports a 5MP rear auto-focus camera. Last year's model carried a fixed-focus 5MP rear camera. Sadly, an LED flash is still missing.
The new Moto E can record 720p videos at 30fps. Last year's model could record only 480p videos.
The front now carries a VGA camera, which was missing on last year's model altogether.
The original Moto E with a 1980 mAh battery was pretty impressive in terms of battery life. The new Moto E bumps up this aspect and now decks in a 2390mAh battery.
But we don't know whether it will lead to better battery life or not because the new phone also packs in a significantly faster, and consequently more power hungry, processor.

There's no doubt that last year's Moto E set benchmarks for entry level smartphones. This year's offering certainly looks a better upgrade on paper, and looking at Motorola's track record, the Moto E (Gen 2) is expected to be one hell of a device in terms of performance at its price.
The company has launched the Moto E (Gen 2) in two variants: a 3G variant that will retail at $119.99 (roughly Rs.7,430) and a 4G LTE variant that will retail at $149 (roughly Rs.9,288).
The 3G variant of the Moto E (Gen 2) will be powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 32-bit processor while the LTE variant will come with 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. Rest of the specifications remain unchanged.