The Moto E (2015) is by far one of the best budget smartphones available right now, and not just because I own one, but because if you look at the market today, you’re not gonna be able to find another phone that runs for $39 on Amazon regularly. The current version of the handset, the second generation, has a 4.5-inch 960×540 qHD display with a Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage which is expandable via microSD card, a 5MP rear camera which isn’t the best but gets the job done alongside a VGA front cam for selfies and video calls, a 2390mAh battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop. However, according to leaked specifications, the third generation Moto E could be getting even better specs while remaining at a very similar low price…
In the leaked GFXBench benchmarks, there are two smartphone model numbers which resemble current Motorola device’s. The numbers, XT1700 and XT1706, both have “XT” in the beginning and are followed by four digits. The current Moto E’s numbers, XT1528 for the 4G LTE model and XT1511 for the 3G model, are very similar to the ones above, which could mean these identifiers correspond to the upcoming budget handset from Motorola.
The device known at this time as XT1700 features a 5-inch 1280×720 HD display, a MediaTek MT6735P SoC with a 1GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video support, autofocus, and a flash, a 5MP front camera, 16GB of storage presumably expandable via microSD card if history is of any indication, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The XT1706 features the same specifications, however this model would likely be the 4G LTE variant of the third-gen Moto E while the XT1700 would probably be 3G only.
Something interesting I found in these benchmarks is the identification of whether this new phone will have NFC. If the feature is in the phone, there’s a green checkmark next to it. If the feature isn’t in the phone, there’s a red X beside it. To the right of NFC is both a green checkmark and red X, so it’s unclear at this point of whether you’ll be able to use such a service as Android Pay with this device, however stay with us as we uncover more rumors and leaks about this potential third-gen Moto E.
All of these specs are enough for a great upgrade from the second generation Moto E. The screen’s bigger and HD, the camera’s much better, there’s more space to store music, videos, apps, games, and more, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow is present right out of the box. I really don’t know if switching from a Snapdragon processor to a MediaTek chipset is the right idea, but I guess this may be one of the cut corners Motorola will have to make to bring down the price. I will say this, though: I really hope Motorola doesn’t fall short on battery life. The current Moto E has a 2390mAh battery, and that’s more than enough to power a qHD display and Snapdragon 410 while still last all day. All I’m asking is for the company to include a battery either the same size or 2500mAh since the screen is bigger and higher in definition.
What do you think of these leaked specs? Are they the ones of the third generation Moto E? Let us know your opinion on the matter in the comments!