Moto E (2nd generation)

The second generation Moto E (marketed as the New Moto E) is an Android smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility. Released on February 25, 2015, it is a successor to the Moto E released in 2014.[1] The New Moto E is an entry-level device for first-time smartphone owners or budget-minded consumers, and is available in 40 countries worldwide.

Moto E 2nd Generation
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Codename3G Model: Otus
4G Model: Surnia
ManufacturerMotorola Mobility
Compatible networks
3G Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G Model: 2G/3G/4G
First releasedFebruary 25, 2015 (2015-02-25)
Availability by regionYes
PredecessorMoto E (1st generation)
SuccessorMoto E3 Power
RelatedMoto G (2nd generation)
Moto X (2nd generation)
Form factorBar
Dimensions129.9 mm (5.11 in) H
66.8 mm (2.63 in) W
12.3 mm (0.48 in) D
Mass145 g (5.1 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 5.0.2 Lollipop
(3G Model: Upgradeable to 5.1.1 Lollipop)
(4G Model: Upgradeable to 6.0 Marshmallow)
System on chip3G Model: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
4G Model: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G modelARM Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model ARM
GPU3G Model: Adreno 302
4G Model: Adreno 306
Memory1 GB RAM
Storage8 GB Flash
Removable storageMicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Battery2390 mAh
Display4.5 in (110 mm) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

540x960 px (245 ppi),

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating
Rear camera5 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, no flash
Front camera(VGA)0.3 MP
SoundFront-facing mono speaker
ConnectivityGPS / GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack


The second generation Moto E has a 4.5-inch qHD LCD screen, 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1GB RAM, storage of 8GB (5.47 GB is user accessible) with microSD card slot (supports expandable storage of up to 32GB). It also has a water-resistant coating which protects it from light water splash; however, the phone itself is not water resistant. It is available in either 3G or 4G LTE. The 3G version has a Snapdragon 200 SoC while the 4G LTE version runs a Snapdragon 410 SoC.[2]

The rear camera is a 5 MP shooter, but does not have a LED flash; it also has a VGA front-facing camera. It has a 2390 mAh Li-ion battery which is not user replaceable. It does not have a LED notification light as it uses Motorola's Moto Display technology, and it's the first budget phone to include this. It also features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, making it scratch resistant but not shatter resistant. It does not feature a removable back cover; the SIM and Micro SD card slots are located under a removable plastic outer band - the "Motorola Band",[3] which Motorola calls "accent bands". These are available directly from Motorola in packs of three; aside from the stock black and white, there are six other colors to choose from.


The smartphone was originally launched with Android 5.0.2 "Lollipop",[4], but was updated to 5.1.1 "Lollipop".[5][6] The 4G variant of the Moto E was updated to 6.0 "Marshmallow" in February 2016, in limited countries/regions only.

Motorola had promised that it would push future Android version updates to the Moto E, but the phone was not included in the initial list to be updated to Android 6.0 "Marshmallow".[7] Motorola later announced that the LTE version of Moto E would receive the update in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia (except China).[8][9][10][11]

Generation comparisonEdit

1st Gen (2014) 2nd Gen (2015) 3rd Gen (2016)
Internal storage 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Display 4.3 inch (540 x 960) 4.5 inch (256 ppi, 540 x 960) 5 inch (294 ppi, 720 x 1280)
Processor Snapdragon 200 4G - Snapdragon 410
3G - Snapdragon 200
1GHz MediaTek MT6753P
Memory 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP 8 MP
Front camera No Yes, 0.3 MP Yes, 5 MP
Flash No No Yes
Quick launch camera none Double twist Press power twice
Android version 4.4 KitKat (at launch) 5.0.2 Lollipop (at launch) 6.0 Marshmallow
Removable battery No, 1980 mAh No, 2390 mAh Yes, 3500mAh

All three generations use micro-SIMs and use micro-USB B power connectors.


There are two models of the 2nd generation Moto E:[2]

3G - Otus - with a Snapdragon 200

  • XT1505 - Global models
  • XT1506 - Global, Dual SIM
  • XT1511 - US model

4G/LTE - Surnia - with a Snapdragon 410

  • XT1514 - Brazil, Dual SIM
  • XT1521 - Global, Dual SIM
  • XT1523 - Brazil, Dual Sim, 16 GB
  • XT1524 - Global models
  • XT1526 - 4G/LTE (CDMA) for Sprint (Sprint Prepaid, Boost, Virgin Mobile), US
  • XT1527 - USA model
  • XT1528 - 4G/LTE (CDMA) for Verizon Prepaid, US
  • XT1529 - 4G/LTE (CDMA) for LTE in Rural America (LRA) Partners

Official accessoriesEdit

To customize the phone, Motorola released the new Moto E in either black or white bezel. Motorola released replaceable color bands (yellow, turquoise, blue, raspberry, purple and red) in addition to larger "Grip Shell" cases.[12]

Press releaseEdit

In February 2015, Motorola shipped promo boxes to various members of the press, to arrive on the 25th. Inside the box was a mock-press conference to announce the phone. Inside the box contained a miniature stage, press pass, a Moto E and replaceable color band.[13]

On 18 August 2015, Lenovo announced that it had begun manufacturing Motorola smartphones at a plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, India run by Singapore-based contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. The first smartphone manufactured at the facility was the 4G variant of the Moto E (2nd generation).[14][15]


Ars Technica liked that the phone is well-built, the screen is decent, it has near-stock Android, the phone has decent performance and has excellent battery life. They did not like the camera, the limited storage, lack of NFC for mobile payments and that the $119 model (the 3G only) doesn't have some of the $149 model's best capabilities.[16]


  1. ^ "Hands On With The New Moto E". TechCrunch. AOL. 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Motorola's new Moto E has LTE and a bigger screen for just $149". The Verge. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ "ms103896 - Motorola Support".
  4. ^ "The New Moto E: Super-Cheap Phones Are Getting Really Good". Wired. 25 February 2015.
  5. ^ Chavez, Chris (13 May 2015). "Moto E (2nd Gen) now receiving Android 5.1 update over-the-air". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. ^ "The Second Generation Moto E Is Getting Its Lollipop 5.1 OTA Update Now". 13 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  7. ^ "[WTF] Motorola Marketed The Moto E 2015 On Promise Of Updates, Is Now Apparently Ending Them After 219 Days". Android Police. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Marshmallow and S'more - Updated".
  9. ^ "Motorola Says The Moto E 2015 Is Getting Marshmallow After All, Just Not In The USA". Android Police.
  10. ^ "[WTF] Motorola Marketed The Moto E 2015 On Promise Of Updates, Is Now Apparently Ending Them After 219 Days". Android Police.
  11. ^ "Moto E 2015 is going to receive the Marshmallow update after all, albeit in select regions". Android Central.
  12. ^ Barbara Krasnoff (25 February 2015). "First look: The new Moto E -- a better, still affordable phone". Computerworld.
  13. ^ "Motorola Debuts The New Moto E With A Unique Press Conference". TechCrunch. AOL. 25 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Make In India: Lenovo-Motorola starts making smartphones at Chennai plant". Times of India.
  15. ^ Moulishree Srivastava. "Lenovo starts manufacturing smartphones in India".
  16. ^ The new Moto E is the most phone you can get for $150. Retrieved 5 March 2015.

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