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Motorola’s most affordable smartphone yet tipped for May 13 launch

Updated May 1st, 2014 3:56PM EDT
Moto E Specs and Launch

Motorola has invited the media to attend a special May 13 press event that will take place in London, Engadget reports, and while it’s not clear what new products the company will unveil, it is believed Motorola could introduce to the world its cheapest Android handset yet. Dubbed the Moto E in some reports, the upcoming smartphone should be even more affordable than the Moto G that launched last year and which quickly became one of Motorola’s best-selling devices.

The company is already rumored to be working on several new smartphones for 2014, including a Moto X successor, and even a handset of phablet proportions, although it’s not clear when these devices will be launched.

A few weeks ago, a report from Brazil revealed that the local telecommunications regulator has already approved a Moto E phone that’s supposed to start selling soon. According to that report, the cheaper Motorola device would pack a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 5-megapixel camera, FM Radio, 1900mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat under the hood.

The phone would be just 6.2mm, which could mean the Moto E may be Motorola’s thinnest smartphone yet, and would be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variations.

A different report from Mexico offered similar details for the handset. Motorola has previously hinted that it was working on an even cheaper handset than the Moto G.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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