Moto-E_2nd-Gen_1It’s been a little while coming. The Moto E, first launched in February of this year, has made its way to Australian shores, going on sale next week (18 June, to be exact) for $249 in the local currency.

When Motorola launched the original Moto E last year, they wanted to bring a great mobile experience to everyone, without breaking the bank, and they achieved that; the original Moto E was a pretty great phone for a very great price, and I very much enjoyed reviewing it in August last year.

The new Moto E promises to be that same wow factor, again, twelve months later. The new Moto E delivers 4G LTE compatibility, a 4.5″ qHD display, front-facing camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop (though it seems an upgrade to Android 5.1 is available out of the box). Motorola are also bringing features from the Moto X to the Moto E as well, which will be welcomed.

Let’s take a quick rundown of the key differences with the new Moto E:

Do more, faster, with a quad-core processor

The new Moto E features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics. Start switching back and forth between your favourite apps without slowing down. Or listen to music and surf the web at the same time — without missing a beat.

Keep going with an all-day battery

With a 2390 mAh battery, the new Moto E is designed to last a full day. Dash to school or work in the morning. Meet up with family or friends. Then head out for the evening. All without worrying about stopping to recharge.

Given how well the Moto E performed last year, this year’s device is likely to be quite the battery performer.

Massive memory, massive fun

The new Moto E comes with 8GB storage which you can quickly increase by up to 32GB with a microSD card. That’s 40GB worth of happy snaps and punchy tracks on your Moto E while you create memories with family and friends.

Take more shots with two cameras

The new Moto E comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a second camera in front, making it perfect for selfies or video calls with family and friends. With two twists of the wrist, you can launch the camera with Motorola’s Quick Capture feature. Want to take a selfie? Just twist your wrist again to switch to the front-facing camera. All without touching the screen.

Let the fun begin… just add color

Give your phone a splash of color with interchangeable Motorola Bands and Grip Shells. Choose from six Motorola Bands like turquoise or raspberry, or attach a colorful Grip Shell for added protection from scrapes and spills.

Update 18/6: Moto won’t actually be bringing bands and grip shells to Australia. D’oh!

Make it easy with Moto software experiences

With the new Moto E, you get premium Moto experiences like Moto Display for notifications and updates without interruptions and Moto Migrate to quickly and easily transfer contacts, photos and videos to your new phone.

The new Moto E will be available in Australia from 18 June for $249. For our Kiwi friends, the price is $269, and its available from 22 June.

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The Anonymous

The price is increasing might as well get a moto x

Soni Waterfire

Needs to get a bloody flash. I mean come-on the phone is great… But there really needs to be a flash on it


Don’t bother, get a ZTE Blade S6 – better all round it seems


Updated 4G Moto E 2nd Gen, and Australia is still not seeing a trace of the 4G Moto G 2nd Gen.


Ridiculous, isn’t it?


Does that mean it’s actually superior in all aspects to last year’s Moto G 4G? It’s getting hard to keep track of all of these cheap Moto models. Still waiting for Lollipop on my wife’s Moto G 4G. Some people on xda reported receiving it, but nothing here.