The Moto E (2015) has been available in the US in unlocked form for a while, and today it’s also gone on sale at a couple of carriers.
Actually, we’re talking about Sprint and one of its prepaid brands – Boost Mobile, to be exact. Sprint’s other prepaid brand, Virgin Mobile, will launch the new Moto E on March 9 (which is this coming Monday).
At Boost, you can already grab a Moto E (2015) – online or in stores. You can only have the white model though. The black phone is available for Sprint Prepaid in Best Buy and Radio Shack stores.
The pricing is identical in all cases, the new Moto E goes for just $ 99.99, without any long-term contract requirement of course. Considering that this is the 4G-capable model which retails unlocked for $ 149.99, you’re saving quite a bit of money if you get it from Boost, Sprint, or Virgin (it’s a third cheaper). Then again, if you buy from one of these carriers, you’ll need to use the handset on plans from that company, so there’s that to keep in mind too.
This year’s Moto E comes with slightly refreshed specs compared to its predecessor. It boasts a 4.5-inch qHD (560×940) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a secondary VGA camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, and a 2,390 mAh battery.
The 4G LTE iteration (which Sprint, Boost, and Virgin are selling) is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 SoC, sporting a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.