New Moto E released, comes with T-Mobile-flavored LTE band 2, 4 and 12

This morning, Motorola delivered surprise packages to a number of tech journalists across the globe. Including our very own Marco, from PhoneDog (unboxing above). In them: a cardboard auditorium and a new Moto E.

The new budget Android device costs just $149 to buy unlocked from Motorola.com and comes with good value spec list to boot. It features:

  • 4.5-inch qHD display, 540×960 resolution (245ppi)
  • Snapdragon 410, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • Adreno 302 with 400MHz GPU
  • 5MP f/2.2 camera with auto HDR and slow-mo video
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage (expandable via Micro SD)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2,390mAh battery
  • Water-resistant coating
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • LTE support

It’s the last item on the list that’s most interesting to T-Mobile fans and customers. If you buy the Moto E with 4G LTE – US GSM model, it supports bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12 and 17. Which – of course – means that it’s compatible with all three of T-Mo’s frequencies. Including the newest 700MHz band.

You can buy the new Moto E from Motorola.com from today for $149.99 in either black or white. And, if those colors don’t quite do it for you, you can buy a multipack of colorful bands to add splash of life around the edges.

Let us know if you plan on picking one of these affordable smartphones up. Certainly seems like you’re getting a lot for your money, especially with that LTE support.

Source: Motorola

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  • 9to5Slavery

    This is great!

    Needs a design revamp! Needs to look more sleek!

    • Romdude

      Sleek apparently costs more money. lol

  • Joe

    This is great. But t-mobile should really start seling it so they have more budget smartphones that have full LTE support.

  • bisayan

    Thanks Cam Finally! I’m going to to sell my nexus 5 for this!

    • Pitahson

      you’re serious?

      • bisayan

        Yup Dead Serious! Its pretty much on par with the nexus 5 in terms of updates..I just have to deal without the flash feature which is fine with me and the screen which nexus 5 has 1080p in exchange to qHD and no NFC. Now the goodies….Its Support Band 12, Micro SD Cards, LTE, Larger Battery than my nexus 5, Qualcomm 410 which by the way supports 32/64 bit.

        • dtam

          but half the cpu speed, half the ram, quarter of the on board storage…

        • bisayan

          I could careless about the speed and all.. We are talking NO carrier bloat ware…THIS IS ANDROID STOCK. It will be as smooth as the nexuses..

        • dtam

          but you were comparing to a nexus 5…which is vanilla android

        • bisayan

          Read my comment above…:)

        • Justin Smith

          Lower case q which means it is over twice as low resolution as your nexus 5…

        • dtam

          never knew that difference, thanks!

  • besweeet

    Might be the best smartphone at under $150. No reason to get the first-gen Moto G LTE now.

    • Pitahson

      yup pretty much lol.

  • Bryann Pena

    Sounds like a good deal to me.

  • miami south

    yes now t-mobile needs to pick this up for eip and replace the horrible alcatel models

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    • gmo8492

      I’m surprised why Motorola continues to make exclusively deals with At&t and Verizon, but not T-mobile.

      • MastarPete

        It should be obvious. T-mobile isn’t willing to pay for exclusivity for a low end phone when their plans revolve around BYOD and they don’t have the same volume of sales as the big two. While I’m sure this device on EIP could help some people, for others it’s within the price range of people not having a problem with just buying in full elsewhere.
        For Motorola they’re likely in a position where it’s better for them to stick with carrier exclusivity arrangements and not try to sell to everyone.

  • RK

    Does it support Wifi Calling

    • Pitahson

      not a tmobile specific device so no

    • gmo8492

      Maybe after T-mobile releases it to the Nexus 6 it might get an unofficial port from someone at xda developers.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    Galaxy avant is better for the same price

    • taxandspend

      Is it? My wife has it and it’s a nice phone, but I don’t know that it’s better. Smaller battery, more expensive.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        $149 at Walmart, same price as the moto e. Has more RAM and storage. I guess its a trade off to what the moto e has, but I prefer the better specs on the Samsung vs having slightly more battery life

        • taxandspend

          It’s come way down, I didn’t know it was $149. But you can expand either phone’s memory, so for me it would come down to battery life vs. WiFi calling.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          The internal memory still limits you as not everything can be put on an SD card, and the extra ram helps performance. Also it has WiFi calling being that’s a T-Mobile device. Looks to me the bigger battery is the only real advantage the moto e has, compared to the several advantages of the avant

        • taxandspend

          I’d say stock Android is a big advantage – that would help in the performance department as well. I’m interested to see what the reviews of this revamped device are like.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Some people like touchwiz. That’s really a preference opinion, you can’t make the claim that one is better than the other based on your preference

        • taxandspend

          I’d say most people don’t like TouchWiz, and most of them would prefer stock Android. Rumor is the S6 version of TouchWiz will be far sleeker than what’s out there now. Evidence that Samsung is listening to their customers.

        • taxandspend

          Actually the Avant has more RAM than the Moto E. Moto E has more internal storage, but that’s what the SD card is for.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          That’s what I said as far as ram goes, 1.5gb vs 1gb. The avant however has more storage. 16gb vs 8gb

        • taxandspend

          But an SD card takes away that advantage. The 1.5GB is far more important than the 16GB.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          I think your missing something. The avant has 1.5gb ram vs the moto e’s 1gb, and 16gb storage vs the moto e’s 8gb; the avant is better in both aspects. Built in storage still is important regardless of having an SD card slot because not everything can be saved to an SD card. SD cards only store media and some app data unless the phone is rooted.

        • dtam

          it’s $99 after rebate from tmobile right now

        • bisayan

          Can I have whatever your smoking? Lol really Avant? New Moto E supports all the LTE bands which includes band 12! Second, it has the QUALCOMM 410 chip which support 32/64 bit, Third, Good luck with your avant software update in which MOTO software update has been real good!

        • taxandspend

          Avant can support all the LTE bands as well on T-Mobile, including 12. It has the Snapdragon 400 chip quad core.

        • nc_driver

          Avant is tempting, but so it getting the new Lollipop Android version with the Moto E.

    • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

      Dont think so.. Avant = garbage. This is Sweet Moto E + Lollypop + LTE = awesome . Are you all right.??

      • taxandspend

        Avant is definitely NOT garbage. It works very well, and for its price is a bargain.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Avant has LTE too… And being that its a T-Mobile device it has WiFi calling where the moto e doesn’t.

    • Durandal_1707

      Avant doesn’t have Band 12, does it?

      • taxandspend

        With an upcoming update, it has band 12.

        • MastarPete

          I thought it launched with band 12?
          At least that’s how I remember it being advertised.

        • taxandspend

          No I don’t think it did, but T-Mobile is supposed to send out an update (in May?) that will enable it. I’ve read that you can enable it yourself if you go through some menus.

    • Zak Taccardi

      it’s not. Samsung’s software isn’t as good as Motorola’s.

      • Mr Paul

        Motorola’s software? You mean their bundled apps and proprietary software and hardware crap. They do nothing to stock Android’s UI; it’s lame. You get (for pre-Lollipop) that butt-ugly, vomit-inducing, “wouldn’t kiss it even if it were payday” Android 4.x UI, and you wait OEM-lengths for updates.

        I got tired of waiting and I could care less about the useless Moto features I don’t need. So I got CyanogenMod and happy day. Now I have Lollipop and it works fine, in fact more stable than stock Motorola. Even more lame, and sad. Not for me, though.

        Oh, and I’ll take Samsung’s software any day of the week. At least they do something about that grotesque default Android experience. Lollipop remedies a ton of this, but Touchwiz is still arguable quite productive.

    • George

      The avant has major software bugs. See the Tmobile support site, no solutions from either Tmobile or Samsung as usual. My brother complains about the bugs daily.

      • Mr Paul

        I’m confident the E will have less bugs.

        /sarcasm

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Did someone mention dual SIM?

  • Cam Fas

    Wish my iPhone6Plus 128 gig had band 12 support it really is the only reason why I will trade in my phone for the 6Plus S if it has band 12 support

    • besweeet

      You’d think a $950 smartphone from late 2014 would include it, but…Apple.

      • 9to5Slavery

        This was already discussed in previous post. It was actually Tmobile that did not make the cut in time when the phone went into production

        • dtam

          link?

        • 9to5Slavery

          The iPhone 6 was already in development before T-Mobile even acquired this band, and the cellular chipset is selected very early in the design process, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 6 hardware doesn’t support Band 12.

          That said, I haven’t found any convincing information as to whether the iPhone 6’s LTE chip is actually capable of using Band 12 or not. All we know for sure is that the iPhone 6 doesn’t currently “support” it, which might simply be a software limitation. (Considering no carriers are even using Band 12 yet, it wouldn’t be surprising for software support to be delayed.)

          In any case, I’m guessing the 6S next year will have Band 12 support, if nothing else.

          In the mean time… As a T-Mobile customer with an iPhone 6, I look forward to any definitive answers about the iPhone 6’s hardware.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Research through google:
          http://www.reddit.com/r/tmobile/comments/2fxlik/no_band_12_support_for_iphone_6/

          The iPhone 6 was already in development before T-Mobile even acquired this band, and the cellular chipset is selected very early in the design process, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 6 hardware doesn’t support Band 12.

          That said, I haven’t found any convincing information as to whether the iPhone 6’s LTE chip is actually capable of using Band 12 or not. All we know for sure is that the iPhone 6 doesn’t currently “support” it, which might simply be a software limitation. (Considering no carriers are even using Band 12 yet, it wouldn’t be surprising for software support to be delayed.)

          In any case, I’m guessing the 6S next year will have Band 12 support, if nothing else.

          In the mean time… As a T-Mobile customer with an iPhone 6, I look forward to any definitive answers about the iPhone 6’s hardware.

        • besweeet

          So since T-Mobile didn’t request for band 12 LTE support, Apple didn’t bother to include it? Were there no other carriers in the world who wanted it? Seems odd.

        • Mathew Kessel

          >no other carrier in the world who wanted it

          that would be a correct statement

      • 9to5Slavery

        .The iPhone 6 was already in development before T-Mobile even acquired this band, and the cellular chipset is selected very early in the design process, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 6 hardware doesn’t support Band 12.

        That said, I haven’t found any convincing information as to whether the iPhone 6’s LTE chip is actually capable of using Band 12 or not. All we know for sure is that the iPhone 6 doesn’t currently “support” it, which might simply be a software limitation. (Considering no carriers are even using Band 12 yet, it wouldn’t be surprising for software support to be delayed.)

        In any case, I’m guessing the 6S next year will have Band 12 support, if nothing else.

        In the mean time… As a T-Mobile customer with an iPhone 6, I look forward to any definitive answers about the iPhone 6’s hardware…

  • Ap

    Is there a flash for the back camera?

    • gmo8492

      Look at the video.

    • Ap

      Never mind my question, just finished watching the video above.

  • JD

    n my endless quest to actually get a signal in my basement office at work, I managed to stumble upon instructions on how to turn on band 12 for the Galaxy Avant. I just tested this right now and sure enough, I’m connected to Band 12 here in Minneapolis. I’ll see if it automatically switches to Band 12 when I go to the basement at the office but considering Minneapolis is one of the “live” Band 12 markets, I suspect it should work just fine. 

    I’d post the link to give proper credit but my account wont let me. here are the instructions from the developer site. This just involves navigating through the service mode menu.

    In the Phone App dial the following: *#197328640#
    Press menu -> Select Key Input enter “Q” (capital letter) -> Press OK
    Press Menu -> Select Key Input enter 0000 (four zeros) -> Press OK

    At this point wait about 15 seconds and the menu will change from DEBUG to MAIN MENU

    Select [2] UE Setting & Info Menu
    Select [1] Setting
    Select [2] System
    Select [9] Next Page
    Select [7] LTE Band On/Off
    Select [5] LTE B12
    I was told the settings won’t stay unless you back all the way out (Menu -> Back) then reboot. So, that’s what I did.

    I’d post images but this is my first post (long time forum lurker). I’m connected to band 12 with 5mhz here. (I believe almost all of TMobile’s band 12 is only 5mhz) Anyway, I’m excited enough to have Band 12 to finally 

  • JD

    It’s funny that when Avant came out people called it crap! NEW Motorola has worse specs and people love it! Noob phone idiots….Thats right your Noobs!

    • Matthew Lynn

      My noobs?

    • Mr Paul

      Motorola has a ton of shrills and apologists. It makes me sick. Whatever Motorola does is right to them. My next phone will most likely be a Samsung, being everything from software to the community and support suits my taste.

      MoSheep can’t see through the Luciano Carvalho-tinted/stained glasses. Carvalho, the two-bit hypocrite loudmouth Motorola mouthpiece. First he has the nerve to say the Moto X 2013 will come before 2013 E. Strike #1, and then he says it will get updated OTA updater soon, Strike #2, then he calls out HTC for missing their deadline, meanwhile they beat him by a long shot on releasing Lollipop. Strike #3, send him home.

  • Anthony V Cannata

    Don’t like Sony, Moto phones sorry Samsung is better

  • Jay Holm

    Considering it’s $150, the sacrifices aren’t too bad. If you have a severely ccracked screen, I think it’s better to get this, than to pay $175 for an insurance replacement. Or as a secondary phone.

  • JD

    Samsung Galaxy Avant
    SOC= qualcomm snapdragon 400 msm8926
    CPU= arm cortex-a7, 1200MHz, cores-1
    GPU= qualcomm adreno 305, cores-1
    RAM=1.5gb
    LTE=band 12/700
    5 Meg camera with FLASH
    Those specs arent bad for a budget phone..
    Heres the website for the entire spec list

    http://WWW.DEVICESPECIFICATIONS.COM/EN/MODE

    • George

      That Avant has a ton of software issues, shuts off, freezes and overall buggy. As usual Samsung does nothing about it.

  • Eric Blackman

    It’s kind of ridiculous that T-Mobile doesn’t offer the moto devices in store or on their website. You’d think their price points would be a perfect fit for a large chunk of their customer base.

    • Brian Perez

      There customer base like samsung and lg from what ive noticed

      • Walt

        Their*

    • benny

      I’d rather not. Phones (except Nexus lines) sold by tmobile come with tmobile bloatware. Even worse, T-Mobile delays Android OS update at least 3 months after manufacturers update.

  • Fritz

    This prob means that ill be getting the Moto G LTE (3rd Gen, when it arrives)
    i think the 3rd Generation Moto G will feature everything i want specs wise while being cheap.

  • taxandspend

    What about HD voice, and VoLTE on T-Mobile?

    • Simon Belmont

      HD voice should work. Even the original Moto E supports that.

      As for VoLTE, that’s less clear. It’s definitely possible.

  • Mr Paul

    Motorola has really turned me off. I’ve been a huge fan for over a decade with the company being under 3 different sets of hands. My 2013 X will be my last. Plus, if I wanted stock Android, I’d get a NEXUS. You’re basically forced to use CM if you want functionality out of a Motorola and it’s not a 2014 X or G. No thanks!

    Oh, and 1.5GB of RAM and they would have nailed it. Stupid choice!

    • Colin Barry

      I think this is a fantastic phone spec-wise for only $150 off contract. You won’t fine a phone this powerful for that price anywhere. I think Motorola has improved over the last 2 years if anything; the Android ‘Droid’ series has always been garbage. My father had the 2 and the 4, and they were both horrible. I have the original X, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of it.

  • dtam

    if it were that easy to search through google, I wouldn’t have asked for a link…

    I wouldn’t actually call the reddit conversation as a definitive source.
    Personally I think it’s more likely that apple didn’t see adoption of band 12 until mid 2016 so decided to not include it. they always need a reason to force people to buy new iphones

    • 9to5Slavery

      It’s not Apple to see adoption rate, it’s T-mobile that adopted it late. Why would it be up to Apple first? The same reason why T-mobile had to get it right for iPhone to work on their network in the first place. 2016? You’re crazy talk. Apple doesn’t need a reason to force anyone to buy new iPhones. So does any other company. People buy smartphones because they want to, wether old or new. You’re ignorant.

      • dtam

        don’t need to be immature and start calling people names. i specifically said it was my personal opinion.

        yes, 2016. initially the 600 mhz auction was supposed to happen sometime this year and as a result of that, 6 months after the auction channel 51 had to be vacated from the airwaves thus enabling a full roll out of Band 12.

        there is a following of people who will buy each new version of iphone out there but that’s not the majority. a lot of people still need a reason to upgrade after 2 years, rather than 3 or 4. apple knows this…that’s why they “hold back” things they could put in their phones, like higher capacity batteries and more RAM.

        • 9to5Slavery

          same with phone makers with android os on it for 600mhz as well. you doesn’t have to be so biased against apple products.

        • dtam

          Never said other manufacturers didn’t do planned obsolescence as well

        • 9to5Slavery

          Should of included them because you sound very biased. Just helping you out

        • dtam

          I think you’re being a little too sensitive here. The comment all the way up top was about iphone. if you go to the samsung s6 page, you’ll see me write about how it’s disappointing the s6 doesn’t have microsd or removable battery as it’s predecessors.

        • 9to5Slavery

          I am not being too sensitive. I’m just making sure you don’t sound like ass.

        • dtam

          don’t worry, I don’t need your approval and can’t give half a crap about what you think

        • 9to5Slavery

          It’s not what I think. It’s what everyone thinks.

  • Jas

    Band 12 has been disabled on my moto E 4G LTE when I updated to 5.1 and it is no longer listed on the Moto E specs page.

  • JC

    Not sure why an unlocked Motorola phone has to have band 12 disabled with an android update to 5.1 just because a carrier complained. An unlocked phone direct from Motorola is just that, it is not designed for any particular carrier so why would Motorola bend to Tmobiles wishes? I don’t get it. I was thinking about getting the unlocked moto E but now not sure.