Moto E 2015

Ed. Note: The 2015 Moto E, released in early March, will remain on Android 5.1 Lollipop and not be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was made available some seven months later. As such it is not a smartphone we can recommend purchasing.

Republic Wireless has begun selling the second-generation version of the Motorola Moto E. The carrier has priced the recently-launched budget smartphone at $129 without a contract.

The new Moto E has a 4.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 960x540. Inside, there's a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of additional storage. It also includes a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front shooter, and a 2390mAh battery. Republic Wireless will offer the Moto E with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and two colors to choose from; black or white. You can check out our hands-on impressions for more information.

The carrier also announced it has lowered the price of its Moto G smartphone from $149 to just $99 without a contract.

Check out the Moto E on Republic Wireless ($129)