What you need to know
- Motorola has just announced the Moto G Fast and a new model of the Moto E.
- The Moto G Fast is basically the Moto G Power with less RAM/storage and a smaller battery.
- Pre-orders are open now and official sales begin on June 12.
This past April, Motorola ushered in its new budget phones of 2020 with the Moto G Stylus and the Moto G Power. Both are solid Android handsets that deliver quality experiences at low price points, and today they're joined by two more additions — the Moto G Fast and a new model of the Moto E.
The Moto G Fast is now the third Moto G phone Motorola's launching in the U.S. this year, and it's essentially a repackaging of the Moto G Power with a couple of lower specs. The "Fast" branding is supposed to reference the Moto G Fast's snappy performance, but it's actually shaping up to be the slowest of the trio. It has the same Snapdragon 665 chip found in the Power and Stylus, but its RAM is decreased to 3GB from 4GB.
You'll find a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, three rear cameras (the exact same combo that's present on the Power), a 4,000 mAh battery, 10W wired charging speeds, and 32GB of expandable storage.
The Moto G Fast is the cheapest of 2020's Moto G lineup, coming in at $199.99. It's available unlocked at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Walmart, and Motorola's website, along with carrier availability at Boost Mobile.
|Category||Moto G Fast||Moto E (2020)|
|Operating System||Android 10|
2300 x 1080
1520 x 720
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665||Qualcomm Snapdragon 632|
|Memory||3GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB|
|Rear Camera 1||16MP primary camera|
|13MP primary camera|
|Rear Camera 2||2MP macro camera|
|2MP depth camera|
|Rear Camera 3||8MP ultra-wide camera|
|Security||Capacitive fingerprint sensor||Capacitive fingerprint sensor|
3.5mm headphone jack
3.5mm headphone jack
|Battery||4,000 mAh||3,550 mAh|
|Charging||10W wired||5W wired|
|Dimensions||161.87 x 75.7 x 9.05mm||159.77 x 76.56 x 8.65mm|
|Colors||Pearl White||Midnight Blue|
Moving along to the Moto E, this is a successor to last year's Moto E6 but with a simplified name. The Moto E lineup stands out for being the cheapest phones Motorola sells, and this year's entry introduces some very welcome upgrades.
For starters, the new Moto E has a much more modern design. The display has slimmer bezels with a waterdrop notch, though the resolution is still limited to 1520 x 720. This is also the first Moto E with dual rear cameras, consisting of a 13MP primary camera and 2MP depth camera. And, finally, there's a fingerprint sensor built into the Motorola "M" logo on the back of the phone.
Rounding out the Moto E is a Snapdragon 632 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a very respectable 3,550 mAh battery.
You'll be able to get the new Moto E unlocked for $149.99 from the same retailers as the G Fast, though carrier availability is much broader — including Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Metro by T-Mobile, Republic Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon pre-paid, and Xfinity Mobile.
Motorola's budget phones often tend to get shortchanged when it comes to software updates, and this time around, it's bleaker than usual. Motorola's confirmed that the Moto E won't receive any major OS updates of any kind, meaning it'll ship with Android 10 and die with Android 10. Moto G phones are typically guaranteed one update, but that promise isn't being made for the Moto G Fast. It's possible it'll get an update to Android 11 at some point, but for the time being, Motorola isn't committing to anything in these regards.
That does put a sizeable damper on the handsets, but if you're not as passionate about software updates as we tend to be, there's no denying that the Moto G Fast and Moto E bring a lot of value to the table for costing as little as they do.
If you're interested in either of the two phones, pre-orders are open right now with official sales beginning June 12.
Gotta go fast
Moto G Fast
The third (and cheapest) entry in the 2020 Moto G family
Following the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power, Motorola is again expanding its Moto G lineup with the new Moto G Fast. It's the most affordable of the bunch, sacrificing some RAM and internal storage to reach an even more competitive price.
Moto E (2020)
Motorola's best Moto E yet
The new 2020 variant of the Moto E introduces a few welcome upgrades to Motorola's cheapest smartphone series. It has a more modern design, dual rear cameras, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. It's paired with a decent processor and a large battery.
As someone who was a hardcore Budget Moto user (Original Moto G, 2nd gen Moto E, and Moto G 5Plus) I have to say I'm kinda underwhelmed by these. If you really are tight for budget then yes, choose these. But even here in the States there's significantly better options if you pay a little more.
2 gb ram needs to die. Even in "budget devices" this is going to struggle mightily. 3+ is needed for android in 2020.
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