**Google’s acquisition of Motorola shocked the world last year, as did the Moto G with its minuscule price tag. **And now, rumour has it that the Moto E, Google’s successor to the popular Moto G smartphone, will be hitting our shelves in the next few months.

So what can we expect to see from a new budget Motorola smartphone? Let’s take a look at the specs, features and release date which make up the current Motorola Moto E rumours…

Moto E Specs

To kick things off, the Moto E is expected to sport a 4.3-inch display, which comes in just slightly smaller than the Moto G’s 4.5-inch and the Moto X’s 4.7-inch screen. When put into context, this makes the Moto E the perfect sized handset for watching movies, playing games and browsing the web, sitting just larger than the iPhone 5s, but not as big as the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Underneath the Moto E’s display will allegedly sit a 1.2GHz dual-core processor which, though not as powerful as the Moto G’s quad-core processor, will still rival its closest competitors in the budget market.  Speaking of rivals, the latest Moto E rumours suggest that the device will boast 1GB of RAM under the hood, compared to the typical 512MB we usually see on similarly-priced handsets. In practice, this will make multitasking a dream on the Moto E, allowing users to flit between a number of apps at any one time.

The Moto E will also boast a similar 5 megapixel rear facing camera as its predecessor, allowing you to snap away to your heart’s content. Plus, with Android’s huge selection of editing apps on board, you can really get creative with your photography skills!

Perhaps the one stand out difference between the Moto G and its rumoured successor, however, is size. In addition to the slightly smaller display we’re getting on the Moto E, the rumour mill is also hinting that the new Motorola smartphone will be just 6.2mm thick, cutting almost 5mm from its waistline! If true, this would make the Moto E one of the slimmest and sleekest budget smartphones on the market this year.

If you’re looking to pick up a budget smartphone right now, check out our budget smartphone battle between the Sony Xperia E1 and the HTC Desire 200.

Switch and Swap with the colourful Moto E

Another feature which made the Moto G, and its bigger brother the Moto X, so successful is the ability to swap and change their colourful cases. At present the Moto G is available in 7 vibrant shades including pink, sky blue, red, yellow, black, white and dark blue, whilst the Moto X can be picked up in a whopping 18 different colours.

The Moto G is available in a who range of vibrant colours. So will the Moto E do the same?

Although there’s no word on the street as to whether the Moto E will share this feature, with the colourful Nokia Lumia 520 stealing the hearts of the nation, we fully anticipate that Motorola will opt for the same colourful line up. After all, you just need to take a look at Motorola’s new logo to see what’s in store…

Android KitKat on a budget smartphone

Leaks emanating from various sources have also confirmed that the Moto E will sport the latest version of Android’s KitKat operating system.  Because KitKat is specially designed to work well on smartphones with less RAM than your typical flagship handset, it means that you no longer have to pay a fortune to get the same first class OS on your smartphone.

How much will the Moto E cost?

The main question on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to smartphone rumours is usually price. And with the measly £135 price tag of the Moto G, we can only expect good things from the Moto E.

With the range of specs and features rumoured, we anticipate that Motorola will try and wow is with a slim handset cost which will take pounds off that of the Moto G.

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