Zee Media Bureau
US-based Motorola is likely to launch the 4G version of its popular affordable smartphone, Moto E at a crazy price of under Rs 10,000, in India by May this year.
The 4G version of the device would compete with the likes of Lenovo’s A6000 (Rs 6,999), Yu’s Yureka (Rs 8,999) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G (Rs 9,999).
Motorola, which was acquired by Chinese technology giant Lenovo from Google last year, sells its devices in India through e-commerce firm Flipkart.
Two weeks ago, Motorola had announced the global launch of the 3G and 4G versions of the new Moto E in more than 50 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
The unlocked 4G-enabled handset is available for USD 149.99 (about Rs 9,400) in the US, while the 3G version is priced at USD 119.99 (around Rs 7,500).
According to CyberMedia Research, iPhone maker Apple was the largest 4G LTE smartphone vendor in India with a market share of 45 percent in October-December 2014 period.
With increasing usage of data services and telecom players gearing up to offer 4G services (which provides higher speed), handset makers are also lining up devices at affordable price points to tap the opportunity.
Motorola had launched the second generation of Moto E, priced at Rs 6,999 earlier this week, which features Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics.
Running on Android’s latest Lollipop operating system, the 3G handset sports a 4.5-inch screen and comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera. The handset has a 2,390 mAh battery.
With the new Moto E, users will get Moto experiences like Moto Display for notifications and updates as well as Moto Migrate to easily transfer contacts, photos and videos to their new handset.
Motorola sells four handsets — Moto E, Moto G, Moto X and Moto Turbo in India. It has already unveiled the second generation of Moto G and Moto X devices here.
It also introduced its smartwatch, Moto 360, in the country last year.
In January, Motorola said it crossed the three million device sales mark with the Moto E and Moto G making up almost 80-85 per cent of the sales.
With Agency Inputs