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Moto E budget smartphone range isn’t dead after all

Motorola’s entry-level smartphone range, the Moto E, isn’t dead after all.

At the turn of the year, comments made by the brand’s new Lenovo overlords raised the possibility that the Moto E family was being lined up for the chop.

With the last model of the Moto E released in February 2015, and no word on a successor since (aside from some suggestive benchmark results), those fears appeared to be well founded.

However, a recent Wi-Fi Alliance certification (via PocketNow) has put paid to such speculation.

Evidence of a device called the Moto E3 Power has appeared on Wi-Fi.org, which is as close to official confirmation as you’re likely to get without Lenovo itself making an announcement.

There’s no further specification or release date information, but we do at least get confirmation that the Moto E3 Power will be running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Those aforementioned benchmark listings suggest that the phone will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek CPU with 2GB RAM, and that it’ll be packing an 8-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Lenovo’s claims that it won’t be releasing any more sub-5-inch phones suggest that we can expect a 5-inch display, which will be a big increase over the 4.5-inch Moto E2.

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