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Moto E photo crops up on Facebook ahead of launch

The Moto E may have just been debuted on Facebook ahead of its official launch next week.

Motorola has scheduled the Moto E launch for May 13, but that hasn’t stopped one user leaking a photograph of the budget Moto on Facebook.

One user apparently posted the above image of the Moto E on the Motorola Mexico Facebook page, but that image has subsequently been removed.

That wasn’t before Android Police managed to take a screengrab of the entry-level Moto E though, which is shown next to the extremely successful Motorola Moto G.

You can see the older style Motorola branding on the Moto E (on the right hand side), suggesting that the device is a pre-release testing unit rather than finished article.

However, it looks like the Moto E is a touch shorter than the Moto G, which matches up with the rumour the E should arrive with a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, downgrading the 4.5-inch 720p HD Moto G display and 4.7-inch 720p HD Motorola Moto X.

From the looks of it, the Moto E strangely lacks a front-facing camera altogether, which may bother those in the market for a budget phone with video-calling capabilities.

That sensor to the right of the speaker is similar to the light sensor on other Moto devices, so we’d expect that’s what that is rather than a front-facing snapper.

Rumoured specs suggest the device will come with a 5-megapixel rear camera though, with the whole phone running on a 1,900mAh battery.

The Moto E is expected to feature a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The latter is tipped to be complemented by microSD card support though, so don’t fret.

You can’t see in this image, but the Moto E is supposedly just 6mm thick, making it thinner than even the 6.5mm Huawei Ascend P7 and decidedly cheaper than the 11.6mm Moto G.

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