One of the more successful Android smartphones these past few years is the Motorola Moto E, an affordable handset with just the right mix of features, style and price.
No wonder the device sold like hot cakes in developing markets.
And it added to the bottom line of Motorola, skyrocketing its profits. No wonder that the US based company is ready for a sequel, and is said to be preparing a second generation Moto E for launch sometimes next year.
According to this report, while the second generation variant will not exactly be a major upgrade over the current model, Motorola is set to bring along some needed and necessary improvements.
Starting with the 4.5-inch qHD display of 960 x 540 resolution, a slight up from the 4.3-inch screen on the original. And then there is the similar 5 megapixel camera on the back, to go with 1GB of RAM and probably the same 4GB of storage capacity, backed up by up to 32GB via microSD.
In terms of processor, we have a 1.2GHz quad-core, probably the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410.
Since this is a 64-bit solution, this chip refresh is pretty much the only major upgrade over the previous model. But little chance that it will entice current generation owners to buy the new set.
And lastly, the second generation Motorola Moto E reportedly ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but this new version of the operating system has also been confirmed for the original smartphone, and will be released in the coming months.
Speaking of releases, it is estimated that we could see the updated version of Moto E going official as early as next month. January 2015 will play host to the CES, the Consumer Electronics Show.
If not, then the MWC, Mobile World Congress in March is a safe bet.