Motorola Moto E3 Power: First impressions

Lenovo-owned Motorola has launched its Moto E3 Power smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 7,999, the budget device will be available on Flipkart starting tonight. We spent some time with the Moto E3 Power, and here are our initial impressions of it.

Motorola Moto E3 Power sports a plastic body, with a removable back panel that has a textured finish. Underneath the back panel, there are two sim-card slots and one microSD card slot. The right edge is where the volume rocker and power button are, while the top edge is home to a 3.5mm audio jack. The microUSB port is at the bottom.

The front is largely dominated by a 5-inch HD display with on-screen navigation keys. Above the displayis a notification LED, a 5MP selfie-camera and the usual array of sensors. There’s an 8MP primary camera with LED flash at the back.

All in all, we found the look and feel of the Motorola Moto E3 power to be pretty solid. The 5-inch screen is apt for one-handed operation and at 153.5g, the phone is quite lightweight.

Moto E3 Power has a 5-inch HD display of 720×1280 pixel resolution and about 294ppi. In the brief time we had with the smartphone, we found the display to be fairly decent. There’s not much pixilation and the touch response is good. But even though colour reproduction is vibrant, we feel that viewing angles could’ve been better.

Motorola Moto E3 Power is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735p processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage and supports microSD cards of up to 32GB in size.

The smartphone comes with a 3,500mAh battery, which the company claims can last for the entire day. There’s also a 10W rapid charger included, which can charge the battery for about 5 hours of use in just 15 minutes, as per Motorola. However, that’s something we’ll only be able to test out in our detailed review of the device.

In our limited time with the Motorola Moto E3 Power, we did not experience any general issues or lag with the device. The phone handled everything from app switching to multi-tabbed web browsing with ease. That said, we’ll reserve our final word till we review the device in detail.

Motorola Moto E3 Power has an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash) and a 5MP front facing camera. While the rear camera comes with various modes such as Burst mode, HDR and Panorama, the front camera comes with the beautification mode. During our brief testing, we found the camera to be pretty capable. It captures decent indoor images and colour reproduction is good. However, there’s a little noise in the images. The rear camera is also capable of recording videos in 720p resolution.
Motorola Moto E3 Power runsAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The experience is almost like that of stock Android and there aren’t any third-party apps preloaded.

What we think
At a price tag of Rs 7,999, Motorola Moto E3 Power will go against budget devices like Moto G4 Play and Samsung J2 (2016). While our initial impressions of the phone are good, you’ll have to wait for our complete review to find out whether the E3 Power is worth buying or not.