After many speculations about Lenovo’s plans for discontinuing pocket-friendly Moto E series,  Moto E3 Power finally made it to India. The E3 Power comes at a competitive price of Rs. 7,999, and if Motorola claims are to be believed, is doing really well in India. Compared to last generation models, the new Moto E offers beefed up specifications and a bigger battery. Let’s try and answer all Moto E related doubts and queries to help you decide if it’s worth your money.

Moto E3 Power Specifications

Model Moto E3 Power
Display 5-Inch, IPS display, 720P HD, Oleophobic coating
Processor 1.0GHz MediaTek MT6735P Quad-Core
RAM  2GB
Internal Storage 16GB (expandable up to 32GB)
Software Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Primary Camera 8MP sensor with LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5MP Front-Facing Camera
Battery 3500 mAh, Fast charging
Others 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM, WIFI
Price 7,999 INR

Design and Display

Question: How is the Moto E3 Power Design and Build Quality?

Answer: Lenovo’s Moto E3 Power follows the same design as the Moto G4 family. To us, this resemblance is mildly off-putting because we did expect the Moto E to have its own unique, perky design. At the same time, we have to admit that the phone certainly looks better than most other phones that we have seen in this budget.

Like most phones, the front is dominated by the IPS LCD display. Below it, there is a large chin, with a broad slit that houses the front firing speaker. Above the display, there is an earpiece alongside camera and proximity sensor. On the top, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, while at the bottom sits a symmetrically aligned micro USB port.

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The power button and volume rocker are placed on the right edge. Both buttons are easily accessible, don’t wobble and offer good tactical feedback. There is a rugged pattern on the power button that helps you differentiate it from the volume rocker instantly.

The matte-finish back panel curves towards the sides to facilitate a firm grip. Overall, the Moto E3 Power doesn’t have an unconventional design still, it looks sophisticated and firm.

Question: Is the Moto E3 Power water and dust proof?

Answer: As per the company, it comes with a water repellent nano-coating which can protect your phone from accidental spills. Having said that, it is not water and dust proof.

Question: Are the capacitive keys on Moto E3 Power backlit?

Answer: The E3 Power uses on-screen navigation buttons, therefore, backlit buttons are out of question.

Question: How is the display of Moto E3 Power?

Answer: The Moto E3 Power houses a 5-inch IPS LCD display which translates to 294 PPI pixel density. The display offers rich colors and brightness levels are also high enough. However, viewing angles of the display are average and we noticed some color fading and tinting while gawking at it sideways. The Display is also a bit reflective, something you readily notice outdoors. The display resists smudges and finger grease (to an extent), thanks to the oleophobic coating on top.

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Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the Moto E3 Power has the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: The outdoor visibility of the display is decent despite its reflective nature. The adaptive display comes into play in bright conditions.

Question: Does the Moto E3 Power display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection?

Answer: No, the Moto E3 Power doesn’t come with a Gorilla Glass protection.

Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Moto E3 Power?

Answer: At the time of first boot, 12.07 GB (approx.) out of 16GB is available for user consumption.

Question: Does Moto E3 Power support microSD card?

Answer: Yes, it does support microSD storage up to 32GB.

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Question: Does Moto E3 Power support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question: Does Moto E3 Power has a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: No, it doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor.

Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Moto E3 Power?

Answer: Moto E’s have never been tailored for power users needs. These are phones which are known to handle basic usage rather efficiently. The Moto E3 Power didn’t fare very well in this regard. The performance reminded us of last generation laggy 3G variant.

If you are a basic user, with very basic needs, the Moto E3 power might suffice. But, for anything more than that the performance is bound to be a problem, especially after a period of usage. The phone is certainly not meant for gaming. Heavy users will be better off with alternatives like Redmi Note 3 and Le 1s Eco.

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Question: What are benchmark scores of Moto E3 Power?

Answer: Here are some benchmark scores.

Benchmark Standards Benchmark Scores
AnTuTu  23314
Nenamarks 2  51.9FPS
Quadrant  7478
Vellamo (browser)  1801
Geekbench 3 (single core, multi-core)  428, 1168

Question: Does Moto E3 Power has heating issues?

Answer: No, it runs cool.

Question: How much RAM is free on first boot in Moto E3 Power?

Answer: At the time of first boot, Approx. 1.2 GB RAM was free.

Question: Does Moto E3 Power support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?

Answer: No, it doesn’t. Gyroscope sensor is not present which is necessary for all VR apps.

Camera

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Question: How is the Moto E3 Power camera quality?

Answer: It comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. On the front it there is a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

When the subject is firmly stationed and you hold the phone steady it manages to click some respectable shots. In images captured in good lighting conditions, one will find adequate details and accurate colors. As the amount of ambient light diminishes, the image quality goes for a toss. The noise creeps in and makes images unusable.

Question: How well does the HDR Mode work on the Moto E3 Power camera?

Answer: Yes, HDR mode is present in the default camera app.

Question: Can the Moto E3 Power shoot 4K videos?

Answer: No, it can’t record 4K videos. At best, it can only record videos up to 1080p.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Moto E3 Power?

Answer: No. there is no option to record slo-mos in default camera app.

Software

Question: How is the software on the new Moto E3 Power?

Answer: The Moto E3 Power comes out of the box running on near stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The software is bloat free and offers best possible android experience on a budget phone despite its hardware limitations. Unfortunately, Motorola won’t be updating it to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Question: Does the Moto E3 Power support Gestures?

Answer: No, since Lenovo has tried to keep it close to original Android, it hasn’t made many alterations or embedded new features which are not part of the stock built.   

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Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Moto E3 Power support?

Answer: The handset accepts two Micro SIM cards. The slot is not hybrid.

Question: Does Moto E3 Power VoLTE compatible?

Answer: Yes, it is compatible and also comes with Reliance Jio welcome offer.  

Question: How is the call quality on Moto E3 Power?

Answer: Call quality is excellent.

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Question: How is the Battery backup on Moto E3 Power?

Answer: True to its name, the Moto E3 Power, doesn’t disappoint with the battery backup. We easily managed to reach end of day with sufficient juice left in the tank.

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Question: Does Moto E3 Power support fast charging?

Answer: Yes, it comes bundled with a 2amp turbocharger.

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Question: What are the sensors present in Moto E3 Power?

Answer: Only Accelerometer, Proximity, and screen orientation sensor are present in Moto E3 Power.

Question: Is the battery removable on Moto E3 Power?

Answer: Yes, the battery is removable.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Moto E3 Power?

Answer: One of the good things about Moto E3 Power is its speaker placement on the front. The mono speaker is fairly loud.

Question: How is the audio quality via headphones?

Answer: Audio quality via headphones is pretty decent.

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Conclusion

Frankly, the Moto E3 power is for those who needs a smartphone primarily to make and receive calls and access limited web on the phone. If you hope to play games on this budget smartphone, then you are not doing justice to your money. If you are looking for a branded alternative for minimal needs, (for instance to gift a smartphone to not-so-tech-savvy parents) you can consider this as an option.

Pros:

  • Excellent battery back-up
  • Good design & built quality
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • Front facing loudspeaker

Cons:

  • Mediocre chipset
  • Reflective display

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