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Motorola Expands Low-Price Smartphone Selection

Chicago — Motorola expanded its selection of low-price smartphones designed to appeal to price-conscious consumers who it contends don’t want to settle for older obsolete smartphones.

The phones are also designed to appeal to users in less developed and poorer countries where phone prices generally aren’t subsidized. About 70 percent of mobile phone users in the world are still using feature phones, Motorola said.

The phones also appeal to U.S. consumers who want to buy unsubsidized phones without a contract.

Last year, the company unveiled the 3G Moto G at an unlocked price of $179 through its website. Two new models include the 3G Moto E, priced at $129 unlocked on the company’s website. The other new model is a 4G LTE version of the Moto G, priced at $219 unlocked through the company’s website.

 Like the original Moto G, the phones will also be sold through carriers throughout the world, including CDMA versions, to reach the majority of overseas cellphone users who aren’t using smartphones. Moto E, for example, will be available in more than 40 countries through more than 80 carriers around the world over the next few weeks, Motorola said.

All of the phones feature optional interchangeable backs in different colors.

The Motorola E features Android 4.4, Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 4.3-inch 540 by 960 qHD screen with 256 dpi, 4GB embedded memory, 32GB MicroSD slot, Gorilla Glass 3, 5-megapixel rear camera with 30 fps FWVGA video capture, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS and Bluetooth.

The Moto G features Android 4.4, quad-core 1.2GHz CPU,  8GB embedded memory,  1,280 by 720 HD display with 329 ppi, 2,070 mAh battery, 5-megapixel image capture at 4:3 and 3.8-megapixel capture at 16:9, LED flash, 4x digital zoom, slow-motion video, burst mode, auto HDR, panorama mode, tap-to-focus capability, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 720p 30 fps HD video capture on front and back cameras, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS.