November 28, 2020

Motorola’s new Moto G Fast and Moto E are affordable entrypoints to Android

The Moto G Fast and Moto E offer a streamlined Android experience at a low price... but no NFC.

Moto G Fast and Moto E 2020 hero images

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Motorola’s Moto G line has always been popular with consumers. The series has traditionally offered great value to users, with a streamlined Android experience and all the Google apps you might need for your daily life. But over the last couple of years, Moto has started to branch its devices into specific use cases. We’ve seen such phones as the Moto G Power, the Moto G Stylus, and even the Motorola One Macro, each offering specific features a customer might want in a device.

Today, Motorola is launching another contender, comically named the Moto G Fast. The naming scheme is a bit ironic since it is actually slower than many of its previous phones, but the focus for this device is an optimized Android experience at an affordable price. It comes stock with Android 10, and Motorola says it has tailored the experience on this device to be as streamlined as possible for the hardware it sports.

Motorola Moto G Fast

Moto G Fast hero image

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

The Moto G Fast brings a fairly large 6.4-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery with 10W charging. The G Fast also comes with 32GB of onboard storage, but you can expand it up to 512GB with a microSD card.

As for cameras, the Moto G Fast sports a main 16MP sensor, an 8MP wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. There is an 8MP selfie shooter on the front of the device.

The Moto G fast is available now from Amazon.com for just $199.99.

Motorola Moto E

Moto E 2020 hero image

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Motorola is launching an additional device beside the Moto G Fast, simply called the Moto E. Because there have been Moto E devices before this, you can think of this as a 2020 update to the series.

The Moto E has a slightly smaller 6.2-inch 720p display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,550mAh battery with 5W charging. The Moto E also comes with 32GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 512GB.

You’ve got one main 13MP camera on the Moto E, but you’ll also find a 2MP depth sensor camera, which allows you to take portrait mode photos. On the front, you’ll find a 5MP selfie camera.

The Moto E is available now from Amazon.com for only $149.99.

You can also find the device at T-Mobile, Metro, Boost Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Consumer Cellular, Xfinity Mobile, Republic Wireless, and certified prepaid on Verizon.

Motorola Moto G Fast and Moto E specs

  Moto G Fast Moto E (2020)
Display 6.4-inch Max Vision LCD
720p
6.2-inch Max Vision LCD
720p
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
Cameras Rear cameras
Main: 16MP with f/1.7 aperture
Macro: 2MP with f/2.2 aperture
Wide-angle: 8MP

Front camera
8MP

Rear cameras
Main: 13MP with f/2 aperture
2MP depth sensor

Front camera
5MP

RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage 32GB 32GB
Battery 4,000mAh 3,550mAh
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Software Android 10 Android 10
Dimensions and weight 161.87 x 75.7 x 9.05mm
189.4g
159.77 x 76.56 x 8.65mm
185g

Before we wrap up, let’s point out one glaring omission: no NFC on either device. That means Moto G Fast and Moto E 2020 users won’t get to use contactless payments, which have become very popular in recent years. At the price Moto is asking though, it’s hard to complain.

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