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It’s been some time since we’ve heard the brand name Motorola hit our servers and we’re glad they’ve returned to Philippine shores. First up on their list will be the Motorola Moto E3 Power their most budget-friendly offering.

Design

The E3 Power takes cues from Motorola X, a 2015 flagship, and converts the entire experience into plastic form.

The back is a removable polycarbonate cover with multiple hinges to keep the backing in place. Located inside will be the removable battery which will have to be lifted to gain access to the dual sim card slots and the micro SD card slot.

Nothing else is present apart from the camera and the slightly dimpled Motorola logo when the cover is placed back.

It’s all flat glass protection on top of the selfie camera and the earpiece on top, the 5 inch IPS LCD display and the front firing bottom speaker. All the materials are being held together by a plastic frame.

Centered, up top, will be the headphone jack. The right panel houses the textured power button above the volume rocker and the micro-USB port located at the bottom rounds out the ports.

There’s no denying you’re holding a budget phone with the materials used to make the Moto E3 Power from the plastic frame towards the textured polycarbonate backing.

Display

The E3 Power will be sporting a 5 inch 720p IPS LCD display that’s reasonably decent. It has nice viewing angles despite being flat all around. Colors are decent with some loss in sharpness due to the lack of pixels. At 294 ppi, we’d be remiss to expect more from a budget-friendly device.

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Camera

Camera-wise, it is equipped with 8MP autofocus shooter with LED flash accompanied by 5MP selfie-camera.

Outdoor shots in broad daylight are soft, pale, and tends to overexpose.

Indoor shots did well in capturing details with proper lighting.

Shooting in low light will be a struggle that results in grainy images. The built-in flash will aid in taking close up subjects.

Outdoor night shooting will only show street lamps and some building lights.

Taking a selfie with a 5MP shooter was handled well with sufficient lighting. If you want a smoother skin tone, beautification mode is available on the device. Low-light scenarios though reduced the details of the image while struggling to find white balance.

The rear camera can record up to 720p @ 30fps with decent quality and natural colors for a budget range camera.

Performance

Under the hood is a SoC MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz paired with 2GB RAM. With a score of 23 thousand points in our antutu benchmark, sure its a bit low, but this does not necessarily reflect real-world performance.

Thanks to its near stock android UI, navigating from one application to another is smooth on this device. Opening applications might not be as snappy as other devices.

E3 Power is suited for casual use and basic task as playing games will struggle when rendering graphic intensive apps.

Battery & Charging

The Power in E3 Power is being supported by a 3500mAh battery pack.

Endurance test gave us 44hours of standby time with 6 hours of screen-on-time. Filling its tank up took only an hour and 45 mins.

Audio

The front-firing bottom mono speaker gets the job done as it proved to be loud without any distortion.

Pricing and Verdict

The Moto E3 Power is available locally that retails for Php6,999 Philippine peso or $140.

This budget-friendly device will surely provide you the basic things you need in a smartphone with impressive battery life that can provide you more than a day of use.

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Moto E3 Power specs, Philippine price, release date

  • Display: 5.0-inch IPS LCD 720p , 294ppi
  • Design: polycarbonate plastic
  • Size: 9.6mm, 153.5g
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6735P
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T720MP2
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16GB expandable storage up to 32GB
  • Camera: 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash
  • Selfie: 5 MP
  • Connectivity: LTE, Dual Sim, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ A-GPS
  • Ports: microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Audio: mono speaker, standard
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Color: Black, White
  • Release date: September 2016
  • Price: Php6,999 Philippine peso or $140.

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