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Motorola’s media event, which is expected to give the world the first glimpse of the company’s Moto E smartphone, might still be a few days away, but it seems we can get a look at the new budget phone even earlier, thanks to a user who posted an alleged picture of the to-be-announced device on Motorola Mexico’s Facebook page. In a nutshell, we like what we see!

The Moto E, which is rumored to be even more affordable than the Moto G, and targeted specially at the developing markets where smartphone trend is on the rise and Chinese Android phones are all the rage. Since it will be a budget device from a renowned manufacturer, Motorola hopes to have this fact help advance its cause.

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The image, which has now been removed from the Facebook page, shows a Moto G towards left sitting next to an unknown device that fits the profile for Moto E based on the information that has leaked so far. Oh, that and the fact that the user included Moto E comparison in the post’s title. The alleged device appears to be smaller and sporting some distinct branding on front, which might be owing to it being a pre-release test unit. Then again, it doesn’t look bad. We also said smaller than Moto G, but that’s only by a margin, since there’s hardly a perceivable size different between the two.

What’s truly interesting is the fact that the alleged Moto E seems to lack a front-facing camera, which is a really odd choice since high-speed mobile internet exists in in developing markets. If you look at the images closely, what we see next to the earpiece grill appears to be ambient light sensor – not the camera in any way – and that’s even consistent with the light sensor design on some of the newer Moto devices. If Motorola is going for a design change that combines both the light sensor and front camera in one unit, we cannot say, but I guess we’ll find out pretty soon.

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For a budget phone, if the leaked photos are the real deal, it’s pretty nice. Although, we must consider that a lot of unbranded Chinese manufacturers are big these days on fancy designs and low-cost components. Whatever the deal with Moto E is, all shall be revealed in due course, which, incidentally, is just 4 days away now.

Thanks, Lance for the hat tip!

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