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Display, Processor, RAM & OS
The Redmi 2 features a 4.7 inch (1280 x 720 pixels) LED IPS display which is protected by AGC Dragontrail Glass whereas the Moto E 2nd Gen has a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top.
If we take a look at the processor and RAM, the Redmi 2 rocks a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 64-bit processor along with Adreno 305 GPU whereas the Moto E 2nd Gen has 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with Adreno 302 GPU. Both of them comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expandable.
The Moto E 2nd Gen runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS which is 99% stock experience with some pre-loaded Motorola apps and services whereas the Redmi 2 runs on MIUI v6 on top of Android 4.4 KitKat which will soon be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. MIUI is a custom ROM from Xiaomi with many added features and services.
So comparing Redmi 2 vs Moto E 2nd Gen in these four departments, Redmi 2 has no competition in display and processor whereas it’s a tie in RAM and internal memory. OS preference depends on the user as some might prefer stock Android and others might go for MIUI.
Camera, Connectivity & Battery
The Redmi 2 has a 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture which can shoot Full HD 1080p videos. It also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling which can also shoot HD videos (720p) whereas the Moto E 2nd Gen comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera, which does not come with LED flash. It has a 0.3 megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
On the connectivity front, the Moto E 2nd Gen includes 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and rocks a 2,390 mAh battery under the hood, whereas the Redmi 2 comes with 4G LTE (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE) on both SIM cards, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG and a 2,200 mAh battery under the hood. Both of them has Dual SIM feature and 4G LTE works on both the SIM in case of Redmi 2.
So comparing Redmi 2 vs Moto E 2nd Gen in these three departments, Redmi 2 blows away the Moto E 2nd Gen in the camera department as well as connectivity options. The main difference being Redmi 2 having 4G LTE connectivity which is supported on both the SIMs. In terms of battery, the Moto E edges the Redmi 2 by 190 mAh which is not much of a difference.
Redmi 2 Vs Moto E 2nd Gen: Availability & Price
The Moto E is available since today exclusively on Flipkart for Rs 6,999. Around 100,000 units went on sale with launch day offers whereas the Redmi 2 will be available for purchase from March 24 via flash sale exclusively on Flipkart for Rs 6,999. Registrations will start today at 6 PM and around 40,000 units will be available for pilot sale.
So comparing Redmi 2 vs Moto E 2nd Gen in these two departments, it is tie on pricing but Redmi 2 offers better value for money. In terms of availability, Moto E scores more as it will be available anytime unlike Redmi 2’s flash sale model. However, we can expect Redmi 2 to go on open sale when the upgraded Redmi 2 with 2GB RAM & 16GB ROM arrives in India.
In overall comparison of the Redmi 2 vs Moto E 2nd Gen, Redmi 2 is a clear winner with better hardware specifications in most departments and has better value for money aspect to it. However, people might go for Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen due to brand reputation, stock Android experience, timely OS updates and regular availability. Redmi 2 might be rejected due to brand perception (Chinese, cheap), scarcity of service centres (fewer parts available) and flash sale (available once a week, registration required).