Motorola has announced a few new budget phones – spotted by Phone Arena — for markets outside the United States. It’s not remarkable – it does it all the time – but the Motorola e22 and e22i caught my eye because, damn, they look pretty good. Motorola’s budget phones – especially those sold in the US over the past two years – have all looked the same, with curved edges and pill-shaped camera bumps filled with as many lenses as the price. permits. But these new e-series phones look a little different, and hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
Right off the bat, you can see the flat back panel and side rails on both devices that set it apart from other recent Motorola phones. Since Apple brought back the flat design with the iPhone 12, other manufacturers have slowly adopted it into their lineups, replacing the curved side rails that have been popular for years. Long live the flat rails! They are easier to hold and more beautiful. Fashion and functionality, what could be better?
The colors are a bit more interesting too. Most Motorola phones I’ve used in the past year have been gray with a touch of blue or green sprinkled in to spice things up. This might be a problem for me, but when you shoot the fifth gray phone in a row, you start to get a little depressed. The e22 is available in astro black or crystal blue, with attractive contrasting logos, and the e22i is available in gray (naturally) or eye-catching winter white.
The pill-shaped camera bump is also gone, replaced by two camera lenses with a more rectangular and rounded body. First of all, it looks a lot less boring. Second, thanks for stopping at two rear lenses, Motorola engineers. You could have crammed in a useless 2-megapixel macro, but you didn’t. I see you and I like you.
The whole deal of the e22 and e22i seems to be that they have 6.5-inch 90Hz displays and dual stereo speakers, which aren’t too common in the budget class. The e22 comes with Android 12 and includes a dual-capture camera mode that lets you use the front and rear cameras simultaneously. The e22i includes Android 12 (Go edition), a lite version of the operating system designed for phones with very little RAM. The e22 will cost €139.99 (around $140) and the e22i will cost €129.99 (around $129). Both are on sale now in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.