It’s very easy to think that only expensive gadgets can include top quality components, with cheaper products using parts from lesser known manufacturers. This needn’t be the case though if you build to a required specification and stick to your guns.
The Moto E, despite retailing at an almost silly £99 off contract and SIM free, still manages to make use of a dual-core processor to power things. This isn’t from an unknown silicon manufacturer either, it happens to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200.
Qualcomm have been pushing the boundaries of mobile processing technology for several years and their Snapdragon range is widely regarded as being the go-to chips for making smartphones, tablets and other mobile kit. Qualcomm always offer a range of chips at different performance levels in any given technology cycle. The Snapdragon 200 is on the lowest rung of their current ladder, however is still a very capable processor.
This happens to be a version of the 200 that is dual-core rather than quad-core (almost other Qualcomm chips utilises quad-core technology), also seen in budget phones from LG and Sony. This doesn’t detract from its capabilities however and is a very good option for keeping the final price of the phone low.
With this chip running the show, the The Moto E is still able to smoothly handle a number of tasks simultaneously, great if you forget to close your apps down properly when flicking between them!
The Snapdragon 200 does have its limitations of course. You’ll find some of the most up to date and powerful mobile games will be beyond its capabilities to run well, however if this is what interests you in the mobile world then you’re probably well aware you need to be spending more money.
Overall you’ll find that Motorola’s decision to pick Qualcomm for the processor is good investment. They have respect in the mobile industry and are known for the quality of their components. The dual-core Snapdragon 200 offers a responsive and reliable experience with the Moto E, keeping the illusion running that the phone in your hands must be worth more than £99.