5G modem Mod for the Moto Z is a possibility

5G modem Mod for the Moto Z is a possibility

Motorola's Moto Z line of smartphones is technically the only modular design that actually worked commercially. It's not as modular as Project Ara by Google was planned to be, but it still offers a lot of flexibility. And with the five Mods already available, it has proven that the concept can work.

As the company is gearing up to release two new Mods, John Touvannas, Senior Director of Product Management, talked about the future of Mods at a press event in Chicago on Thursday.

He mentioned that one of the next Mods for the Moto Z series could very well be a 5G modem. This will allow Motorola to beat the competition to utilizing commercial 5G speeds. It will also allow users to get 5G connectivity cheaper, since they will have to buy only a module for their Moto Z, instead of an entirely new device.

According to Touvannas, half of Moto Z owners are already utilizing Mods, 20% of which are the camera and projector modules. He also elaborated that the modular design is the main reason people go for a Motorola phone, over any other brand. β€œIt's the No. 1 driver by quite a bit,” he said.

Motorola also shared some user-sourced data that shows the usage of Mods. If it is to be believed, the currently available 2220mAh battery mod is being used for 37 hours a week on average, while the projector is being used for about 10 hours a week.

The company also announced that it will try to make four new Mods for every quarter of 2017, so we might be seeing as many as 16 different Mods next year. A lot of which will probably come from user ideas via an Indiegogo challenge.

via PCMag

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4 Comments

1. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Where is there a commercial 5G network worth using?

2. civicsr2cool

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Exactly my reaction to this.

3. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 636; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Motorola should trade LG a licensing agreement for the use of their modular platform in exchange for the fingerprint scanners/cameras from the G and V series phones. That way they could both make better phones and perhaps sell even more accessories.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, an external antenna upgrade that snaps on to your device...oh wait, OTG already supports similar functionality ( https://goo.gl/BiQpu1 ), so, this will merely restrict such attachment for use on 1 OEM's device...pass.

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