Moto Z (2017) allegedly appears in public sporting an oval fingerpint scanner
As we told you earlier today, Sprint and Motorola recently paired up to show off the carrier's Gigabit Class LTE service. The test was done in the Big Easy during an NBA contest between the New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors. Sprint's press release noted that the Motorola phone employed was a future flagship powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC. An integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is inside, supporting the Gigabit LTE technology.
According to Sprint, the carrier used "three-channel carrier aggregation and 60 MHz of Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum in combination with 4X4 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) and 256-QAM higher order modulation to achieve incredible Category 16 LTE download data speeds on a TDD network." The Motorola phone used in the testing carried four antennas. And bless Motorola's heart. To make sure that the design wasn't detected, the manufacturer put the phone in a case and taped it up really good.
Sprint says that the heavily disguised handset used in the testing is a "forthcoming flagship." In that case, it would appear that the carrier branded Moto Z (2017) won't be tied down to Verizon next year.
As for Sprint, a few updates are required for Gigabit Class service to get started. Three-channel carrier aggregation is already available in over 100 markets. The service will work on devices that support Category 16 and 4x4 MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output). Eventually, Sprint hopes to employ Massive MIMO that in theory, could produce data speeds as fast as 3-6 Gbps.
source: Sprint, @DiaMariesbeat via AndroidCentral