Moto Z (2017) allegedly appears in public sporting an oval fingerpint scanner

Moto Z (2017) allegedly appears in public sporting an oval fingerpint scanner
Has the Moto Z (2017) already been seen in public? During MWC, a picture of the Gamepad Moto Mod was disseminated showing a unknown Moto Z model sporting the accessory. The device carried an oval shaped fingerprint scanner, replacing the box shaped biometric reader currently in use. Of course, it just might have been a placeholder, but the timing suggests that it could be a legitimate image of the next Moto flagship model. That's because the current Moto Z line was first unveiled last June.

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

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45 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Fugly....

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At least it can use a lot of modules now. From Raspberry PI's on a mod, to 10 zoom camera mods, to stereo speaker mods, to glucose monitoring mods, to battery mods with Qi wireless charging, to projector mods. It's even Daydream VR compatible. Considering the majority of users put a case on, or in this particular case, they will put some kind of mod on.

26. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The monster bottom bezel on the Moto Z line is unattractive just for sake of having a separate fingerprint scanner on the front. Bad move.

32. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Moto Z 2016 was the sexiest smartphone of the year, no arguments there. I don't dig this oval cut-out but if the fingerprint scanner also controls UI then it's way better with a chin. It's quite difficult to reach a button repeatedly if you have minimal bottom bezels. Ergonomics.

41. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

i must stay technically i agree with you, the mod-idea is genius, the design however is bad-mediocre the bottom bezel is really huge mainly because the logo is also down there, having it a longer square on the bottom with the logo on the top or the logo on the bottom and scanner on the back would be way nicer designwise (probably not possible due to mods, so that leaves the only option a side fingerprint scanner (which would be possible but probably to expensive)

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The galaxy s8 and the iphone 8 will own the mobile space both in design and features, while the iphone will rule the profits game....Again, sad but its what it is..

3. splus

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

It's 2017 - release a flagship phone with super slim bezels like LG G6 and Samsung S8 or don't release it at all.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah I'm hoping iPhone follows suit - otherwise LG G6 will become my next phone.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Dont u like the gs8? Dont mean to troll just curious. What do u feel the g6 has over the s7 edge (considering that the s8 isnt out yet)

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

flat screen thats much easier to protect. i also like its design a bit more the S8 feel a bit too narrow because of the curves. Its will also be cheaper to buy and still run everything with no lag so wtf.

23. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

FM radio! If the GS8 doesn't have one, I'll go with the G6 instead.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

Mororun hit the nail on the head - FLAT SCREEN. I like the way edge looks - but I got to use this thing every moment of my life - flat seems more practical. The only reason I'd go with Samsung is Note series and only because of the s-pen!!! This is one of two only features I want Apple to copy - embedded pen/pencil (and always-ON display which is the only useful feature of amoled tech, in my opinion).

44. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Did you happen to get a hold of an Note 7? The curve has definitely been improved over the s6e, s6e+ , and s7e. Also it depends on your preference for a case. I currently have a case on my s7e that makes it feel like I'm holding a normal device. Also based off rumors, isn't the iPhone 8/x/8x or whatever it is going to be the only one with the Amoled? which means that might be the only model to lose the bezels. Again, all speculation

45. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm honestly worried that the next iPhone will have a curved edge like samsungs edge. I don't care much for amoled or whatever screen - as long as it as sharp as my current iPhone. I also don't care for higher resolutions as they only eat up processing and battery. If Apple does push for oled - they better make an all black or dark mode for iOS - otherwise completely pointless move, especially because you need higher resolution for pentile pixel arrangement to look as sharp as aligned arrangement at same resolution - which means they will have to raise resolution which means pointless drain of battery and processing power. That's just how I see it.

38. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

I'll never use a samsung phone. Touchwiz is bloated garbage

4. metalspy101

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

POOR moto trying to steal the Nintendo Switch shine..i can see moto meetings going like this. "lets make it look like the switch, so all the moms and pops think its a switch" pathetic attempt

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Switch? its dont look anything like a switch... do you need glasses?

31. metalspy101

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

the concept numb skull

39. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Why do all android devices have to put their damn LOGO on the front? This is ugly and unnecessary - I know which device I bought when I bought it.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Exactly. I can't stand when OEMs do this. It's so....tacky.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So putting a much larger Apple fruit logo is better in your eyes, right kiko007? You and Ali are both here to troll all Android articles anyway.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"So putting a much larger Apple fruit logo is better in your eyes, right kiko007?" Are you stupid? Genuine question.... Wtf are you smoking bro? Apple only puts ONE logo on their phone, and on the back no less. And their name isn't even displayed upon that logo... which is fantastic for minimalists like me. "You and Ali are both here to troll all Android articles anyway." A) Learn what trolling is... B) Learn what ALL encompasses.... C) Go f**k yourself halfwit. I couldn't care less about your s**tty error laced assessment of MY opinion. Instead of fawning over what I think, try to formulate better adjectives than "Apple fruit logo" to describe what you see.

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It's more important that others know what phone they are using. That's exactly why Apple does that.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

Wait, hold the press, android phones don't have another logo on the back as well as front? By your logic, I bet it's important to you that others know which carrier OWNS your android phone too?

34. AlikMalix unregistered

I said - "IN THE FRONT..." Read...

35. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You ask the impossible of such a simpleton.......

36. AlikMalix unregistered

Hehe. Yeah, I don't mind the back (but also get others by carriers printing logos on back of android phones like they own it). The back gets covered by case most the times. My Apple Logo actually got the "Powered by ASUS" sticker on top of it; it's the one you get with ASUS mother boards when you build your PC. Having an iPhone, for some reason, triggers sertain in-law relative that's I have - this softens their hate toward me because I own an iPhone.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, It bothers me too. Wonder if anybody ever has that problem tbh. If anything the person is most likely going to see the name/logo on the back of the owners phone as opposed to the front, which is honestly stupid tbh.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont mind personally thats a small detail.

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