Moto Z (2017) allegedly appears in public sporting an oval fingerpint scanner
by Alan Friedman / Mar 09, 2017, 11:48 AM
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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posted on Mar 09, 2017, 12:09 PM 8
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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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 3:15 PM 1
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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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 5:13 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 9:17 PM 1
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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)
posted on Mar 10, 2017, 4:37 AM 0
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It's 2017 - release a flagship phone with super slim bezels like LG G6 and Samsung S8 or don't release it at all.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 1:14 PM 6
Yeah I'm hoping iPhone follows suit - otherwise LG G6 will become my next phone.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 1:53 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 3:16 PM 1
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).
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 9:56 PM 1
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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
posted on Mar 10, 2017, 11:28 AM 0
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.
posted on Mar 10, 2017, 2:42 PM 0
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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
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 1:20 PM 2
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yes, the switch was such a unique ideahttp://kotaku.com/china-already-has-a-handheld-like-the-nintendo-switch-1788056087
posted on Mar 10, 2017, 3:28 AM 0
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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 1:51 PM 0
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Exactly. I can't stand when OEMs do this. It's so....tacky.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 2:01 PM 0
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"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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 4:15 PM 1
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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 10:11 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 09, 2017, 3:06 PM 0
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