What to expect from Motorola's 5G Moto Mod

What to expect from Motorola's 5G Moto Mod
Yesterday, Motorola unveiled the Moto Z3 which will be a Verizon exclusive in the U.S. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, and when launched, it will cost $480 or 24 monthly payments of $20 a month on Verizon's Device Payment plan. In the beginning of 2019, Motorola and Verizon will offer a 5G Moto Mod for the device; the modular accessory will essentially make the Moto Z3 compatible with Big Red's mobile 5G network when the carrier throws the switch to turn it on next year. Pricing for the 5G Moto Mod is unknown at the moment.

The 5G Moto Mod will use Verizon's 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum, and it carries a pair of Qualcomm modems (X50 5G NR modem and the X24 LTE-Advanced modem). Once the 5G Moto Mod clicks into place on your Moto Z3, it will take over all modem functions, both 4G and 5G, from the phone. The X24 LTE modem will be used for everyday tasks like browsing the web, and the X50 5G modem comes into play when you're live-streaming video or downloading music, movies and television shows. Under perfect conditions in the lab, the 5G Moto Mod hit a peak speed of 3.5Gbps for downloads. Using it in real life should provide speeds of 1Gbps. For uploads, the peak speed in the lab was 1.2Gbps with speeds in the real world expected to hit 350-450Mbps.

And to make sure that the 3000mAh battery on the phone doesn't expire too quickly while employing a 5G connection, the 5G Moto Mod includes a 2000mAh battery of its own. Motorola says that this should allow the phone to run the 5G Moto Mod for a full day on one charge. At first, the accessory will work only with the new Moto Z3, but an update will allow it to work with the Moto Z2 line as well. Motorola hasn't decided yet whether it will similarly update the OG Moto Z handsets.

source: Motorola

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Moto Z3
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h talk time)

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6 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

We expect to pay something to use it since it's just a mod

2. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

If Motorola intends to position itself as a 'Red Hydrogen Lite' I think that'd be a good strategy to follow. If they hadn't dropped the micro SD card slot in their line of phones in 2013 I'd not have left the fold so to speak.

5. Brewski

Posts: 725; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I don't know what you're talking about but I have had a new Motorola phone every year since 2010 and they all have Micro SD. I got a 128GB card for my Z Force Droid 2 years ago and it is now currently installed in my Z2 Force.

6. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

They dropped the card in the top line device in 2013; whatever that year's Droid successor was. That is the reason I bought a Galaxy S4 that year, later the Note 3. I remember it well.

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Will this mod work with other Z family phones? Or the Z3 play? Anyone?...

4. Brewski

Posts: 725; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

"At first, the accessory will work only with the new Moto Z3, but an update will allow it to work with the Moto Z2 line as well. Motorola hasn't decided yet whether it will similarly update the OG Moto Z handsets." Did you try reading the article? ...Anyone...?

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