Lenovo Moto Z To Rock 5G Moto Mod In 2017


Lenovo plans to release more Moto Mods for the Motorola Moto Z in 2017 and one of them will apparently bring blazing-fast 5G connectivity.

Upon unveiling the new Incipio Car Dock and Mophie Juice Pack the other day, Lenovo promised to bring more Moto Mods to market next year and improve the Moto Z experience.

2017 Moto Mods

As it turns out, one particular Moto Mod holds great promise, as it would bring 5G to the Moto Z.

The Moto division of Lenovo hosted a small event at its Chicago headquarters to announce the new Mophie and Incipio Moto Mods and offered a small glimpse of what's to come, although it did not offer very specific details.

At the event in Chicago, PCMag talked to a few company executives and learned that several ideas are in tow for 2017 Moto Mods. John Touvannas, senior director of product management, told the publication that future Moto Mods ideas include e-inch displays, baby monitors and a 5G modem.

Needless to mention, the 5G prospect raised the most interest, as it would enable the smartphone to boast super-fast internet connectivity.

"Without having to wait for the next-gen phone that can bring the next technology or capability, we can get to that quicker through the mod," says Touvannas.

As a reminder, Moto Mods can tap direct display interfaces, communicate with the smartphone's camera and transmit data over USB 3.1, which is also sufficiently speedy to support 5G.

5G Support

While we still don't have full 4G coverage everywhere, 5G is the next step and the tech scene is gradually heading in this direction. Verizon has already started testing 5G and it announced a 5G pilot program early this year, aiming to deliver a reliable 5G network by 2020.

Considering that Verizon is Moto's main partner in the United States, exclusively offering the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Droid Force, it would make sense to see Lenovo working with Big Red to bring the 5G Moto Mod to market as soon as possible.

AT&T started its own 5G testing as well, and the FCC also pledged to make 5G a reality.

Lenovo, for its part, pledged to increase Moto Mods production and unleash roughly four modular extensions each quarter starting in mid-2017.

Existing Moto Mods

The 5G module and other future Moto Mods will join the existing modular extensions available for the Moto Z, such as the Insta-Share Projector, the Hasselblad True Zoom, the JBL SoundBoost, the Incipio offGRID battery pack, and the latest Incipio Car Dock and Mophie Juice Pack.

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