New Moto Mods Get Release Dates: Here's When You Can Buy The Moto GamePad, JBL SoundBoost 2, And More


The cat is out of the bag: Motorola's new Moto Mods now have official release dates. That means there will soon be more ways to upgrade Moto Z phones, such as the Moto Z2 Play, in a snap.

To be exact, the accessories making their way are the Moto GamePad, the JBL SoundBoost 2, the Moto TurboPower Pack, and the series of Moto Style Shells with wireless charging support.

Moto GamePad

The Moto GamePad is expected to arrive sometime this summer with a $79.99 price tag.

As for what it can do, the name says it all. Just to be clear, though, it's designed to take the mobile gaming experience to the next level, offering a physical D-pad, two control sticks, and four action buttons.

It comes with a 1,035 mAh battery, and according to Motorola, it's rated to last up to eight hours before it needs a recharge.

JBL SoundBoost 2

The JBL SoundBoost 2 is scheduled to be available via Motorola's online store on July 10, at Best Buy on July 30, and at Verizon on Aug. 10 for $79.99.

An upgrade to the original JBL SoundBoost, which is among the first Moto Mods to be unveiled, the new snap-on speaker now has a splash-proof coating and a more premium feel due to its fabric and contours. It's more or less the same as its predecessor, from the built-in kickstand and 10-hour battery life to even the price.

Moto TurboPower Pack

Best Buy will have the Moto TurboPower Pack on July 30, while Verizon will start carrying it on Aug. 10. It'll hold customers back by $79.99.

For some, this Moto Mod is a godsend. Why? Because it makes the woes of having a dead phone in the middle of the day a thing of the past.

To explain, the Moto TurboPower Pack adds 3,490 mAh worth of battery to the mix, and it can instantly juice up any Moto Z phones almost instantly at 15W speeds. Meanwhile, the power pack itself can be charged up to 50 percent of its max capacity in just 20 minutes at a rate of 30W.

It looks sleek and stylish too.

Moto Style Shell With Wireless Charging

The Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging is going to land on Best Buy's store shelves on July 30, and expectedly bucking the trend of sorts that's going on in this list, it'll cost $39.99.

Of course, its function is simple: it adds a touch of style to the Moto Z, just like the Style Shells before it, but this time around, it adds wireless charging support. Needless to say, the wireless charging pad is sold separately.

As for the design options, it's available in Ebony Burl Wood, Grey Herringbone Nylon, Cateye Wood, and Floral Print.

It's not surprising to see more and more new Moto Mods popping up here and there, as the company did promise to release 12 of them this 2017, after all.

The Lenovo-owned company appears to be paving the way for what falls under the definition of "modular" phones nowadays, convincing Apple loyalists it's better than the iPhone 7 while it's at it too.

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