5G, who hasn’t heard of it. The hype that surrounds it has been nothing short of phenomenal, but how close are we to actually reaping its benefits? And what are the chances that we would willingly switch out our trusted iphone, Samsung or Google Pixel to reap the benefits of a 5G Moto Mod?
Back in late December 2016, Motorola announced it was taking it up a notch by accelerating the pace on its ‘mod’ add-ons for the Moto Z line of phones; professing back then this could be the way forward in taking phones to 5G. Senior director of product management, John Touvannas at a press event back in 2016 said, “Without having to wait for the next-gen phone that can bring the next the next technology or capability, we can get that quicker through the mod.”
Now under the ownership of Lenovo, Motorola announced that it may be releasing a 5G Moto Mod that, not only adds an unsightly antenna lip – as rightfully spotted by XDA-Developers, but could boost Motorola phone sales.
Well due a new leading device, the maker says its Moto Z3 Play is well on its way with the specs; benefitting a mid-range Android 8.1 Oreo phone. Leaked specs include a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ AMOLED display, dual cameras on the back, and microSD card support with 32GB or 64GB built-in storage options.
Though not a new development and have in fact been around for three device generations, they haven’t really seen niche success with Moto phone users. However, the promise of 5G could change all of that. The company have shown optimism that a 5G mod may be enough to convince a few consumers to make the switch. Although already tested by Motorola there is one big question that NCN wants answered, it’s all well and good having a 5G capable device but don’t you need a network that supports it? We remain sceptical as the current telecommunications market doesn’t cater for this, and though we are on the brink of 5G, we aren’t there just yet and the roll-out will take time. So even if this 5G mod goes on sale, it is uncertain whether it will actually boost the device’s connection speeds.