It hasn't even been a year since Moto Z modular smartphone was launch with the Moto Mods such as the Hasselblad True Zoomcamera, JBL Soundboost and Moto Instashare. But it looks like the Lenovo-owned company does not want to wait long before launching the successor. According to a report in Android Central, US telecom player Sprint is using the next version of Moto Z to test its Gigabit LTE service.
The upcoming Moto Z will not be much different in terms of dimensions as it has to be compatible with the Moto Mods family - the existing three as well as the new ones that Moto announced at the Mobile World Congress.
The Moto Z 2017 is expected to come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, which supports Gigabit LTE.
Sprint was also showcasing its Gigabit LTE performance at an even in New Orleans, from where WirelessWorld editor tweeted a few images.
According to Sprint, which acknowledged that it was a Motorola device, "Motorola showcased the blazing-fast, high-bandwidth capability of a forthcoming flagship smartphone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, supporting Gigabit Class LTE."
According to Sprint, it has used a combination of three-channel carrier aggregation and 60MHz of Sprint's 2.5GHz spectrum. The phone showing Speedtest running is expected to the the Moto Z 2017, although no branding is visible.
Also at MWC when Moto was showing off new Mods, it displayed this Gamepad mod, which houses what looks to be like a future version of Moto Z with slightly rounded fingerprint scanner at the base.
Sprint has also said that it will work with Qualcomm to increase the capacity on its existing LTE network to build a strong foundation for 5G.
Why does that matter? Well, XT1650 was the model number of the original Motorola Moto Z and MSM8998 is the model number for Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Moto has not confirmed anything, so we will need to wait and watch out for more leaks till the Moto Z 2017 is eventually announced.