Smartphones launched this year with cutting edge processors paired with 5G-compatible modems have been the talk of the town. The OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and even the foldable Huawei Mate X took the centre stage for being 5G-ready devices.
But American phone maker Motorola recently launched an accessory for its two year-old modular smartphone that might make it relevant in 2019.
The Lenovo-owned company announced the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z2 Force. The 5G mod was initially compatible only with the Moto Z3 and Z4.
The mod and hence its functionality is available only in the US, as this is exclusive to Verizon's 5G network. Motorola is also rolling out a software update to let its all the compatible Moto Z smartphones to share power intelligently with the 5G Moto Mod. So if the power level of either the Mod or the phone drops below a certain level, the other device will give it some power—if it has enough power to spare, that is. The update will be available for the Z2 Force and Z3, and will be available out-of-the-box on the Moto Z4s purchased from Verizon.
Motorola also said the update will improve download speeds on Verizon’s 5G network.
Even though 5G services haven't commenced in India, this seems to be an impressive proof-of-concept for modular smartphones. The Moto Z2 Force, though discontinued, continues to sell on Amazon India at ₹20,299. While we don't recommend buying a two-year smartphone with an outdated processor in 2019, the Moto Z2 Force is technically the cheapest 5G smartphone that you can buy right now. It also makes an interesting case for the future-proof capabilities of modular smartphones, despite their anaemic sales in the past.