The Moto Z2 Power was a fairly weak follow-up to final 12 months’s Moto Z/Z Power, besides, it is nonetheless one of many few telephones available on the market that is suitable with Motorola’s Moto Mods. The Moto Mod system is one of the best “modular” smartphone platform we have seen hit the market thus far, and whereas there have been a variety of cool and helpful Moto Mods, there have been others that left us scratching our heads.
Android Authority just lately bought unique particulars on the most recent Moto Mod that is within the works. It is known as the AT&T Cellular TV Solid, and it is offensively pointless.
The AT&T Cellular TV Solid will connect to the again of your Moto Z gadget like all different Moto Mods, and similar to the Alexa speaker Moto Mod that was introduced earlier this week, there is no digicam cut-out for no matter purpose. As a substitute, it has been changed by a shiny blue AT&T emblem.
Beneath the brand is a stick that pops out of the Mod, and plugging this into your TV will will let you forged DirecTV Now (AT&T’s stay TV streaming service) to your tv. The supply that offered Android Authority with this data says that the stick makes use of USB, however we’re inclined to imagine that that is incorrect and that it will truly use an HDMI enter just like the Chromecast, Hearth TV Stick, and different streaming gadgets.
Talking of these different streaming options, they’re the precise purpose why there is no purpose for this Moto Mod to exist.
The AT&T Cellular TV Solid will will let you mirror your cellphone’s show for viewing different content material, and presumably the flexibility to forged from different streaming apps along with DirecTV Now. There’s additionally a 2,730 mAh battery packed into the Mod, and that is anticipated to behave as a battery financial institution on your Moto Z so you’ll be able to have one other method to cost up whereas on the go.
That is all hunky dory, however here is the issue – Moto Mods are traditionally very expensive. Only a common battery pack Moto Mod can set you again a simple $80, and whereas precise pricing particulars for the AT&T Cellular TV Solid have but to be introduced, we would not be stunned if it price round $100 (if no more).
Why is that this a factor?
Google’s Chromecast prices $35. Amazon’s Hearth TV Stick could be yours for simply $40. Higher but, they don’t seem to be tied all the way down to explicit smartphones.
I perceive that Motorola’s attempting to department out with the Moto Mod system and check out new issues, however irrespective of the way you have a look at it, there is no purpose why anybody can buy this over any of the opposite streaming options we have already got. The AT&T Cellular TV Solid is a straightforward cash-grab between Motorola and AT&T, and whereas that is tremendous, it doesn’t suggest it is best to hand over any cash for it when it is ultimately launched.
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