Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod launched: Price, full specifications, features

Aug 04, 2018, 02:14
Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod launched: Price, full specifications, features

Motorola's high-end smartphone for the year, the Moto Z3 is finally here and just like last time, it will be a Verizon exclusive.

Yesterday, Motorola launched the Motorola Moto Z3 at an event in Chicago. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea.

The 5G Moto Mod is the first of its kind to feature the Snapdragon X50 modem, giving users access to 5G connectivity when this standard officially rolls out. Incidentally, Qualcomm had recently displayed the world's first truly miniaturized 5G antenna that can be embedded in multiple quantities within electronic devices. However, in a surprising decision, Motorola has opted to equip the Moto Z3 with last year's Snapdragon 835 processor, rather than the Snapdragon 845 chipset found in the latest flagships.

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As far as the design of the phone is concerned, the new Moto Z3, which is the successor to the Z2 - looks a lot like the Z3 Play.

For photography, Moto Z3 offers a dual-camera setup at the rear which is a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. There's an 8 MP f/2.0 shooter for selfies with 1.12um pixel size and an 84-degree field-of-view.

Moto Z3 specifications Moto Z3 features a 6.01-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. With the Moto Z3 being so lackluster this year, an upgraded Force model would have been welcomed. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo and employs a near stock version with gesture support similar to that upcoming Android P.

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Motorola partnered with Verizon to launch the phone, and the press release notes that Verizon will be the first to deliver 5G residential broadband service later this year, in four markets, including Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and a city that hasn't been decided. It'll be for Verizon's 5G network, and it will come "early in 2019", according to Verizon network chief Nicola Palmer. In addition to being able to connect to the millimeter wave (mmW) technology that's being used to deploy 5G in certain areas, the 5G Mod also includes a 2,000mAh battery. Existing Moto Mods cost anywhere from $50 to $200.

As you can see, the Moto Z3 isn't quite a real 5G phone. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant. It will include a 2,000 mAh battery inside. For $480, that is cheaper than a OnePlus 6 but we guess that since it does not feature any attractive hardware specifications, the price is justified.

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