Moto Z3 Unveiled with Breakthrough 5G Mod

Gerardo Harmon
August 4, 2018

The device will be Verizon exclusive in the United States and the company also announced the 5G Moto Mod which allows the Moto Z3 to access Verizon's 5G network.

Moto Z3 was launched on Thursday at an event in Chicago, the company's headquarters. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea. Verizon, Motorola's partner with the Moto Z3 and this Mod, is launching 5G service in four markets later this year, but that's residential broadband and not mobile.

Moto Z3 will be able to tap into Verizon's budding 5G network with a forthcoming 5G Moto Mod accessory. Many assumed the next model would be the Moto Z3 Force, but it looks like that won't be happening.

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Processor: The Moto Z3 is powered by Qualcomm's year-old flagship processor Snapdragon 835 chipset. Rs 33,000). The Lenovo-owned company is yet to reveal the price tag and availability of the 5G Moto Mod.

The Z3 packs dual rear cameras with one color 12 MP f/2.0 sensor with 1.25um pixels and a 12 MP monochrome sensor, and a dual-LED flash. For selfies and video calling, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel snapper on the front.

The Moto Z3 will launch on August 16 in the US. Moto Z3 is splash resistant. Unfortunately, the Android One smartphones were missing from the show. In terms of the software, the Moto Z3 boots near stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Moto enhancements.

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We're not sure that Moto's Mods were the game-changers they were meant to be, but that hasn't stopped Motorola from making one more modular smartphone.

Verizon is now rolling out 5G residential broadband service in four USA markets: Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and one additional city to be announced soon. The fingerprint sensor is on the side. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery which is claimed to offer half a day's power in half an hour.

The Moto Z3 offers a dual camera setup on the back. But the 5G Moto Mod opens up several possibilities without encumbering the smartphone with additional embedded hardware. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port. This is a whole generation behind the current batch of flagship Android phones that use the more powerful Snapdragon 845. But it is quite likely that the Moto Z3 will soon launch in India. It's looking like it'll be a little while before we see 5G technology built directly into phones. As of now, there is no information about the worldwide availability of the device.

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