Motorola Moto Z3 Preview

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Moto Z3 First Look: Looking Ahead to 5G

Motorola claims the combination of the 5G moto mod and Verizon's deployment of their new 5G network will result in them being the first smartphone manufacturer to make a 5G device available to consumers.

Lenovo-owned Motorola launched a long time awaited Moto Z3 at an event in Chicago, US on Thursday. It will be out in Ceramic Black only, exclusively at Verizon on August 16 for $480 full retail, or 24 monthly installments of $20. Motorola is also knocking $300 off the Moto Z3's price tag if you use its device payment plan and switch to Verizon while trading in your old phone.

For comparison's sake, the Moto Z3 Play comes powered by Snapdragon 636 SoC. Finally, the Moto Z3 is available in one color - Deep Indigo.

To the front, the phone comes with an 8 MP camera which has an aperture of f/2.0 and an 84° wide field of view.

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Moto Z3 also offers a rather uniquely placed side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The phone's only questionable spec is its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. This means that their phone is going to be future-proof, at least a little bit, for the foreseeable future. This makes Moto Z3 the "first 5G-upgradable phone". The 5G Moto Mod will be available in the United States in early 2019, with pricing to be announced later, Motorola said.

The 5G Moto Mod is a module that attaches itself on the back of the Moto Z3 to enable 5G connectivity. The 5G Moto Mod comes with a separate battery and a separate SIM card slot. A 3,000mAh battery keeps the phone going all day and a USB-C port is used for charging. These carriers are part of an intense race to get to 5G as a way to burnish their reputation for network superiority. While the phone does feature almost everything you'd expect from a premium phone in 2018 (except for the highest end processor), Motorola is instead of betting on the 5G future for its success. In 2019, a "mobile 5G solution" will be released so more people can access the upgraded network. So, it has made a decision to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod. But there are still questions we don't know the answers to.

So far, we've seen the Moto Z3 smartphone, and when combined with the 5G Moto Mod, it should benefit from expanded bandwidth, higher speeds and lower latency. The Z3 Play was announced earlier but shares a lot of similarity with the new Z3, save for the processor and camera. Motorola says the accessory will work with other Moto-capable phones, but performance won't be as good.

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