Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Motorola announces Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod support

Motorola announces Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod support

But the nation's largest wireless carrier by subscribers essentially outed its plans with the debut of the Motorola's Moto Z3, which will get a "mod" attachment accessory that will let it tap into the 5G network early next year.

Verizon says it will offer the Z3 as an exclusive starting August 16. No one I spoke to was willing to make definitive statements on how frequently Motorola would release new Mod accessories, but they did reaffirm the Lenovo subsidiary's devotion to the concept. Of course, that did not happen. This is a whole generation behind the current batch of flagship Android phones that use the more powerful Snapdragon 845. And we've gone one step further with moto experiences. This means, unlike the last year Moto Z family that included the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play, there will be the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play this year.

The device comes with the glass back body and the metal frame gives it a rigidity. The device adopts a massive 6-inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels on either side. The Moto Z3 comes in only one colour model - Ceramic Black. The phone has a glass rear with the pogo pins used for Moto mods and 6000 series aluminium frame, making it light and fairly slick to look at.

Moto Z3 is powered by 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, and it comes with support for TurboPower charging, claimed to offer half a day's power in half an hour.

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There is no 3.5mm audio jack, but the company is providing a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter. There's also a side-mounted fingerprint reader just like the Z3 Play.

The Moto Z3, as expected, will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The camera supports Laser Autofocus Color and Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash. Selfie camera features include portrait mode, group selfies, face beauty, and face filters.

As for the front camera, it will sport an 8MP shooter. It's not coincidental that the 5G Moto Mod won't be available until then at an undisclosed price. We will have a full review of the phone by then, although the Mod isn't coming out until next year. A big chunk of the appeal is speed: Motorola is using Qualcomm's X50 5G modem, with millimeter wave spectrum support for vastly faster downloads and uploads compared to 4G LTE. So, it has chose to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod. Announced today as the first 5G-upgradable smartphone - courtesy of a 5G Moto Mod, rather than the onboard radio - the Moto Z3 straddles a tricky line between the cutting-edge and the familiar. It also has a 2,000mAh battery that's supposed to keep those speeds lasting longer.

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