Moto Z3 hands-on: Getting ready for 5G

04 August, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Shannon Newton
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The Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod is being launched as an exclusive for US Telco Verizon where the phone will be priced at USD$480 (a shade over AUD$650). As interesting as the Moto Z3 is, with its slightly tweaked design, and attractive price point, the real star of the show is the 5G Moto Mod. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea. That's when we may see the Moto Mod 5G accessory launch, although Motorola hasn't said that just yet. It's equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem to help the Moto Z3 get on Verizon's 5G network when that goes live starting in 2019. The model is powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset and not the Snapdragon 845 introduced this year. The phone includes a dual 12MP rear camera setup, with one being a black & white sensor, as well as a front-facing 8MP sensor. There is an 8-megapixel image sensor at the front for selfies with 1.12 micron pixels and 84-degree field of view. This is a more powerful version of the Z3 Play that was unveiled earlier this year, and similar to past Z flagships, the Z3 will be sold exclusively on Verizon in the United States. It will be running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and should get the Android P update later this year. Motorola hasn't revealed the price of the 5G Moto Mod, though it has confirmed that the new offering will be exclusive to the United States in early 2019. Further, it bears a water-repellent P2i coating that is touted to protect from spills and splashes on top of 6000 series polished aluminium frame. 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. There is a fingerprint sensor on the right side and the phone also support face unlock. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port.

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The 5G mod uses the usual MotoMod connector, but it only works with this specific phone. But the 5G Moto Mod opens up several possibilities without encumbering the smartphone with additional embedded hardware. While the user can enjoy up to 5Gbps speeds on a mobile device, the Mod is also as thick as the device itself.

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