Motorola Announces Moto Z3 With 5G Mod and Snapdragon 835 SoC

Motorola Announces Moto Z3 With 5G Mod and Snapdragon 835 SoC

Motorola Announces Moto Z3 With 5G Mod and Snapdragon 835 SoC

The Moto Z3 is set to become the world's first 5G phone as the model is 5G-upgradable when Verizon launches its 5G network next year.

Motorola revealed its long-rumored 5G Moto Mod in tandem with the Moto Z3. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea.

Verizon is still working deploying its 5G network, and the Moto Z3 Play wasn't an official handset at the time, so it was just a quick preview of what was to come.

The newest mod could actually extend the useful life of the Z3, thanks to the new network compatibility. Instead of the latest Snapdragon 845, the company has opted for the last-gen Snapdragon 835 for the Moto Z3.

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.

In the imaging department, the flagship comes with a pair of 12-megapixel shooters on the back, with the secondary camera being a depth sensor/telephoto lens.

Front camera: On the front, the Moto Z3 comes with an 8-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. That said, we'll reserve final judgment until we hear more from Motorola on the matter. The Moto Z3 sports a 6.1-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, carrying a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. 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. The Moto Z3 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and it's armed with a 3000mAh battery.

Motorola is positioning the Moto Z3 as the first 5G upgradeable phone, and that's fine. It also continues the Moto Z-Series legacy of supporting Moto Mods through a dedicated pogo-pin connector at the back. For the time being, the focus is on the capabilities of the Moto Z3 as they exist in August 2018, and not what they may be at some point next year. However, the battery supports fast charging with Moto's TurboPower solution. On the connectivity front, you get 4G VoLTE, nano-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, NFC and USB Type-C port. A fingerprint sensor is embedded into the power button on the right side and face unlock features for unlocking is also supported. Also, the new Android phone, as it is now, can't do 5G for another reason. In early 2019, Verizon is expected to roll out 5G services across four cities in the US. The smartphone will be available in ceramic black color. The Mod will definitely only work on Verizon's 5G network, not any other carrier's, though.

-The Moto Z3 is splash resistant, but Motorola hasn't yet specified the IP rating. It's looking like it'll be a little while before we see 5G technology built directly into phones.

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