Moto Z3 announced as first 5G-upgradeable flagship, coming August 16

Moto Z3

From a subscription perspective, the Mod acts like "a data card connected to your phone", according to Moto engineers. There's a 6-inch 2:1 full HD AMOLED display, a 3,000mAh embedded power cell and 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with microSD expansion up to 512GB.

Connectivity options on Moto Z3 Play include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 835, which was last year's flagship chip, doesn't support 5G, but all of that magic will come in the Mod. The mod is likely specifically tuned for the Verizon network on the 28-GHz band, which would make it incompatible for use here in Australia - though we're happy to be corrected if Motorola Australia wants to launch it here. The brand was speculated to launch its flagship - the Moto Z3 at the event along with its first wave of Android One smartphones, the Motorola One and Motorola One Power.

Motorola has also brought the 5G Moto Mod that is created to deliver a next-generation experience on the Moto Z3.

The Moto Z3 will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless in the USA and will begin shipping on August 16. 5G Moto Mod is said to offer up to 10 times the speed of the current wireless technology as well as lower latency and higher bandwidth. The camera supports Laser Autofocus Color and Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash. The Android One badging means the device will run stock Android version and will get updates for up to 2 years. On the front side, there's an 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. There is an 8-megapixel image sensor at the front for selfies with 1.12 micron pixels and 84-degree field of view.

Battery: The smartphone is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery that the company claims is capable of lasting one full day on single charge. Alongside announcing the launch of the Moto Z3, the company has revealed that it has no plans to bring the anticipated Moto Z3 Force. 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. That 5G Moto Mod is going to be an impressive accessory, though.

Similar to the Moto Z3 Play, the Moto Z3 has One Button Nav that offers an iPhone X-like experience. You will need to purchase the accessory separately, but the fact that Motorola has beaten other manufacturers despite not even being in the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world, that is an impressive feat. The Mod will become available in the U.S. early next year. For $480, that is cheaper than a OnePlus 6 but we guess that since it does not feature any attractive hardware specifications, the price is justified.



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