Motorola Moto Z3 launched with 5G MotoMod: Price, Specifications and features

Verizon just let slip when its 5G mobile service will launch

Verizon just let slip when its 5G mobile service will launch

Today Motorola has announced the Moto Z3 smartphone at a special event in Chicago. 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. In other words, it's possible that the Z3 Play will one day work with the 5G Moto Mod, but for now, the Z3 is the only phone that's guaranteed to work with it.

"You're not going to have a phone without a network", Nicola Palmer, chief network officer of Verizon, said in an interview on Thursday.

For one, the phone - called the Moto Z3 - is actually a 4G phone, coming August 16 on Verizon.

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. A fingerprint sensor is embedded into the power button on the right side and face unlock features for unlocking is also supported. The extra power afforded by that Snapdragon 835 is immediately clear, though - in my short time with the phone, I've noticed that opening apps and transitions between homescreens are very smooth and satisfying.

In several ways, this phone is lower end than the Z2 Force: It has a lower-resolution screen, and at 6.2 by 3.0 by 0.27 inches (HWD) and 5.5 ounces, it's a little thicker and heavier than last year's phone (6.1 by 3.0 by 0.24 inches, 5.04 ounces). In early 2019, Verizon is expected to roll out 5G services across four cities in the US. 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.

Internally, the mod has a 2,000-milliamp hour battery, and the Qualcomm X50 modem. The new smartphone, which sits above the Moto Z3 Play that debuted in June, comes with a splash-resistant build and delivers a pure Android experience.

This 5G mod is pretty thick, but it includes a 2000mAh battery. That promise has been fulfilled with the Moto Z3 family. 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. But with the Moto Mod, it'll be capable of accessing Verizon's speedier network. But there are still questions we don't know the answers to.

Motorola is back with a new smartphone. Customers in the U.S. will also be able to get a carrier-locked version of the Moto Z3 at a monthly charge of $20 for 24 months. 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. How much of a hit will phones with wimpier processors take? The smartphone is one of the first to have 5G capability with a special mod.

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