Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Motorola's Moto Z3 will work on Verizon's 5G network using Moto Mod

Moto Z3 debuts with fingerprint scanner on the side, 5G mod - GSMArena.com news Motorola Moto Z3 now official with a 5G Moto Mod for Verizon's network
Beatrice Douglas | 05 August, 2018, 20:40

The 5G moto mod will have an additional cost, we just don't know how much yet. Alongside the smartphone, Motorola had also launched a 5G Moto Mod in collaboration with Qualcomm, which makes the Moto Z3 the first-ever smartphone to come with 5G support. Sure, the Moto Z3 Play had a field day with spec leaks and protected views, but it looks as though Motorola kept nearly everything about the Moto Z3 under wraps.

The company said it is also working to make the 5G Moto Mod compatible with older Motorola Z-series phones, but is focused exclusively on the Z3 for the time being. However, it may have issues with edge detection, which is something that the Moto Z3 Play suffered from as well. As of now, there is no information on the launch or the price of the Moto Z3 in India.

The Moto Z3 is only 6.75mm thick compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus' 8.5mm and the iPhone 8 Plus' 7.5mm.

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

Specs-wise, it's running on 2017's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.


Powering the phone is the yester generation Snapdragon 835 chipset with Adreno 540 GPU handling all the graphics. At the very least, the phone has 4GB of RAM. This means that the 17 already-available Moto Mods (which include stereo speakers, a projector, a 360-degree camera, a Polaroid-style printer and a gamepad, among others) will be compatible with the Moto Z3.

As for the 5G Moto Mod, Motorola says it'll be available early next year. It will also sport a built-in 2,000mAh battery which should hold up just fine in front of the 5G connection. This undercuts the Z3 Play by $20, although the Play comes with a battery Moto Mod. A 3,000mAh battery keeps the phone going all day and a USB-C port is used for charging. The Mod will definitely only work on Verizon's 5G network, not any other carrier's, though.

As you can see, the Moto Z3 isn't quite a real 5G phone. The smartphone also has Moto Actions to let users access features such as camera and flash using gestures. But there are still questions we don't know the answers to. In regards to the pricing of the 5G Moto Mod, Motorola is yet to confirm any details but it will not be available for the general public until the beginning of 2019. Still, it would've been nice to have had a bit of a flourish so we could tell the two apart. That didn't work out so well and it seems that good ol' Moto is cutting down its roster for 2018.

5G Moto Mod price has not been announced by the company as of now.

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