Moto Z3 hands-on: Getting ready for 5G

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Moto Z3 hands-on: Getting ready for 5G

Aside from the 5G Moto Mod that was announced alongside of it, the handset presents nothing new, combining elements of last year's Moto Z2 Force and this year's Moto Z3 Play. The device is compatible with all previous MotoMods Motorola has up its sleeves as well as the new 5G Moto mods which the device comes with. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea.

As for the 5G Moto Mod, Motorola says it'll be available early next year. Many assumed the next model would be the Moto Z3 Force, but it looks like that won't be happening.

Powered by the not-so-latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the Moto Z3 is backed by a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Motorola's targeting an early 2019 launch, but pricing for the 5G Mod hasn't been announced yet.

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. There is an 8-megapixel image sensor at the front for selfies with 1.12 micron pixels and 84-degree field of view.

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

The Moto Z3 is an odd little fellow.

The smartphone will be running Android 8.1 Oreo right off the bat, and it will be getting updated to Android P down the line. Motorola hasn't announced any plans for worldwide expansion, so it's unclear if the phone - or the 5G Moto Mod - will ever arrive here in Australia. However, the battery supports fast charging with Moto's TurboPower solution. The Moto Z3 comes with a side-facing fingerprint sensor and also support face unlock.

Verizon is now rolling out 5G residential broadband service in four USA markets: Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and one additional city to be announced soon. 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.

Additionally, as a limited-time offer, those who purchase the Moto Z3 will be able to get their hands on any Moto Mod that costs over $100, for just $50.

And to make sure that the 3000mAh battery on the phone doesn't expire too quickly while employing a 5G connection, the 5G Moto Mod includes a 2000mAh battery of its own. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant. The Mod will definitely only work on Verizon's 5G network, not any other carrier's, though. But it is quite likely that the Moto Z3 will soon launch in India. As of now, there is no information about the global availability of the device.

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