Moto Z3 First Look: Looking Ahead to 5G

Laverne Mann
August 4, 2018

Motorola and Verizon on Thursday introduced the Moto Z3, the latest edition of Motorola's high-end smartphone best known for its assortment of "mod" accessories. According to PCMag (citing Motorola engineers), the 5G Mod will act like "a data card connected to your phone" meaning it'll have its own SIM and subscription. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea. With that in mind, you might have thought that Motorola would have a true flagship up its sleeve, which would be the Moto Z3 Force.

The Moto Z3 is the first 5G phone-with an asterisk.

Processor: The Moto Z3 is powered by Qualcomm's year-old flagship processor Snapdragon 835 chipset. 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.

Otherwise, the Z3 fits the bill as a flagship with dual cameras in the rear with color and monchrome sensors sizing up at 12 megapixels apiece. Up front, there's an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with f/2.0 aperture.

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Moto Z3 specifications Moto Z3 features a 6.01-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Moto Z3 also comes with cinemagraph capability which is a type of photography that creates movement on still images. Motorola hasn't announced any plans for global expansion, so it's unclear if the phone - or the 5G Moto Mod - will ever arrive here in Australia.

Motorola One Power and Moto Power, speculated to be the company's new Android One devices, were also expected to be unveiled at the event. Further, it bears a water-repellent P2i coating that is touted to protect from spills and splashes on top of 6000 series polished aluminium frame. Instead, the fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the device just beneath the volume rockers. The Moto Z3 comes in only one colour model - Ceramic Black. 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. Other optional accessories include a projector that can be attached to a phone to beam its display onto a wall, more powerful cameras and additional battery packs.

-The Moto Z3 is splash resistant, but Motorola hasn't yet specified the IP rating. We at MSP Gear will certainly update our readers as and when new information about these smartphones is available.

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