Motorola announces the first phone that’s upgradeable to 5G, the Moto Z3

05 August, 2018, 20:40 | Author: Sergio Cook
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Now while Verizon hasn't actually gotten 5G up and running on its main network - just some testing areas like around its headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ - the Moto Mod is a bit useless right now, but in 2019, it won't be.

But while 5G might seem like a really good reason to run out and buy a Z3, don't be fooled. They originally promised that Moto Mods would be compatible with three generations of Moto Z device.

Motorola a year ago launched the Moto Z2 Force in July.

In the U.S., the Moto Z3 price has been set at $480 (approximately Rs. 33,000). The smartphone doesn't yet have a United Kingdom release date or price, but it will be hitting USA stores from 16 August. Motorola, for its part, is taking the first steps down the road to 5G hardware by harnessing the Moto Mod accessory connector on the new Moto Z3 handset.

On the specification front, the new Moto Z3 flagship smartphone comes with a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2160X1080 pixel of resolution.

The smartphone is equipped with a dual rear camera that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f / 2.0 aperture and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor, combined with a dual LED flash. It also has 8 megapixels front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and is only available in a 64GB storage configuration. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port.

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Moto Z3 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo.

Motorola is positioning the Moto Z3 as the first 5G upgradeable phone, and that's fine.

There's no word quite yet as to how much the 5G Moto Mod will cost, but once it's available, you'll be able to place it on the back of the Z3 and access Verizon's 5G network (assuming you live in a market that's covered by it).

On its own, the Moto Z3 is a fairly typical high-end smartphone. However, it may have issues with edge detection, which is something that the Moto Z3 Play suffered from as well. Under ideal conditions in the lab, the 5G Moto Mod hit a peak speed of 3.5Gbps for downloads.

The 5G mod will provide fantastic data speeds, but isn't out until 2019, and even then will only be available in four USA cities. However, the company also unveiled an interesting modular attachment that will usher in the era of 5G, called the 5G Moto Mod. So, it has chose to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod.


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