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Moto Z3 First Look: Looking Ahead to 5G

Moto Z3 First Look: Looking Ahead to 5G

Before we get to the 5G Moto Mod, let's talk Moto Z3 basics. The new devices made their debut at Motorola's event at is headquarters in Chicago on August 2.

Moto Z3, the new flagship smartphone from the Lenovo-owned Motorola is now official.

Like all of the previous members of the Moto Z family, the Moto Z3 will support the growing number of Moto Mods, the add-on accessories that attach to the back of these phones to add features like more battery life, better cameras and speakers, and much more.

The Moto Z3 will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless in the US and will begin shipping on August 16. It's just $20 a month for 24 months on Verizon's device payment plan and $480 at retail.

Motorola has unveiled its latest flagship device for 2018 - the Moto Z3. Of course, that did not happen.

Moving on to Motorola One Power, the upcoming phone will be smartphone maker's second Android One device after Moto X4. There's no word on when Motorola will launch Moto Power and Motorola One Power. Apart from the design, the Moto Z3 also borrows some of the specs from the Z3 Play. 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.

It does have a 6-inch "borderless" Super AMOLED display, dual 12MP depth-sensing cameras with Google Lens software support, and makes full use of existing Moto Mods. The Z3 has an aluminium body with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass display just as the Z3 Play. The model also comes with a 5G Moto mod. The Moto Z3 runs on the older Snapdragon 835, which is a bit of a disappointment to say the least. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also supports fast charging with its TurboPower technology, with Motorola stating it can charge for up to 8 hours of use in just 15 minutes.

There is no 3.5mm audio jack, but the company is providing a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter. One of the unique elements of the Moto Z3 is that it has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and most people claim that it works surprisingly well.

Moto Z3 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo.

On the camera front, the Moto Z3 features dual rear camera setup comprising of a 12-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 sensor and 1.25 micron pixel size and a secondary monochrome camera along with dual-LED flash. Selfie camera features include portrait mode, group selfies, face beauty, and face filters. On the front side, there's an 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. That's when we may see the Moto Mod 5G accessory launch, although Motorola hasn't said that just yet.

In addition, the rear panel houses the pin connector for the Moto Mods.

Once attached, the Z3 will recognize the Mod and allow the user to transmit and receive data on Verizon's 5G mobile network.

These questions will likely surface as the 5G Moto Mod's release nears.

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