Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Motorola Z3 hands-on: Motorola's latest smartphone, brought to you by Verizon

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Pete Mitchell | 05 August, 2018, 20:39

In essence, the Moto Mod will make the Moto Z3 smartphone, as well as previous Moto Z phones that support Moto Mods, the first smartphones to support higher-speed 5G networks. 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.

Now, for the new 5G Moto Mod. Of course, that did not happen.

The Moto Z3 comes in only one storage model with 64GB. Customers in the United States will also be able to get a carrier-locked version of the Moto Z3 at a monthly charge of $20 for 24 months.

The device comes with the glass back body and the metal frame gives it a rigidity. This facility unlocks dynamic information presentation to Moto Z3 users when they point the camera at any object, building, shop, establishment or geographical landmark.

It comes in Ceramic Black color. That's because they must have the same overall shape so the Moto Mods can click on in the back. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, paired with 4GB RAM.

The Moto Z3 looks like every other metal and glass phone
The Moto Z3 looks like every other metal and glass

Included with the 5G mod is 2,000mAh of battery power, a nice addition to the phone's own 3,000mAh power source - impressive considering how thin the actual phone is.

There is no 3.5mm audio jack, but the company is providing a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter. The handset also a side-facing fingerprint sensor - embedded on the right. On the optics front, the smartphone sports a dual rear camera module with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and another 12-megapixel monochrome secondary sensor. However, it is upgradable to upcoming Android 9.0 P. In the camera section, we get rear cameras with 12MP + 12MP dual sensors.

Around the back, you'll find a dual-lens camera system created to take portrait mode photos and photos with better overall contrast. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture and screen flash. And while many Mods are $100, don't expect the 5G one to come that cheap.

Verizon is now rolling out 5G residential broadband service in four U.S. markets: Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and one additional city to be announced soon. The company is said to have partnered with Qualcomm to achieve this feat by utilizing the X50 modem found on the 835 and millimeter wave components.

The only potential downside to the entire thing is that it is dependent on Verzion's decision about when it will think it is a good time to flip on the 5G network. The mod will work with other Z phones, and will double or triple the existing speeds, even if it isn't the full 5G experience.

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