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The newly announced Moto Z3 is the first 5G upgradable phone, exclusive to Verizon

The 5G Moto Mod will allow the Moto Z3 to connect to Verizon's upcoming 5G network. (Source: Motorola)
The 5G Moto Mod will allow the Moto Z3 to connect to Verizon's upcoming 5G network. (Source: Motorola)
Motorola's 2018 flagship, the Moto Z3, will have an optional 5G add-on modem in the form of a Moto Mod that will connect to Verizon's upcoming 5G network. The Z3 uses last year's Snapdragon 835, but this helps to keep costs down.

Motorola is claiming to be the first to provide a 5G mobile experience with their new Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod (sold separately). The Moto Z3 is launching as a Verizon exclusive, and its party trick is a 5G Moto Mod (with 2000 mAh battery) that adds a 5G modem that compliments the internal 3G and 4G modem.

Exclusive partnerships can be annoying, but there is some sense in this one. While the Moto Z3 will be the first phone to bring 5G capabilities to US consumers, Verizon will also be the first mobile network provider to roll out a public 5G network. That network will hit Houston, Los Angeles, Sacremento, and a fourth as-yet-unnamed city.

Moto Z3:

  • SoC: Snapdragon 835
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB + MicroSD up to 2 TB
  • Display: 6.01-inch 18:9 Super AMOLED FullHD+ 2160 x 1080
  • Android: 8.1 Oreo
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f2.0, 1.25um + 12 MP monochrome
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f2.0, 1.12um
  • Charger: 15 W Turbo charger
  • Dimensions: 76.5 x 156.5 x 6.75 mm and 156 g
  • Audio: USB-C to 3.5 mm converter
  • Bluetooth: 5.0

The spec sheet looks about right for a Moto Z flagship. The series is focused on bringing modern features to a lower price point and using last year’s flagship Snapdragon 835, along with a more pedestrian 4 GB of RAM, helps achieve this goal. The price puts it within reach of more powerful phones, such as the OnePlus 6 or Huawei Honor 10 depending on configuration. But Motorola has the advantage of being available in US carrier stores and therefore is likely to be included in contract bundles.

The Moto Z3 launches on 16 August at a retail price of US$480, but Verizon is offering up to a US$300 discount for those switching to their network and trading in their old phone. The 5G Moto Mod is sold separately and the price wasn’t available at the time of writing.

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Craig Ward, 2018-08- 3 (Update: 2018-08-16)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.