Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Motorola isn't giving up on its smartphone Mods just yet

Motorola isn't giving up on its smartphone Mods just yet

Just like the other Moto Z devices, the new Moto Z3 also supports Moto Mods.

Anyways though, speaking about the Moto Z3, this smartphone looks very much similar to the Moto Z3 Play.

Yesterday Motorola announced the new Moto Z3.

The 5G Moto Mod is a module that attaches itself on the back of the Moto Z3 to enable 5G connectivity.

Strangely enough, Motorola has chosen to equip its flagship phone with last year's flagship chipset - the Snapdragon 835. This means the Moto Z3 Force which was highly anticipated to release this year and become the successor to last year's Moto Z2 Force will not debut. It will be priced at $480 full retail, or you can pick it up for $20 per month for 24 months.

The Moto Z3 combines that processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, though that can be improved by up to another 2TB through the use of a microSD card.

The Z3 packs dual rear cameras with one color 12 MP f/2.0 sensor with 1.25um pixels and a 12 MP monochrome sensor, and a dual-LED flash. For selfies and video calling, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel snapper on the front. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port. The Moto Z3 is running on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is now the latest version of Android - at least for a couple more weeks. It's an interesting one - a 5G mod, making the Moto Z3 technically the first 5G-ready phone on the market. At the same time, we also saw a new kind of Moto Mod: one that would actually connect the smartphone to Verizon's 5G network.

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The phone will also work with existing Moto Mods, including the Insta-Share Projector, the Moto 360 Camera, and the Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, the release noted.

Moto Z3 was launched on Thursday at an event in Chicago, the company's headquarters.

The Verizon 5G rollout is still on track to begin later this year, with Sacramento, Calif., getting the first crack at the technology, followed by LA. The price of the Moto Mod is yet to be announced but it won't be available until the start of 2019.

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.

What stands out in the design department of the Moto Z3 is the placement of the fingerprint sensor.

Pricing and exact availability for the 5G mod will come later this year.

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