To the dismay of some consumers, the 5G Moto Mod will not be available until 2019. Announced today as the first 5G-upgradable smartphone - courtesy of a 5G Moto Mod, rather than the onboard radio - the Moto Z3 straddles a tricky line between the cutting-edge and the familiar. While the 5G connectivity may be the headline feature, the rest of the specs aren't almost as impressive. The device adopts a massive 6-inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels on either side. The handsets themselves are splash-resistant, though not fully waterproof. The smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.
As part of the Android 8.1 Oreo update, the Moto G5 will enjoy "many enhancements including new multitasking features, more efficient notification controls, improved data saver and battery features, new power menu UI and Bluetooth improvements". With a 15W Motorola TurboPower charger, you're looking at half a day's power in 30 minutes of charging. For a limited time, Verizon's offering up to $300 off the Moto Z3 to customers who trade in an existing device. Moto Z3 comes with a water-repellent coating for splashes.
The other notable change is the camera.
Otherwise, the Z3 fits the bill as a flagship with dual cameras in the rear with color and monchrome sensors sizing up at 12 megapixels apiece. The smartphone also has Moto Actions to let users access features such as camera and flash using gestures. There's 4K Ultra HD video recording at 30fps, too, plus slow-motion. There is an 8-megapixel image sensor at the front for selfies with 1.12 micron pixels and 84-degree field of view.
If the Moto Z3 isn't the star of the show, what is?
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As mentioned, The Z3 will be able to connect to Verizon's 5G network but you'll need the 5G Moto Mod to do so. So, it has made a decision to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod. Sure, this will all be possible with 5G, but you'd have a right to be skeptical. Interestingly, Motorola has baked in Google Lens into the rear camera.
If 5G is so great, why isn't it built in?
-Alongside the Moto Z3, Motorola has also launched 5G Moto Mod, this makes Z3 the first ever 5G-enabled smartphone in the market. Now, yes, this means that in 5G mode, you'll have one active 5G modem and two listening 4G modems, so it's all going to use up more battery power than the integrated Qualcomm 4G/5G solution we expect to see announced at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit this December. Here we are just over a couple of months later and the Moto Z3 and the Moto 5G Moto Mod are now official.
Now for the biggest downside.
Verizon and Motorola unveiled the new Moto Z3 on Thursday, hitting stores on August 16 at a price of $480. There's no real hurry there, though.