Moto Z3 launches with Verizon with a modular path to 5G

Moto Z3

Moto Z3

The Moto Z3 release date is August 16, and that's also when you're be able to buy the world's first 5G-upgradable smartphone, according to Verizon and Motorola. Motorola included a fingerprint reader with the Moto Z3, but unlike most phones it's not on the back; it's actually on the right side of the phone. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea.

5G Moto Mod As well as the phone, Motorola has announced a 5G Moto Mod that will allow users to access the Verizon 5G network.

Obviously, the 5 Gbps speeds Verizon, Motorola, and Qualcomm were touting today will only be achievable under optimal circumstances, but even if you never top out with the Moto Mod, you'll still be going a lot faster that you were on 4G LTE.

Motorola has just announced the first 5G phone for Verizon. While it comes armed with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, there is one interesting thing about the device, which you will enjoy reading about thoroughly.

There's some good news and bad news about the Moto Z3.

For photography, Moto Z3 offers a dual-camera setup at the rear which is a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. The smartphone has a 8MP front camera with with 1.12um pixel size and a wide-angle 84-degree lens for selfies and video-calling. This is a more powerful version of the Z3 Play that was unveiled earlier this year, and similar to past Z flagships, the Z3 will be sold exclusively on Verizon in the United States. The Moto Z3 sports a 6.1-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, carrying a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. The smartphone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo. So, it has chose to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod. This is a whole generation behind the current batch of flagship Android phones that use the more powerful Snapdragon 845. But the 5G Moto Mod opens up several possibilities without encumbering the smartphone with additional embedded hardware. Dubbed as Moto Z3, the smartphone is priced at $480 and is exclusively available on Verizon in the USA starting from August 16. The smartphone will be available in ceramic black color. The 5G Moto Mod has an in-built 2000 mAh battery. "Its 6" display uses a 2160x1080 OLED panel covered with a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3, and it's all powered by a 3000-mAh non-removable battery. It's looking like it'll be a little while before we see 5G technology built directly into phones.

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