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Moto Z3 First Look: Looking Ahead to 5G

Between conventional fare like batteries and speakers to more niche accessories like a projector, Shakil Barkat, Moto's VP of Global Product Development, said most of Motorola's Mod bases were already covered.

The reason for Motorola using a Moto Mod rather than just making a natively 5G-capable phone is pretty simple: initially, only a minority of people will be able to actually take advantage of it. Verizon will light up four 5G markets before the end of the year - Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and a yet-to-be-named city - but if you don't live in one of those areas you'll be stuck with regular old 4G LTE at best. The price of the Moto Mod is yet to be announced but it won't be available until the start of 2019. It's just $20 a month for 24 months on Verizon's device payment plan and $480 at retail.

Exclusive to Verizon, this phone will get you a discount on a Moto Mod. Of course, that did not happen. For a limited time, Verizon's offering up to $300 off the Moto Z3 to customers who trade in an existing device.

The device comes with the glass back body and the metal frame gives it a rigidity. There are not many differences between the Moto Z3 and Z2 Force. It's also protected with Gorilla Glass 3. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant.

Moto Z3 is powered by 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU. Under the hood of the smartphone runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card.

There is no 3.5mm audio jack, but the company is providing a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter. In terms of the software, the Moto Z3 boots near stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Moto enhancements.

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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.

As for the front camera, it will sport an 8MP shooter.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that the 5G Moto Mod had a 5,000mAh embedded battery. The Mod will become available in the USA early next year.

Using millimeter waves, 5G will support download speeds of up to 5Gbps, which is much faster than any cellular technology that we have now, and it's even faster than just about any home internet service. It also continues the Moto Z-Series legacy of supporting Moto Mods through a dedicated pogo-pin connector at the back.

Motorola revealed its long-rumored 5G Moto Mod in tandem with the Moto Z3. Most of the magnetic attachments seemingly boost battery life, but one of the most intriguing accessories is a mod that lets the device tap into the 5G network.

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