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Motorola announces the first phone that’s upgradeable to 5G, the Moto Z3

Motorola announces the first phone that’s upgradeable to 5G, the Moto Z3

On the surface the Moto Z3 is a mid-tier phone, but Motorola - with help from Verizon - hopes to turn it into something special thanks to the new 5G moto mod that will be available in early 2019. However, the cool thing about Moto Z3 is that it is super thin and that it sells for the somewhat affordable price of $460.

Well for a start, it's not the most high-powered or flashy smartphone around. Motorola, for its part, is taking the first steps down the road to 5G hardware by harnessing the Moto Mod accessory connector on the new Moto Z3 handset. Yes, it has an advanced Snapdragon X50 modem that will enable the phone to access the lucrative 5G grid.

The 5G Mod's got a little antenna bump at the top there. The new smartphone is the latest addition in the Moto Z series of devices and sits above the Moto Z3 Play that was launched in June.

Moto Z3 is the advanced version of previously announced Moto Z3 Play. This facility unlocks dynamic information presentation to Moto Z3 users when they point the camera at any object, building, shop, establishment or geographical landmark. But where there's a modular Motorola phone, there's a Moto Mod to fix it. Many assumed the next model would be the Moto Z3 Force, but it looks like that won't be happening.

On the rear, you'll find dual 12-megapixel cameras, and on the front there's an 8-megapixel shooter for selfies. Speaking of the battery, it checks in at 3,000 mAh, which should give you a full day of runtime. The Moto Z3 is not waterproof, but it is water repellent, which means that you can splash it or use it in the rain and it won't get water damaged. It comes with features like portrait mode, true black and white, face filters, manual mode and object recognition, which is powered by Google Lens.

Both lenses are 12 megapixels, and they'll complement each other for low-light photos, as well as portrait mode photos. According to PCMag (citing Motorola engineers), the 5G Mod will act like "a data card connected to your phone" meaning it'll have its own SIM and subscription. It also includes an 8MP front-facing camera.

Details are still developing on the Moto Z3, but from very brief hands-on time with the phone we've already had, it's easy to see that it is extremely similar to the Z3 Play from a design standpoint. However, Verizon said it will work to transition quickly to the 3GPP's 5G NR (New Radio) standard that was approved previous year.

Verizon and Motorola announced the Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod are coming exclusively to Verizon. The Moto Z3 would the first smartphone with access to Verizon's 5G network in select areas.

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.

The Moto Z3 is a Verizon exclusive, and will be available on August 16.

Without a major specs change, the price has dropped significantly.

Verizon is selling the moto z3 for $480, but is offering up to $300 off for new subscribers who trade-in an older phone.


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