Moto Z3 phone sells during Verizon Aug. 16, with 5G to come

Motorola on Thursday announced a Moto Z3, during a tiny press eventuality during a domicile in Chicago. This is a latest Motorola phone to have captivating backings that insert to Moto Mods, or modules, and will be one of a initial phones ever to dial in to 5G.

Starting in early 2019, Motorola will recover a 5G Moto Mod that will daub into Verizon’s 5G network, once a initial of a carrier’s 5G networks flickers to life. 5G is so essential since it’s a subsequent era of quick information that will make phones upload and download an sequence of bulk faster than a fastest 4G LTE networks today. We’re articulate about downloading 90 Spotify songs in 10 seconds, during adult to 5 gigabits per second. 

Like a original Moto Z Force and Moto Z2 Force before it, a Moto Z3 here will make a conduit home exclusively on Verizon in a US, during slightest during first. 

The Moto Z3 will cost $480 and launch on Aug. 16. That breaks down to $20 per month on a financial plan. US buyers who switch to Verizon can get a $300 trade-in credit toward a cost of a Moto Z3.


The Moto Z3 has captivating Mod attachments and gesticulate navigation with a singular slider button.

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While 5G is a phone’s large story today, it’s a captivating Mods that give a Moto Z phones like a Z3 and long-lived Moto Z3 Play their character. 

Mods embody backings that assistance we customize a phone’s demeanour and feel and battery container add-ons that can double a phone’s battery life before wanting a charge.

While Mods were once Motorola’s golden sheet to stepping out from a Android throng behind when a initial Moto Z phone debuted in 2016, a guarantee of a Mods has significantly dusty up. 

The bustling modular ecosystem that Motorola initial envisioned has unsuccessful to arrive, notwithstanding some engaging contributions from Polaroid (a projector mod), Hasselblad (a print mod) and a gaming Mod that reminded us of a Nintendo Switch.

Motorola and a primogenitor company, Lenovo, aren’t entirely to blame. Motorola gamble large on buyers’ seductiveness in customizing their phones with appendage tools to boost speaker, gaming and print capabilities, though modular phones never held on. The strong Google was forced to desert a possess take on modules, Project Ara, and a Essential Phone, that was spun adult by “the father of Android”, Andy Rubin, has now been scrapped after saying usually one concordant module. 


Although a guarantee of customization might not be a Z3’s biggest pull for each intensity buyer, Motorola still scores points with CNET reviewers for plain phone hardware and crafty program that’s improved in some ways than Google’s possess take on Android.

Motorola Moto Z3 specs we know so far

  • 6-inch Super AMOLED arrangement with 2,160×1,080-pixel resolution
  • Dual 12-megapixel behind cameras
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera with wide-angle 84-degree lens
  • 2.35 GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 64GB of inner storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB-C jack
  • No headphone jack, though dongle converter enclosed in a box
  • 3,000-mAh battery (plus 2,000 mAh some-more on a 5G Moto Mod)
  • 15-watt TurboPower charger
  • Snapdragon X50 modem (to assistance bond to a 5G network)
  • Google Lens integrated into a camera
  • 5G Moto Mod harmony (eventually)

This is a building story. Come behind for hands-on impressions.

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