Motorola's Moto Z3 will work on Verizon's 5G network using Moto Mod

Saturday, 04 Aug, 2018

Lenovo and Motorola unveiled the new Verizon Moto Z3 and a 5G Moto Mod yesterday. Launched at a press event at the headquarters in Chicago, the newest addition in Motorola's global lineup will also get 5G MotoMods or modules.

Here's the major kicker, and what ends up making the Moto Z3 a necessary device for people who want to be on the cutting edge of mobile internet: Motorola told me today that while it's looking into backward compatibility with its 5G Moto Mod, the Moto Z3 is the only phone with confirmed compatibility at the time of this writing.

There's no word quite yet as to how much the 5G Moto Mod will cost, but once it's available, you'll be able to place it on the back of the Z3 and access Verizon's 5G network (assuming you live in a market that's covered by it).

But there are some points to discover and they start with the choice of chipset: last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The 5G Moto Mod comes with a separate battery and a separate SIM card slot. The phone includes a dual 12MP rear camera setup, with one being a black & white sensor, as well as a front-facing 8MP sensor. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixel size, 84-degree wide-angle lens and screen flash. That said, we'll reserve final judgment until we hear more from Motorola on the matter.

Coming to the smartphone, the Moto Z3 features a 6000 series aluminium frame with rounded corners. Unfortunately, the Android One smartphones were missing from the show. Verizon customers can expect Android Oreo 8.1, 64 GB of storage, and 4 GB of memory on the Z3. While previous high-end Moto Z handsets were distinguished by their "Force" subtitle, this time around, Motorola's range-topping modular phone is simply called the Moto Z3. It'll be for Verizon's 5G network, and it will come "early in 2019", according to Verizon network chief Nicola Palmer. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and support (15W) TurboPower fast charging technology. The smartphone flaunts a glass-sandwich design and features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Global Positioning System and USB Type-C port.

The 5G mod uses the usual MotoMod connector, but it only works with this specific phone. There are not many differences between the Moto Z3 and Z2 Force. The 5G Moto Mod will be available later.

Motorola promises the 5G-ready Z3 can download 90 Spotify songs in 10 seconds.