Motorola's newest phone is only OK today, but it'll get great in 2019 when super-fast 5G networks launch
Motorola announced on Thursday its new Moto Z3 smartphone, plus an optional attachment that will give the phone connectivity to Verizon's 5G network.On its own, the Moto Z3 is a fairly typical high-end smartphone. It's not the most flashy, or the highest-powered, but it's incredibly thin. And Motorola is also selling it for the pretty great price of $460, exclusively on Verizon. Advertisement
The real magic will come in early 2019 when Motorola's 5G Moto Mod will be released. In essence, the Moto Mod will make the Moto Z3 smartphone, as well as previous Moto Z phones that support Moto Mods, the first smartphones to support higher-speed 5G networks.
It'll be interesting to finally see the speeds and benefits of 5G when the mod is released. However, you could argue that it's a premature release, as 5G networks in the US are only available in a few cities at the moment. For Verizon, specifically, there are only four cities that will get 5G coverage by the end of the year.Either way, the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod will give us a taste of the future of smartphones. Check it out:
Motorola played it safe with the Moto Z3's design and specs.
One thing that's impressive is how thin the Moto Z3 is, while packing a battery that's comparable to most modern high-end smartphones.Advertisement
Around the back, you'll find a dual-lens camera system designed to take portrait mode photos and photos with better overall contrast.
Towards the bottom of the back, you'll find the connection pins for Motorola's signature Moto Mods, which can add a bunch of features and functionality to the phone.Advertisement
The star of the show is Motorola's new 5G Moto Mod, which will give the phone insane data speeds. But it'll only work on Verizon's network, and in four cities to begin with.
The Moto Z3 will be available to buy on August 16 from Verizon for $460, which is actually a pretty great price for the phone alone.Advertisement
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