Verizon Motorola Moto Z3 announced with Snapdragon 835 and 5G Moto Mod support
Earlier this year, we were introduced to the mid-range Moto Z3 Play. It’s a perfectly capable device, but it’s certainly not a flagship Android phone. Today, Lenovo and Motorola have unveiled the Moto Z3, which will be available exclusively on Verizon. There will even be a special Moto Mod to add 5G connectivity. More on that later. First, here are the specs.
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Display||6-inch Full HD Super AMOLED, 18:9|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12MP full-color + 12MP monochrome|
|Size||156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75mm|
|Headphone Jack||No (adapter in box)|
As you can see from the specs, this is on the lower end of “flagship” Android phones. Motorola opted for the older Snapdragon 835 processor instead of the Snapdragon 845. The display is only 1080p, though it is in the modern 18:9 aspect ratio. The other specs look a little better. You get 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual 12MP cameras (one is monochrome), 3,000 mAh battery, and a mostly stock-looking Android 8.1 Oreo. The fingerprint scanner is on the side once again.
One of the most exciting announcements of the event, and the reason why Verizon is involved is the 5G Moto Mod. Verizon is planning to have their 5G network up and running sometime next year. When that happens, the 5G Moto Mod will be available. It’s built around Qualcomm’s X50 modem. The mod will be backward compatible with all previous Moto Z phones on Verizon. The 5G Moto Mod also includes a 2,000 mAh battery.
The Moto Z3 will be available for $480, which is actually $20 cheaper than the Moto Z3 Play. It goes on sale August 16th at Verizon. We will hear more about the 5G Moto Mod in 2019. What are your thoughts on Motorola’s latest Z-series phone?