Say hello to the Moto Z3: 5G-upgradable Verizon exclusive complete with last year's Snapdragon 83516
Design & 5G Moto Mod
Elsewhere on the smartphone, the rear panel switches out aluminum for glass in this generation and naturally includes the signature Motorola camera module in the center of the panel. Also, in an unsurprising move, the pin connector on the Moto Mods pin connector makes a return and actually serves a pretty important purpose this time around. Just as expected, all previous Moto Mods will be compatible with the flagship Moto Z3. However, Motorola also went on to announce a new 5G Mod that has been developed in partnership with Verizon. This will allow customers to eventually take advantage of the carrier’s next-generation network thanks to the Snapdragon X50 modem that is featured inside the mod. Additionally, the accessory also makes the Moto Z3 the first 5G-upgradeable smartphone.
In terms of the selfie department, the American company has confirmed that the smartphone will come equipped with an 8-megapixel camera.
Unlike most 2018 flagship smartphones, the Motorola Moto Z3 doesn't come equipped with the Snapdragon 845. Instead, it makes use of last year's Snapdragon 835 – just like the Moto Z2 Force Edition – and 4GB of RAM. Moreover, 64GB of internal storage is also on offer although it’s unclear at this point if any other storage options will be made available. Aside from these details, a 3,000mAh battery is set to be included inside the smartphone but those who purchase the 5G Moto Mod will receive an extra 2,000mAh when connected. Also, Android 8.1 Oreo is included straight out of the box but a speedy update to Android 9.0 P will hopefully arrive shortly after its launch.
Release date, price, and offers
As mentioned above, the Moto Z3 will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless in the US and will begin shipping August 16. In terms of cost, the smartphone will be available to purchase for just $480 and those who switch networks and trade in their own device can get a $300 trade-in credit. In regards to the pricing of the 5G Moto Mod, Motorola is yet to confirm any details. However, it did state that it won’t be available until the beginning of 2019.