Say hello to the Moto Z3: 5G-upgradable Verizon exclusive complete with last year's Snapdragon 835


At the brand’s event in Chicago, Motorola has just unveiled the Moto Z3 as its latest flagship smartphone, ditching the Force branding for the first time since the introduction of the Moto Z line and releasing exclusively on Verizon later this month.

Design & 5G Moto Mod


Externally, it’s fair to say that the smartphone doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. In fact, it’s essentially identical to the mid-range Moto Z3 Play that was announced earlier this year thanks to its tall 6-inch AMOLED display up front and minimal bezels on either side.

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. 

Camera


Just like many of Motorola’s recent smartphones, the Moto Z3 includes two cameras on the rear that both boast 12-megapixel resolutions. Unlike competing smartphones that often include one telephoto or super wide-angle lens, though, Motorola has stuck to a more basic setup that simply improves the overall look of images.

In terms of the selfie department, the American company has confirmed that the smartphone will come equipped with an 8-megapixel camera.

Specifications


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.

Additionally, as a limited-time offer, those who purchase the Moto Z3 will be able to get their hands on any Moto Mod that cost over $100 for just $50.

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Moto Z3
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h talk time)

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16 Comments

1. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...complete with last year's Snapdragon 835" LMAO!

2. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

retailed for $480 though...

4. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

As if you can really tell the difference between an 835 and 845 without the use of a benchmark app.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

U can.

9. Reybanz88

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

It's definitely a difference and it's noticeable.

12. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Agree with AmashAziz 100%.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 222; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Wow this is horrible and pathetic upgrade! Okay lets face it isn't an upgrade.

6. b2386

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 07, 2018

This is just odd. The Z3 Play has inferior specs but is more expensive ($499) than this phone ($480). At least when it comes to their higher-end devices, Moto has been flailing about just doing random things even if they don't make much sense.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2566; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why do I get the feeling that Motorola just plain forgot to make a flagship this year?

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I like it, the 835 is a proven effecient SOC. Price is for the 5G capabilities by my guess.

10. svknet

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

"Moto Z3 5G", I thought, WHAT!? Then read 5G Mod :)

11. marklugtu1302

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

I'mma go with the Z2

13. mschmal

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Wow what a joke. The only reason to get a Motorola was to get flagship specs for less. Where is the 2k screen? OnePlus here I come.

14. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Moto always has tight optimization. This is what the z3 play should have been. A simple chipset swap.

15. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Am I the only one that is really excited about this? It seems that motorola is trying to move into the space that google abandoned with their nexus/pixel line. This phone seems to have near flagship specs, but without the huge price tag. My nexus 6p is dying on me and I think the Z3 will be my next phone. That's if I can wrap my brain around leaving fi and going back to Verizon.

16. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Am I the only one that is really excited about this? It seems that motorola is trying to move into the space that google abandoned with their nexus/pixel line. This phone seems to have near flagship specs, but without the huge price tag. My nexus 6p is dying on me and I think the Z3 will be my next phone. That's if I can wrap my brain around leaving fi and going back to Verizon.

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