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. This undercuts the Z3 Play by $20, although the Play comes with a battery Moto Mod. At least not this year.
Motorola is offering the Moto Z3 in black and it will retail for $480 (~Rs 33,000) in the U.S. through Verizon for time being.
It includes the same Snapdragon 835 chipset and dual 12-megapixel cameras as a year ago, and it has the glass back and 1080p 18:9 OLED display that we saw on the Z3 Play. The Force model has typically been a slightly upgraded version of the regular Z model with a shatterproof display.
For now, however, the Moto Z3 is essentially just a souped up Moto Z3 Play. However, the company also unveiled an interesting modular attachment that will usher in the era of 5G, called the 5G Moto Mod.
Motorola is claiming this smartphone as the first that can utilise 5G network with the help of the Mod.
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Sadly, the event only included the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod.
Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? Adding the 5G capability with an accessory should make the transition cheaper, as it negates the need to buy a new phone. The phone also comes with a dual LED flash for better picture capture in low-light situations. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant. A fingerprint sensor is embedded into the power button on the right side and face unlock features for unlocking is also supported. Under flawless conditions in the lab, the 5G Moto Mod hit a peak speed of 3.5Gbps for downloads.
This 5G mod is pretty thick, but it includes a 2000mAh battery.
5G Moto Mod will enable high-speed 4K live streaming and video chatting, lag-free gaming and VR experiences along with faster download speeds on Moto Z3. Motorola officials said in a press briefing that about 40 percent of Motorola smartphone customers use a mod.
Motorola promises the 5G-ready Z3 can download 90 Spotify songs in 10 seconds. For $480, that is cheaper than a OnePlus 6 but we guess that since it does not feature any attractive hardware specifications, the price is justified. We at MSP Gear will certainly update our readers as and when new information about these smartphones is available.