Motorola announces Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod support

Motorola announces Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod support


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.

The Moto Z3 is the latest gadget to jump on the 5G bandwagon. At least not this year. In other words, it's possible that the Z3 Play will one day work with the 5G Moto Mod, but for now, the Z3 is the only phone that's guaranteed to work with it.

Motorola launched the Moto Z3 at a list price of $480, which translates to Rs. 33,000 approximately. The Force model has typically been a slightly upgraded version of the regular Z model with a shatterproof display. In terms of design, the Moto Z3 features a glass body. The new flagship smartphone from Motorola will be pitted against the likes of Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S9.

The price of the 5G Moto Mod was not revealed, but the press release says that, for a limited time, you can purchase any existing Moto Mod over $100 for just $50 if you buy the new Moto Z3. Further, it bears a water-repellent P2i coating that is touted to protect from spills and splashes on top of 6000 series polished aluminium frame. Launched at a press event at the headquarters in Chicago, the newest addition in Motorola's global lineup will also get 5G MotoMods or modules.

Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? This battery won't be used to increase the longevity of the phone beyond normal 4G usage, but merely keep the 5G radios humming along, as they consume a lot of power. "Its 6" display uses a 2160x1080 OLED panel covered with a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3, and it's all powered by a 3000-mAh non-removable battery. The smartphone will be available in ceramic black color. Sadly the Moto Z3 lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack, but a USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter is provided.

Moto Z3 also offers a rather uniquely placed side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Mod will definitely only work on Verizon's 5G network, not any other carrier's, though.

Here's the back, with the 5G mod attached. But it is quite likely that the Moto Z3 will soon launch in India. Motorola officials said in a press briefing that about 40 percent of Motorola smartphone customers use a mod. It's looking like it'll be a little while before we see 5G technology built directly into phones.

  • Terrell Bush