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Motorola announces the first phone that's upgradeable to 5G, the Moto Z3

03 August 2018

The 5G Moto Mod won't be available until 2019. There's a 6-inch 2:1 full HD AMOLED display, a 3,000mAh embedded power cell and 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with microSD expansion up to 512GB. Although the Moto Z3 as a flagship Android device, it will be shipping with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor - the same processor used on the Moto Z2.

Something to look forward to: Motorola's new 5G Moto Mod is compelling but the subscription aspect sounds a bit suspect.

The company's billing its new Moto Z3, which launches on Verizon on August 16, as the first phone that'll be "upgradeable" to 5G with the help of a new 5G Moto Mod.

But the nation's largest wireless carrier by subscribers essentially outed its plans with the debut of the Motorola's Moto Z3, which will get a "mod" attachment accessory that will let it tap into the 5G network early next year.

The 5G Moto Mod is the first of its kind to feature the Snapdragon X50 modem, giving users access to 5G connectivity when this standard officially rolls out. Moreover, the Moto Z3 will be the successor to Moto Z2 Force whereas Motorola One and Motorola One Power smartphones are likely to carry Android One branding. 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. The camera supports Laser Autofocus Color and Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash.

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.

Lenovo-owned Motorola has now started testing its cheaper Moto G5 smartphone to run on Android 8.1 Oreo ahead of a wider rollout. The smartphone has a 8MP front camera with with 1.12um pixel size and a wide-angle 84-degree lens for selfies and video-calling.

Externally, it's fair to say that the smartphone doesn't really bring anything new to the table. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant. There's no word on when Motorola will launch Moto Power and Motorola One Power. It also supports fast charging with its TurboPower technology, with Motorola stating it can charge for up to 8 hours of use in just 15 minutes. Just as expected, all previous Moto Mods will be compatible with the flagship Moto Z3. We will have a full review of the phone by then, although the Mod isn't coming out until next year.

In addition to those next-generation radios, the new accessory carries a 2,000-mAh battery to offset potential increases in battery drain. We're now in Chicago awaiting to see a hardware demo.

Motorola announces the first phone that's upgradeable to 5G, the Moto Z3