On its own, the Moto Z3 is your usual high-end smartphone. It’s quite thin and sleek-looking and it’s selling for $460 as a Verizon exclusive, so there’s not much to be excited about, save for a decent price for some pretty good quality.
For now, at least.
When Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod will be launched in 2019, now that’s when you’re going to get excited. The Moto Z3 as well as the other previous Moto Z models that will support the Moto Mod will be one of the very first smartphones that will support higher-speed 5G networks.
Motorola has not officially announced a price or a release date for the 5G mod just yet but word is it will be using the Qualcomm x50 and x24 modems that are capable of delivering speeds that could potentially be in excess of 3GB per second (make it 5gbps when connected to a PC). It will also sport a built-in 2,000mAh battery which should hold up just fine in front of the 5G connection.
The phone in itself runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, with a microSD card slot, dual 12-MP rear cameras, and a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 AMOLED display. For the price it’s sold, it’s actually not bad at all.
The only potential downside to the entire thing is that it is dependent on Verzion’s decision about when it’s a good time to flip on the 5G network.