• Moto Z3 Launch: First Device to Offer 5G Connectivity

    By Samantha Watson , August 3, 2018 - Leave a comment

    After the unveiling of the Moto Z3 Play, Motorola yesterday announced their latest handset. The Moto Z3 offers a respectable set of specs, but more impressive? The device is set to be the first to offer 5G connectivity.



    moto-z3-designPlace the Moto Z3 next to the Z3 Play (or indeed the Z2 Force) and you’ll struggle to see a huge amount of difference. Moto devices have become well-known for their glass back and curved aluminium body, and the Z3 is not looking to buck the trend anytime soon.

    This is largely due to the requirement for ‘Moto Mods’ support, Motorola’s handy accessories that simply clip onto the back of their devices.

    That said, the device is impressively thin given its large battery size. Indeed, the phone is only 6.75mm thick; approximately 1.75mm thinner than the Galaxy S9 Plus and 0.75mm than the iPhone 8 Plus.

    There is not a huge amount further to note other than the fingerprint sensor moving to the right of the device. Although if that annoys you, the Moto Z3 also comes with Face Unlock.

    • Crafted from glass and aluminium
    • Considerably thinner than similar devices
    • Fingerprint moved to right side



    moto-z3-display Taking the limelight is a large 6-inch Super AMOLED Display with a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080.

    The AMOLED technology of the Z3 uses LEDs for each pixel rather than needing a backlight, giving it’s display near infinite contrast. When black needs to be shown, the necessary LED can simply turn off, helping to prolong an already large battery.

    With an 18:9 aspect ratio, the display is slightly taller. Motorola have avoided the ‘to-notch-or-not-to-notch’ squabble by simply minimising the height of the top and bottom bezels.

    • 6-inch Super AMOLED Display
    • 2160 x 1080-pixel resolution
    • 18:9 aspect ratio



    moto-z3-camWith a rear 12MP dual-camera setup, the Moto Z3 will be able to take top quality images without a problem.

    The primary sensor comes with a f/1.7 aperture, phase-detection autofocus as well as a dual LED flash. This will enable fantastic photography whether shooting in a well or low-lit environment. Meanwhile, the secondary sensor is a true black and white sensor.

    Rounding it off, an 8MP front camera capable of fantastic selfies or video calling.

    • 12MP dual rear-camera
    • Primary sensor: f/1.7 aperture, phase-detection autofocus and dual LED flash
    • Secondary sensor: true black and white
    • 8MP front camera



    As an Android device, the Z3 will run on Android 8.1 Oreo as expected. What’s more surprising is the that smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835; last year’s processor. This is an improvement on the Z3 Play, however will not be quick as other top Android flagships, such as the OnePlus 6 or Galaxy S9.

    A 3,000mAh battery should keep you powered for a whole day without any problems.

    The device will be available with 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM.

    • Android 8.1 Oreo
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 3,000mAh battery
    • 64GB storage; 4GB RAM


    ‘5G Moto Mod’

    5G-MOTO-MODThe headlining feature; with Motorola’s ‘5G Moto Mod’, the Moto Z3 will be the first device to allow 5G connectivity.

    When 5G is launched, no longer will you have to buy a new phone. Instead, clip the accessory onto the back of your device and browse with absolute freedom.

    With Qualcomm’s 5G modem built inside (the Snapdragon X50), the add-on carries several antennas that help to deliver fastest possible speeds and connectivity regardless of what orientation the phone is held in.

    A 2,000mAh battery has also been built-in to help to prolong life, a needed inclusion considering the extra demands of 5G in comparison to 4G LTE.

    Indeed, after the grand unveiling, Motorola demonstrated their headlining accessory which reached download speeds of over 3Gbps. Despite this, Motorola claim that the device will be capable of wireless download speeds of up to 5Gbps.

    The Mod is not yet available and neither is pricing, however both are expected early in 2019.

    • 5G Moto Mod allows 5G connectivity for first time
    • Built with Qualcomm’s 5G modem (Snapdragon X50)
    • 2,000mAh battery built-in


    Samantha Watson


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