When 5G networks get here, Motorola’s newest smartphone will be ready

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Motorola unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Moto Z3, at the even that just concluded. Between in-house work, efforts from longstanding hardware partners and upstart Mod creators, Motorola has made it clear that Moto Mods won't just disappear overnight.

Motorola is positioning the Moto Z3 as the first 5G upgradeable phone, and that's fine.

After a lot of unnecessary hype, Motorola simply announced the Moto Z3 smartphone at its headquarters in Chicago yesterday. The smartphone will be compatible with existing Moto Mods in the market. Incidentally, Qualcomm had recently displayed the world's first truly miniaturized 5G antenna that can be embedded in multiple quantities within electronic devices.

Moto Z3 specifications Moto Z3 features a 6.01-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It'll be for Verizon's 5G network, and it will come "early in 2019", according to Verizon network chief Nicola Palmer.

Otherwise, the Z3 fits the bill as a flagship with dual cameras in the rear with color and monchrome sensors sizing up at 12 megapixels apiece. Let's take a closer look at the new Moto Z3.

Moto Z3 is splash resistant and has power button on the left side. In addition to being able to connect to the millimeter wave (mmW) technology that's being used to deploy 5G in certain areas, the 5G Mod also includes a 2,000mAh battery. Yes, it has an advanced Snapdragon X50 modem that will enable the phone to access the lucrative 5G grid. Moto Z3 comes with a water-repellent coating for splashes. In the trial, the pre-production 5G Mod achieved download speeds over 3Gbps, though it was very prone to slowdown when the signal blaster was blocked by objects. The Moto Z3 comes with a side-facing fingerprint sensor and also support face unlock. There is now no information about the eagerly awaited Motorola One Power and the Moto One smartphones.

Verizon will once again be the exclusive seller of the Moto flagship device.

It's an interesting idea and we see it as being really useful for tethering other devices. Customers in the USA will also be able to get a carrier-locked version of the Moto Z3 at a monthly charge of $20 for 24 months.

What's preventing out-of-the-box compatibility for all phones that support Moto Mods is unclear at this point, and beyond that, the accessory's release is still months off. For now, there's still much to learn about how it works. Any mod that costs over $100 will be priced at just $50.