Moto Z3 announced - Verizon exclusive with 5G Moto Mod support

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The Moto Z3 sports a 6.1-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, carrying a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. Incidentally, the display doesn't have the increasingly common notch at the top.

Storage: The Moto Z3 comes in only one storage model with 64GB. There is also a MicroSD card slot for further expanding the storage up to 2TB.

Moto Z3 also offers a rather uniquely placed side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device is is splash resistant. The Moto Z3 runs on the older Snapdragon 835, which is a bit of a disappointment to say the least. The phone also comes with a dual LED flash for better picture capture in low-light situations. On the front side, there's an 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone also comes with Google Lens support.

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Elsewhere on the smartphone, the rear panel switches out aluminum for glass in this generation and naturally includes the signature Motorola camera module in the center of the panel. Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Global Positioning System and USB Type-C port.

Connectivity options on Moto Z3 Play include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. A 3,000mAh battery with support for Motorola's TurboPower fast charging technology completes the spec sheet. Strangely, the Moto Z3 appears to lack an inbuilt 5G antenna. Yes, it has an advanced Snapdragon X50 modem that will enable the phone to access the lucrative 5G grid.

The 5G mod won't just work with the Moto Z3, which is an exclusive to Verizon and optimized for its network. The mod is likely specifically tuned for the Verizon network on the 28-GHz band, which would make it incompatible for use here in Australia - though we're happy to be corrected if Motorola Australia wants to launch it here. AT&T said it will launch its mobile 5G network in three cities this year.

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Additionally, as a limited-time offer, those who purchase the Moto Z3 will be able to get their hands on any Moto Mod that costs over $100, for just $50. In addition to using the software, users will also have to report bugs and issues in the software.

For the time being, the Moto Z3 will be available only in the United States for a price of $480, which roughly translates to Rs 33,000 approx. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant. Pricing for this accessory will be announced later this year. The smartphone, as the company claims, is one of the thinnest handsets available in the market right now.

There's some good news and bad news about the Moto Z3. We're now in Chicago awaiting to see a hardware demo. We at MSP Gear will certainly update our readers as and when new information about these smartphones is available.

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