Moto Z3 debuts with fingerprint scanner on the side, 5G mod

Moto Z3 debuts with fingerprint scanner on the side, 5G mod

Yolanda Curtis
August 3, 2018

While the 5G connectivity may be the headline feature, the rest of the specs aren't almost as impressive. Lenovo-owned Motorola, on Thursday, launched the long-time rumoured Moto Z3 at an event in Chicago. The handsets themselves are splash-resistant, though not fully waterproof. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and is only available in a 64GB storage configuration.

For its size, a 3,000mAh battery is rather small for the Moto Z3, and it does not look like it will be doing such a terrific job in competing with the other flagships that sport better hardware specifications. The smartphone supports QuickCharge 4.0, which will give you half a day of battery life with just a 30-minute charge.

There isn't a headphone jack but Motorola will include a converter dongle in the box.

Motorola a year ago launched the Moto Z2 Force in July. 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.

It's still not the cutting edge of Qualcomm's silicon, to be blunt. Sure, it matches up nicely with high-end phones from a year ago, but it's nearly late 2018.

The other notable change is the camera. This facility unlocks dynamic information presentation to Moto Z3 users when they point the camera at any object, building, shop, establishment or geographical landmark. For selfies and video calling, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel snapper on the front. It comes with features like portrait mode, true black and white, face filters, manual mode and object recognition, which is powered by Google Lens.

If the Moto Z3 isn't the star of the show, what is?

Verizon's mobile 5G network is going to launch early next year, even if the company hasn't outright said it. It'll be compatible with all Mod-supporting Verizon phones, Motorola says. "Motorola also partnered with Qualcomm to achieve this industry milestone utilizing the flagship Snapdragon X50 modem and millimeter wave components". Latency is cut, too: that pays dividends for gaming, but will also be vital when it comes to mobile virtual reality and augmented reality.

The challenge, of course, is that carriers are still building out their 5G networks. Motorola included a fingerprint reader with the Moto Z3, but unlike most phones it's not on the back; it's actually on the right side of the phone.

We're not sure that Moto's Mods were the game-changers they were meant to be, but that hasn't stopped Motorola from making one more modular smartphone.

Now for the biggest downside.

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. There's no real hurry there, though. However, the Mod is exclusive to Verizon's 5G network.

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