Moto Z3 5G Moto Mod already looks ridiculous

  • Moto Z3 5G Moto Mod already looks ridiculous

Moto Z3 5G Moto Mod already looks ridiculous

Motorola hasn't announced any plans for worldwide expansion, so it's unclear if the phone - or the 5G Moto Mod - will ever arrive here in Australia. The Lenovo-owned smartphone maker might launch the flagship Moto Z3 alongside the Android One-based Motorola One and Motorola One Power at the event.

Motorola's targeting an early 2019 launch, but pricing for the 5G Mod hasn't been announced yet.

The Z3 itself is surprisingly midrange. It's the last of the company's Moto Mod-compatible phones of the year and costs $480 in full or $20 per month for 24 months on Verizon. Motorola opted to stick with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor - last year's processor - in order to keep the price of the device down.

The smartphone could pack a relatively large battery pack. The phone features an all-glass body with 18:9 aspect ratio screen which contributes to its attractive design.

Motorola One Power will be Motorola's second Android One smartphone.

The primary camera could be a dual sensor setup featuring two 12-megapixel sensors on the rear, one of which might be a depth sensor/telephoto lens. Taking some portraits indoors led to blurrier photos than I've been accustomed to seeing from the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the OnePlus 6. The companies will release a Moto Mod for the device sometime next year that will enable 5G support on Verizon's network. 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 phone is powered by an octa-core SoC clocked at 1.8GHz, possibly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. Here's how they all work together: When the mod is strapped on, the X16 goes into a low-power listening mode. If the phone needs to make or receive a voice call, or coverage drops to 3G or 2G, the X16 turns back on to handle the call or process the slower data. Some Moto Mods look pretty sleek, while others are absolute monstrosities. Neither Motorola and Verizon are announcing many details about the 5G Moto Mod, so it's all a mystery for now.

Motorola will be hosting an event today at its headquarters in Chicago, which is expected to see the rollout of Moto Z3, Moto One and One Power.

With the Moto G5S Plus already updated to a stable Oreo build and the G5/G5 Plus receiving their soak tests, it's only the Moto G5S which needs to be filled in with a new firmware. No word yet on how Verizon plans to handle the service plan of if you'll be able to swap it between handsets.

This is the first indication of when its mobile 5G network would launch. The 5G Moto Mod could also become the first 5G modem to be available to the public. That's a software challenge, not a hardware one, so it's apparently possible. The Mod will definitely only work on Verizon's 5G network, not any other carrier's, though. And it definitely makes the phone thick and heavy.