Moto Z3 hands-on preview: A Verizon exclusive that adds a 5G flourish

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It may look familiar, but this phone goes to 5G.

Motorola’s newest phone looks a lot like its other newest phone — and that’s no accident.

The Moto Z3 (no Force) is a Verizon-exclusive version of the Moto Z3 Play, and while it shares much the same spec sheet, there are a couple of upgrades — and one particular exclusive feature — that will keep it differentiated. Of course, it supports Moto Mods (more on that in a bit), but at its core, it’s a 2017-era smartphone from a specs perspective in a 2018 body.

Spec Moto Z3 Specs
Operating system Android 8.1
Moto Display, Voice, Actions
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
Octa-core Kryo 260 @ 1.8GHz GHz
10nm process
GPU Adreno 540 GPU
Screen 6.01-inch Full HD (2160×1080) AMOLED
Materials Gorilla Glass 3
6000 series aluminum
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Expandability microSD up to 2TB
Rear camera 12MP, Dual Autofocus Pixel
phase-detect, laser autofocus
1.4-micron pixels
f/1.7 lens
dual-LED flash
Rear camera 2 12MP
Video capture 720p (120fps), 1080p, 4K (30fps)
Front camera 8MP
1.12-micron pixels
f/2.0 wide-angle lens
Connectivity USB-C
(USB-C to 3.5mm adapter included)
Speaker Single front-facing
Moto Mods support Yes
Water resistance Water-repellent coating
Security Side fingerprint sensor, face unlock
NFC Yes
Battery 2730mAh
TurboPower charger (8 hrs battery in 15 min)
Colors Deep Indigo
Dimensions TBD
Weight TBD

That means a Snapdragon 835 instead of an 845, and 4GB of RAM instead of the increasingly common 6GB or 8GB. The battery is actually smaller than the Moto Z3 Play’s, too, at 2730mAh instead of 3,000mAh. The 6.01-inch screen is the same AMOLED panel as on the Play, too, for better or worse, with a 2160×1080 pixel resolution.

On the camera side, there’s a dual 12MP camera setup, with 4K video support. Around front, there’s an 8MP front-facer.

The phone’s design is a known quantity: covered with Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides, there’s a right-side fingerprint sensor, a left-side power button, and very fast face unlock support. Moto Mods support is particularly important here, too, because this is the only phone in the Moto Z lineup to support 5G.

As part of the launch, Motorola and Verizon are co-launching a 5G-compatible Moto Mod that will launch in the second half of the year, allowing the carrier’s four supported cities (Houston, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and another unannounced one). While Verizon will officially launch at-home broadband-based 5G in 2018, a mobility rollout will begin in earnest in early 2019.

This article is developing. Check back for updates.

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August 2, 2018 at 10:49AM