Motorola introduces Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod

The device will be Verizon exclusive in the USA and the company also announced the 5G Moto Mod which allows the Moto Z3 to access Verizon's 5G network.

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.

The add-on is Motorola's 18th "Moto Mod" accessory, which people can buy to add some sort of hardware boost to the company's relatively low-priced smartphones. The Z3 has an aluminium body with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass display just as the Z3 Play. However, there's no word on the Indian pricing and availability of the handset at this point. It is one of the sleekest smartphones available in the market with just 6.75mm thickness. The smartphone also has Moto Actions to let users access features such as camera and flash using gestures.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing if you liked what the Z3 Play had to offer.

You get two USB-C ports with the mod attached. For one, it's not exactly a flagship: it's a Verizon exclusive, it packs last year's Snapdragon 835 chipset and will only set Big Red's customers back $480. It is disappointing to see a smartphone launching in 2018 with SD 835, but it is better than the Z3 Play which runs on Snapdragon 636 SoC. So, it has chose to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod.

Motorola has added a microSD card slot as well for storage expansion up to 2TB. The smartphone has a 8MP front camera with with 1.12um pixel size and a wide-angle 84-degree lens for selfies and video-calling. Speaking of the battery, it checks in at 3,000 mAh, which should give you a full day of runtime.

The Moto Z3 offers a dual camera setup on the back. Strangely, the Moto Z3 appears to lack an inbuilt 5G antenna.

The smartphone will be running Android 8.1 Oreo right off the bat, and it will be getting updated to Android P down the line.

The Moto Z3 comes weeks after the launch of Moto Z3 Play and it basically clubs modern design with decent, but outdated processor into a package that does not cost a lot of money. Alongside announcing the launch of the Moto Z3, the company has revealed that it has no plans to bring the anticipated Moto Z3 Force. The model also comes with a 5G Moto mod. But it is quite likely that the Moto Z3 will soon launch in India.

The Moto Z3 price in the U.S. has been set at $480 (approximately Rs. 33,000).

-The Motorola phone comes with Turbopower support.

Vanessa Coleman