Is Motorola’s Moto Z3 really the first 5G phone?

Motorola Z3 is 'first' 5G-enabled smartphone thanks to Moto Mod add-on

As for the 5G Moto Mod, Motorola says it'll be available early next year. The smartphone comes with support for Moto Mods, a feature which the company has been supporting for three whole years.

On Thursday, Motorola unveiled the Moto Z3, its new phone and the first on the market that can be upgraded to access 5G networks.

The pricing details for the 5G Moto Mod have yet to be announced, as well as pricing for 5G-specific plans from Verizon. Of course, that did not happen.

Meet the 5G Moto Mod. Moto Z3 cameras also come with Google Lens integration for object recognition. It gets a 6.01-inch Max Vision Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, without the notch. There is a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the top. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant. Like other Moto Mods, this one connects to the back of Moto Z-series devices. It comes accompanied with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Sadly the Moto Z3 lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack, but a USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter is provided. Instead, the fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the device just beneath the volume rockers.

Backed by 3000 mAh battery, the new Moto Z3 smartphone is splash resistant and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with upgradable to Android P. As far as the prices are concerned, the new Motorola Moto Z3 smartphone will be priced around $480 (without contract), which is approximately Rs. 33,000.

The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor, paired with a dual-LED flash module.

Around the back, you'll find a dual-lens camera system created to take portrait mode photos and photos with better overall contrast. The front camera sensor also enables a Face Unlock function, which is the unlocking of the phone via face recognition.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that the 5G Moto Mod had a 5,000mAh embedded battery. However, Verizon is, in fact, still working to finalize the technology before rolling out the new service later this year. The company is said to have partnered with Qualcomm to achieve this feat by utilizing the X50 modem found on the 835 and millimeter wave components.

Smartphone makers and carriers have been making big promises about next-generation 5G networks that are supposed to make our smartphones blazingly fast.

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