Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod launched in US

Moto Z3 debuts with fingerprint scanner on the side, 5G mod - GSMArena.com news

Apart from the 5G upgrade mod powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem for 5G networks, the smartphone can be equipped with the insta-share projector mod, the stereo speaker mod, the 360 camera mod, the gamepad mod, and the Hasselblad True Zoom mod among others.

In addition, Motorola, which has been owned by the Lenovo brand for two years, has also partnered with Qualcomm to launch a 5G Moto Mod which will allow access to the next generation Moto Z3 network.

"You're not going to have a phone without a network", Nicola Palmer, chief network officer of Verizon, said in an interview Thursday. It is said to be the first 5G smartphone in the world. And T-Mobile and Sprint, which hope to get their impending merger approved by regulators, also have vast ambitions for 5G. "Our consistent and relentless focus on always delivering the best 4G network is the flawless foundation to bring 5G to market", said Nicola Palmer, Verizon's chief network engineer and head of wireless networks in a prepared statement. The carriers' plans are part of an intense race to get to 5G as a way to burnish a reputation for network superiority. The Moto Z series flagship phone comes with support for proprietary Moto Mods and the company has announced 5G Moto Mods along with the phone. As of now, there is no information on the exact pricing of the Moto 5G MOD what so ever.

The Moto Z3, for now, will be available only in a single variant and color option - Ceramic Black for $480. As for the changelog, the Android 8.1 Oreo will come with many enhancements including new multitasking features, improved data and battery saver features, Bluetooth improvements, more efficient notification controls, and new power menu UI.

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Moto Z3 will be available from August 16, while 5G Moto Mod will arrive in the United States exclusively in early 2019. Needless to say, as this a "5G" Mod, it brings in 10x faster speeds and lower latency to the smartphone.

The mod won't just work with the Z phones. No word on when the 5G Moto Mod will be released but those details will be announced later this year.

First published August 2, 1:13 p.m. PT. Update, 2 p.m.: Includes comment from Verizon and more details on the mod.

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