Here’s the world’s first 5G smartphone

The Motorola Moto Z3 is on its way to becoming the first 5G-enabled phone (that too via a Moto Mod). However, does that fact alone make it worth consideration?

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Motorola has quite a few firsts to its name. It was the company that invented the cell phone back in 1973. In fact, the company was so valuable that Google paid over US $10 billion to acquire it, then selling it for close to US $3 billion to Lenovo (the cost difference is because Google did not sell Motorola Intellectual Property to Lenovo). Why the history lesson? The device that will be talked about today is likely to propel Motorola to same heights it saw when it came out with a cell phone or the Moto Razr. This phone is the Motorola Moto Z3, it will be exclusive to Verizon in the US, and will cost US $480 (approx Rs 33,000 at current exchange rate).

Specifications Motorola Moto Z3
Price US $480 (approx Rs 33,000 at current exchange rate)
Processor 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU
RAM 4GB
Display Super AMOLED, 6.01-inch with Full HD+ (2160x1080p) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio
Internal Storage 64GB (expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card)
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Battery 3000mAh with fast charging
Dimensions 156.5mm x 76.5mm x 6.75mm
NFC No (can be added via a Moto Mod)
Fingerprint Scanner Side-mounted
Water/Dust resistance Water-repellant coating

What’s new about the Motorola Moto Z3?

The Motorola Moto Z3 carries forward the Moto Z family. However, that does not necessarily mean it has better hardware than, say, the Moto Z2 Force. However, until the Moto Z3 Force is out, this is Motorola’s flagship smartphone. Is that a good thing or bad thing? Let’s answer that question in a bit.

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The Motorola Moto Z3 gets a 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip with Adreno 540 GPU. It gets 4GB RAM (a curios decision) and 64GB internal storage space. The internal storage on the Moto Z3 can be expanded up to 2TB with a MicroSD card. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. A Super AMOLED display can be found on the phone. This display measures 6.01 inches across, has Full HD+ (2160x1080p) resolution, and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Motorola Moto Z3 has 79 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the screen has Moto Display and night mode features.

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The rear of the Moto Z3 features a dual camera setup. The primary lens is a 12-megapixel unit with f/2.0 aperture and Laser Autofocus. The second lens is a 12-megapixel monochrome unit. This setup also gets a dual LED flash. The front camera has an 8-megapixel lens that has 84-degree wide field-of-view and f/2.0 aperture. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G (single SIM only for now), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou, and USB Type-C. It has 3000mAh battery with fast charging. It measures 156.5mm x 76.5mm x 6.75mm and weighs 156 grams.

Is the Motorola Moto Z3 worth consideration? 

It is worth consideration, no doubt about it. It is going to be the first 5G phone by a mass-market player. But if 4G is mentioned among the connectivity options, so how come it has 5G capabilities? Thank Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod for that. If one had any doubts about Moto Mods, this should clear them all.

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Yes, it does not have the latest bleeding-edge hardware as its competitors. That helps it in the pricing department though where it costs closer to OnePlus 6 than Samsung Galaxy S9. Also, the Snapdragon 835 is not really a downgrade as it featured in top smartphones of 2017. Opting for it means Motorola saved costs that it could spend on developing new Moto Mods like the 5G one.

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All in all, this phone is worth investing in because what it lacks, the Moto Mods make up for the same. It is a good smartphone to consider, if you can look beyond the RAM deficiency (4GB may not be enough for multi-tasking today as it was a few years ago). That is the only blemish on an otherwise stellar phone.

Motorola Moto Z3 – Synopsis

  • Priced at US $480 (approx Rs 33,000 at current exchange rate)
  • To be Verizon-exclusive in US upon launch, India launch date not known yet
  • Will get 5G capabilities with a Moto Mod
  • Has a 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip with Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM – 4GB; Internal Storage – 64GB (expandable up to 2TB via a MicroSD card)
  • Gets a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2160x1080p) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Dual rear camera setup has a 12-megapixel lens with laser autofocus and f/2.0 aperture, and a 12-megapixel monochrome lens
  • Front camera gets an 8-megapixel lens
  • Bluetooth 5.0, 4G, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC among connectivity features offered 
  • Powered by a 3000mAh battery with fast charging support
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