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Verizon just let slip when its 5G mobile service will launch

Verizon just let slip when its 5G mobile service will launch

At the same time, we also saw a new kind of Moto Mod: one that would actually connect the smartphone to Verizon's 5G network.

Earlier today in Chicago, Motorola took the stage to announce a phone that is instantly familiar: the Moto Z3. Google, which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea.

The price of the 5G Moto Mod was not revealed, but the press release says that, for a limited time, you can purchase any existing Moto Mod over $100 for just $50 if you buy the new Moto Z3.

As stated earlier on, the Motorola Moto Z3 will be available exclusively on Verizon network in the U.S. The device will start shipping on Augst 16. The model is powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset and not the Snapdragon 845 introduced this year.

Now, for the new 5G Moto Mod.

For photography, Moto Z3 offers a dual-camera setup at the rear which is a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. There is an 8-megapixel image sensor at the front for selfies with 1.12 micron pixels and 84-degree field of view. However, there is no official announcement for the launch date of Moto Z3 smartphone in India. Also, the device runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box but is expected to get a speedy update to Android 9.0 P when it arrives. Sadly the Moto Z3 lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack, but a USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter is provided. After all, the Z3 is a Verizon exclusive, so it wouldn't be far-fetched to hope that the firm has something planned for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Although the Moto Z3 as a flagship Android device, it will be shipping with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor - the same processor used on the Moto Z2. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery which is claimed to offer half a day's power in half an hour.

Now onto the 5G Moto Mod, because honestly, the Moto Z3 sounds pretty average on its own.

As you can see, the Moto Z3 isn't quite a real 5G phone.

The 5G mod uses the usual MotoMod connector, but it only works with this specific phone. The handset also a side-facing fingerprint sensor - embedded on the right. The phone will be available in ceramic black colour variant.

This 5G mod is pretty thick, but it includes a 2000mAh battery. So, it has chose to circumvent the cost of up-to-date native components and forward the cost to a Moto Mod. We're now in Chicago awaiting to see a hardware demo.


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