Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Motorola confirms there won’t be a Moto Z3 Force this year

Motorola confirms there won’t be a Moto Z3 Force this year

Even though previous Moto smartphones supported mods, there hasn't been one to support a 5G mod yet.

This year has already seen the release of a whole host of smartphones from Motorola, including the Moto E5, Moto G6 and the entry-level Moto Z3 Play (released in the U.S. but not yet over here). So the Moto Z3 owners with the 5G mod will be able to experience gigabit speeds.

Verizon is still working deploying its 5G network, and the Moto Z3 Play wasn't an official handset at the time, so it was just a quick preview of what was to come.

The last entry this year in the Motorola's Z series, the Moto Z3 finally unveils for the public. Motorola has been marketing these models as its rugged "shatterproof" offering but last year's Moto Z2 Force shed a bit more light on that matter.

The Moto Z3 is offered in only one color - Ceramic Black - and, it ships with a 3000 mAh battery that Motorola says can offer up to 24 hours of battery life.

The Moto Z3 is a Verizon exclusive, and will be available on August 16. Motorola hasn't revealed the price of the 5G Moto Mod, though it has confirmed that the new offering will be exclusive to the United States in early 2019. On the rear side, Moto Z3 includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture and secondary sensor also of 12-megapixel.

On the rear, you'll find dual 12-megapixel cameras, and on the front there's an 8-megapixel shooter for selfies. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and is only available in a 64GB storage configuration.

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The phone features 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C connectivity.

The Moto Z3 runs stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, and, Motorola is promising "two future upgrades to the latest Android OS, absolutely free". But even if you don't mind buying an outdated phone now, the slower chip is nearly certain to cause performance issues once the 5G Mod comes around next year.

Included with the 5G mod is 2,000mAh of battery power, a nice addition to the phone's own 3,000mAh power source - impressive considering how thin the actual phone is. The company did showcase the demo of the 5G Moto MOD, which supported 5G connection with 1Gbps or greater data transfer speeds. Not to mention a new OnePlus 6T, the LG V40, and now the Moto Z3.

The device is packed with a 3000mAh battery and offers fast charging through the bundled 15W TurboPower charger.

5G Moto Mod As well as the phone, Motorola has announced a 5G Moto Mod that will allow users to access the Verizon 5G network.

For comparison's sake, the Moto Z3 Play comes powered by Snapdragon 636 SoC. The 5G Mod will be launched in early 2019 and the pricing of the same has not been revealed by the brand at the moment.

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