Moto Z3 debuts with fingerprint scanner on the side, 5G mod

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

Motorola partnered with Verizon to launch the phone, and the press release notes that Verizon will be the first to deliver 5G residential broadband service later this year, in four markets, including Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and a city that hasn't been decided.

Motorola revealed its long-rumored 5G Moto Mod in tandem with the Moto Z3. Adding the 5G capability with an accessory should make the transition cheaper, as it negates the need to buy a new phone. Ahead of the company's event, the phones were leaked in image renders and specifications on the Android One devices also surfaced online.

Verizon says it will offer the Z3 as an exclusive starting August 16. The phone sports a glass cover with aluminum metal frames, and a 2.5D glass design on the front. The company has, however, said that the Moto Z3 can take water spills, splashes, or a little rain.

The Moto Z3 features a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×2160 and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Z3 has an aluminium body with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass display just as the Z3 Play. The Moto Z3 comes in only one colour model - Ceramic Black. However, in a surprising decision, Motorola has opted to equip the Moto Z3 with last year's Snapdragon 835 processor, rather than the Snapdragon 845 chipset found in the latest flagships.

The Moto Z3 combines that processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, though that can be improved by up to another 2TB through the use of a microSD card. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and support (15W) TurboPower fast charging technology. Instead, the fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the device just beneath the volume rockers. The Moto Z3 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and it's armed with a 3000mAh battery.

The Z3 packs dual rear cameras with one color 12 MP f/2.0 sensor with 1.25um pixels and a 12 MP monochrome sensor, and a dual-LED flash. Selfie camera features include portrait mode, group selfies, face beauty, and face filters. On the front side, there's an 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture. It's not coincidental that the 5G Moto Mod won't be available until then at an undisclosed price. The Mod will become available in the U.S. early next year. The 5G Mod will be powered by Qualcomm's X50 modem, capable of supporting 5Gbps transfer speeds. It'll be for Verizon's 5G network, and it will come "early in 2019", according to Verizon network chief Nicola Palmer.

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