Motorola held a big press event at their Chicago headquarters at the Merchandise Mart today. The company pulled back the curtain on their latest device, the moto Z3 an 5G moto mod. While the phone is new, it still maintains that same form factor the moto Z3 series has been known for.
Most of that is due to Motorola needing to continue to support moto mods. It would be difficult to change the design of the device and continue to use older mods. The device feels nice in the hand. It’s basic look and feel is that of the Z3 Play, review coming soon for both the Z3 Play and new Z3.
The new moto Z3 features a 6″ Max Vision Full HD+ OLED display with an expansive 18:9 aspect ratio, an all-day 3000 mAh battery8, dual depth-sensing smart camera system with Google Lens built in. moto Z3 maintains our pure Android experience, cutting down on unnecessary apps and bloatware, and including the latest software with Android Oreo. And we’ve gone one step further with moto experiences. The seamless integration of hardware and software makes interacting with your smartphone more fun and intuitive than ever with fast and easy shortcuts to the features you use most.
But the Z3 isn’t the only thing announced at this event, Verizon was in attendance as well. Partnering with Motorola the pair announced it’s 5G moto mod. Verizon is promising 10x faster speeds on its 5G network (when available) but said 4G isn’t going anywhere. Nicola Palmer chief network engineer at Verizon said, “4G will not go away because it is the foundation for 5G.”
When paired with the mod, moto Z3 is the world’s first smartphone with access to Verizon’s 5G Network, delivering a new beginning for indulging in video, connecting home devices, working remotely and gaming in AR and VR. Motorola also partnered with Qualcomm to achieve this industry milestone utilizing the flagship Snapdragon X50 modem and millimeter wave components.
The 5G Moto Mod will be bringing Verizon’s 5G network to you along with a 2,000 mAh spare battery. There is no on-off switch, just snap on and go. Much like the rest of the Moto Mod lineup. The 5G Moto Mod will give you 10x faster speeds on your Z3 and help keep you charged. Verizon’s 5G network is only available in select markets including Houston, Los Angeles, and Sacramento but they promise more to come.
Of course, Verizon talked up 5G to the max but never offered up any indication of pricing nor when more markets were planned. Here’s a rundown of all of their talking points and reasons why 5G is going to make things better.
Endless Possibilities with 5G
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Downloading with 5G: Watch Your Favorite show with No Interruption
These days everything from eating to watching movies is on-the-go. Infact, over 50% of millennials prefer to watch video content on their smartphone.2 With the new 5G network, as you move million miles an hour and travel more than ever, you can download the latest season of your favorite show in HD in minutes before your airplane takes off.3
Mobile Viewing with 5G: Never Miss a GOOOOOOALLL When Watching From Your Phone
During the World Cup, a total of 486 million attempts were made to stream the games, but 93 million of them were unsuccessful, due to streaming errors and slow start times.4 On a 5G network, watch live games without any delay and avoid the crowds and bad nosebleed seats at the stadium. In the future, 5G will enable immersive VR so you can get a court side view right from home.
Sharing with 5G: Craft the Perfect Vacation Shot and Share it with Your Friends and Family Instantly
It is so important that you have access to a network you can rely on to upload your favorite moments from vacation. With the 5G network, you can upload and send 300 vacation photos to family back home in the time it takes to make the perfect Mai Tai.5 When traveling in the future the 5G network will enhance your experience by enabling natural language translation in real-time. This will allow you to speak with international tour guides, hotel concierges and new friends with ease.
Gaming with 5G: Play All Night with a Constant Connection
The 5G network reduces lag and buffering for augmented and virtual reality experiences, and a smoother experience means that the possibilities are endless. In 2019, it is projected that 40 percent of US consumers will use augmented reality apps on their mobile devices.6 5G will enable a world where your kids are interacting with life-like superheroes in the park with VR glasses.
Education with 5G: Learn Outside the Classroom
With over 88% of K-12 students using a smartphone to do school work at least once a week and 64% of college students using a smartphone for course work and school related tasks7, students can use AR to travel to a historical monument, re-live notable speeches, or collaborate on projects with students around the globe world in real-time. 5G will deliver Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech with continuous connectivity and reduced buffering, so you can hang onto every last word.
The new Moto Z3 will be available on August 16th at Verizon for $20USD a month or $480USD. Verizon is also offering up to $300USD off a new moto Z3 on their device payment plan when you switch to Verizon and trade-in your old phone. The 5G Moto Mod will be available only on Verizon in early 2019. No pricing available.