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Motorola's Moto Z3 a Verizon Exclusive, to Offer 5G Mod

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Aug 2, 2018, 2:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Aug 2, 2018, 4:27 PM

Motorola today announced the Moto Z3, what it calls the first "5G upgradable" phone. The phone itself is a warmed-over version of Motorola's modular phone. The Z3 is, for all intents and purposes, a hot-rodded version of the recently announced Z3 Play. The Z3 has a 6-inch AMOLED full HD+ display with a 2:1 aspect ration. Motorola improved the processor by adopting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The phone has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage and supports memory cards up to 2 TB. The Z3 has two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear with portrait/bokeh tools. Where the Z3 Play has two full-color sensors, the Z3 has one color sensor and one monochrome sensor for depth sensing, contrast, and true black-and-white imaging. The user-facing camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Motorola says the 3,000mAh battery supports TurboCharge and lasts all day. Other features include splash resistance, USB-C, Bluetooth 5 with aptX HD, face unlock, dual-band wifi. The phone runs Android 8 Oreo and will be updated to Android P later this year. It includes Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Motorola's swipe-based navigation tool at the bottom of the display. Verizon will begin selling the Moto Z3 on August 16. The phone will cost $20 per month, or $480 at full retail. Verizon will knock $300 off the price of a Moto Z3 to those who switch to Verizon and trade-in their old phone. Pricing and availability for the 5G Moto Mod will be announced later this year. Verizon expects to launch fixed-wireless 5G in a small number of markets, including Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, late this year. Verizon says its mobile 5G network will go live in early 2019.

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Aug 2, 2018, 7:06 PM

Offer 5G Mod

The Samsung Galaxy S9 series has a setting for 5G hidden deep in the "hidden network settings". Hopefully when migration is complete the phones can have it rather that getting a new phone.
The S9 does not have a "hidden 5G" feature. True 5G (NR) requires new chips and antennas that were simply not available when the S9 was released.

Aug 3, 2018, 11:46 AM

A Verizon exclusive?

Who the hell still does exclusives in this day and age?? And why???
They can call it an "exclusive" even if the case is simply that no other carriers wanted the phone. I don't know if that's what happened here, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Also keep in mind that the Moto z3 is very similar to the z3 Play, w...
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