Motorola releases Moto Z3 in US and next year comes with 5G Moto Mod

Aug

3

2018

Motorola has announced the Moto Z3 smartphone in the US. The device with Snapdragon 835-soc is sold exclusively at the American provider Verizon. Next year there will be a 5G Moto Mod for the device, which contains a Qualcomm X50 modem.

The Moto Z3 and the accessory for 5g are a collaboration between the smartphone manufacturer, Qualcomm and the American provider Verizon. The smartphone itself is a faster version of the Moto Z3 Play that came out earlier. There is a Snapdragon 835-soc and 4GB ram. The 6 “-oled screen has an 18: 9 ratio and a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels, on the back are two twelve-megapixel cameras and the battery has a capacity of 3000mAh.

The device itself does not support 5G networks. Qualcomm has not yet released any socs that support that. The coming X50 modem from the manufacturer can handle this. Lenovo will plug that modem into a separate module, which users can click on the back of the Z3 device. This 5G Moto Mod should be available early next year and will work exclusively on the Verizon network. The module contains not only a modem, but also a separate SIM card.

Initially, the 5G Moto Mod will only work with the Moto Z3 , but according to the product page there will also later support for Moto Z2 variants sold at Verizon. It seems that the module only works with provider-specific devices.

The American providers Verizon and AT & T already want to start offering 5g this year, but they use the 28GHz band for that. It offers high speeds with low latency, but larger antennas are needed than are now compatible with smartphones. Presumably that is the reason that the 5g connectivity is added with a separate module.

Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod

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