The world’s first 5G smartphone just launched and we all missed it

  • The world’s first 5G smartphone just launched and we all missed it

The world’s first 5G smartphone just launched and we all missed it

Think about it, would you buy this phone now thinking it will eventually have 5G support through an external accessory or just go for something that launches inbuilt with 5G compatibility next year?

Called the Moto Z3, the new smartphone will be 5G-upgradeable with the help of a new 5G Moto Mod that will be available to buyers later this year. In fact, it's safe to say that just about everything that makes the new Moto Z3 different from the less-expensive variant is shrouded by the phone's glass-and-metal enclosure.

The Mod will initially work only with the Z3, although Moto said it's working on making it compatible with earlier generations of Verizon Moto Z phones.

After a lot of unnecessary hype, Motorola simply announced the Moto Z3 smartphone at its headquarters in Chicago yesterday.

Motorola launched the Moto Z3 at a list price of $480, which translates to Rs. 33,000 approximately. The phone is priced at United States dollars 480 (INR 32,940) or can also be purchased on contract at a monthly charge of USD 20, for a period of 24 months.

"Motorola's new z3 features TurboPower charging, dual 12-MP depth-sensing cameras that integrate with Google Lens, and a 6-inch almost-borderless 6" Super AMOLED display.

The smartphone is equipped with a dual rear camera that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f / 2.0 aperture and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor, combined with a dual LED flash.

The Moto Z3 is only 6.75mm thick compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus' 8.5mm and the iPhone 8 Plus' 7.5mm. The processor is further backed by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS and NFC. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, and offers an interesting gesture navigation UI powered by a single slider button.

Towards the bottom of the back, you'll find the connection pins for Motorola's signature Moto Mods, which can add a bunch of features and functionality to the phone.

This will come at a cost to battery life, though, but the 5G Moto Mod packs its own 2,000mAh battery so that it doesn't drain the Z3's own 3,000mAh offering.

Now, for the new 5G Moto Mod.

Thanks to the new 5G Moto Mod, Moto Z3 will be the first smartphone to Verizon to access Verizon's 5G network.

5G Moto Mod price has not been announced by the company as of now. In early 2019, Verizon is expected to roll out 5G services across four cities in the US.

All Moto Z phones have the same overall design, which is how they work with Moto Mods.