Back in late July, I reported that Motorola would be announcing the Moto Z3 along with a 5G Moto Mod at their August 2nd event in Chicago. In that report, my source also said that the Moto Z3 will be the company's flagship of 2018 and be a Verizon exclusive. Motorola's August 2nd announcement has come and gone, confirming everything in that report. With that said, it's time to go over what was revealed on that day.
DISPLAY, DIMENSIONS, PROCESSOR
The Moto Z3 is basically a Moto Z3 Play clone with beefed up specs. It has an an edge-to-edge 6.01” Full HD Super AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 79% screen-to-body ratio. Gone is the shatterproof display and instead Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the front. Both the front and rear have glass panels that are held together by an aluminum frame.
Identical to the Z3 Play, the Z3 sports matching dimensions of 76.5 x 156.5 x 6.75 mm and weighs 156g. In addition, the flagship has a splash-resistant coating that can handle accidental spills and splashes, but should not be submerged. There is also a fingerprint scanner located on the device's side, which will make unlocking the device feel a bit more natural.
Under the hood, the Moto Z3 surprisingly (and disappointingly) sports last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with a 2.35GHz octa-core CPU and a 850 MHz Adreno 540 GPU. Additionally, it comes pre-loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo (Android Pie coming soon), 64GB of internal storage, up to 2TB of expandable storage via microSD, and 4GB of RAM.
BATTERY AND CAMERA
Again, matching the Z3 Play, the Z3 will be powered by a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery. Motorola claims the device will have all-day battery life and charging for a half an hour will provide you with half a day's power. Wireless charging is available via the appropriate Moto Mod.
On the back, there are dual 12-megapixel depth-sensing cameras with a f/2.0 aperture. The second sensor is monochrome, which captures black and white photos. The front sports an 8-megapixel, 84 degree wide-angle lens with an f/2.0 aperture. For videos, the rear records up to 4K Ultra HD quality at 30 fps (frames per second).
Cinemagraphs - This feature pretty much combines a photo and a GIF. It enables you to freeze a moment in a video while allowing you to keep part of the shot in motion.
Portrait Mode - Take portrait shots using the front or rear cameras. The background gets blurred keeping the main object in focus.
Spot Color Mode - Pick a single color to keep and the rest of the photo turns black and white.
Cutout Mode - With this feature, you snap a photo and replace the background with anything in your Google Photos library.
Google Lens - When directing the phone's camera at an object, Google Lens will attempt to identify the object and show relevant search results and information. For instance, take a picture of a business card and the feature will recognize numbers or text on it that you can interact with.
Moto Mod Capable - The Moto Z3 supports the use of Moto Mods, which allows you to add new capabilities to your phone such as a projector etc. The 5G Moto Mod (available in the beginning of
2019) will allow the Z3 to turn into a 5G device and also add 2,000 mAh of battery when connected to the phone.
Gestures - Swipe left to go back, right to access recent apps, tap to go home, and more. One bar does it all and frees up screen real estate.
Fingerprint Scanner - Motorola shifted the fingerprint sensor to the side of the handset for a more natural way to unlock.
Face Unlock - Facial recognition software allows you to unlock your phone just by looking at it.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The Moto Z3 is officially available to be purchased (as of yesterday 8/16/18) and has an extremely reasonable price tag of $480. It only comes in Ceramic Black with 64GB of internal storage and is exclusive to Verizon Wireless.