5G Moto Mod trumps Motorola Z3 reveal – clip-on 5G is coming soon

Motorola has announced a Z3 handset that’s far more interesting than the usual Verizon-exclusive fare. The new Snapdragon 835-powered handset will receive 5G connectivity via a Moto Mod add-on.

Announced on August 2, the new Motorola Z3 will only be available at the US network for $480. However, the headline here is undoubtedly the new Moto Mod, making it the first smartphone that can actually upgrade to 5G.

The 5G Moto Mod, which essentially adds the Snapdragon X50 5G modem to the device (along with a bit more battery juice), will be available in early 2019 and will be also compatible with other Moto Z devices. Of course, the Moto Mod will only offer access to Verizon’s 5G network, which is currently in testing.

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Verizon plans to launch 5G speeds in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento and a yet-to-be-named city before the end of 2018, ahead of a wider switch-on sometime next year.

As with other Moto Mods, the 5G add-on will simply snap on to the back of the Moto Z devices at the convenience of the user. Verizon isn’t saying how much it’ll cost yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

As for the phone itself? Well, beyond the Snapdragon 835 SoC, it’s pretty standard for an upper mid-range Moto handset. There’s a 6-inch Super AMOLED 2,160 x 1,080 display, with 4GB of RAM. There’s a 12-megapixel dual-lens camera combined with an 8-megapixel selfie wide-angle camera. There’s a fingerprint sensor and USB-C charging, but no headphone jack. The battery weighs in at 3,000mAh, while the 5G Moto Mod will offer an additional 2,000mAh.

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