The 5G mod will provide awesome data speeds, but isn't out until 2019, and even then will only be available in four U.S. cities. Moto Mods haven't quite take off the way Motorola presumably would have hoped, though the company says the usage stats among consumers who buy them has been steady.
The Z3 itself is surprisingly midrange. The flagship Moto Z3 was shown at the presentation in Chicago.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage which is also expandable up to 2TB with microSD.
Having said that, under the hood, the Moto Z3 comes with Snapdragon 835 SoC which is last year's flagship chip. It does have a slightly larger battery.
Motorola's version of Android has always been smooth and clean, and there's nothing new here-which is good, in this case.
In terms of optics, it sports dual rear camera with two 12MP (monochrome + RGB) sensors with f/2.0 aperture, 1.25um pixel size, Laser Autofocus, dual LED flash, depth-sensing AI photo features, and support for Google Lens. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, fingerprint scanner (on the right panel), magnetometer (compass) and proximity sensor.
The cameras feel like the phone's potential weakness. It's slim, though, measuring just 6.75mm - slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus or the iPhone 8 Plus. For Verizon, specifically, there are only four cities that will get 5G coverage by the end of the year. Installing the quartet of antenna arrays is a way around that, as you're unlikely to cover them all. The additional 5G moto mod will work with Verizon's 5G millimeter wave spectrum, according to Verizon.
The mod won't just work with the Z phones. However, the cool thing about Moto Z3 is that it is super thin and that it sells for the somewhat affordable price of $460. It was easiest to implement the X24 in a 4G, data-only mode, as opposed to figuring out how to route call audio into it. As of now, there is no information on the exact pricing of the Moto 5G MOD what so ever.
Along with the launch of the 5G Moto MOD, the company has also unveiled the much anticipated 5G Moto MOD, which comes with Snapdragon X50 modem from Qualcomm with true 5G capabilities.