Motorola Moto Z3 hands-on review
Ever since the Motorola Moto Z3 Play saw the light of day, a couple of months ago, it has mostly been a waiting game for the flagship model. Well, that wait is now over and the Motorola Moto Z3 is official.
The phone was announced last night at a US event and for now, remains Verizon exclusive. This time around, there is no Force moniker either. Motorola is backing out of the whole shatterproof glass campaign and has instead opted for a more conventional Gorilla Glass 3.
Motorola Moto Z3 Specification
- Body: Gorilla Glass 3 front and back, aluminum frame; p2i water-repellent nano-coating Display: 6.01-inch, 18:9, FHD+ 2160×1080, Super AMOLED, MAX Vision
- OS: Android 8.1
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM
- Storage: 64GB internal, microSD expansion (dedicated slot)
- Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF + 12 MP B/W, f/2.0, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF, two-tone LED, 4K video
- Front Camera: 8 megapixels, f2.0, 1080p video
- Connectivity: 4G VoLTE (optional upgrade to 5G though Moto mod), Nano-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB-C port, FM radio
- Battery: 3,000mAh non-removable, Motorola TurboPower 15W fast charging support
- Misc: the Fingerprint sensor, Moto Display, Moto Mod support
Motorola Moto Z3 hardware tour
Motorola pretty much locked-in the overall profile of its Moto Z lineup with the unveiling of the Moto mods and the consequent promise for cross-generation compatibility for the accessories. This has made for rather physically identical phones over the last few years, but even so, Motorola managed to successfully switch things up and make the jump to a trendy new 18:9 screen aspect ratio. That design change, however, is only new compared to last year’s Moto Z2 Force. Compared to the Motorola Moto Z3 Play, from earlier this year, the new vanilla Z3 is practically unchanged on the outside.
The phone is very thin, with flat Gorilla Glass 3 pieces shielding its screen and back. A thin frame made of Series 6000 aluminum glue the said glasses together – and that’s pretty much it. It should come as no surprise that the flat back, in particular, is a major fingerprint magnet. To be fair, though, Motorola clearly intended it to be used with some kind of attachment installed, pretty much all the time. Even if it’s just a Moto style sheet, with no added functionality. Those don’t really hold on any firmer to the Motorola Moto Z3 than any other Moto Z device, so you can expect to find them sliding about if you frequently let the Motorola Moto Z3 slide about inside a backpack or handbag. Still, they look great.
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