Moto Z3, Motorola One, and Motorola One Power Launch Expected Today

Judy Cobb
August 3, 2018

As interesting as the Moto Z3 is, with its slightly tweaked design, and attractive price point, the real star of the show is the 5G Moto Mod. As the Moto Z3 is a flagship device, Motorola will most likely embed the industry-leading Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with an Adreno 630 GPU within the device. The event will be held at 2pm CDT (12:30am IST, August 3) on August 2.

Motorola had posted an 11-second video via its official YouTube page to inform about the launch event. The handset is also expected to miss out on the shatterproof glass, which was offered on the predecessor. To compensate, the 5G Moto Mod has its own 2,000 mAh battery so it doesn't drain the Moto Z3's battery.

The left side of the Z3 is where you'll find the power button, with volume up and down keys on the right side.

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Update, 2 pm. PT: To include comment from Verizon and more details on the mod. The phone could be a Verizon exclusive in the U.S., since the carrier is expected to launch its 5G services in the later part of 2018. Verizon, Motorola's partner with the Moto Z3 and this Mod, is launching 5G service in four markets later this year, but that's residential broadband and not mobile.

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. The phone will feature magnetic pins at the back to connect the Mod. In other words, the event was one very long Verizon commercial, hosted by Motorola who also happened to have a new device. Motorola hasn't announced any plans for worldwide expansion, so it's unclear if the phone - or the 5G Moto Mod - will ever arrive here in Australia. The Android One branding means a stock Android version and promised software updates for two years. Motorola One Power image render as well as specifications were shared by tipster Andri Yetim on Twitter. The screen is expected to feature an aspect ratio of 19:9. It also will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for adding up to 2TB of storage.

The Motorola One Power or Moto One Power recently cleared the TENAA certification in China. In the camera department, the device is expected to come with dual rear cameras in a combination of (12MP+5MP) sensors along with an 8MP selfie snapper up front. Motorola One Power could be backed by a 3,780mAh battery. It's certainly an improvement over the Snapdragon 600-series CPU inside the Z3 Play, though won't be quite as fast as the Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6, or other leading Android devices. The smartphone sports a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and features a metal unibody design.

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