The world’s first 5G smartphone just launched. But there are no 5G networks to use it at this moment.
Called the Moto Z3, the new smartphone from Motorpla will be 5G-upgradeable with the help of a new 5G Moto Mod that will be available to buyers later this year. In other words, it’s about a modular phone and this was the launch of the world’s first “5G-upgradeable” smartphone. Motorola partnered with Verizon to launch the phone, and the press release notes that Verizon will be the first to deliver 5G residential broadband service later this year, in four markets, including Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and a city that hasn’t been decided.
Moto Z3 will offer a 6-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2160 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD support, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, 8-megapixel selfie camera, 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower charging support, fingerprint sensor, USB-C connectivity, and Android 8.1 Oreo. No headphone jack, but dongle converter included in the box. Google Lens integrated into the camera. The Moto Z3 has magnetic Mod attachments and gesture navigation with a single slider button. The new phone will be available exclusively via Verizon on August 16th for $480, or $20 per month for 24 months. 5G is crucial because it's the next generation of fast data that will make phones upload and download an order of magnitude faster than the fastest 4G LTE networks today. This is about downloading 90 Spotify songs in 10 seconds, at up to 5 gigabits per second.