Moto Z3 review

24 August 2018
Motorola has launched a new member of the Moto Z series - the Moto Z3. However, its actual announcement has raised many eyebrows and has us wondering if the Moto Z3 is more of a refresh of the Z2 than a real successor.

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T M, 27 Aug 2018Another lazy and trash effort by Lenovo. When your only real mus... moreTHIS.

  • T M

Another lazy and trash effort by Lenovo. When your only real must have feature is not only an add on which means more $$$, but there isn't even a firm date when it will come out. With OP6 and Zenfone 5z out at this price, this phone is laughable.

  • Xhxhyy

I like Motorola with its stock Android but this design is shamelessly ignore practical handling.

  • 835921851433721

Good Phone

  • Anonymous

mkidd, 25 Aug 2018I know all Moto Z users or Moto lovers who wanted to upgrade wha... moreWell said.

I know all Moto Z users or Moto lovers who wanted to upgrade what they already have with this phone are disappointed with the fact that Motorola released this "Flagship" with SD835. I am a Moto Z user for 1,5 years and I really waited for this 3rd generation Z to upgrade my phone. And yes, I also feel a bit disappointed.

But let's be honest; for somebody who already loves Moto Z line, this is phone is just great! Sony and Samsung phones are great, as well as Xiaomi phones. But their design and software aren't for me! I love the Moto actions, Moto display, the pure Android they adapt and bring to us!

- Great battery life
- Better camera than Moto Z
- Slim bezels
- Great samsung panel
- Nice looking GG3 design
- Loud spekars
- Useful and cool gesture navigation bar
- As promised, compatibility for moto mods!

All these points I mentioned above make this phone great phone for an upgrade if you are coming from Moto Z. Moto Z2 force users might also upgrade for a better looking yet it's a bit debatable whether it's worth, I reckon.

And beyond all these the phone has a price tag of 480 USD! I am sure that it's gonna be around 500-550 euros and it seems like it's an worthy upgrade.

Some of you might not like Motorola's design or innovative ideas such Mods! But just stop spreading hate! Just do not buy it. Yet we like it.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 25 Aug 2018Great battery life. Great and loud audio. And slim bezels. I... moreBeen try iphone, galaxy note, other flagship but my daily driver still Motorola, most engineers use it for the technology slates view steps faster

  • Anonymous

Great battery life.
Great and loud audio.
And slim bezels.
I think MOTOROLA is GREAT PHONE.

At $480 it's a good deal but this feels like the most underwhelming release from Lenovo. Why not put out a flagship worthy device Lenovo??? This just doesn't feel like a true upgrade from the Z2 force.

I think it's not a bad deal. SD 835 is a capable SoC. With nearly stock Android, it will not be a problem.

However, I will repeat what I had mentioned before - Motorola ( Lenovo) will surely have some plans in mind for not releasing SD 845 device. Either they have something else with SD 845 OR they are planning to enter early next year with SD 855 and a new flagship line.

Also, identical bodies of Moto Z3 and Z3play is not an accidental event. It is a deliberate move to cut down the production costs, with clear idea in mind about how a buyer would respond. Neither Z3 nor Z3play will have huge volmes of sale, hence, play simple with no changes in production line.

No established corporate would play foolish and Motorola/ Lenovo are well established ones.

  • Xhxhyy

Actually, Snapdragon 835 still worth it for next two years. Snapdragon 845 is worth only in Pocophone.

  • Anonymous

Moto service is very bad do I am interested of any brand of moto or kenovo

So it's like the iPhone 8... a minor update of the previous model. The good thing is this phone will hit the $200 mark in just of couple of months, second hand of course but still a good deal if you wait a little.

Jamesschwarz987, 24 Aug 2018This is actually a whole different lineup... Z3 is a successor o... moreI know. I was talking specs-wise. They both run on SD835 & have similar designs. Yet, Z2 Force comes with QHD shatter-proof display, while Z3 comes with inferior FHD display with common GG3 protection. In that sense, the Z3 is a lite version of Z2 Force.

At the very least Z3 should've come with SD845 to be classified as a flagship. Although personally i still wouldn't buy it unless it came with the shatter-proof screen... I sure hope there's more of the Force series yet to come.

xXENDER FREAKXx, 24 Aug 2018Really hope that there's a change in the back design sooner or l... moreTo each their own. I like it

  • RyGuy

The OLEDs that Samsung sells to other companies are garbage. Had a Z3 and the Z3 Play, both with garbage panels. The lower have of the panel on the Play was bluer then the top. The top of the panel on the Z3 was greener the lower half. It suck because the original Z had good panels. Not sure about the Z2 Force.

Anonymous, 24 Aug 2018Moto Z2 Plus or Moto Z2 5G would be more suitable names to this ... moreMotorola has never released Z2 yet so it should be Z2... Z2 Force and Z2 Play has its own series line

  • AnonD-632062

Decent, but meh...

  • Anonymous

xXENDER FREAKXx, 24 Aug 2018Really hope that there's a change in the back design sooner or l... moreMoto Z2 Plus or Moto Z2 5G would be more suitable names to this device.

I get the feeling that the only good phone they launched this year was the G6 Plus. even the Z2 Play is a (hit and miss) phone and way too expensive.

They´re getting behind the competition and that´s sad to watch...

Whackcar, 24 Aug 2018As someone who loves the Moto Force series, i was extremely disa... moreThis is actually a whole different lineup... Z3 is a successor of the original Z which has no 2nd generation, While Z2 Force is the successor of Z Force....