Weekly poll: Motorola Moto Z3: hot or not?

Peter, 05 August 2018

Motorola unveiled the Moto Z3 exclusively for Verizon, though we think the exclusivity will be short-lived. And we hope that once the phone breaks free from that one carrier it will keep its price tag - $480. Again, the price is $480. We had to repeat that to soften the blow of what comes next.

How much did Moto-Lenovo do to design this phone anyway? It has the same body as the Moto Z3 Play, starting with the 6.01” Super AMOLED screen with 18:9 aspect ratio and ending with the back compatible with Moto Mods.

Okay, okay, the Moto Z3 does have a much faster chipset. It’s the same chipset as the Moto Z2 Force – a Snapdragon 835 – but at $480 it’s reasonable. And the Z3 does have a larger screen than the Z2 Force thanks to the taller aspect ratio (12% more surface area), plus it’s Super AMOLED rather than P-OLED. One thing is missing, though – the plastic shatterproof cover.

Oh, and get this – you can upgrade the Moto Z3 to work on 5G networks, the first phone of its kind! The upgrade will be done using the add-on system, Motorola will release a Moto Mod that adds blazing 5G speeds over the millimeter wave band.

Motorola Moto Z3 Motorola Moto Z3 Play Motorola Moto Z2 Force
Motorola Moto Z3 • Motorola Moto Z3 Play • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Then there’s the dual camera – it’s lifted straight from the Z2 Force. Compared to the Z3 Play, that means a better second module (12MP B/W vs. 5MP depth sensor), but the main camera isn’t as good. The Moto Z3 has smaller pixels (1.25µm vs. 1.4µm) and a slower aperture (f/2.0 vs. f/1.7) compared to the Play model.

A Pixel 2 XL has the same Snapdragon 835 chipset, a single camera, and a 6” P-OLED 1080p+ screen. And it costs $850!

We keep circling back to the price of the Moto Z3, because that’s its best quality. If you look at it as a mid-ranger, it has a chipset that’s faster than a Snapdragon 660, a solid AMOLED screen with no notch and a good camera. Then again, a Zenfone 5z with Snapdragon 845 is $500.

Moto Z3 - hot or not?


Reader comments


Sadly you do have serious reading problem. Im referring to last year price as to continuation of your comment. Not this Z3. Z2 Play launching price is $499. So, this Z3 is indeed use lower price tag. Farewell.

Oh really genius. So it's being sold for 350€ with that silly 5G mod? Dunno who has serious reading problems.

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