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Weekly poll: Motorola Moto Z3: hot or not?

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. Its the same chipset as the Moto Z2 Force a Snapdragon 835 but at $480 its reasonable. And the Z3 does have a larger screen than the Z2 Force thanks to the taller aspect ratio (12% more surface area), plus its 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

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Then theres the dual camera its 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 isnt as good. The Moto Z3 has smaller pixels (1.25m vs. 1.4m) 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 thats its best quality. If you look at it as a mid-ranger, it has a chipset thats 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.