Another year, another set of Motorola devices. We’ve already seen the Moto G6, the Moto E5, and the midrange Moto Z3 Play — now we’re now just waiting on the biggest boy of them all — the big flagship Moto Z3. Previous iterations of the Moto Z have done pretty well, offering not only flagship hardware but also a new ecosystem of modular add-ons that can help make your phone both more functional and more unique.
But exactly what will the new Motorola Moto Z3 offer? Will it be all that different from previous Moto Z phones? We may not know everything there is to know about the new phone just yet, but here’s everything we do know.
Price and release date
In June, Motorola confirmed it will be holding a press event on August 2 at its headquarters in Chicago. Other than a vague teaser video, there were no other details on what the special announcement will be.
According to a recent report from The Android Report, a source close to the matter claims Motorola will unveil the Moto Z3 at the event — along with a 5G Moto Mod. The device will also reportedly be exclusive to Verizon, which is already rolling out its 5G network across the United States. Since the Moto Z3 is said to include top-tier specs, it will take the title as the company’s flagship device of 2018.
In May, Motorola sent out invitations to an event in Brazil on June 6 — an event we now know was for the Moto Z3 Play. Lenovo also announced the Moto Z2 Play early in July, with the Moto Z2 Force coming just a few weeks later, so it’s possible the Z3 will be following its lower-powered brethren fairly soon.
We don’t know have any confirmed details on price or availability yet, but we’ll update you here as soon as we do.
Since the first major leak from Droid Life, we’ve learned a bit more about what we can expect from the Moto Z3 range. Past iterations of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play have come with similar designs, so it’s fair to say that the Moto Z3 will look quite similar to the Moto Z3 Play.
Moto Z3 Play in Deep Indigo pic.twitter.com/868WiA3CG6
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 11, 2018
The design is much the same as earlier pictures implied, with the small difference that the back now features a Motorola logo. The alternate angles reveal that the significant camera bump, a freakishly large power button (that doubles as a fingerprint scanner), and the continuation of the no-headphone-jack policy of the Moto Z2 range. The Moto Mods connector is more obvious on this image, and like the Z3 Play, should be the same as what we’ve seen before — so older Mods should still be compatible with the phone.
According to an FCC listing, we can expect all versions of the Moto Z3 to be packing a 6-inch screen — up from 5.5 inches on both the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play.
The result of that larger display is that it covers much more of the front of the phone, and this means there’s no home button at the bottom. The resolution of the Z3’s display will come in at 2,560 x 1,440, with an aspect ratio of 18:9, similar to a lot of other 2018 flagships. The phone’s design will also feature rounded corners.
An image of the Moto Z3 shows what looks to be the “5G” mod. What that means remains to be seen, though if we had to speculate, we would assume that the mod includes the radios necessary to connect to 5G networks.
We still don’t know much about the specs for the Moto Z3, but the Droid Life leak suggests that the Moto Z3 is planned with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, to match up with the other high-end flagships of this year, and it’s highly likely that the specs will exceed the specs of the Z3 Play — though matching some of the Z3 Play’s specs would still put the Z3 on par with some of this year’s biggest flagship phones.
The camera hasn’t generally been one of the Moto Z range’s strongest points, but with the recent advances in camera technology, we expect that the newest additions will pack some decent enough cameras. There hasn’t been much released about the Moto Z3’s camera yet, but we expect to see a similar dual-camera setup to the Moto Z3 Play — perhaps with a slight bump in specifications.
Updated on July 30: The Moto Z3 will reportedly launch on August 2.