In 2018, Motorola is no longer the brand that introduced the Motorola Droid to the world. The once iconic company is now part of the "Others" group and ranks fifth. The recently announced Moto Z3 perfectly embodies its current state with competitive specifications … when it came out last year.
I find it easier to present the Moto Z3 by describing all aspects of the phone. More specifically, the good stuff, the bad decisions that Lenovo made in publishing this phone, and all the aspects we've seen in this regard. While this is far from a dreadful phone, it just seems puzzling to create in 2018.
- OS: Android 8.1
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- GPU: Adreno 540
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB
- Display: 6 "Super AMOLED 18: 9 Display
- Resolution: 2160 x 1080
- Rear view camera: 12 MP RGB and 12 MP monochrome sensors  Front Camera: 8 MP ƒ / 2.0 Camera
- Battery: 3,000 mAh
- Colors: Ceramic Black
Lenovo (Motorola's parent company) recognized the importance of a great display and did not abandon the screen of the Moto Z3 and opted for a Super AMOLED display. This allows the screen of the Z3 to produce deeper blacks and larger viewing angles compared to an LCD panel.
The display uses an aspect ratio of 18: 9, so most movies have no vertical black bars at the top and bottom of the bottom of the video in landscape orientation. And at 6 inches you have more than enough space to enjoy your movie on the go.
To compensate for the small battery (more on this later), the display is in the "sweet spot" for resolution at 1080p. Most content is still displayed only at this resolution, saving you battery life compared to other flagship 1440p resolution.
The Good: Android Oreo 8.1
The Moto Z3 launches with the latest version of Android, 8.1 Oreo , The latest release is great because Moto Z3 users can enjoy new features like Netflix's picture-in-picture mode, which is not available on Android 8.0. Take a look at our list of other interesting features available exclusively for 8.1 Oreo.
On it runs the bright skin of Motorola, which is not named. There are some gesture controls and Motorola apps, but little else. With such a light skin and Project Treble (which the Z3 must support as it will launch Android Oreo), this should lead to faster updates, especially to Android 9.0 P.
From next year, Lenovo will be selling a new Moto mod for the Z3, which will bring 5G support to the phone. Lenovo will achieve this by packing a Qualcomm X50 modem into its physical attachment, which will be sold separately. To sweeten the deal, the mod will add 2,000 mAh of battery power to your device, improving the battery life of your Z3 from good to good. Prices will be announced closer to the start in the first quarter of 2019.
The bad: 3000 mAh battery
Let me get this out of the way. We understand that other phones with the same SoC had similar battery capacity and battery life. However, with a telephone like a large display, it makes no sense to rely so heavily on the processor's power efficiency. Why not take a large battery so users can start with fantastic battery life and cope with normal battery life?
With the bad habits of loading users, the capacity will quickly shrink and work with less, taking a decisive hit in terms of the length of time in which you can use your phone between charges. And yes, there are Moto mods that contain their own batteries, but these should add great battery life that is not necessary to achieve it.
While this may be a big number In your book, the fact is that once Apple decided to remove the beloved port, many companies followed suit. It is now the new norm. Neither the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, the Moto Z2 or the Moto Z2 Force had the port, so there would be little chance of returning here.
On the bright side, with so many phones taking off the 3.5mm jack For days on, the wireless options continue to improve each year, so we do not consider this a complete deal breaker. In addition, the Z3 with Android 8.1 Oreo supports several hi-fi codecs such as Sony LDAC and Qualcomm's aptx HD. Although they are not identical to their wired counterpoints, these codecs help bridge the gap.
The Moto Z3 is reasonably priced at $ 480. For a device with a SoC over one year old, with a 1080p panel and a small battery, $ 480 is fair. At this price, it's $ 19 cheaper than a Galaxy S8 (on Amazon) whose specifications are comparable (though the S8 has a far better screen). However, there are also phones like the ASUS Zenfone 5Z, which sell for around $ 500, but offer more features and better specifications.
The Meh: Verizon exclusivity
Like the Pixel lineup, the Moto Z3 is exclusive to Verizon. While that sucks for those in another network, at least if it had to choose a network, we are glad that there is Verizon. It not only has the most customers, but has one of the best data signals in the country. Instead of relying on e-commerce sites to sell their phones, Motorola will get Verizon ads that try to push their product.
The Moto Z3 will not turn around the Z series for Lenovo. Instead, by taking advantage of the lower cost of older parts to offer cheaper pricing, and by continuing to support Moto Mods, the Z3 appears to be upgrading to keep old users and not win new ones. This should be a good option for those on a budget, especially if your cut-off point is $ 500.