Now while Verizon hasn't actually gotten 5G up and running on its main network - just some testing areas like around its headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ - the Moto Mod is a bit useless right now, but in 2019, it won't be.
The company launched the all-new Moto Z3, which serves as the follow-up to last year's Moto Z2. Because of the Moto Mods, Motorola has to stick with virtually the same design year after year. Although the Moto Z3 as a flagship Android device, it will be shipping with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor - the same processor used on the Moto Z2. And more importantly, the Moto Z3 retails for a much lower price. The Moto Z3 will be priced at $20 a month for 24 months and will be exclusive to Verizon which will launch on the 16th of August. Starting in early 2019, Motorola will release a 5G MotoMod that will tap into Verizon's 5G network, once the first of the carrier's 5G networks goes live. It flaunts a glass back with the frames made out of 6000 series polished aluminium, and, sports a 6.01-inch Max Vision display that has aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. Under the hood, there is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage.
For photography, the Moto Z3 comes equipped with a dual rear camera setup with a combination of two 12MP sensors, the primary sensor comes with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.25-micron pixel size while the secondary monochrome sensor offers Laser Autofocus, Color Correlated Temperature, and Zero Shutter Lag along with dual-LED flash. It also has 8 megapixels front camera with f/2.0 aperture. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS and NFC. In terms of the software, the Moto Z3 boots near stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Moto enhancements.
Motorola worked with Verizon to develop the new Moto Z3 in an effort to produce the first phone that supports their upcoming 5G broadband network. With the Moto Z3 being so lackluster this year, an upgraded Force model would have been welcomed.
Motorola has also brought the 5G Moto Mod that is created to deliver a next-generation experience on the Moto Z3. This Moto smartphone is backed by a 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which the company claims that it's capable of lasting one full day. It's not coincidental that the 5G Moto Mod won't be available until then at an undisclosed price.