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Motorola starts testing Android 8.1 Oreo on Moto G5

03 August 2018

Motorola's best known for its solid low and midrange phones, but the company has more ambitious plans on the horizon.

On Thursday Motorola held a special event at its United States headquarters in Chicago to announce two new products: A smartphone, the Moto Z3, and a new 5G Moto Mod. Here we are just over a couple of months later and the Moto Z3 and the Moto 5G Moto Mod are now official. The first Moto phone with Android One branding was Moto X4, which was unveiled a year ago, exclusively for the United States market. But Motorola insists that between the Mod's 2,000mAh battery and the phone's 3,000mAh you'll still get a "full day" of use.

The Moto Z3 will launch in the United States as an exclusive with Verizon Wireless on August 16. The phone will cost $480 or $20 per month if you opt for 24 monthly payments. Verizon says it will also offer rebates for the Z3 via trade-in, though details were sparse as this story was published. Verizon customers can expect Android Oreo 8.1, 64 GB of storage, and 4 GB of memory on the Z3.

But there are some points to discover and they start with the choice of chipset: last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. However, the device is expected to feature sandwiched-glass design and could have a fingerprint sensor as well, reports TheIndianExpress. It also will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for adding up to 2TB of storage. The difference, of course, is that this accessory enables 5G connectivity - a bold step toward the realization of 5G as a standard that will eventually be supported by mobile devices in the future.

The 5G Mod's got a little antenna bump at the top there.

As mentioned, The Z3 will be able to connect to Verizon's 5G network but you'll need the 5G Moto Mod to do so. Last year, Verizon execs promised to greatly loosen data caps for 5G, but we haven't heard an update since then.

There's some good news and bad news about the Moto Z3. It also has a 2,000mAh battery that's supposed to keep those speeds lasting longer. The mod will work with other Z phones, and will double or triple the existing speeds, even if it isn't the full 5G experience. Motorola did announce availability won't be until "early 2019". In the trial, the pre-production 5G Mod achieved download speeds over 3Gbps, though it was very prone to slowdown when the signal blaster was blocked by objects. Having been leaked and spotted on various instances in the past, the Motorola One has been rumoured to launch as a toned-down version of the Motorola One Power.

Verizon's network tells the X24 when 5G is available, and if it's available, the X24 goes into a lower-power mode and the X50 takes over.

Motorola starts testing Android 8.1 Oreo on Moto G5