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The Moto Z3's simple looks will win you over

For under $500, this Mod-ready phone is easy on the eye.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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The Moto Z3 isn't a flagship phone with all whizbang features, but it is a likable device that goes easy on your cash reserves.

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In the US, it's a Verizon exclusive, where it will sell for a reasonable $480.

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What makes the Moto Z3 special isn't in the phone at all. It's the 5G Mod attachment that will make Motorola and Verizon "first" to blistering 5G data speeds.

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The catch is that Motorola's 5G Mod, seen here in prototype form, won't be ready until early 2019.

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But even without 5G, there's plenty to like here. The Moto Z3 has a 6-inch Super AMOLED display and runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor.

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Its version of Android 8.1 Oreo comes with some slick Moto software on top, but it's otherwise pretty close to stock.

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What makes this a Moto Z phone are these magnetic connectors for Moto Mods.

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The Moto Z3 has a 12-megapixel dual camera setup on the back.

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One lens is devoted to monochrome shots, but there's also portrait mode.

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The back of the phone looks pretty straight without a Mod.

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The fingerprint reader on the phone's right side works extremely well.

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You'll find a 3,000-mAh battery inside.

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Motorola walked away from headphone jacks years ago. Thankfully, the Moto Z3 comes with a USB-C adaptor in the box.

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Moto Mods you can buy today include style shells (kind of like a case) and battery packs.

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There's also this JBL speaker attachment.

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Adding a style shell helps the Moto Z3 fill your palm.

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Take one last look at the Moto Z3 and read our full review for all the good and bad.

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