Moto Z3 specs vs. Galaxy S9, iPhone X, Oneplus 6 and Pixel 2

How does the newly announced Moto Z3 compare to its rivals right now? We break it down spec-by-spec.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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Motorola's Moto Z3 phone is the first phone to work on Verizon's 5G network.

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At a Chicago press event today, Motorola announced the Moto Z3, a premium phone that features a dual 12-megapixel rear camera, 5G support and a splash-resistant design. It joins the Moto Z3 Play, which launched back in June, as part of the company's high-end line of phones that work with magnetic snap-on accessories called Moto Mods.

As Motorola's flagship phone, the Z3 will have to compete with other top-tier Android phones, as well as Apple's iPhone X. That includes the sleek but pricey Galaxy S9, the affordably powerful OnePlus 6 and the first-rate Pixel 2 (which is anticipated to be replaced by its Pixel 3 successor in October). 

To see how well new Moto Z3 stacks up against its rivals, check out the spec chart below. And for more information about the phone, be sure to read CNET'sMoto Z3 hands-on.

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Moto Z3 spec comparison

Motorola Moto Z3Samsung Galaxy S9Apple iPhone XOnePlus 6Google Pixel 2
Display size, resolution 6-inch; 2,160x1,080 pixels5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels5.8-inch; 2,436x1,125 pixels6.28-inch; 2,280x1,080 pixels5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 402ppi570ppi458ppi402ppi441ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 3.01x6.16x0.27 in.5.81x2.70x0.33 in.5.7x2.79x0.30 in.6.13x2.97x0.31 in.5.7x2.7x0.3 in.
Dimensions (Millimeters) 76.5x156.5 x 6.75 mm147.7x68.7x8.5 mm143.6x70.9x7.7 mm155.7x75.4x7.75 mm145.7x69.7x7.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.5 oz; 156g5.75 oz; 163g6.14 oz; 174g6.2 oz; 177g5.04 oz; 143g
Mobile software Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoiOS 11Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Camera 12-megapixel standard, 12-megapixel telephoto12-megapixel12-megapixel standard, 12-megapixel telephoto16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel8-megapixel7-megapixel16-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K4K
Processor 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos 9810Apple A11 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage 64GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage 2TB400GBNoneNoneNone
Battery 3,000mAh3,000mAh2,716mAh (Apple doesn't confirm this.)3,300mAh2,700mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side of phoneBack of phoneNone (Face ID via TrueDepth camera)Back of phoneBack of phone
Connector USB-CUSB-CLightningUSB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoYesNoYesNo
Special features Compatible with 5G on Verizon; splash-resistant; Moto Voice (beta)Dual-aperture camera; water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanningWater-resistant (IP67), wireless charging, TrueDepth front-facing camera adds Face ID for payments and enables front-facing AR effectsPortrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash ChargingSqueeze sides for Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready
Price off-contract (USD) $480 on VerizonVaries by carrier: $720-$800 (64GB)$999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB)$529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB)$649 (64GB), $749 (128GB)
Price (GBP) TBD£739£999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB)£469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)£629 (64GB), £729 (128GB)
Price (AUD) TBDAU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)AU$1,579 (64GB), AU$1,829 (256GB)AU$702 (64GB), AU$769 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB)AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB)