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(soft music) – [Michael] The cool thing about being first to market with a hot new product is you get to soak in all that sweet buzz Well, in the smartphone world it doesn't get much more buzz-worthy than 5G and Motorola has found a way to get there first

Sorta From Motorola's headquarters in Chicago, I'm Mr Mobile and this is the world's first 5G phone Kinda (upbeat music) Okay, technically Motorola did bring a bunch of us here to show us a new photo, the Moto Z3 right here, but to quote Halt and Catch Fire, this isn't the thing

This is the thing that gets us to the thing There's just nothing remarkable about the Moto Z3, it's basically a Z3 play with a different camera and a newer processor The camera packs the exact same specs as last year's underwhelming Moto Z2 Force, though, and the processor isn't the top of the line Snapdragon 845 but instead last year's 835 Those compromises get you a phone that's under 500 bucks but it's also exclusive to Verizon Wireless Now, this is by no means a full review but folks, you probably don't need me to tell you that this isn't exactly going to set the world on fire

For that, you need to get one of these This is what Motorola meant when it teased a whole new way to communicate and for this I need you to jump ahead with me in time a little bit to early 2019 That's when this Model will go on sale and it's also when Verizon's new 5G network will presumably be complete enough in launch markets to deliver the kind of speeds 5G promises Now, I was pretty meh on 5G until I attended this event and I know that's true for a lot of you as well I mean, if you live in a city with great 4G coverage, your phone's probably fast enough already

And when I first saw the kind of fluffy 5G experience zone that Motorola built at its headquarters here, I was still unmoved But then I realized that on my flight out here, I had one of the exact problems that 5G is looking to solve I was sitting on the tarmac waiting to fly out, trying to download a podcast I wanted to listen to on the air and the overburden 4G network at Boston Logan just wasn't fast enough to deliver it in time A 5G connection could've downloaded 400 podcasts in the same time period or an entire season of Star Trek Discovery in a couple minutes That's insane

Delivering those speeds takes some insane equipment as well See, the 4G networks that phones use now mainly use the same cellular bands phones have been using for years between 600 megahertz and 25 gigahertz Your home WiFi connection lives a little higher in the spectrum between 24 and five gigahertz and the 5G mobile network Verizon is building is way up at 28 gigahertz

So, you need special antennas for that There are four of these built into the 5G Moto Mod and a special Modem, Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X50 Qualcomm told me that as recently as three years ago, these antennas were thought to be impossible to build That's how cutting edge this stuff is But, and there's always a but, while high frequency radio waves are great for data speed, they're terrible at penetrating buildings and walls, even a figure can disrupt the signal, which is part of the reason there are four of these antennas built into the Mod

So, the Mod also includes a separate Modem, the X24 which promises one of the fastest 4G connections you can get When you slap the Mod onto the back of the phone, the Mod's Modems take over for the phones and all three components, the phone, the Mod, and the network communicate to deliver the best data connection you can get for wherever you happen to be Now, all this equipment takes a lot of power to operate, so the Mod also has its own 2000AM power battery built in as well Yeah, are you starting to see why this thing is so thick? Motorola says it is working to make this Mod compatible with other Moto Z phones but only the Verizon branded ones (soft music) Okay, so Motorola brought us out here to impress us and in my case, yeah, it worked to an extent

I'm coming away from the announcement with a new appreciation for the potential of 5G and it's nice to see a Moto Mod used for something more impressive than playing music or printing out some Polaroids But it's still weird, right? I mean, think about it, by the time this Mod is available, it's highly likely other smartphone makers will have phones with 5G baked right in While I'm personally excited to test the first 5G networks, by 2019, I'm not gonna wanna use a Moto Z3 to do it So, will Motorola release another Moto Mod compatible phone? Kinda feels like the sun has set on those Will Motorola make a fully integrated 5G phone? Yeah, maybe

And what about other carriers beyond Verizon? All of them are taking their own paths to 5G Folks, I always hate to end a video on the lukewarm note of stay tuned but, I also won't like to you It's the best I can do for now This video is brought to you by TunnelBear True story, it's the first VPN I ever used and I'm genuinely glad to sponsor it

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Hit the links in the description to secure your special deal on TunnelBear And thanks From Chicago to Boston to Brooklyn, next week it's off to New York for Samsung folks, so make sure you're subscribed to The Mr Mobile on YouTube so you don't miss it and do let me know in the comments if you do want me to cover the Z3 in a full review Until next time, thanks for watching and stay mobile, my friends

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