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World’s first true 5G-upgradable smartphone is here: meet the moto z3 and 5G moto mod

Today we reach a long-awaited milestone: the unveiling of the world's first true 5G-upgradable smartphone.

At Qualcomm Technologies we've always believed that for mobile technologies to achieve their full potential, it's critical to work closely with our customers, enabling them to compete, innovate, and grow globally. On this occasion, we are proud to have worked with Motorola on the development of the new moto z3 and 5G moto mod, the world’s first mobile device with access to Verizon’s upcoming mobile 5G network.

This moment comes after years of arduous work with the rest of the mobile ecosystem, to bring to life a new “G”. It began with cutting-edge wireless R&D, leading to foundational inventions that have become part of the 5G standard, the world’s first 5G modem chip, advanced prototypes that made early interoperability testing with leading network infrastructure vendors possible, and most recently, the world’s first mmWave antenna modules for mobile devices.

The moto z3 with 5G moto mod is the first fruit of this labor and is set to ignite a new revolution in mobility, featuring an innovative design powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G and X24 LTE modems, along with the groundbreaking QTM052 mmWave antenna modules. The moto z3 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform. Once the 5G moto mod is attached to its back, it gains the ability to access mmWave 5G using the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, and the latest in 4G technology with the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem.

Supporting 5G NR, the true global standard for 5G, the 5G moto mod defies the odds — a mobile 5G device capable of unprecedented cellular speeds using mmWave technology — something thought to be impossible a few years ago. And it is a testament to the tenacity of pioneers like Qualcomm Technologies, Motorola, and Verizon, that are forging a new path in wireless technology.

We could not be prouder of all the brilliant women and men who have worked so hard, for so many years, to prepare for this moment.

Welcome to dawn of the 5G era.

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