Motorola has officially announced its flagship for 2018 — the Moto Z3. As the latest addition to Motorola’s Z-series, the Moto Z3 doesn’t bring many changes from the Moto Z3 Play — other than a few new specs and features. Its biggest change is the ability to support Verizon’s 5G network. But how does it stack up against one of the biggest flagships currently on the market? Below, we pit the Moto Z3 vs the Samsung Galaxy S9 to find out which one comes out on top.
||Samsung Galaxy S9
|Size||156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in)||147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in)|
156 grams (5.5 ounces)
|163 grams (5.75 ounces)|
|Screen size||6-inch Super AMOLED display||5.8-inch Super AMOLED display|
|Screen resolution||2,160 x 1,080 pixels (402 pixels per inch)||2,960 x 1,440 pixels (568 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Storage space||64GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes, up to 2TB||Yes|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||Dual 12MP and 12MP rear, 8MP front||12MP (with OIS) rear, variable aperture, 8MP front|
|Video||Up to 4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 120 fps||Up to 4K at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C||3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes||Yes (rear)|
|Water resistance||Splash-resistant coating||IP68|
Quick Charge 2.0
Qi wireless charging
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||Verizon||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint|
|Colors||Black||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple|
|Buy from||Motorola, Verizon||Samsung, Amazon|
|Review score||Hands-on||4 out of 5 stars|
If you’re investing in a flagship in 2018, you should expect to find a Snapdragon 845 under the hood — which is what the
For storage, both the Moto Z3 and Galaxy S9 have 64GB of storage along with a MicroSD card slot to expand on it. You can also get 128GB and 256GB versions of the S9 if you need more internal storage.
While both devices come with the same 3,000mAh battery, you can use a battery mod for the Moto Z3 which adds another 2,000mAh for two-day battery life. It also charges incredibly quickly thanks to Motorola’s TurboPower technology. After testing out the Moto Z3 Play (which has the same size battery), our phone went from 33 percent to 100 percent within 50 minutes. As for the Galaxy S9, we found that it lasted a day long with heavy usage. It does however, support fast wireless and wired charging.
With a more powerful processor and fast wireless charging capabilities, the
The Moto Z3 includes an unattractive and thick camera bump that makes the
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S9 looks impressive out of the box, even though it’s hard to tell apart from last year’s S8. The infinity display and curved edges make it look far more futuristic than the Moto Z3. On both devices, the power button and fingerprint sensors are easily accessible — but the S9 does include a headphone jack whereas the Z3 doesn’t. You’ll have to use the 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C dongle in the box to plug older
In terms of durability, both these phones are liable to get damaged easily if dropped, but the S9 offers superior IP68 water resistance, while the Z3 makes do with a water resistant coating.
The Motorola Z3 packs a 6-inch, 2,160 x 1,080-pixel resolution, Super AMOLED display, while the
While the addition of an extra lens can make for a better camera, that’s not always the case and the S9 has a few tricks of its own. The variable aperture allows the camera to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures. It takes noticeably bright and sharp photos in broad daylight without you having to do anything other than open the camera app and tap on the shutter icon. With its multi-frame noise-reduction image processing, photos captured at night don’t look as grainy as they can with other smartphones on the market.
We do need to test the Z3 camera a bit more, but we’re not really expecting it to match the S9.
Meanwhile, the Moto Z3 makes things a bit more interesting. What could be classified as one of the most important features of the device is its ability to support
Even though the
Winner: Moto Z3
On both devices, you’ll find
The Galaxy S9, runs
Based on speed, we’re going to give this one to the
The Moto Z3 will cost you $480 and will launch exclusively with Verizon on August 16. On the carrier’s finance plan, you’ll pay $20 per month. Those in the U.S. will receive a $300 trade-in credit towards the device if they switch to Verizon. The
Snagging almost every category, it’s clear the
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