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Moto Z4 brings back headphone jack, is 5G ready for $ 500


Motorola's new $ 500 Z4.

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After rumors, leaks and a premature shipped device Motorola's $ 500 Moto Z4 is finally official. The midrange phone, available June 13, is no foldable razr but that's not to say it's paint appeal. 6.4-inch OLED display.

Other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD to 2TB) and Android 9.0 Pie, with Motorola promising to update to Q in the future.

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The rear 48-megapixel camera on the Moto Z4. [19659003] Sally Neiman / CNET


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                    Motorola has added what it calls "Quad Pixel Technology," which uses pixel-binning to allow for 48-megapixel shots with the rear lens, following a recent trend of other higher-end midrange phones including OnePlus' 7 Per. Around the front is a 25-megapixel shooter which takes advantage of the same "Quad Pixel" tech.

Motorola says it should offer improved details and colors as well as better low-light performance. The company has even added its own rival to the Pixel 3's Night Sight called Night Vision.

In some letter hands-on time, the phone feels more premium than the rival pixel 3a, which starts at $ 399. Videos looked sharp on the OLED display and the night vision. Whether the Z4 can rival the Pixel 3A's camera or the best value of $ 669 OnePlus 7 Pro's performance remains to be seen.

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Motorola's Z4 has a fingerprint sensor built into its display.

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An optical fingerprint sensor is built into the display, similar to the technology used on OnePlus' 6T and 7 Pro. As with the OnePlus phones, setup what seamless and unlocking what responsive during our brief use of the phone.

IP-rated water resistance (Motorola says it can not withstand spills and rain). In a bit of good news, however, the 3.5mm headphone jack has returned to the bottom of the phone after disappearing on last year's Z3 and Z2 Force.

The Z4 also wants to support Moto's existing "mods" for attaching accessories as well as a 360-degree camera, battery pack, camera, gamepad or projector.

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The standard 3.5mm headphone jack has returned on the Moto Z4.

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While the Z4 is a 4G LTE phone, it wants to support the 5G moto mod that adds support for Verizon's 5G network (Motorola also revealed that the Z2 Force wants to use the 5G mod this summer).

The Verizon on June 13, with a "frost white" color arrives on June 27. New Verizon users will be able to snooze the phone for $ 240 ($ 10 per month for 24 months) with the 5G mod dropping to $ 200 for a "limited time," allowing you to get a 5G-ready Z4 for $ 440 (Samsung's more powerful Galaxy S10 5G, which has 5G built-in, runs $ 1300).

Verizon wants to be waiving the $ 10 5G add-on fee for those who purchase the 5G mod and have one of the provider's above or beyond unlimited plans.

An unlocked version will be available from Best Buy, B & H and Amazon for $ 500, with Motorola bundling its 360-degree Moto Mod with those purchases.

Stay tuned to CNET for a full review.

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