Nevertheless it isn’t the one clamshell foldable on the town. Motorola went with an analogous compact foldable idea for its 2020 Razr revamp – admittedly, with blended outcomes.
So how does the Motorola Razr 2020 stack as much as its younger upstart rival? That’s what we’re right here to unfold.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Motorola Razr 2020 value and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 went on sale on August 27, 2021. The 128GB mannequin prices $999 / £949 / AU$1,499, whereas the 256GB mannequin will set you again $1,049 / £999 / AU$1,599.
The Motorola Razr 2020 rolled out throughout September and October 2020, round a yr previous to the Galaxy Z Flip 3. It value $1,399 / £1,399 (round AU$1,900) at launch, however we’ve seen it going for round $1,000 / £850 on Amazon of late.
Which means that we’re two equally priced foldable flip telephones – which, to be frank, doesn’t do one among these units any favors in any way.
Each of those telephones undertake the identical primary design: a clamshell smartphone that’s a compact sq. when closed, and an extended, skinny rectangle when open.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a refined however welcome refinement of the earlier two generations. The primary distinction here’s a refined aesthetic, however there have additionally been some under-the-skin reinforcements.
We notably like the brand new ‘Glasstic’ again and glass digicam module encompass, which give the cellphone a much more distinctive and harmonious fashion.
Nonetheless, we don’t like how excessive the ability button sits alongside the right-hand edge, particularly because it accommodates the fingerprint sensor. Motorola wins right here with its rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is far simpler to entry.
Each units are small, however the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is extra pocketable. Even unfurled it measures a mere 166 x 72.2 x 6.9mm, and weighs a reasonable 183g. Whereas slender, the Motorola Razr feels somewhat chunky by comparability at 169.2 x 72.6 x 7.9mm and 192g.
Samsung has labored on its hinge mechanism to the purpose the place it feels a lot safe, and can fortunately sit open at a spread of angles. By comparability, Motorola’s handset will solely actually lock in a totally closed or absolutely open place, and it feels somewhat creaky in operation.
As well as, it lacks the chunky chin of the Razr, which regardless of its aluminum body and twin-glass surfaces, feels somewhat cheaper and fewer premium.
These two telephones have a pair of shows every – one giant one on the within, and one smaller one on one half of the exterior floor.
We’d hand Samsung the win for the primary fold-out show, and Motorola the win for the exterior secondary show.
Samsung’s principal display is a 6.7-inch AMOLED show with a 1080 x 2640 decision. Motorola’s 6.2-inch P-OLED is considerably smaller, and at 876 x 2142 it’s additionally much less sharp.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 display additionally wins out for smoothness, with a full 120Hz refresh price in comparison with the Razr 2020’s meagre 60Hz.
As you would possibly anticipate from Samsung, its principal display is solely of a better high quality than that of its rival. That is the corporate that provides many of the OLED panels within the trade, in spite of everything, and that experience exhibits.
When closed, nevertheless, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 has to depend on a 1.9-inch AMOLED with a mere 260 x 512 decision. The Motorola Razr 2020 will get a 2.7-inch 600 x 800 display, which is extra helpful all-round.
You gained’t need to do an terrible lot of heavy-lifting on both of those secondary shows, however the Razr’s is undoubtedly higher for previewing messages with out having to open up the machine.
You shouldn’t purchase any foldable cellphone anticipating a top-tier digicam expertise. That’s one of many large compromises you’ll should make with the intention to get such a futuristic design at this time.
It ought to come as no shock to be taught then that neither machine packs a very good digicam. Nonetheless, of the 2, Samsung’s system is barely extra versatile.
You get twin 12-megapixel cameras right here, led by a 1/2.55in vast sensor, and backed up by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide. That is aided by Samsung’s sturdy software program provision, however it merely isn’t in the identical league because the Samsung Galaxy S21 household.
The Motorola Razr 2020 doesn’t impress both, with only a single 48-megapixel 1/2.0in vast sensor. There’s no ultra-wide possibility right here.
Each digicam programs are able to taking respectable pictures, however they lack the in depth options and suppleness of even an excellent mid-range digicam system. For the cash, it actually isn’t too spectacular a exhibiting on both entrance.
Samsung’s foldable can shoot 4K 60fps video, whereas the Motorola can seize lesser 4K 30fps footage.
On the selfie entrance, Samsung presents a 10-megapixel f/2.4 entrance digicam, whereas Motorola equips you with a 20-megapixel f/2.2 equal.
Specs and efficiency
On the subject of uncooked efficiency, Samsung wins comfortably. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip, which is the highest Android processor for 2021.
The Motorola Razr 2020 doesn’t even get near this stage of efficiency. It doesn’t even pack a Snapdragon 865, the Snapdragon 888’s 2020 predecessor, however moderately depends upon that yr’s mid-range Snapdragon 765G.
For a cellphone that also sells for someplace within the area of $1,000 / £850, that’s a reasonably poor exhibiting. We criticized it at launch, and it’s a choice that hasn’t aged all that nicely both.
You in all probability gained’t discover a giant efficiency shortfall usually duties – and this actually isn’t the machine on which you’d select to play quite a lot of high-end cell video games anyway. However we’d nonetheless anticipate higher, if solely to make sure an extended shelf life on your funding. You may guess that the Motorola Razr 2020 will begin to really feel sluggish years earlier than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 does.
A minimum of each telephones are backed by an honest 8GB of RAM. And Motorola has the decency to offer 256GB of inside storage as commonplace, whereas Samsung lays on both 128GB or 256GB.
On the plus facet for Motorola, the Razr comes with Motorola’s sometimes clear tackle Android, whereas the Galaxy Z Flip 3 packs Samsung’s barely busy One UI. However even then, some individuals love Samsung’s hands-on strategy, and this has led to some helpful split-screen optimization (equivalent to Flex mode).
Neither of those telephones will final you a lot past a day within the battery life stakes. Each have pretty small items – 3300mAh for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and 2800mAh for the Motorola Razr 2020.
Not surprisingly, we regularly discovered ourselves working wanting juice earlier than the tip of the day with each telephones.
Neither cellphone bundles in a charger both, which feels stingy on the costs being quoted. We get the entire sustainability angle, however this feels somewhat low cost.
By way of supported charging requirements, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 wins out. It helps 25W wired, whereas the Motorola Razr 2020 helps solely 18W wired.
In the meantime, solely the Samsung presents provision for (11W) wi-fi charging. Once more, even at a closely discounted $1,000 / £850, we’d have anticipated the Motorola Razr 2020 to supply an analogous facility.
Each single foldable cellphone we’ve reviewed to this point has include its fair proportion of caveats, and these two clamshell units aren’t any completely different. It’s nonetheless early days for foldables, and compromises should be made to achieve these futuristic kind components at a less-than-extortionate value.
However the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 will get the closest but to a really mainstream-ready foldable cellphone. It’s tidy, quick, intuitive and nicely constructed. The one actual compromises are a middling digicam, no dust-resistance, and so-so battery life.
The Motorola Razr 2020, alternatively, is rife with compromises. It’s slower than it must be, somewhat creaky across the edges, and its principal show is worse than that of many fashionable mid-range ‘regular’ telephones.
With a value that also feels costly, even after heavy discounting, we merely can’t advocate it to anybody – and definitely not over the far superior Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.