But it surely isn’t the one clamshell foldable on the town. Motorola went with the same 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 Three vs Motorola Razr 2020 value and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Three 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 taking a look at two equally priced foldable flip telephones – which, to be frank, doesn’t do certainly one of these gadgets any favors in anyway.
Each of those telephones undertake the identical fundamental design: a clamshell smartphone that’s a compact sq. when closed, and an extended, skinny rectangle when open.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Three 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.
Nevertheless, 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 way simpler to entry.
Each gadgets are small, however the Galaxy Z Flip Three is extra pocketable. Even unfurled it measures a mere 166 x 72.2 x 6.9mm, and weighs a average 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 variety of angles. By comparability, Motorola’s handset will solely actually lock in a totally closed or totally 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 foremost 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 Three display additionally wins out for smoothness, with a full 120Hz refresh charge in comparison with the Razr 2020’s meagre 60Hz.
As you may anticipate from Samsung, its foremost display is just of a better high quality than that of its rival. That is the corporate that provides a lot of the OLED panels within the trade, in spite of everything, and that experience reveals.
When closed, nonetheless, the Galaxy Z Flip Three 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 wish 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 system.
You shouldn’t purchase any foldable cellphone anticipating a top-tier digicam expertise. That’s one of many huge compromises you’ll should make with a view to get such a futuristic design right this moment.
It ought to come as no shock to study then that neither system packs a very good digicam. Nevertheless, of the 2, Samsung’s system is barely extra versatile.
You get twin 12-megapixel cameras right here, led by a half.55in vast sensor, and backed up by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide. That is aided by Samsung’s robust software program provision, but it surely 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 half.0in vast sensor. There’s no ultra-wide choice right here.
Each digicam techniques are able to taking respectable photographs, however they lack the in depth options and adaptability of even a very good mid-range digicam system. For the cash, it actually isn’t too spectacular a displaying 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 provides a 10-megapixel f/2.four entrance digicam, whereas Motorola equips you with a 20-megapixel f/2.2 equal.
Specs and efficiency
In relation to uncooked efficiency, Samsung wins comfortably. The Galaxy Z Flip Three packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip, which is the highest Android processor for 2021.
The Motorola Razr 2020 doesn’t even get near this degree of efficiency. It doesn’t even pack a Snapdragon 865, the Snapdragon 888’s 2020 predecessor, however fairly 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 fairly poor displaying. We criticized it at launch, and it’s a choice that hasn’t aged all that properly both.
You most likely gained’t discover an enormous efficiency shortfall generally duties – and this actually isn’t the system on which you’d select to play numerous high-end cellular video games anyway. However we’d nonetheless anticipate higher, if solely to make sure an extended shelf life to your funding. You possibly can wager that the Motorola Razr 2020 will begin to really feel sluggish years earlier than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Three does.
A minimum of each telephones are backed by a good 8GB of RAM. And Motorola has the decency to offer 256GB of inner storage as normal, whereas Samsung lays on both 128GB or 256GB.
On the plus aspect for Motorola, the Razr comes with Motorola’s sometimes clear tackle Android, whereas the Galaxy Z Flip Three packs Samsung’s barely busy One UI. However even then, some individuals love Samsung’s hands-on method, and this has led to some helpful split-screen optimization (akin 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 frequently discovered ourselves working wanting juice earlier than the top 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.
When it comes to supported charging requirements, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Three wins out. It helps 25W wired, whereas the Motorola Razr 2020 helps solely 18W wired.
In the meantime, solely the Samsung provides 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 the same facility.
Each single foldable cellphone we’ve reviewed so far has include its fair proportion of caveats, and these two clamshell gadgets aren’t any completely different. It’s nonetheless early days for foldables, and compromises should be made to realize these futuristic type components at a less-than-extortionate value.
However the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Three will get the closest but to a very mainstream-ready foldable cellphone. It’s tidy, quick, intuitive and properly constructed. The one actual compromises are a middling digicam, no dust-resistance, and so-so battery life.
The Motorola Razr 2020, however, is rife with compromises. It’s slower than it ought to be, somewhat creaky across the edges, and its foremost show is worse than that of many trendy 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.