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This talk explains it in more detail, but the key trade-off is that React Native makes use of native platform widgets whereas Flutter rolls its own widgets. It is an oversimplification, but:

  • React Native has more chance of looking and working like a native application.
  • Flutter has more chance of meeting the performance requirements of a native application.

Inherent to understanding the trade-off is that in order to use platform native widgets React Native needs to bridge or map calls between interpreted JavaScript and platform native code, which has a performance cost.

React Native

Flutter gains performance both avoiding the overhead of this intermediary layer and also (in production/release mode) by running compiled code (hence Dart).

Flutter

Neither is likely to ever be as good as writing a native application, but both have the potential to be good enough.

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