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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel: There can only be one dominant

05 April 2017 4


This year MWC announcements set a new path for the design of future flagships. Without any doubt, the Galaxy S8 lineup announcement was one of the biggest tech moment of 2017 as it marked the launch of new futuristic designed flagship which can battle hard against the Cupertino giant's flagships.

The Galaxy S8 will be the direct competitor to the Apple's iPhone 7, LG's G6, Huawei's P10 and Google's Pixel. All these smartphones are currently the best and top flagship smartphones from respective companies. We compared the Galaxy S8 against all these smartphones except the Google Pixel. The Google S8 is refined form of last year Galaxy S7 Edge and looks stunning in a number of aspects.


So far Samsung flagships main competitor was Apple's iPhones but from last year things changed a little bit as Google unveiled a true flagship Pixel lineup for the first time which is pretty much capable of competing against all other top notch flagships available in the market. The last year Pixel and Pixel XL won hearts of Android fans and they had added advantage as last year none of the Android OEM had enough powerful flagship smartphone like Pixel smartphones.

However, those who are currently looking to grab a top of the line Android flagship for sure will consider Pixel and Galaxy S8 before making any purchase. To help out those customers, we will compare the two finest smartphones from Google and Samsung. Let's check out how well the Galaxy S8 and Pixel compete for each other. Both have appeal for potential Android flagship customers. Without any further delay, let's have a look at design differences of both smartphones.

68.1 x 148.9 x 8 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
69.5 x 143.8 x 8.6 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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Design

n design front, the Pixel smartphone is not as classy as it should be being a premium flagship. The Pixel design is a metal and glass sandwich but it is not luring as it should be. Google Pixel has large bezels around the corner, plastic antenna lines and cut outs for the glass doesn't make it impressive. The design is not appreciatable considering its a top of the line flagship smartphone.

On the other hand, Samsung paid much attention to the design of Galaxy S8 and completely revamped the design of front facing side. The Samsung logo and their traditional physical buttons are now part of the history. The company trimmed down the bezel not only from top side but also from the bottom which provides company extra space for display. This year even the standard Galaxy S8 has dual-curved edge display. Samsung also relied on glass and metal but they finished it much better than the pixel.

Both Galaxy S8 and Pixel doesn't have the physical home button that's why fingerprint scanners are placed on the rear side. The GS8 scanner is placed parallel to rear camera modules whereas the Pixel has the scanner in the middle below the camera lens. The Galaxy S8 is IP68 certified smartphone which means it can survive against water for 30 minutes even in 1.5-meter deep water. The Pixel can also resist dust but not more than a splash of water.

This means in case of accidental water drops you won't have to worry if you own Galaxy S8 but it could be a problem if you have Pixel smartphone

Display

As I mentioned above, the South Korean giant packed the standard GS8 with the dual curved display. That's why this year second Galaxy S differentiated on the basis of size rather than Edge. The S8 infinity display is wrapped around from side to side. The top and bottom are almost bezel-less. It's quite attractive.

This year Galaxy S8 is featuring the Super AMOLED 5.8-inches display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This means the display is slightly taller than traditional smartphones. The display screen resolution is 2960 x 1440 pixels. The Pixel is much smaller than Galaxy S8.


The Pixel is packed with a flat 5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Both the Pixel and Galaxy S8 has OLED display. Well having Full HD resolution doesn't mean it won't be bright enough or colors won't be vibrant but still, it will lack that par to compete against Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 display is far more powerful than Pixel device.

Camera

Both Samsung and Google didn't opt the race of higher megapixels camera sensors but instead, they stick with a 12MP lens. There are many smartphones in the market with more Megapixel sensors but that's not the race anymore. Those who are photography lovers are well aware that higher megapixels don't guarantee hi-fi image quality as well. The megapixels played a minor role in the enhancement of image quality.

The Galaxy S8 main snapper is 12MP similar like last year Galaxy S7 as it is one of the best camera available in the market. The camera aperture is F/1.7 which means it will be capturing more light even in low light conditions. The low-light capturing ability of S8 will is an added advantage over Pixel rear camera. It has PDAF and OIS.

The Pixel's rear primary snapper is 12.3MP with an aperture size of f/2.0. It can record video of 4K quality. This sensor has electronic image stabilization feature, HDR+ mode. Up front, the selfie-centric camera is of 8MP for both Galaxy S8 and Pixel device.

Hardware

At the time of the announcement, the Google Pixel was one of the first smartphones in the market running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC clocking at 2.1GHz. The SoC is accompanied by 4GB of RAM. The device is highly optimized for multi-tasking as it is running on the stock pure version of Android OS. This version is not touched by third party user interface developers which for sure slow down the whole process. Lack of bloatware is a guarantee to fast performance without any glitch.

Like always, this year Galaxy S8 is packed with two different chipsets for different regions. The Galaxy S8 customers in USA and China will be getting the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 variant whereas the rest of the world will receive Exynos 8895 variant. Both variants are accompanied with 4GB RAM. The device is running on Android Nougat OS with Samsung's own customized UI layer.

There are chances you might find few things bloatware while few can be liked by you as well. The Galaxy S8 is packed with the top of the line hardware currently available in the market, so there are chances it will beat the Pixel on performance due to the latest SoC on board. However, the normal user won't find any difference amongst the two devices.

The Google Pixel can be grabbed in 32GB or 128GB variants. Both the devices internal storage can't be expanded using external MicroSD card. The Galaxy S8 is available in 64GB memory only but it supports external MicroSD card for memory expansion. Let's check out both devices hardware in tabular form below.

Specifications

Galaxy S8

Google Pixel

Display

5.8-inch
5.0-inch

Screen resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

Dimensions

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm

143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8890

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821

RAM

4GB

4GB

Storage

64GB expandable

32GB/128GB non-expandable

Rear camera

12MP with F/1.7 aperture

12.3MP with Electronic image stabilization with f/2.0 aperture

Front facing

8MP

8MP

Headphone jack

3.5mm

3.5mm

Battery 3,000mAh 2700mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 with TouchWiz UI Android Nougat 7.1 stock version
USB Type-C port Yes

Yes

IP68 certification Yes No
Battery and Extra perks

The Pixel is Google's DayDream VR compatible device, It is the first device in the market which is pre-loaded with Google Assistant on board. Samsung also jumped in the race of AI assistant but they didn't rely on Google but instead took a step further and unveiled Bixby AI assistant.The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on Pixel does bring a number of gestures including opening and closure of apps. On the other hand, Samsung brought iris and facial recognition feature for enhanced security.


The Pixel is being powered by a 2,770mAh battery which is more than enough for a single day usage and it can be quickly charged for seven hours usage within 15 minutes. It has USB Type-C port for connectivity. The Galaxy S8 is packed with a 3,000mAh battery cell and it also supports fast charging. Though it would require more juice to power up quad HD display as opposed to Pixel which has to power Full HD display only. We have to accept Galaxy S8 is bringing a number of extra luxuries which are not present on pixel despite being a premium smartphone.

Conclusion:

We have to accept despite packed with top notch hardware and awesome camera, the Google Pixel was not one of the most attractive smartphones in the market and one the reason behind it is the lack of innovative design which isn't much charming but instead it looks more like a mid-ranger smartphone.

The Pixel standard variant isn't as expensive as Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 is one of the most expensive Samsung flagships up to the date. It brings futuristic design with premium looks, top-tier hardware and above all amazing camera sensors makes it worthy one of the best flagships available in the market.

We have to accept the Galaxy S8 can easily beat Pixel in a number of aspects, it won't be surprising if customers prefer Galaxy S8 over Pixel.

(last update 24 April 2017 @ 21:51)

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