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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: How are they different?

06 April 2017 0


The South Korean giant Samsung finally wrapped off the cover from their flagships Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29th. The device is well-appreciated thanks to its futuristic design, impressive hardware specs and builds quality is also pretty amazing. Both the devices are pretty much capable of capturing a large chunk of Android flagship market.

The standard Galaxy S8 will be competing directly against LG's G6, Apple's iPhone 7, Pixel and Huawei's P10. We already put the Galaxy S8 head to head against all these smartphones. Surprisingly, this year Galaxy S8 Plus is bringing display above 6-inches, So it would be a test how this truly gigantic device will be welcomed by customers.

It is always important to check out new flagship ranking against its competitors. At the moment top of the line, large display flagships are iPhone 7 Plus, Huawei P10 Plus, and Pixel XL. The Galaxy S8 Plus already compared against the first two flagships, Now is the time to check out its performance against the premium phablet from Google.

Well if someone is looking to grab the best flagship with the large display, for sure Galaxy S8 Plus will emerge as one choice. Is this device can be labeled as one of the best Android flagship available in the market or not. Although the Pixel Xl is way smaller than Galaxy S8 Plus in terms of the display but the device is featuring impressive features which make it quite worthy competitor of S8 Plus in Android market. I am sure it would be interesting how two heavyweights compete for each other in terms of design, display, hardware, camera and number of extra features.

73.4 x 159.5 x 8.1 mm
6.2 inches - 2960x1440 px
75.7 x 154.7 x 8.6 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design

Samsung's Galaxy S8 Plus is featuring a large display above 6-inches but still, the device overall measurements are not larger than Pixel XL. We have to give Samsung engineers credit for putting a large display in such compact innovatively designed body. The GS8 Plus has dual edge display wrapped around on both edges similar to the last year Galaxy S7 Edge.

Samsung impressively trimmed down the top and bottom bezels which showcase that Samsung will continue this bezel-less design for next few flagships as well. The device is amazingly slim thanks to its metal and glass sandwich design. Well, we have to say that in terms of design Samsung nailed it once again. The trimmed down front facing display with luring curves is pretty eye-pleasing and will attract customers as well. The Galaxy S8 Plus isn't featuring any physical button on the front facing side that's why the fingerprint scanner is also shifted to the rear side parallel to the rear camera module.


On the other hand, Google opted the traditional flat display design with thick bezels. Google Pixel XL rear half portion is matt whereas the rest of the portion is glossy. The limited Really Blue edition is quite eye catchy. The device doesn't have any physical buttons that are why it also has the fingerprint scanner on the rear side.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is IP68 certified which means it can easily bear water for at least 30 minutes without any damage whereas the Pixel XL is only splash and dust proof. In the case of Pixel XL, accidental water drop could result into damage of the device, however, that's not the case with GS8 Plus.

Display

The best thing is Galaxy S8 Plus doesn't look a gigantic smartphone despite having one of the largest display. It is featuring 6.2-inches Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. The GS8 Plus display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 which means it is slightly taller than traditional smartphones.Samsung called the GS8 Plus display as infinity display which means almost all front facing side is the display screen. Samsung introduced virtual buttons for the first time. The device display quality is amazing thanks to high pixels and Super AMOLED display.

The Google Pixel XL display is also quite impressive despite it is the standard non-curved panel. The AMOLED display is of 5.5-inches with Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels screen resolution. This makes it as impressive as GS8 Plus in terms of colors saturation, display sharpness.

In display department, both the devices are equally good but it depends on which kind of display you prefer, there are many customers who still don't like the dual curved display but rather relied on the traditional flat display screen.

Camera

The top class camera becomes an essential part of flagship smartphone as customers do pay a lot of attention to device camera capability while purchasing the device. Last year Galaxy S7 lineup devices were well appreciated because of their camera capabilities that​ are why this year Samsung didn't bring changes in rear camera module of GS8 Plus.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is packed with the similar 12MP module which is capable enough to produce high-res results not only in daylight but also in low-light conditions. The camera aperture size is f/1.7 and lens pixel is 1.4-micron. The camera has Optical Image stabilization with 4K video support.

The Pixel XL rear primary snapper is 12.3MP with f/2.0 aperture and the lens-pixel size is 1.55-micron which is larger than the normal lens. It supports 4K recording and features Electronic Image stabilization feature. The Pixel XL camera was awarded as one of the best camera smartphone available in the market which has specially optimized software support from Google.


The device works equally good in low-light conditions thanks to large lens pixel which can capture enough light so that image quality doesn't effect even in dim conditions. In this department both the devices are equally good and both produces awesome results which are well appreciated by customers. So deciding which camera is better will be totally base on what kind of photo you prefer.

Hardware

The Galaxy S8 Plus comes in two configurations on the basis of the chipset. Like always, the Chinese and US variant is powered up by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC clocking at 2.4GHz whereas rest of the world will get Exynos 8895 SoC clocking at 2.3GHz. Both the variants has 4GB RAM. The GS8 Plus base variant internal storage is 64GB and its internal memory can be expanded up to 256GB using external MicroSD card.

As far as Pixel Xl is a concern it is packed with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB RAM. The SD 821 clocking speed is 2.1GHz. Thanks to the stock version of Android, it works super fast and fluently. You can perform a number of tasks simultaneously and it won't struggle at all. The Pixel XL comes in 32GB and 128GB internal storage and it can't be expanded using external MicroSD card.

The Galaxy S8 plus is packed with a 3,500mAh battery whereas the Pixel XL is packed with slightly smaller 3,450mAh battery cell. Both the devices can survive one day on normal and best thing both support fast charging tech. The GS8 Plus US variant will have wireless charging capabilities which iPhone 7 lack. On paper, no doubt the Galaxy S8 Plus looks better thanks to the latest chipset but the normal user won't find any difference because Pixel XL is also pretty fast in performing tasks. Let's check out both devices hardware in tabular form below.

Specifications

Galaxy S8 Plus

Pixel XL

Display

6.2-inch Super AMOLED
5.5-inch Super AMOLED

Screen resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels

1440 x 2560 pixels

Dimensions

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm

154.7 x 75.7 x 8.58mm

Weight 173g 168g

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 with OIS

12.3MP with EIS

Front facing

8MP

8MP

Headphone jack

3.5mm

3.5mm

Battery 3,500mAh 3450mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 Android Nougat 7.1
USB Type-C port Yes

Yes

IP68 certification Yes IP57 certified
Colors Black, Grey, Silver, Blue, Gold Black, Silver and Blue
Extra features:

The Pixel Xl is amongst the first smartphone in the market which comes pre-loaded with AI-powered Google Assistant. The Google Assistant is the company's latest response to Apple's Siri. Although it is in its early stage but still it is very clever and efficient. Google is continuously updating it to make it for smarter.

The Galaxy S8 Plus has multiple layers of security apart from fingerprint scanner. It has facial recognition feature and iris scanner on board. Both the scanners can unlock your smartphone once you look at it. The first Samsung smartphone with iris scanner on board was Galaxy Note 7. Samsung introduced AI-powered Bixby AI assistant which not only works with native apps but also with a couple of third party apps. This also indicates now the smartphone manufacturers are expanding voice usability with AI-powered assistants.

Conclusion:

Samsung's Galaxy S8 Plus is packed with large infinity display, latest top of the line hardware, futuristic design. However the Pixel XL owners will be enjoying quad HD display, Google Assistant, latest stock version of Android and fully optimized hardware which can perform multi-tasking fluently.

Another dedicating aspect in purchasing one of these smartphones will be the price tag. The Pixel XL base variant can be purchased for £719 whereas the GS8 Plus will cost £899. The difference in price tag will certainly play an important role in purchasing either GS8 Plus or Pixel XL.

The GS8+ certainly has more appealing design and build quality but the latest Stock Android OS version will always be a plus point which no third party OEMs can't compete. As Galaxy S8 Plus yet to be officially released that's why can't confirm how well it performs in real life scenarios. So we can't claim GS8 Plus can beat Pixel XL in every aspect but it will be a close call between the two devices.

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