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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Know the differences

06 October 2017 5

Google wrapped of the cover from their latest Pixel 2 lineup smartphones on Oct 4th event. As expected the company announced two new Pixel 2 smartphones. The standard variant comes with a traditional design with thick bezels whereas the pixel 2 XL is company's attempt to join the race of ultra-thin bezel-less flagships. The overall design of Pixel 2 lineup smartphones isn't much different from the original Pixel smartphones. The company brought minor changes in design to make them different from predecessors.

Like always, whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know what new smartphone is bringing on board and also how it competes against its competitors, same is the case with new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Soon after the announcement, we compared the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to know all differences amongst the devices and also we compared Pixel 2 XL against the Apple's latest bezel-less iPhone X.

Without any doubt, the Pixel 2 XL being the phablet variant will have to face stiff competition from Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 8. The latest flagship from Samsung is bringing a number of goodies on board and the device is pretty much capable to compete against the Google's stock Android OS running smartphone. Samsung is ruling the phablet market with their Galaxy Note smartphones but last year Pixel XL emerges as one of the best phablet option available in the market.

This year battle is even stiffer, Today we will find out how well the latest Pixel 2 XL competes against the Samsung's best smartphone. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices.

76.2 x 157.5 x 7.6 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

This year Galaxy Note 8 is pretty important for Samsung as it has to compensate the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. We have to admit Samsung tried to bring everything best for this year Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 keeps the glass and metal sandwich design Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8 lineup. A gigantic full front-facing dual curved display is covering the front whereas the gently curved glass is covering the rear side as well. The chassis is made up of metal, glass is wrapped around all edges.

Despite having one of the largest display, the device overall measurements still doesn't look excessive because of ultra-thin bezels. The Galaxy Note 8 dimensions are 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and it weighs 195g.

On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL is offering somewhat similar front design like Galaxy Note 8. The bezels on the front facing side are almost non-existent. However, the rear side design is similar to predecessor, most of the portion of the lower rear is metal whereas a small portion of the upper rear is glass. This year Google brought the slight change in the rear design but still, it looks somewhat similar to the original Pixel smartphone.

Both the devices fingerprint scanner is on the rear side. The Galaxy Note 8 scanner is right next to dual rear cameras whereas the Pixel 2 XL has the scanner in middle below the camera module in metal portion. The Pixel 2 XL fingerprint scanner is more convenient to use and it will have fewer smudges over the camera sensor like Galaxy Note 8. Google claims the fingerprint on the Pixel 2 XL is one of the fastest in the market.

The 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is protecting the display of both the devices to avoid damage in case of accidental drops. The Pixel 2 XL is Google's first IP67 certified smartphone which means it can resist under 1-meter water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas the Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 certified, it can resist up to 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes. The traditional 3.5mm headphone jack is available on Galaxy Note 8 for wired headphones and it has the mono speaker on the bottom. The Pixel 2 XL lacks headphone jack but instead, Google included dongle in the package like Apple.

To make the Pixel 2 XL one of the best music-centric device Google includes the stereo front facing speakers on the top and bottom bezel. Also, the Pixel 2 XL has advanced wireless codecs for better audio experience. For the US customers, the Galaxy Note 8 is available in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey colors whereas the Pixel 2 XL available in Black & White and Just Black colors.

Display

In display department, the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 are pretty close to each other. The Galaxy Note 8 is featuring a 6.3-inches Super AMOLED display with QuadHD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and pixels density is 521 pixels per inch. It is one of the brightest display in the market with the maxium brightness level of 1000 nits.

The Pixel 2 XL has pOLED display of 6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The Pixel 2 XL display aspect ratio is 2:1 and pixel density is 538 pixels per inch. It is very crisp. Both the devices are Daydream VR ready devices so you won't find any difference in display quality of these devices while using them for VR.

The Galaxy Note 8 Super AMOLED display takes lead because of HDR and Dolby Vision support which isn't available on Pixel 2 XL pOLED display. As both the devices are the OLED display that's why contrast ratio, color saturation and deep blacks on both display panels are pretty awesome. Last but not the least the display panel on Galaxy Note 8 is dual curved whereas the Pixel 2 XL has flat display panel. The S Pen Stylus brings tons of new features which aren't available for Pixel 2 XL.

Hardware

Being the latest flagships the Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL are powered up by the Qualcomm's latest and greatest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Galaxy Note 8 variant for other regions excluding US has Exynos 8895 SOC under the hood. The Octa-core chipset on Galaxy Note 8 is accompanied with 6GB RAM whereas the Pixel 2 XL has 4GB RAM. On normal usage, the user won't find any difference in performance of both the devices.

The base variant on both the devices has 64GB storage, the built-in storage on the Pixel 2 XL isn't expandable but the Galaxy Note 8 owners can expand built-in storage using MicroSD card. Both the devices are the power house, they can handle everything you through at them.

Specs Galaxy Note 8 Pixel 2 XL
Display 6.3-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
SoC Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable using MicroSD 64/128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera Dual 12MP (Wide-angle+ Telephoto lens) 12.3MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,520mAh
IP68 Yes IP67
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
OS Android 7.1.1 Android Oreo

Software

As far as OS is a concern the Pixel 2 XL will have added advantage over Galaxy Note 8 as it has stock Android OS and also it will be receiving latest updates much earlier than Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1.1 with the company's custom UI layer over it. The Pixel 2 XL is running on the vanilla Android Oreo 8.0 without any bloatware.

Google further optimized the Android Oreo for the Pixel 2 XL to boost the performance of the device. The Pixel 2 XL runs extremely smoothly and its boot time is better than Galaxy Note 8. Google Assistant is available in its finest form for the Pixel 2 XL owners. The Pixel 2 XL Google Assistant can be accessed by simply squeezing the edges.

Camera

The camera sensors are one of the key selling aspects of both the devices. Both the companies paid special attention to make their devices best camera-centric smartphone available in the market. The Galaxy Note 8 is the Samsung's first smartphone with dual cameras on board. Like always, Samsung is bringing one of the best camera sensors available in the market. The dual rear snappers are the 12MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. Both the sensors have optical image stabilization. The Galaxy Note 8 allows users to manually adjust the depth of field and also you can manage wide-angle and close-ups.

Although the Pixel 2 XL is featuring a single camera sensor of 12.3MP it is pretty capable to be the beast which can shatter dual camera devices available in the market. Last year Pixel was the highest rated camera by DxoMark, same is the case this year as the latest device manages to achieve whopping 98 scores. It sets a new high score for all top tier camera-centric smartphones in the market. The Pixel 2 XL has optical and electronic image stabilization. It comes with Google's AI which Google dubbed as AI stickers. Surprisingly despite having single camera sensor, it brings portrait mode feature which is usually plus feature of dual camera smartphones.

The front-facing selfie camera on the Galaxy Note 8 is wide-angle 8MP sensor whereas the Pixel 2 XL owners will also get an 8MP shooter for selfies and video chats. The Pixel 2 XL has portrait mode for selfies as well. The camera sensor on the front can recognize subjects on the camera, Google uses the details to perform a number of tasks with the Google Assistant whereas Samsung owners will have Bixby AI, Assistant, to recognize images.

Battery

After the last year Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung paid special attention to the battery cell of Galaxy Note 8. A 3,300mAh battery cell is on board to keep the Galaxy Note 8 lights on. It last one day on normal to heavy usage, it supports wireless and fast charging. The Pixel 2 XL has a slightly larger battery cell of 3,520mAh which makes it slightly better than Galaxy Note 8 at least on paper. The Pixel 2 XL battery will last a little longer because of the stock version of Doze and also have smaller display with the larger battery cell.

Price

The bezel-less entry in the premium segment of smartphones increases the price tag significantly. The Galaxy Note 8 is the most expensive Samsung smartphone till date, it is available for $929 in the US whereas in Australia it is available for AU$1,499. The Pixel 2 XL isn't cheap at all, it costs $849 in the US. On pre-ordering now Google is offering free Google Home Mini for a limited time for the US buyers. It can be pre-ordered in Australia for AU$1,399.

Being the latest devices the Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 aren't available on special deals/ discounts. Though the Galaxy Note is $80 expensive also it brings the number of goodies including S-Pen Stylus, better waterproofing, 2GB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack and larger display. The Pixel 2 XL is slightly cheaper but also it lacks a number of goodies.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL are very close to each other in head to head competition. In software department, the Pixel 2 XL has a clear advantage of having the stock Android Oreo with the finest version of Google Assistant. The Galaxy Note 8 owners will have luxuries like S Pen and extra 2 Gigs of RAM which isn't available on Pixel 2 XL.

Although the DxoMark rated the Pixel 2 XL camera as the number one still you can't ignore Galaxy Note 8 dual rear cameras capabilities which capture stunning images. In display section both the devices, OLED display is amazing. The design of Galaxy Note 8 is more futuristic as opposed to Pixel 2 XL.

Which device amongst Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL would you like to grab, Feel free to share your views in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparison of Pixel and Pixel 2 XL in coming days.

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