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Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: What they can offer you ?

10 October 2017 5

Google recently announced their Pixel-lineup smartphones for this year on Oct 4th event. Like last year there are two Pixel smartphones, the standard variant is announced as Pixel 2 whereas the phablet variant is announced as Pixel 2 XL. This year Google joins the bezel-less race as well as stick with the traditional thick bezels design. The Pixel 2 is featuring thick bezels design whereas the Pixel 2 XL has ultra-thin bezels. The good thing is both the devices has the front facing stereo speakers.

Like always whenever a new flagship smartphone is announced it has to compete against its rivalries, we already compared the Pixel 2 XL against the number of rivals including Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. Now it is the perfect time to compare the latest Pixel against its competitors. The Samsung's Galaxy S8 is still one of the best standard flagship available in the market. The device stands firm against OnePlus 5, Apple iPhone 8, LG G6 and HTC's U11.

The original Google Pixel smartphones were known for their top-notch cameras, same is the case with this year Pixel smartphones as well. The new Pixel 2 overall looks are pretty much similar to the first gen Pixel smartphone. However, it brings a number of tweaks under the hood as well as in design department. Today we will find out whether the upgrades of Pixel 2 are enough to challenge the existing Android flagships king or not. Both the devices are capable enough to give each other some serious competition. Without any further ado, let's have a look at how two premium flagships compete for each other.

69.7 x 145.7 x 7.8 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
68.1 x 148.9 x 8 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

There are only a few smartphones available in the market which can compete Samsung's Galaxy S8 in terms of design. Without any doubt, the Galaxy S8 is one of the best looking premium smartphone available in the market. The device sleek chassis, glossy rear, curved edges and dual curved Infinity display makes it undeniably most luring premium smartphone. Despite having fairly large display panel it isn't massive at all. The Galaxy S8 measurements are 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches and it weighs 155g.

In case of Pixel 2, there isn't something extra to praise. The device is featuring a metal body with glass covering small portion on the rear. The glass portion comprises of rear camera and flashlight. The edges on Pixel 2 are also curvy which gives it an impressive look, however, its display screen-to-body ratio is much lower than Galaxy S8. Most of the flagships this year has ultra-thin bezels but the Pixel 2 display is covered with thick bezels from all around. The rear side of both sides adorned with single camera modules.

The fingerprint scanner on both the devices is on the rear side, the Pixel 2 fingerprint scanner is more convenient to use as opposed to Galaxy S8 because of being placed in the center below camera module. Google claims fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 2 is the fastest on any smartphone. The rear side of Galaxy S8 has heart rate sensor alongside the camera module which isn't available for Pixel 2. Up front, the Galaxy S8 features iris scanner.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is IP68 certified smartphone which means it can resist against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes whereas the Pixel 2 is IP67 certified which provides resistance up to 1 meter only. The glass on both the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which provides resistance against accidental drops from 5 feet height. For the US customers the Galaxy S8 is available in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey color variants whereas the Pixel 2 can be grabbed in Kinda Blue, Clearly White and Just Black colors.

The Galaxy S8 is featuring the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, unfortunately, Google removed the headphone jack from Pixel 2 but instead the company is offering free dongle within the package. The playback speakers for Galaxy S8 isn't worth appreciating but the Pixel 2 dual front-facing stereo speakers makes it one of the best audio-centric device.

Display

Its never easy to outclass Samsung in premium flagship segment, same is the case with the company's display which is superior to the most of the flagships for years. This year Samsung not only brought dual curved displays for both Galaxy S8 lineup devices but also they fit a larger display in same compact body thanks to ultra-thin bezels. The Galaxy S8 is featuring a 5.8-inches Super AMOLED display with QuadHD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The device pixels density is 570 pixels per inch

The Pixel 2 is featuring a 5-inches OLED display panel with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It isn't curved from edges and also its pixel density is way less than Samsung's premium. The display panel of Pixel 2 seems more like a mid-range device specs than the flagship device. Both the devices are Daydream VR ready devices but certainly, the Galaxy S8 display takes lead because of having impressive pixels density per inch. The sound experience on the Pixel 2 is significantly better while watching movies.

The Full HD display panel also saves battery juice and requires less processing power to operate. The Galaxy S8 QuadHD+ panel can be downscaled as well to Full HD+ to save power. However, the Pixel 2 pixels can't be expanded.

Hardware

The hardware department of both the devices is somewhat similar to each other. The Galaxy S8 is 6 months older device but still, it is packed with impressive Octa-core Exynos 8895 SoC with 4GB RAM. The US variant has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC under the hood. The base variant storage is 64GB which is further expandable using MicroSD card. On the other hand, the Pixel 2 is running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB RAM and built-in storage is 64GB. Unfortunately, the storage of Pixel 2 isn't expandable using MicroSD card.

Both the devices are equally good in handling hi-fi games and multi-tasking. The users won't have to worry about the lagging problem but instead, they can perform multiple tasks at the same time thanks to the sheer power of Octa-core chipset which is powering almost all premium Android flagships of this year.

Specs Google Pixel 2 Galaxy S8
Display 5.0-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Exynos 8895/ Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB 64GB Expandable using MicroSD card
Rear camera 12MP 12MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 2,700mAh 3,000mAh
IP-ratings IP67 IP68
OS Android Oreo Android Nougat 7.1.1
Software

No Android running smartphone can compete Google Pixel smartphones in OS department. Google always roll out latest stock Android OS for Pixel devices way ahead than third-party manufacturers. Despite being 6 months older the Galaxy S8 is still running on the Android Nougat 7.1.1 with TouchWiz UI layer over it whereas the Pixel is pre-installed with the cleanest version of Android Oreo 8.0 with few exclusive features for Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 will also receive latest updates at a rapid speed than Galaxy S8.

The Google Assistant on Pixel 2 can be accessed by simply squeezing the pressure sensitive edges. The Galaxy S8 comes with Bixby AI Assistant which performs a number of functions but still, it is in the early stage as opposed Google Assistant. It can be accessed by pressing the physical Bixby button on the left edge. The Galaxy S8 owners will also receive Android Oreo later but it is still in the dark when Samsung will start the roll out. Both the devices receive security patches on monthly basis.

Camera

Like the original Pixel smartphones, one of the key selling features of Pixel 2 is its camera sensor. Last year Pixel tops the DxOMark, this year Pixel 2 once again tops the DxOMark with a whopping score of 98. The rear sensor on Pixel 2 is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture. The sensor has optical and electronic image stabilization. Google uses AI tools to make camera experience on Pixel 2 further better. There is a special portrait mode which allows the user to blur the background by focusing solely on the subject. Usually, this is the feature of smartphones with dual rear cameras but Google is offering it with single camera sensor on both rear and front side. The front-facing selfie camera on Pixel 2 is the 8MP module with f/2.4 aperture.

Samsung's Galaxy S lineup devices are also known for their top-notch camera capabilities. The Galaxy S8 took this premium to next level by offering a 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. The selfie-camera on the front facing side is the 8MP module with f/1.7 aperture. The dual pixel tech on both the devices is pretty amazing.

Battery

The Galaxy S8 is packed with a 3,000mAh battery which can be quickly charged thanks to fast charging support. It also supports wireless charging. A 2,700mAh non-removable battery cell is on board to keep the light on for Pixel 2. It supports fast charging but it lacks wireless charging support. Despite having smaller battery cell the Pixel 2 has added the advantage of having a Full HD display instead of Galaxy S8's Quad HD+. Both the devices easily survive one day on single charge.

In the US, the Galaxy S8 base variant can be grabbed for $724 which is AU$1,199 for the Australian customers. The Pixel 2 announced at $649 for the US customers and the company is also shipping $50 Google Home Mini for free of cost. In Australia, the device will cost AU$ 1,079.

Being the latest smartphone the Pixel 2 won't be available at special deals/ discounts. However, the Galaxy S8 can be grabbed at much lower price tag during special deals and discounts for as low as $600. The Galaxy S8 was also available on buy one to get on free from carriers on 2 years contract. However, in pricing department, the Pixel 2 has added the advantage of being significantly cheaper.

Conclusion

On paper both the devices are equally capable because of similar hardware, however, the difference is on the basis of looks and other capabilities. In design and display department the Galaxy S8 has the significantly upper hand. The Pixel 2 brings the latest Android Oreo and it will remain ahead even in coming years, definitely its a plus point over Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 was one of the best camera sensors but the Pixel 2 took the camera battle to next level thanks to its AI backed camera sensor.

The Galaxy S8 design puts it in an entirely different league with its luring looks and elegant sleek design. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comment section below regarding the latest battle between Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in the coming days.

(last update 21 September 2018 @ 09:18)

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