Well folks, the wait is over. Samsung has finally taken the wraps off of the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, two phones that are tipped to be the most powerful and stylish phones of 2017. They’re powerhouses, but they’re facing stiff competition — like, for example, the much-loved Google Pixel.
The Google Pixel may be a few months old now, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own. How do the two phones compare? We put their specs head to head to find out.
|Size||143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3mm (5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2-0.3-inches)||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm (5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3-inches)|
|Weight||143g (5.0 oz)||155g (5.5oz)|
|Screen||5.0-inch AMOLED||5.8-inch AMOLED|
|Resolution||1,080 x 1,920 pixels (441 pixels per inch)||2,960 x 1,440 pixels (570ppi)|
|OS||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|MicroSD card slot||No||Yes|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 (International)
|Connectivity||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Camera||12MP rear, 8MP front||12MP rear with OIS, 8MP front|
|Video||2,160p at 30fps||2,160p at 30fps|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 5.0|
|Other sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, iris scanner|
|Ports||USB-C, headphone jack||USB-C, headphone jack|
|Marketplace||Google Play||Google Play|
|Color offerings||Very Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue||Black, silver, orchid grey, blue (international), gold (international)|
|Availability||Google Play, Verizon||April 21|
|Price||Starts at $650||Starts at $720|
|DT review||4 out of 5 stars||First take|
In the specs department, there’s unsurprisingly a clear winner.
When the Google Pixel was released, it featured a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a chip that was the best choice available to Google at the time. Months later, Qualcomm’s out with a new, better chip: The Snapdragon 835. We don’t yet know exactly how much better the Snapdragon 835 performs compared to the Snapdragon 821, but early benchmark results indicate the new chip is a good 20 percent or more than its predecessor.
Processor performance isn’t the only thing to consider here — but it is perhaps most important. Both phones offer 4GB of
Considering the fact the
Design and display
Both the Pixel and the
Design is largely subjective, but there’s no denying that Samsung’s Infinity Display helps it come out on top in terms of design and a vibrant, colorful display.
Battery life and charging
Battery life isn’t always as black-and-white as a figure on paper. The Google Pixel offers a battery capacity of 2,770mAh, which is okay for a phone of its size. The
Still, the Snapdragon 835 processor is supposedly more efficient, according to Qualcomm, and we’re expected to see battery improvements thanks to the chip. We’ll have to wait and see how that claim holds up, but Samsung also wins points for its support for wireless charging.
Both devices support some form of fast-charging technology, but that’s not enough for the Pixel to beat Samsung this round.
The camera is an increasingly important part of a
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When it comes to raw specs, the Google Pixel offers a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and Electronic Image Stabilization, or EIS. Not only that, but it also has 1.55 micron pixels — which are a little larger than normal, and make for great low-light photos. The front-facing camera packs 8 megapixels.
Samsung didn’t change much with its camera setup on the
Samsung hardly touted its rear camera, so it’s unlikely we’ll see much of a difference from the Galaxy S7. In our tests, the Pixel outperformed the Galaxy S7, so we’ll have to grant it the winning title here.
Winner: Google Pixel
Both phones may run
Samsung, on the other hand, is known for bundling in its own services and features. For many, that’s a good thing — and there’s nothing to say that Samsung’s features are better or worse than Google’s — but if you’re looking for something simple and basic, then the software experience on the Pixel will likely suit you a little better than that on the
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Still, Samsung does have the leg up with Samsung Pay, which works are more locations than
But where the
Updates are important, as it keeps your phone safe and ensures longevity. That alone wins the software competition for the Pixel.
Winner: Google Pixel
Phones should last at least a few years, and during that time it’s likely they’ll take a drop or two, and perhaps see some water damage. In other words, the more durable a phone is, the better. The Google Pixel isn’t exactly renowned for its durability — the glass on the front or back likely won’t survive a drop. But the same can be said for the
Both phones are easily to break from accidental drops, but at least Samsung has your back in the water.
Price and availability
The Google Pixel has been out for a while now, however it’s still only available through Verizon or unlocked through the Google Store. The phone starts at $650 for the 32GB variant, or if you want to get the 128GB version, you’ll need to shell out $750. Unfortunately, Google has been having inventory issues, so don’t expect to nab the phone quickly — you’ll have to wait a while.
|Google Pixel||Samsung Galaxy S8|
|AT&T||N/A||$750 or $25 per month for 30 months|
|Sprint||N/A||$750 or $31.25 per month for 24 months|
|T-Mobile||N/A||$750 or $30 per month for 24 months with a $30 down payment|
|Verizon||$650 or $27.08 per month for 24 months||$720 or $30 per month for 24 months|
Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S8
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the winner here is the Samsung
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