Google’s Latest Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 : Google has officially released the Google Pixel 2 XL, its most recent flagship and it’s just natural to compare this smartphone to other big and latest phones for this year just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Pixel 2 XL can be bought for $849 which is about $100 cheaper than the Galaxy Note 8. Both devices are the flagship of their own manufacturers coming with different features that differentiate them from their competitors. Both appeal greatly to various customers and have so many things to offer. The question is which device would be the best option for you and suits you the most? Here’s a comparison between the said smartphones that may help you decide on which smartphone to buy.
As for the Galaxy Note 8, it has a 6.3-inch QHD Super AMOLED display but a little lower pixel density. Note 8 features a single speaker located at the bottom and a headphone jack that is 3.5mm. On the other hand, Google has a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C adapter in their box hence the people won’t have to buy a new pair if they already have older headphones. The Pixel 2 XL wears smaller bezels with larger aspect ratio display, but the bezels are not as small as the bezels on the Galaxy Note 8. The Pixel feature slight bezels on the both side of the screen, and front-facing speakers at the bottom and top. It also has a 6-inch pOLED QHD display and a 2880×1440 pixel resolution.
Both the Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL upkeep Always-On Display Technology. Always-On Display features icon for newest notifications, apps shortcuts, music controls. For the Pixel 2, Always-On Display comes along Now Playing feature that enables you to view what song is currently playing.
The Pixel 2 XL is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU with a RAM of 4GB. It either comes with a storage of 64 GB or 128 GB. Although storage expansion is not an option, the users get an unlimited cloud storage for their videos and photos. The metallic body of this phone is IP67 certified, meaning it is dust-resistant and can be dipped up to 1.5 meters into the water up to 30 minutes. As for the Galaxy Note 8, the processing package is just the same but with a RAM of 6 GB. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset and comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. It also offers wireless charging and storage of either 64GB or 128GB and can be extended to 256 GB via micro SD card. Just like the Pixel 2 XL, the Galaxy Note 8 is also IP67 certified.
The main difference between the two phones is their back. The Note 8 is the first attempt of Samsung in creating a phone that has a dual camera. It has two 12-megapixel sensors, one with a telephoto lens and an aperture of f/2.4 and OIS, another one with a wide-angles lens with an aperture of f/1.7 and OIS which features Dual Pixel autofocus. It’s a first for a smartphone camera to have an OIS in both lenses. Along with 2x optical zoom, you get a bokeh effect or depth of field effect using the camera setup. The Note 8 has an 8-megapixel sensor front camera along with an aperture of f/1.7. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL has a 12.2-megapixel sensor camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and OIS. It has a Portrait Mode feature that stands out. As other smartphones use two cameras, Google proved that one lens can do a similar job that smartphones with a dual camera can do. The Pixel 2 is the first smartphone in Android with Google Lens that uses machine learning. If you point your camera at one thing, it provides you information about it. It also comes with a squeezable frame latest Active Edge feature to launch Google Assistant.