Now is the time for the Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 battle to begin, after the next gen Google smartphone emerged. So here ValueWalk assesses the qualities of the two devices, and outlines the specs of the two handsets.

Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8
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Size

Firstly, the Galaxy S8 is slightly larger than the Google Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 measures 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 in), while the dimensions of the Galaxy S8 are 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in). It must be said, though, that the difference here is extremely marginal.

Weight

The Galaxy S8 is also around ten percent heavier than the Google Pixel 2, weighing in 155 grammes. the Google Pixel 2 is a svelte by comparison, weighing only 143 grammes, but, of course, it does feature a significantly smaller display.

Display

This department provides a valuable platform for the Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 comparison, as the 5.8-inch display of the Galaxy S8 is much larger than the five-inch screen that the Google Pixel 2 is armed with. Certainly a major consideration in the contemporary smartphone landscape.

Resolution

The Google Pixel 2 delivers 1,080 x 1,920 Pixels (~441 ppi Pixel density) resolution, which seems more than competitive until one assesses the Galaxy S8. The Samsung smartphone delivers resolution in excess of quad HD, being capable of displaying 1,440 x 2,960 Pixels (~570 ppi Pixel density). The display of the Samsung handset is undoubtedly absolutely outstanding, and probably the best in the entire smartphone niche. Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 favors the Korean competitor here.

Dust and waterproofing

Samsung has prided itself on delivering durable handsets, and the Galaxy S8 is no exception to this role. The device copes with both dust and water particularly capably, fully earning its IP68 certification. This is superior to the capabilities of the Google Pixel 2 in this department, with the new smartphone only delivering IP67 certification.

Processor

Both of these devices are fitted with a Snapdragon 835, despite rumours that Google would embrace the state-of-the-art 836. In fact, this means that the capabilities of the two smartphones are theoretically identical, with both benefiting from an octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) setup. This means that the performance of both smartphones should be excellent, although the smaller display in the Google Pixel 2 and its proprietary Android software means that it should theoretically outperform the S8.

Memory

Both of these devices benefit from 4GB of RAM memory, and thus there is nothing to choose between the two smartphones in this department.

Storage

While Google offers consumers a choice between 64GB and 128GB of storage, Samsung rather surprisingly only provided a 64GB version of the Galaxy S8. Of course, Samsung has addressed this with the recent Galaxy Note 8, and may always have had this in mind; hence the significant distinction between the two smartphones in this department.

Battery

The Google Pixel 2 is armed with a non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery, which is pretty decent, but significantly smaller than the 3,000 mAh cell included in the Galaxy S8. however, the difference is that the Galaxy S8 has such a powerful display, which is also over 50 percent larger than the screen included in the Google Pixel 2, suggesting that it will absolutely need the larger battery.

Realistically, we can expect the lifecycle of the Google Pixel 2 to be perfectly adequate, and possibly even its superior to that of the Galaxy S8.

Camera

Camera provisions are obviously critical to smartphones in the contemporary error, and this is a central pillar of the Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 battle. It is thus valuable to list the specifications of these two devices first.

  • Google Pixel 2 – 12.2 MP, f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Galaxy S8 – 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash

Notably, neither of these smartphones features a dual-camera, which is rather surprising for two major device releases in 2017. However, early testing of the Google Pixel 2 camera suggests that it is the best snapper ever to be included in a mobile device. This is perhaps slightly surprising considering that the Galaxy S8 benefits from superior aperture, but Google has been working on camera functionality diligently, and seems to have an outstanding machine in this area. Certainly the new handset wins the Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 battle here.

Price

The Google Pixel 2 has only just arrived on the market, and thus it is somewhat unfair to compare it with the Galaxy S8. However, this will not stop consumers from doing precisely this, so it is informative to know that the Galaxy S8 is actually available at a lower price point than the new smartphone.

The entry-level version of the Google Pixel 2 retails at $649, but the Midnight Black Galaxy S8 is available for $625 on Amazon.com currently. Considering that the Samsung smartphone is also superior to the Google offering in many departments, and this low price for the Galaxy S8 will surely be somewhat troubling for Google.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 war doesn’t look too favorable for Google on paper. The Google Pixel 2 will struggle to knock the Galaxy S8 off its perch, with the Samsung smartphone outperforming the Pixel 2 in many departments, and is also available at a very similar price point. Google still has a lot to do to demonstrate that it can compete with the market leaders in this field such as Apple and Samsung.