Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Google’s Pixel 2 are two of the most anticipated Android phones coming later this year. The Pixel line has carved out a niche in the fiercely competitive Android market despite having an average design. The Galaxy Note 8 is for power users. With the phones only a few weeks away, the rumor mill and supply chain leaks have revealed almost all the details about these devices. Based on all the leaked details, folks at Phone Arena came up with a Google Pixel 2 vs Galaxy Note 8 size comparison to see how they stack up against each other. Phone Arena’s comparison also included the iPhone 8 and LG V30, but we have focused only on the most anticipated Android phones.
A few days ago, the ever reliable Twitter tipster Evan Blass leaked all the details of Galaxy Note 8. Given Blass’s track record, it safe to assume that the specifications are as close to the phone’s final version as we can get. Google Pixel 2 photos and specifications have also leaked repeatedly in the last few weeks. The supply chain leaks have revealed that the Pixel 2 would look similar to its predecessor.
Google Pixel 2 vs Galaxy Note 8: Dimensions
The Google Pixel 2 measures 145.3mm in height and 69.3mm in width, almost similar to its predecessor which had a height of 143.8mm and width of 69.5mm. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 8 appears to be a giant beast. It is both taller and wider than the Pixel 2. It measures 74.6mm in width and 162.5mm in height. It is also slightly taller and wider than its ill-fated predecessor (153.5mm x 73.9mm).
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The difference in dimensions is amplified by the difference in their screen sizes. The Note 8 has a 6.3-inch bezel-less Infinity display. It has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. There are slim bezels at the top and bottom of the phone. In contrast, the Google Pixel 2 has thick top and bottom bezels. Google’s upcoming flagship has a relatively smaller 4.97-inch display with a regular 16:9 aspect ratio. The Note 8’s screen to body ratio is much higher than the Pixel 2.
Google Pixel 2 vs Galaxy Note 8: Specifications
The recently leaked 3D renders offer us a clear look at the Pixel 2. It’s a bit surprising that Google has chosen to use the traditional design and display while most of the premium phones, including the Note 8 and iPhone 8, are switching to a bezel-less display. The Note 8 and Pixel 2 will target the same premium segment.
The Google Pixel 2 has no physical home button. It features stereo speakers to enhance the audio experience. The fingerprint sensor remains on the back panel. Though the rear panel is made of metal and glass, the glass portion has become smaller than on the original Pixel. It means the fingerprint scanner is now located outside of the glass cover. The Galaxy Note 8 will also have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Pixel 2 is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 836 processor, which would be a minor upgrade over the current Snapdragon 835. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will use the current Snapdragon 835, which powers the Galaxy S8 series. The Pixel 2 is rumored to have 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Note 8 will offer a higher 6GB RAM and 64GB of built-in storage.
Surprisingly, the Google Pixel 2 is getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Google is the same company that publicly mocked Apple’s decision to drop the feature from iPhone 7 less than a year ago. It is too early to say why the search engine giant is ditching the popular audio jack. One possible reason could be to make its phones more water-resistant. The original Pixel lacked waterproofing capabilities. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will retain the headphone jack.
A new report from The Investor claims the Note 8 will also feature Apple’s 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive display technology that will offer users different controls based on how hard they press the screen. Huawei has also added a similar Force Touch feature to its Mate line of smartphones.
The Note 8 is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Google’s Pixel 2 will be the first smartphone to run the newer Android O, which will bring many new features and improvements. Since the Pixel phones run the pure version of Android, they receive faster updates than the Galaxy phones that come with Samsung’s custom UI on top of Android.
Google Pixel 2 vs Galaxy Note 8: Camera
The Google Pixel 2 is said to have a single lens on the back. Let’s not forget that last year’s Pixel was able to beat every other smartphone camera despite featuring a single lens. Google will only improve upon the original Pixel’s camera. Even with a single camera, the Google Pixel 2 could give rivals a tough fight in photography.
The Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone from Samsung to sport a dual camera on the back. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it will have a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel wide angle lens. Both of them will support OIS, while the telephoto lens will also offer 3x optical zoom. Kuo claims the Note 8 camera setup would be superior to the iPhone 7 Plus.
It will be interesting to see how the Google Pixel 2 vs Galaxy Note 8 rivalry unfolds during the holiday shopping season.