As three major phablet devices all appear on the horizon, the mobile niche can ready itself for a major Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 battle. The Galaxy Note 8 is obviously the first out of the gate, with Samsung having already unveiled its phablet.

The iPhone 8 is expected to follow next, with Apple about to hold an event at which it will be unveiled. And the Google Pixel 2 will likely be released in October, completing what is a very competitive time for the smartphone marketplace.

So how will these three major mobiles compare? Here ValueWalk assesses the key features of three of the biggest mobile releases of 2017.

Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8
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Display

There is no more important battleground in the Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 war than the displays included in the devices. Samsung has been associated with outstanding display technology for some time, and the Galaxy Note 8 certainly doesn’t change this impression. The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch display with a screen resolution that exceeds Quad HD. The Samsung phablet is capable of displaying 1,440 x 2,960 pixels, which is more than virtually any other product available in the contemporary marketplace.

It is believed that Google will sell a standard Pixel 2 which will benefit from a 5-inch display, while the larger Pixel XL 2 will deliver a 6-inch panel. There is expected to be a slight divergence in resolution as well, with the smaller device featuring a full HD screen, and the larger handset based on quad HD technology.

Similarly, the OLED iPhone 8 is expected to be the first ever smartphone from Apple to embrace Quad HD resolution. The wraparound display included in this device should measure 5.8-inches. This smartphone will also benefit from an always-on screen.

Processor

Apple will unleash a new A11 processor on the iPhone 8 generation, with the intention of seriously improving the performance of the smartphone. It is not yet precisely known what specifications this unit will possess, but we can reasonably expect it to be a quad-core processor with improved clock speed.

The Google Pixel 2 generation has been linked with the new Snapdragon 836 processor, which would be a major coup for Google. This next generation unit should slightly outperform the 835 version that was included in the Galaxy Note 8. Nonetheless, the octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) 835 that the Note 8 was armed with is still an impressive performer.

Apple iPhone 8 Blush Gold
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Major features

The Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 battle will definitely particularly focus on the new and innovative features to be included in the three smartphones. And each of the developers have reportedly been working on some unique technology.

Apple will introduce wireless charging and augmented reality to the iPhone 8 generation, with the former being possible at an unlikely distance of 15 feet, and the latter delivering gaming and security functionality.

Samsung strongly pushed the DeX docking station that was included with the Note 8. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 2 will feature squeezable edges that enable users to launch various features, including Google Assistant.

Camera

Camera technology has become increasingly critical in the smartphone niche, and the Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 war will certainly be partly defined by the photographic capabilities of the devices.

Apple has reportedly been working on a major new dual-camera, which will deliver improved shooting in darker conditions. This is very much a direct response to the Galaxy Note 8, which already includes a snapper that is generally considered to be superior to the iPhone 7 Plus generation.

While the original Google Pixel impressed in the photography department, it is somewhat disappointing to note that it is believed Google has opted against including a dual-camera in the Pixel 2. However, it is still being a pretty nifty photographic device, particular for the price tag involved.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Blue
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Storage

Storage is becoming increasingly important in mobile technology, owing to the size of media that is required to be stored on such devices. This is a greater quantity than the 256GB of the Galaxy Note 8, with the Google Pixel 2 expected to deliver 128GB as maximum. Thus, the storage of the units correlate with their respective pricing.

Price

Naturally, pricing will be critical in the Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 war, yet each of these manufacturers has its own unique approach to this critical area. Apple can consider itself to be the premium manufacturer of the three, even though Samsung shifts massive numbers of units and delivers outstanding devices. Apple products are always sold at a premium, and this will continue once more with the iPhone 8 generation.

The next Apple smartphone release will cost in the region of $1,000, with the most expensive units probably costing in excess of $1,100. This is more than even the Galaxy Note 8, which already raised eyebrows with its $950 price tag.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel series can be considered more of a mid-range smartphone, with starting prices for the smaller and larger Pixel units expected to be $649 and $749 respectively. This will allow Google to undercut its rivals and compete in what is an extremely challenging niche.

Conclusion

So who wins the Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 war? Samsung always provides is devices with outstanding specifications, and this will be the case once more with the Galaxy Note 8. However, it certainly seems that Apple hasn’t closed the gap with the iPhone 8, based on media reports.

And the Google Pixel 2 represents an outstanding value for money buy, particularly considering it includes the up-to-date Snapdragon 836 processor. This could be enough to establish the device as a mainstream competitor.