After a year of anticipation, Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 8. Its predecessor, which suffered a great folly in the form of an exploding battery, left a big gaping hole in the market that Google tried to occupy with the Pixel XL. Nearly a year later, the Pixel XL is still an excellent device while Samsung has rolled out the Note 8.
So, how do the two Android flagships stack up?
The Pixel XL is very much a product of being Google’s first attempt at creating its first smartphone. It offered an otherworldly Android experience but its physical design left a lot to be desired. The front is adorned with chunky bezels that don’t even house a fingerprint scanner, while the back features an awkward two-tone glass and metal finish.
Specs-wise, it holds up well. The 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and 3,450mAh still ranks high among Android flagships. The solid specs open the door for the best Android experience you will find on an Android handset.
Samsung’s strong suit has never been software, it’s been physical design and the Galaxy Note 8 puts this on full display. The Note 8’s crowning achievement is its 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display that is lightyears ahead of what is found in the Pixel XL. That, along with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM and a new dual camera, provide a top-of-the-line Android experience that few other handsets can contend with.
It’s still too early to come to a definitive decision of which device is better—both devices offer impressive experiences either via software or design. The Note 8 and Pixel XL are still solid Android flagships that should warrant your attention should you be in the market for a new device.
Check out the table down below to see how they stack up against each other on paper.
|Samsung - Galaxy Note 8||Google - Pixel XL|
|Display Size||6.3-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (522 ppi)||5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi)|
|Display Type||Quad HD+||AMOLED QHD|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.1 (at launch)||Android 7.1 (at launch)|
|Processor||Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor/Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor - Differs by market||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|External Storage Specs||
|Main Camera (Back)||12MP||12.3MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||8MP||8MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 LE||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Height||162.5 mm (6.40 inches)||154.72 mm (6.09 inches)|
|Width||74.8 mm (2.94 inches)||75.74 mm (2.98 inches)|
|Depth||8.6 mm (0.34 inches)||8.58 mm (0.34 inches)|
|Weight||195 g (6.88 oz)||168 g (5.93 oz)|
|Colors||N/A||Black, Blue, Silver|
|Supported Audio Formats||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE||N/A|
|Supported Video Formats||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM||N/A|
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