Ever since Google unveiled the Pixel 2 XL last October, it was immediately deemed one of the best Android devices around. Some would say the best, even better than Samsung’s best. Samsung is ready to take the crown back with the Galaxy S9 Plus.
As per usual, the S9 Plus received all of the latest specs: 6.2-inch Infinity Display, Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM and 12MP dual camera. This time around, Samsung dedicated extra time in refining the design. Gone is the lazily placed fingerprint scanner beside the camera, and it is now in a more comfortable location below the camera. There’s no question about it: the S9 Plus is Samsung’s best smartphone to date.
While not as sleek as the S9 Plus, the Pixel 2 XL and its brawn still stand up admirably. It doesn’t look as good, but it is definitely smarter. That’s none more evident than in the camera. The S9’s dual camera system may be one of the best Android cameras, but the Pixel 2 XL does all that with just one camera. Samsung even threw in a variable aperture mode to control the amount of light that enters the sensor, but Google is on another level with camera refinements.
It’s too early to make a definite call as to which one is better. And even if we did, our decision wouldn’t be all encompassing; people like different things. What is clear at the moment is that the Galaxy S9 Plus and Pixel 2 XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy.
Check out the side by side spec comparison of the S9 Plus and Pixel 2 XL below and decide for yourself which phone is better.
|Samsung - Galaxy S9 Plus||Google - Pixel 2 XL|
|Display Size||6.2-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (531 ppi)||6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)|
|Display Type||Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED||QHD+ pOLED|
|Operating System||Android 8 (Oreo) at launch||Android 8.0 (at launch)|
|Processor||10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|External Storage Specs||
|Main Camera (Back)||Dual 12MP||12.2MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||8MP||8MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2mbps)||Bluetooth 5.0 LE|
|Height||158.1 mm (6.22 inches)||6.2 inches (15.75 cm)|
|Width||73.8 mm (2.91 inches)||3 inches (76.2 mm)|
|Depth||8.5 mm (0.33 inches)||0.3 inches (7.6 mm)|
|Weight||189 g (6.67 oz)||6.2 oz (176 g)|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple||Black, Blue, White|
|Supported Audio Formats||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF||N/A|
|Supported Video Formats||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM||N/A|