While the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers larger, sharper displays and a more exciting design than the Google Pixel, the Pixel provides a pure Android software experience along with an excellent camera. Let's take a deeper look at how these two devices compare when they go head to head.
As Samsung launches its new Galaxy S8 for the year, there’s plenty of talk of it being one of the most innovative flagship devices to come out. But we can’t forget about Google and its premium Pixel smartphone, which wowed people with its 12MP rear camera with no OIS, and amazing speedy performance.
The S8 infinity display is pretty amazing to be frank. The display is 5.8 inches diagonally versus 5 inches for the Pixel. The S8 is the winner on resolution with its Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440), Super AMOLED display. The Pixel has an AMOLED screen with FHD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. Though both displays are curved on the front left and right sides, the Pixel features a 2.5D curve while the S8 has more of a gradual curve that tapers over the edges of the phone, giving it the infinity look.
RAM & Storage
Google and Samsung have both been generous when it comes to RAM for their flagship devices. Both devices bolster the performance of their phones by including 4GB of RAM, topping that of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The Google Pixel’s storage comes with 32GB while the S8 offers 64GB of storage.
The Galaxy S8 features a 12-megapixel Duo Pixel camera on the rear, coupled with an 8-megapixel front facing camera. The front facing camera has an aperture of f/1.7 and the rear camera integrates Bixby Vision to scan objects and show results on shopping options.
The Google Pixel has a 12.3 megapixel rear camera with 1.55µm pixels, along with an aperture of f/2.0 and a combination of phase detection and laser detection. On the front of the Pixel device is an 8-megapixel snapper with 1.4µm pixels and an aperture of f/2.4 featuring fixed focus.
The Galaxy S8 runs on Android Nougat with Samsung’s TouchWiz software. Bixby, the devices AI system, is accessible via a button on the left hand side of the device, to act as a personal assistant for mobile tasks. The Pixel runs on pure Android Nougat with no bloatware, online the S8, so this device will be the first to receive any updates. The Pixel features Google Assistant built-in to the device.