Samsung just announced Galaxy S8 and S8+ and no doubts they look super stunning and are packed with super strong specifications. But, when it to comes to decide the king of the android smartphones, it’s not juts the looks that decides the winner. Software, Performance, careful optimization and attention to details matter a lot in the competition. StuffYourMind will compare Samsung’s latest flagship duo with the one of the best smartphone in the market – the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Will it be the purest form of Android or the most popular form of Android taking the throne? This is Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S8.
Both Google Pixel and and Galaxy S8 comes in two different sizes. Galaxy S8 and the Pixel XL both have same screen size but Pixel XL having the larger overall screen area. Despite having the infinity display on S8, you don’t really feel that the S8 is that much bigger than the Pixel. Having large display with almost same size of Pixel, Galaxy S8 is easy to handle and exceeds Pixel in ergonomics.
The body of both the Pixel phones feels almost unnecessarily big with the display. So, with a 5.8-inch display on S8 and 6.2-inch display on S8+ curved on the sides to make it narrower and easier to hold overshadows the display of Google’s flagship. Galaxy S8 and S8+ are actually pretty decent to hold and handle.
Comparing the display, the resolutions of the Galaxy duo are bumped up to an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, with 2960 x 1440 pixels (QuadHD+), compared to the Quad HD display of the Pixel XL (2560 x 1440) or Full HD on the Pixel (1920 x 1080). Also, gone are the Samsung logo and the tactile home buttons, which shift the fingerprint reader to the back right next to the camera lens. This is somewhat similar to the Pixel Imprint location, but its location still feels a little odd, especially on the large Galaxy S8 Plus and sometimes it is really hard to reach there with one hand. Also, replacing the tactical buttons on S8 is the new pressure sensitive home button and there is a new button on the side which is for Samsung’s Bixby Assistant that appears under the volume rocker.
Bixby is Samsung’s answer to Google Assistant, which is now rolling out to most of the Android Nougat and Marshmallow devices. Moreover, Bixby is similar to Google Now that has its own device-side voice search capabilities. Bixby can do plenty of things for you just like the Google Assistant. Bixby is also integrated into the Galaxy S8 camera to give it machine vision capabilities like checking product descriptions. Having said that, Bixby and Google Assistant both have their own capabilities and having both of them is surely a benefit.
Samsung’s S8 and S8+ comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipset and this is where Google Pixel falls behind as Google Pixel is powered with Snapdragon 821. Storage is another category where S8 edges out the Google Pixel. S8 duo comes in 64GB and expandable storage up to 256GB with 4GB of RAM whereas, Google’s duo has no expandable storage option and has only 32GB or 128GB internal memory options but the RAM size is same as of S8 to 4GB. Moreover, S8 and S8+ include updated versions of these specs and add in Samsung Pay, water resistance and wireless charging. The batteries on S8 and S8+ are also bigger than Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
Talking about the Cameras, both Pixel and S8 have great cameras. StuffYourMind will find out to see which shooter comes out on top as we will be comparing and testing the cameras soon. For now, we all know that Google Pixel has the best camera out there but having same Megapixel counts – 12 for the rear and 8 for the front S8 seems to flood a bit more light in with a f/1.7 aperture in both ends.
To end, software is one last subject to matter, as pure Nougat on the Pixel is beloved by Android purists. On the other hand, Samsung has tried hard to dial back on their UI in recent years, and on the Galaxy S8 we see small, but welcome, changes in its design – elements are pleasing to the eye and plenty of features are in view but are non intrusive. Samsung packs a ton of features in their latest flagship duo, like the Edge UX and customized navigation bar, but Android lovers surely love pure Nougat on the Pixel.