Google Pixel vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 – Is there a Reason to Jump Ship?

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S8

The Google Pixel has been here since October 2016, but Samsung Galaxy S8 has just been born and in fact, it isn’t available for shipping just yet.

If you love Android, you might for sure be stuck between thick and thin as far as choosing between the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8. Both handsets are without a doubt top class and hence their high regard in the smartphone industry. As for the pricing, they are also pricey, but for many out there, both are worth their tags. So, do you buy both of them? Of course you can, but what if you only want one of them, which one do you choose?

We know it’s a tough one, but we are here to help by making a close comparison between Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel, be it the design, display, specs, camera or battery. Keep reading!

Design and display

The Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 have nothing much in common when it comes to the design. Where the former has a more conventional look and feel of a premium smartphone, the latter comes in with an innovative, bezel-shrinking design that makes the handset quite unique. When using your eyes, you’ll love the sight of the Galaxy S8, however, not everyone loves to have a curved display screen.

If you are one of these folks, the Google Pixel is definitely yours in this case – simple, flat and clean. As for the size, you might want to go with the S8 especially since it gives more display room at about the same dimensions as the Google Pixel. Where the latter measures 144 x 70 x 8.5mm and weighs 143g, the former measures 149 x 68 x 8mm and weighs 155g.

We can’t argue against the fact that Samsung Galaxy S8’s design has got class than the Pixel phone. Sammy makes this even better by adding IP68 dust and water resistance, something the Google Pixel lacks even though they are priced quite similar. Unlike before, you’ll find fingerprint sensors on the back of both phones.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

In terms of display, Samsung Galaxy S8, despite being just 5mm taller than the Google Pixel, it has a massive 5.8-inch display screen as opposed to the latter’s 5-inch panel. Although both are AMOLED panels, the Pixel has a full HD resolution compared to the QHD+ resolution used on the S8. However, the default resolution on the Galaxy S8 is set at full HD+. Without going into any other stories, we agree with industry experts DisplayMate that indeed the S8 has the best display screen in the smartphone market right now.

Performance specs and storage

Given that the Google Pixel was released in 2016, it runs an older chipset than Samsung Galaxy S8. Looking at past benchmarks of the new Snapdragon 835 SoC, there’s no doubt that the performance of Samsung Galaxy S8 should be a lot better than the Pixel phone, which has a Snapdragon 821 SoC running the show.

The Galaxy S8 is even helped by the fact that it has the same 4GB RAM as the Pixel phone. It doesn’t end there, with the S8 also bettering the Pixel in terms of storage, where it starts at 64GB with room for microSD card storage as opposed to Google’s 32GB with no microSD card slot. Still, you can get a 128GB variant for the Pixel phone, but this variant of the Galaxy S8, which will also feature a massive 6GB RAM, has only been confirmed for the Chinese market.

Google Pixel

Software and camera

If you are looking for the best software experience, there’s no arguing that the Google Pixel is up there. The phone runs stock Android, something that Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t boast. The latter still has customizations of its own – customizations that will always mean you have to wait for weeks or months before receiving minor and major Android updates.

Sammy has indeed made some tweaks that try to adopt some features of stock Android, for instance, on-screen keys. The Korean company has even added its own personal assistant dubbed Bixby, but it might never match the Google Assistant, which is already familiar to many Android users.

In terms of cameras, it’s another tight affair, at least on paper. The Google Pixel has been rated as the best by DxOMark with a score of 89. This is thanks to a 12.3MP lens with an aperture of f/2.0 and lots of other software tweaks. The Galaxy S7 Edge followed in closely at 88, something that Samsung must have been keen to improve with the Galaxy S8. The back camera has a Dual Pixel 12MP lens with a much bigger aperture of f/1.7, which should outdo the Google Pixel when it comes to low-light performance.

As for the front-facing cameras, both have 8MP lenses, but the Galaxy S8 gets an edge with its bigger f/1.7 aperture compared to f/2.4 used on the Pixel. This, once again, will result in better low-light performance for the S8.

Battery and price

Samsung Galaxy S8 has a relatively small battery when compared to the display size – a 3000mAh unit. However, this doesn’t mean the phone will be the first to die, especially since the task of jumping from one screen resolution to another should be a no-brainer. The Google Pixel, on the other hand, has a 2770mAh battery unit, which is not bad for a 5-inch phone. Both phones support fast charging technologies via USB-C ports, but the Galaxy S8 gets an edge over its counterpart with support for fast charging technology.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S8

Coming down at the bottom of the ultimate decision making is the price of the two phones. You’ll need to shell out $750 in order to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S8. If you need a Google Pixel, it’s currently priced at $650 for the base model (32GB) and $750 for the 128GB variant. China’s 6GB/128GB variant of the S8 is said to be valued at about $1000, but this might never reach other markets.

So, which side are you on – Samsung Galaxy S8 or Google Pixel? From our end, Samsung seems to be back with a bang. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.