Will Google Pixel 2 XL bring anything better than what Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has to offer?

Google Pixel 2 XL

With less than three weeks remaining before Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is finally unveiled, all the details we need to know about the phone’s design and specs are already out here.

While we’ve seen a lot of images of the phone doing rounds based on renders, renowned leaker Evan Blass has this week leaked a series of official images sourced from someone close to the development team of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

From the leaked images, we can see some design aspects that take after the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The massive Infinity Display screen with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is there and so is the near bezel-less design. However, the bezels on the Galaxy Note 8 are much smaller than the S8 and the screen’s edges are less rounded when compared to the S8 family.

Blass has also given us a final list of specs that will appear on the Galaxy Note 8 and there’s no doubt that these are amazing. According to the list, the phone will debut with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display screen with a 1440p resolution and under the hood, there will be a Snapdragon 835 SoC and 6GB RAM running the show. For storage purposes, buyers of this phone will get a 64GB module on the base model, which will be supported by a microSD card.

Leaked images of the Galaxy Note 8 have confirmed a dual-lens camera on the back and so does the leaked specs. The setup will include two 12MP sensors that are both optically optimized. Where the primary sensor will come with an aperture of f/1.7, the secondary telephoto sensor will ship with a smaller f/2.4 aperture. The selfie shooter will give you an 8MP lens with AF and f/1.7 aperture.

Besides the S Pen, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will also come with a 3300mAh battery unit, a USB-C port for charging, support for wireless charging and Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

Besides the LG V30 that will also be unveiled this August, the Google Pixel 2 XL is expected to be the closest rival of the Galaxy Note 8. Looking at what the Note 8 brings to the table compared to the rumored specs of the Pixel 2 XL, it appears that there’s really nothing noteworthy that the latter will bring when it launches later in September or October.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Of course, Android purists will be quick to argue that timely updates and a smooth UI are high on their list of priorities when buying a phone. But speaking from a Samsung Galaxy S8 perspective, the South Korean Experience UI has really stepped up. It’s smooth and offers quite an impressive set of features when compared to stock Android.

Also, we’ve seen a massive improvement in how timely Samsung has become with respect to rolling out monthly security updates and with the release of Android O, this is expected to even get better. The Note 8 will still come with a 3.5mm audio jack, but there are rumors that Google Pixel 2 XL will ditch this feature in favor of a universal USB-C port.

Looking at what Samsung has done with the display screen of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, there’s no OEM that can match this, including Google with its upcoming phone. The fact that Samsung has also jumped to a dual-lens setup yet it was the closest rival the Google Pixel had in terms photography means that the rumored single-lens setup on the Google Pixel 2 XL could struggle to match what the Galaxy Note 8 will achieve. It’s also unclear whether Google will finally introduce OIS, yet both sensors on the Note 8 are optically stabilized.

Up to now, there are uncertainties still surrounding the possibilities of the Google Pixel 2 XL debuting an IP68-certified body, something the Galaxy Note 8 will give its buyers.

So, the question here is what exactly do you think the Google Pixel 2 XL will add to what Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have already brought? Let us know in your comments below.

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  1. Have a S7 Edge and my first Samsung phone. Over time the phone will take a couple of seconds to switch orientation when you turn the phone. It lags. Then I do a factory reset and it goes back to something acceptable. Gave my son a Pixel for Christmas last year and has has NEVER had to reset the phone.

    This is the big difference. Well also the Pixel is more fluid than the S7E.

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