Google’s newly launched flagship-the Pixel 2 XL-is one of the best android driven smart phones available right now. However, the question is how does it compare to its flagship Android counterparts when the market is flooded with some best phones of its kind like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus etc. Moreover, $849, the price a customer has to pay to get his hands on the Pixel 2 XL, makes it an expensive smart phone as with 100 more dollars one can go for Samsung’s latest flagship the Galaxy Note 8.

In order to get the answer, let’s take an insight into the Google’s Pixel 2 XL, and see which one is the finer flagship in terms of design, specifications, battery size and camera, the Galaxy Note 8 or the Pixel 2 XL.

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Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: A quick Comparison

Pixel 2 XL Galaxy Note 8
Price $849 $799, $949
Colors Just Black, Black and White Midnight Black, Orchid Gray
Display 6-inch (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) P-OLED 6.3 inches (2960 x 1440 pixel) OLED
Weight 6.17 ounces (175 grams) 6.9 ounces (195 grams)
Dimensions 6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.34 inches
Storage 64GB,256GB 64GB
CPU Snapdragon 835 chipset Android 8.0 (Oreo) Snapdragon octa-core 835
Front Camera 8MP front-facing snapper 8-MP f/1.7
Rear Camera 12MP single-lens rear camera Dual 12-MP cameras

wide angle: f/1.7

telephoto: f/2.4

Battery 3,520mAh 3,300mAh

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: Design and dimensions

The Galaxy Note 8’s curved yet classy display ranks it among one of the best smart phones available right now. The huge glass display with almost no bezel in sight provides the best screen real estate to the users. And the curved glass on the back along with metal edges adds icing on the cake. Although Note 8 has a 6.3 inches OLED display, the phone doesn’t seem extremely large owing to its trimmed bezels. And carrying weight equivalent to 6.9 ounces, the phone doesn’t seem weighty either!

Coming to the Google’s newly launched Pixel 2 XL; one can see that the Phone doesn’t have the same exciting design as the Note 8. First, the screen carries slim bezels as compared to Samsung’s bezel less Galaxy Note 8. Second, the Pixel 2 XL is somehow same in design as the previous year’s Pixel phones featuring kinky back design with a metal lower and a glass upper section. So it can be said that Pixel 2 XL’s design doesn’t seem as trendy as the Galaxy Note 8.


Both, the Pixel 2 XL and the Galaxy Note 8 feature fingerprint scanner. However, Note 8 has this imperiousness of face ID scanner over Pixel 2 XL. Both phones offer kinda similar protection level with Gorilla Glass 5 display, making the phones shatterproof from falling off up to 5 feet on the flat surface. The Pixel 2 XL and the Note 8 have IP67 and IP68 rating respectively, giving an edge to the Note 8 over Pixel 2 XL as it lets Note 8 to go underwater about four feet for 30 minutes as compared to three feet of the Pixel 2 XL.

Now coming to the headphone jack, the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t have a jack instead supports wireless headphones. The Note 8, on the other hand, possesses a 3.5mm jack for wired headphones. So the question arises that are you a supporter of the phone carrying traditional headphone jack or the one favoring dual front facing speakers.

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: Display

The Google’s Pixel 2 XL is in line following the trend of other flagship phones out in the market. Although it doesn’t have bezels as small as that of Note 8, it manages to have a 6-inch P-OLED display with 2,880 x 1,440 pixel resolution as compared to Note 8 having 2960 x 1440 pixel resolution. The Always-On Display on both Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL features shortcuts to have an easy access to the apps and icons, etc. While the Pixel’s Always-On Display offers an easily understandable now playing feature, Galaxy Note 2 has the ability to pin a memo and easy note taking with the S-Pen. So, it is going to be a hard choice to choose the best display between these two phones as the Galaxy Note 8 has a phenomenal display and the Pixel 2 XL is also likely to get reviews worth acclamation.

The Pixel 2 XL vs Note 8: Specifications compared

In the specifications bracket the Pixel 2 XL is also keeping pace with other flagship smartphones. The newly launched Pixel phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and the storage capacity of 64GB or 128GB either. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also has the same processing capacity, but its performance is being accentuated with 6GB of RAM. However, I believe that an average mobile user might not be able to find any serious difference between 4GB and 6GB RAM performance. However, Note 8 has this imperiousness to provide an extra storage option with the insertion of a microSD card.

The Google Pixel 2 XL possesses Android Oreo, an operating system with a redesigned Pixel launcher, notification dots, lesser boot timing as compared to Note 8 and a lot more specs. Whereas the Galaxy Note 8 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. So, Google will have an advantage over Samsung in terms of operating system until the upgrading of Note 8 to Android Oreo.

An illustrious feature of the Note 8 is S Pen that can be used to draw, translate and write down notes without any hassle. Whereas Google has introduced the inculcation of Active Edge Technology in the Pixel 2 XL so a simple squeezing of the phone will activate the Google Assistant within no time.

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: Camera comparison

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has the best dual cameras in terms of features availability and flexibility. It has two 12MP sensors with an f/1.7 aperture on the wide-angle lens, and an f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens. Both camera sensors include Optical Image Stabilization that provides an ultimate shooting experience.

Google, on the other hand, has adopted a unique approach to amaze the spectators by inculcating a single 12MP rear camera that can do the job of dual cameras. And this 12MP rear camera has f/1.8 aperture including Optical Image Stabilization. The superstar feature of Pixel 2 XL’s Camera is the Portrait Mode that can be created by using one lens.

Both the Google Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 possess special image recognition software. The Pixel 2 XL uses machine learning to provide information regarding the object you put your camera at and can use Google Assistant to get more information about the picture. The note 8, on the other hand, comes with Samsung’s Bixby Vision-a personal assistant that recognizes images. However, it isn’t as propitious as Google’s Artificial Intelligence.

Last year’s Pixel camera was undoubtedly the best camera of 2016 having the highest DxO Mark score. This new Flagship is also likely to give a tough competition to its competitors, but we have to wait till the end of this month to get what the head-to-head comparison results.

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: Battery and cost comparison

Battery Battle

The Galaxy Note 7’s debacle on batteries has forced Samsung to be tamed with the Note 8’s batteries. The 3,300mAh battery on the Note 8 has the ability to last for a day of use. It also has the feature of fast charging and provides support to the wireless charging as well.

The Google’s pixel 2 comes with 3,520mAh battery having an edge over Note 8’s battery. Keeping in mind the same processor as that of Note 8 and smaller display, Google’s flagship is likely to last longer between the recharging spans as compared to the Note 8. However, we cannot pick up a winner till there is a head-to-head test of both batteries.

Cost Comparison

The Galaxy Note 8 ranges from $930 to $960, listing it in the list of most expensive smartphones of 2017. However, the Pixel 2 XL isn’t a cheaper phone either signaling that quality comes with price. It starts at a price of $849 with subject to fluctuations in the future.

Although Galaxy Note 8 is expensive as compared to the Pixel 2 XL but it is acceptable to invest 80$ extra to enjoy a Samsung’s flagship with an S Pen, elegant glass display, 2GB of additional RAM, a headphone jack, a bigger display and many more striking features. Moreover, the price difference between the two cellphones doesn’t make any sense as Samsung’s frequent discount offers make its phones cheaper than what the actual price looks.

So, while the Pixel 2 XL is lesser in price it isn’t going to be a wiser deal for you to trade-off $80 at the loss of so many extra features.

Final words

So, the competition between the Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL is a close one. In terms of operating system the Pixel 2 might get an edge owing to Android 8.0 Oreo. However, the Note 8’s extra 2GB of storage and S Pen have the potential to level the scores. Camera testing is also going to be really interesting and until that it is hard to say which phone’s camera surpasses the other.

The galaxy Note 8 has a catchy design due to the curved display. So in the terms of design it might get some extra points as compared to the Pixel 2 XL. But, for now it is impossible to conclude which phone beats the other as the competition of AMOLED AND P-OLED would also be an interesting call.

So guys don’t forget to tune in to get a more detailed review once the Pixel 2 XL is there in the market. Till then do come down to the comments section and tell which smartphone you choose between the Pixel 2 XL and the Galaxy Note 8.


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