Thursday, February 15, 2018

Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 XL: Which One to Buy?

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If you’re looking for a high-end Android smartphone the Google Pixel 2 XL is at the top of the list. However, with the Galaxy S9 release date quickly approaching potential buyers have a tough choice to make. Here’s how the two compare and everything we know so far about the Galaxy S9.

Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy S9 and a bigger dual camera Galaxy S9+ on February 25th in Spain, but don’t expect any surprises.

Read: Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S9: What We Know

Almost every detail about Samsung’s stunning new phone has leaked in recent weeks, including videos highlighting the new camera. When it arrives, it’ll have to face the impressive Pixel 2 XL in the camera department. Both phones have pros and cons, and we’re here to help you decide which ones are deal-breakers.

We’re expecting the Galaxy S9 to deliver an iterative update compared to the S8, meaning not a lot changed. And considering how great the Galaxy S8 was, and its camera, the S9 is very promising. That being said, we’re not sure if that’s enough to sway buyers away from stock Android and a powerful camera with Google’s Pixel 2 XL.

Again, they each have a lot to offer. Like big screens, water-resistance, wireless mobile payments, and great cameras. Considering Samsung’s phone is brand new, the Pixel 2 XL must prove it’s still worth your money.

In closing, we don’t know everything yet, but we’ll know more soon enough. Not to mention we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S9. The company released a slew of teaser videos saying they’ve reimagined the camera, which is one of the Pixel 2 XL’s biggest selling points. Can the Galaxy S9 pixels edge out Google’s phone? Continue reading our slideshow below for everything you need to know.

Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 XL: Specs

Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 XL: Specs

First things first, we want to break down the specs for those interested. And while specs on a piece of paper don’t tell the whole story, it’s a good place to start. 

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is six months newer, or technically an entire year newer when you consider how fast technology changes. The Pixel 2 XL specs match the Galaxy S8 from 2017, not the upcoming Galaxy S9. However, this race is still closer than some might think. 

Galaxy S9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.8 and 6.2-inch 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Curved Displays

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos

  • 64GB of internal storage (Micro-SD slot included) and 4GB RAM (6GB on Galaxy S9+)

  • Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience

  • 12 Dual-pixel Rear Camera – OIS, phase detection auto-focus, variable f/1.5-2.4 aperture camera

  • Dual 12MP cameras on the bigger Galaxy S9+ (like the Note 8) with OIS

  • 8-megapixel front camera with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture

  • Fingerprint Scanner, Face & Iris Combo Scanner (Rumor)

  • IP68 dust & water resistance

  • 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery with Fast & Wireless Charging (or bigger)

  • Always-On Display

  • Samsung Pay, Bixby Virtual Assistant, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, more

Of course, everything is subject to change, and nothing is official until Samsung confirms it themselves on February 25th. That said, we’re seeing upgrades in some important places. The Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 XL are pretty similar, but the bigger 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ is the clear winner here. With 6GB of RAM, a bigger screen, and dual cameras on the back. Here’s what you’ll get from Google’s Pixel 2 XL. 

Pixel 2 XL Specs

  • 6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD OLED Display

  • Snapdragon 835 Processor with 4GB of RAM 

  • 64/128GB storage options, no micro-SD slot

  • Android Oreo

  • 12.2 Megapixel Rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS 

  • 8MP front-facing camera

  • Dual Front-Facing Stereo Speakers

  • 3,520 mAh battery with Quick Charging

  • IP67 Dust & Water-Resistance

  • Google Assistant, Google Lens, more

  • USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner on back

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack, no wireless charging

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ both have a faster and newer Snapdragon 845 processor, which should really improve performance, gaming, and battery life.

Google’s Pixel line is the king of battery life, but Samsung’s new phones might give them a run for the money. 

Basically, if you want the latest and greatest with the best specs, the Galaxy S9 is the clear winner here. Remember though, specs aren’t everything. 

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