Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Galaxy Note 8 Detailed Comparison – Which One is Right for You?


Google has recently revealed its new Pixel series smartphones in the technology market. The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now official in the market and already up for purchase. Being the most latest smartphone and of course, the Google product, the new Pixel devices have a bunch of extraordinary features. But still, there are some other high-end smartphones which are there to compete against these newly launched, Pixel 2 XL smartphone. If you are confused between, Google Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8, an ultimate comparison between these two phones is given here with a conclusion to get rid of the confusion that you have between these two phones. 

Since, Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, both are high-end smartphones, they offer the best of features and specifications to explore the technology world right. You can expect anything and these phones can do whatever you want. By far, these are the most advanced smartphones in the world.

So if you are a little bit confused and not able to decide which phone is worthy for your money and which is the most suitable device to fulfil your desires, then following comparison will help you out. We have take every single spec of these phones and compared them here so you can get to know more about both the phones and at the end, you will yourself decide which is the perfect smartphone for you. So let’s get on to the comparison.

Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Google Pixel 2 XL brings the trend of ultra-premium smartphones as it is the most recent smartphone in the technology industry. The Pixel 2 XL sports a 6 Inch pOLED QHD display with a 2880×1440 pixel of screen resolution. On the other hand the Galaxy Note 8 sports a 6.3 Inch QHD Super AMOLED display.

The Pixel 2 XL features front facing speakers at the top and bottom. The screen has slight bezels on the side of the screens which adds more premium look to the customers. The Galaxy Note 8 has single speaker at the bottom including the 3.5 mm Audiojack which is not present on the newly launched Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Samsung has also included the USB-C adapter in the box which is a good thing for the music lovers. You don’t have to purchase any pair of earpods additionally if you choose the Galaxy Note 8.

Both the devices offer Always-on display. The new Google Pixel 2 XL has less number of features to this particular Always-on display feature. You can only see which song is currently being played with this feature on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 8 offers a variety of functions through this feature. On the Note 8, you can see icons for the latest notifications, music controls, shortcut to apps and some more functions which you can use with the S-Pen stylus.

Talking about the processors, the Pixel 2 XL is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU. It has 4 GB of RAM and two different variants with 64GB and 128GB of Internal Memory Storage options. The Galaxy Note 8 is also powered by the same, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor, however it offers 6GB of RAM and 256GB of Internal Storage memory instead of 128GB which is double the memory of the Pixel 2 XL device. Additionally, there is no any memory expansion option available on the Pixel 2 XL phone to expand the memory, while Note 8 has an option to expand the memory storage by using a microSD card.

Additionally, Google Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones are coming with IP67 certification, making the device dust and water resistant. So these phones are ideal for the travellers and people who frequently using the phones in bathroom or other places.

The Pixel 2 XL doesn’t support Wireless charging, while the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a support for Wireless charging to recharge the device with extra wireless chargers without the need of any USB Type-C data cable or any other charger.

Talking about the back panel, Google’s Pixel 2 XL features single camera of 12.2 Megapixel with  f/1.8 aperture and OIS. The camera features a Portrait Mode as well. The camera also features powerful machine learning technologies. On the other hand, Samsung brought the concept of dual cameras on the new Note 8 smartphone. Yes, the Galaxy Note 8 features a dual rear camera setup at the back panel. It features two 12MP sensors with an f/1.7 aperture on the wide-angle lens, and an f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens. The camera features bokeh shots and other additional functions to get the perfect shots without the need of a digital camera.

Being a Google product, the newly announced Google Pixel 2 XL runs on a latest Android Oreo Operating System out-of-the-box while the Galaxy Note 8 is running on a Nougat Operating System and it will take a couple of more months to get the original Android Oreo update. Samsung has decided to push the Oreo update to the Note 8 in the early 2018. Since, Android’s Oreo is the biggest change in the Android update, it features a large number of functions and extra features to the phone. So you can make the most of this OS within the Pixel 2 XL smartphone.

Moving on to the additional functionality, the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone has a powerful machine learning technology within the builtin camera. The cameras are attached with Google search engine so you can take the photos and can search for those photos directly on Google search engine. Apart from this, Pixel 2 XL has active edge feature which allows you to launch apps and use other functions of the phone just by squeezing at different edges of the phone. On the other hand, Samsung’s Note 8 has powerful S-Pen Stylus. With S-Pen, you can do a variety of tasks like creative pictures, drawing various things and using this pen just to operate the mobile phone. It’s more powerful than any S-Pen launched till date.

These are the differences between these two high-end devices, Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The phones carry a bunch of common features, however we are bound to list down the common features here as you might not be able to decide for yourself after seeing the common features.

Common features such as sensors, connectivity options and other things are there. The same features are available in most of the high-end smartphones which are better not to list down here.

If we talk about the pricing, Google Pixel 2 XL is currently listed at $849 while the Galaxy Note 8 is listed at $930 for the unlocked version. So if you choose the Note 8, you have to pay around $100 extra for those extra features.


It all depends upon the basic requirements of yours. If you have been using the Google device for a long time, it’s time to make a change with the Note 8 as it is packed with the most amazing and innovative features which you might have never seen on any other smartphone. If you’ve been using a Samsung device for a long time and looking for a change, then Google Pixel 2 XL is here to amaze you with Squeezable display and Android Oreo Operating System.

We are not able to let you decide what to choose as far as the your requirements are concerned. Some people might want to stick with the same company and some might need a change. Both the phones carry a set of advanced features which are indeed the best thing about the them. So make up your choice and choose the right phone for the future as they cost very high.

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