Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs. Google Pixel 2 XL : Detailed Comparison


The South Korean giant has made their new flagship smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ official in the technology market. The phones were announced in the Mobile World Congress 2018 at Barcelona, Spain. The phones are gradually reaching out to new markets around the world. If you are confused between the Galaxy S9+ and Pixel 2 XL smartphone and could decide which one to choose, our detailed comparison report on both these devices will help you out to make up your mind on choosing the right device.

Samsung is known for their innovations in the smartphones. In fact, the giant has become the world’s most popular one with numerous smartphones for all types of features. Being the new generation and the most recent smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones packed with a bunch of advanced technical features which are innovative as well.

For that very same, people around the tech world are confused between the new flagship phones launched by different giants and they are unable to figure out which one to choose as they are priced high and they don’t want to waste their money. We will compare both the devices here with their specs and features with pricing and other required information about the devices.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ : Features & Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S9+ is slightly a bigger variant of Galaxy S9 smartphone. The phone comes with a few additional features compare to the original Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone.

The new Galaxy S9+ sports a 6.2 Inch AMOLED screen with 1440 x 2960 pixels of screen resolution and an odd 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the screen. The always-on display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The home button comes with 3D touch.

The device runs on two independent processors for the US and China and for the other regions. The Galaxy S9+ smartphone is powered by Exynos 9810 Octa with Mali-G72 MP18 GPU and Qualcomm’s Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU, for the US and China. The device comes with three different variants, 6GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of Memory Storage options. All the variants of the Galaxy S9+ phones support expansion option with which you can simple expand the memory of your device by using a microSD card.

The device runs on a latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system and on top of that, it comes with Experience 9.0 customUI. Experience 9 is Samsung’s own customUI designed to run on an Android Operating System. The customUI is designed only for the new generation of Samsung devices which brings you a lot of improved features and functions for your Galaxy S9+ smartphone. It’s a worth noting feature that Samsung has pushed into the new generation smartphones.

On the camera front, the Galaxy S9+ packed with a dual cameras at the back panel as Primary Camera. It comes with a combination of 12 Megapixel + 12 Megapixel camera sensors. The Primary Camera supports OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama and more. It is equipped with an LED Flash light for low light photography. At the front, the device comes with an 8 Megapixel of front facing camera as selfie-shooter camera at as Secondary Camera. The Selfie camera comes with dual video call, Auto HDR and many other useful functions.

If we talk about the connectivity options, the Galaxy S9+ offers all kinds of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM Radio, USB 3.1.

Samsung has designed this phone with a lot of additional functions to compete the best of smartphones available in the market. The new Galaxy S9+ phone has an advanced Iris Scanner with a Fingerprint Scanner at the back panel. The company has introduced the new Face Intelligence technology which helps you to unlock the device by looking at the display. The device comes with a 3,500 mAh of battery capacity which supports wireless charging and fast charging.

Other features such as Bixby Voice Assistant with simplest UI for everyone. Design-wise, the devices have acquired the same design like their predecessors, however the new Galaxy S9+ packs with a lot of extra features and advanced specifications at the same time.

The Galaxy S9+ packed with new AR Emojis which are basically your own Emojis. Samsung brought this feature to compete against Apple’s Face ID feature. AR Emojis lets you create your own emoji by scanning your face. It doesn’t offer much compare to the Animojis, however it looks pretty nice and innovative at the same time and you would definitely going to like the new AR Emojis feature on the new Galaxy S9 phones.

Google Pixel 2 XL : Features & Specifications

Google’s latest flagship smartphones, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL are packed with a set of advanced features which you may not have seen on any other smartphones till date. The Google Pixel 2 XL is a bigger variant of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone.

The Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone sports a 6.0 Inch P-OLED screen with 1440 x 2880 pixels of screen resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device looks pretty taller and handy with this ratio. You might have noticed that most of the new generation smartphones are coming with the same aspect ratio. The Always-on display on the device comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The body is IP67 certified which makes the device water and dust resistant.

Also see : Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs. Apple iPhone X : Detailed Comparison

Furthermore, the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone is powered by an Octa-Core CPU with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Chipset. It comes with Adreno 540 GPU. Pixel 2 XL comes with two different version, 4GB of RAM with 64GB and 128GB Memory Storage options. There is no any expansion option available on the device so you would not be allowed to expand the memory storage of the device.

On the camera front, the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone comes with a 12.2 Megapixel of singular camera. Yes, there is no any dual camera available on the device unlike the other smartphones. However, the singular Primary Camera on the device is loaded with a set of advanced features. OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash with face detection, HDR, panorama, Geo-tagging, touch focus modes available. On the front, the device comes with an 8 Megapixel of selfie-shooter camera as Secondary Camera of the device with 1080 pixels of video recording functionality. You can take perfect selfies and can make full HD video calls through the device.

If we talk about the connectivity features, the device comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1. The device has a Fingerprint Scanner which is located at the back panel just like other smartphones.

Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone is backed up by a 3,520 mAh of battery capacity. The device comes with Just Black, Black & White color variants.

Comparison Table : Samsung Galaxy S9+ Vs. Google Pixel 2 XL

                    Samsung Galaxy S9+              Google Pixel 2 XL
Display 6.2 Inches Super AMOLED Display 6.0 Inches P-OLED Display
Aspect Ratio 18.5:9 Aspect ratio 18:9 Aspect Ratio
Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 540
Memory Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256 GB 64GB, 128 GB
Memory Expansion Yes, upto 400GB No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera 12 Megapixel +12 Megapixel Dual Cameras 12.2 Megapixel Camera
Secondary Camera 8 Megapixel 7 Megapixel
Audio Jack Yes, with 3.5mm AudioJack No
Build Aluminum Frame with Gorilla Glass 5 protection Aluminium Body with glass protection both sides
SIM Single and Hybrid- Dual SIM Nano-SIM card & eSIM
Body IP68 certified, Water and Dust Resistant IP67 certified, Water and Dust Resistant
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0, GPS, NFC, FM
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0, GPS, FM Radio NFC
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear mounted No
Iris Scanner Yes, Advanced No
Face ID  No, Face Intelligent No
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Battery Capacity 3,500 mAh non-
removable battery
3,520 mAh non-removable battery
Other Samsung Pay Google Pay
Pricing Starts with $839 Starts with $$849


Conclusion : 

Since both the smartphones are from high-end smartphones category, the pricing of these devices are pretty much the same. If we compare the devices with each other, the new Galaxy S9+ smartphone has a number of advanced and new features which you would not get from Google’s Pixel 2 XL smartphone.

Google Pixel 2 XL doesn’t feature Dual Cameras and there is nothing innovative to explore. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ smartphone offers dual cameras with Iris Scanner, AR Emojis and many other innovative features.

So if you are a little worried about picking up the right smartphone, we recommend you to choose the Galaxy S9+ smartphone. If you are a big fan of Google products, then you should pick the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone, however you would not get the advanced features on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone like the Galaxy S9+ has!