With so many great smartphones being released this year, it's easy to get lost in the specs and comparisons. We take a deep dive into two of the newest and highly most anticipated Android releases this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Google Pixel 2 XL, to give you a better idea of which is right for you.
The Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch pOLED QHD display with a 2880×1440 pixel resolution. The Galaxy Note 8 brings a 6.3-inch QHD Super AMOLED display (2960 x 1440) at 521 ppi.
The Note8 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which Google left out of the Pixel 2 XL.
The Pixel 2 XL is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU, 4 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 8 has the same processing package but increases the RAM to 6 GB and offers 256 GB of storage instead of 128 GB.
The Galaxy Note8 is Samsung’s first attempt at the dual camera. It incorporates two 12MP sensors with a f/1.7 aperture on the wide-angle lens and a f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens. The Pixel 2 XL takes a different approach and with it, Google is signaling to the world that a single camera can do the same job as two. The rear camera is a 12.2MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture.
The Galaxy Note8 features wireless charging, but as the Pixel XL 2 is almost all metal on the back, aside from a small glass window at the top, it doesn't have wireless charging. There is one big difference though, the Pixel 2 XL has slightly larger bezels because it features dual front-facing speakers.
The Pixel is IP67 and rated for 3ft of water, while the Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 rated for 5ft of water for 30 minutes.
The Galaxy Note 8 costs $930-$960 depending on the carrier. It's one expensive smartphone. Google's Pixel 2 XL isn't cheap either, but it does cost less. Pricing comes in at $849 for the 64GB model of the Pixel 2 XL. Then, there's an option 128GB version for $949.