Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note8; battle of the Androids

The two best phones from Samsung are having a face off, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 which released late this summer, and the Google Pixel 2 XL which was unveiled just this week. But who will come out on top?

The Galaxy Note8 from Samsung comes with the very best hardware, and just about every feature you could dream of on a smartphone. The Google Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile, is Google’s challenger handset to the Note 8, and also comes packing some top-end tech. It’s also a launchpad device for Google’s new Android 8.0 Oreo software, and runs a clean version of Android that’ll suit fans of the platform.

Read on as we break down what sets these flagship devices apart.


With the Galaxy Note8,  you are getting a huge 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with Samsung’s ‘Infinity Display’ design. This means almost all of the phone’s front is occupied by the screen display. It’s also got a 1440 x 2960-pixel resolution that results in a jam-packed 512ppi pixel density. The Google Pixel 2 XL has a comparable screen to that of the Note8, with a larger 6-inch OLED display with a QHD resolution.

Both Google phones run on the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that’s built into the Galaxy Note 8. This means we should expect performance to be roughly equal across all devices.


The Pixel devices offer less storage than that of the Galaxy Note8, with 4GB of RAM offering  and storage options of 64GB or 128GB (but missing the Note 8’s 256GB option).


The most notable feature on the Pixel 2 XL is the ‘Edge Sense’ capability. This is a carryover from this year’s HTC U11, and allows users to squeeze the sides of their phone to perform various control functions – like launching the camera, or Google Assistant – quite easily.


It is no surprise that the Galaxy Note8 price is set very high, starting at $930, while US pricing for the Pixel devices is set between $649 and $949 for the two Google Pixel 2 handsets.

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