Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs Pixel 2 XL Comparison – Which Phone Is Better?

Apart from the super-expensive Apple iPhone X, multiple new flagships have arrived in the market. The Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are already being touted as best smartphones of the year. Both devices have a lot to offer but how do they compare against each other? Let’s do a quick comparison and find out. Read more to find about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs Pixel 2 XL Comparison – Which Phone Is Better?

Galaxy Note 8 Vs Pixel 2 XL

Price and Availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Rs 67,900
Google Pixel 2 XL Rs 73,000/ Rs 82,000

The Google Pixel 2 XL has been priced in India at Rs 73,000 and Rs 82,000 for the 64GB and 128GB variants, respectively. Both models will be exclusively available via Flipkart from November 1.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced in India at Rs 67,900. The Samsung handset has an advantage in this segment.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs iPhone X – Which Phone Is Better?


Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Google Pixel 2
Processor octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Inbuilt Storage 64GB (expandable up to 256GB) 64GB/ 128GB (non-expandable)
Display 6.3-inch, Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18.5:9 aspect ratio 6.0-inch, P-OLED, QHD+, 18:3 aspect ratio
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera Dual (12MP + 12MP) with flash 12.2-megapixel
Front Camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Battery 3300mAh 3520mAh
Dual SIM Yes Yes

The Google Pixel 2 XL is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB RAM. The internal storage cannot be expanded via a micro SD card. It is backed by a 3520mAh battery.

Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8895 processor along with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable). It is backed by a 3,330mAh battery.


The Pixel 2 XL features a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The 8-megapixel front camera comes with a f/2.4 aperture. Other features include an enhanced version of Portrait Mode (works with both the rear and front cameras).

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 8 features a dual camera setup on the back. It uses two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus + telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2x Optical Zoom) with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). Additional features include 4K video recording at 30 fps, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow motion, Hyperlapse, and RAW file support. The 8-megapixel front camera also comes with f/1.7 aperture and an 80-degree wide angle lens.

Google claims that the camera on Pixel 2 series is the best smartphone camera. In the DxO tests, the Google handset received 98 points, which is 4 points higher than the Galaxy Note 8.

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with an improved stylus with a full set of customizable Edge Panels and Air Commands with S-Pen functionality. Additional features on the Galaxy Note 8 include Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI, Bixby assistant (with dedicated Bixby button on the side), Infinity Display, IP68 rating, and a fingerprint sensor.

The Google Pixel 2 XL comes with Active Edge feature which allows you to squeeze the smartphone to launch Google Assistant. Additional features include an IP67 rating (water and dust-proof), USB Type-C, stereo speakers and a fingerprint sensor. Also, a new launcher with Google search bar is added on the bottom of the screen.

Design and Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a near bezel-less display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The 6.3-inch super AMOLED display comes with QHD+ resolution. It measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and weighs 195g. The latest Samsung flagship handset looks as sleek and modern.

On the other hand, the Google handset is sticking with the standard design for the Pixel series. It comes with a two-toned design (half glass and half metal). The Google Pixel 2 XL measures 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm and weighs 175 grams. It sports a 6.0-inch P-OLED display with QHD+ (2880 x 1440pixels) resolution, a pixel density of 538ppi, 100 percent DCI-P3 color space support, and 18:3 aspect ratio. The display is protected by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs LG V30 – Which Flagship Phone Is Better?


Both the Galaxy Note 8 and the Pixel 2 XL offer the best of Android platform. While the Samsung flagship comes with several cool features and futuristic design, the Google smartphone improves upon its predecessor. The Google handset is also bound to get the latest Android updates. We will have to test these devices in real-world scenarios to get a complete picture. Which of the two premium handsets will you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.

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