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Pixel 2 vs. Galaxy S9: Which Android phone is best ?

Pixel 2 vs. Galaxy S9
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Pixel 2 vs. Galaxy S9: Which Android phone should you buy?

Thetechtea compare a heavyweights Android to see which phone comes out on top.

So which one should you buy? Pixel 2 or Galaxy S9.

That would depend on what you want from a phone and how much you’re willing to spend to get it. We’ve stacked these two powerhouses against each other to see which one has the best design, camera, software features and performance.




Compare : Pixel 2 vs. Galaxy S9

FeaturesGoogle Pixel 2Samsung Galaxy S9
Announced2017, October2018, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2017, OctoberAvailable. Released 2018, March
Dimensions145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in)
Weight143 g (5.04 oz)163 g (5.75 oz)
Build Front glass, aluminum body, partial glass backFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIMNano-SIM card & eSIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~441 ppi density)1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
- Always-on display
- 95% DCI-P3 coverage
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- HDR10 compliant
- 3D Touch (home button only)
- Always-on display
OSAndroid 8.0Android 8.0 (Oreo)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835Exynos 9810 Octa - EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 - USA/LATAM, China
CPU Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA/LATAM, China
GPUAdreno 540Mali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
Adreno 630 - USA/LATAM, China
Card slotNomicroSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only
Internal64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM
Primary Camera12.2 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panoramaGeo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary Camera8 MP (f/2.4, 27mm, 1/3.2", 1.4µm), 1080p 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakersYes, with stereo speakers
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0)3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerIris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
ColorsKinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly WhiteMidnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold
PerformanceBasemark OS II: 3387 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 4131
Basemark X: 38794
Basemark OS II: 3329 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3382
Basemark X: 42645
DisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.023 (sunlight)Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.630 (sunlight)
Battery life75h endurance rating 78h endurance rating
LoudspeakerVoice 70dB, noise 77dB, ring 81dBVoice 68dB, noise 74dB, ring 81dB
Price ₹ 60,999₹ 51,649


And the winner is…


Because I love the ease of which I can take a great photo with little effort, I personally lean toward the Pixel 2. I also its minimalistic interface, pocketable size and slightly lower price tag.

But which is objectively the better phone? I have to say, it’s the Galaxy S9. With its smooth looks, fast processor and long-lasting battery, it edged out the Pixel 2 in more categories. This all makes sense, since it’s the newer and more expensive model.

Whatever phone you choose, you’ll surely be satisfied by both. However, it’s important to note that these two aren’t even your only options. If you want a bigger phone, there’s the Galaxy S9 Plus and Pixel 2 XL to consider. And  if you don’t need a new phone immediately, the Pixel 3 is expected to launch in four months, while the next Samsung phone will be the Galaxy Note 9, which is due for release around August. Both phones should have more processing power, the latest version of Android P and better cameras.


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