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
|Features||Google Pixel 2||Samsung Galaxy S9|
|Announced||2017, October||2018, February|
|Status||Available. Released 2017, October||Available. Released 2018, March|
|Dimensions||145.7 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)|
|Weight||143 g (5.04 oz)||163 g (5.75 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, aluminum body, partial glass back||Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Nano-SIM card & eSIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~441 ppi density)||1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
- Always-on display
- 95% DCI-P3 coverage
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- HDR10 compliant
- 3D Touch (home button only)
- Always-on display
|OS||Android 8.0||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835||Exynos 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
|GPU||Adreno 540||Mali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
Adreno 630 - USA/LATAM, China
|Card slot||No||microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only|
|Internal||64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM||64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12.2 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality||12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama||Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality||2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality|
|Secondary Camera||8 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|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0)||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Colors||Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold|
|Performance||Basemark 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
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.023 (sunlight)||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.630 (sunlight)|
|Battery life||75h endurance rating||78h endurance rating|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 70dB, noise 77dB, ring 81dB||Voice 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.