The Google Pixel is undoubtedly one of the best phones to have come out of Google’s sheds. However, there have been multiple new handsets that have launched since then, most of which have a vastly superior hardware specs sheet under the hood. To be honest, comparing it with the current crop of flagships is a little unfair given that other OEMs have a distinct advantage in terms of hardware. This is when speculations about the next gen Pixel become doubly interesting. The Pixel 2 is expected to break cover later this year. So let’s have a look at some of the rumored hardware specifications of this handset and compare it with the best phone available in the industry today – the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Google Pixel 2 vs Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 boasts of an all new design and a trendsetting internal hardware, so it’s only fair that we compare it with what’s coming next. Google is expected to launch the Pixel 2 exactly a year after the original Pixel was launched, which means we can expect to hear more about the device by September or October.
Rumored Google Pixel 2 specs vs Samsung Galaxy S8 specs comparison
There isn’t much that we know about the Pixel 2’s display at this point, but one can expect the size to remain unchanged from the predecessor. This means Google/HTC will retain the 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display on the handset. However, there have been rumors that Google has invested heavily in LG Display for flexible OLED panels, suggesting that Google might change the course slightly this year. These reports haven’t been confirmed, which means it could go either way.
The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, comes with a 5.8-inch dual-edge Quad HD Super AMOLED display, which has set the industry standard for display quality. The curved edges on either side come with their very own apps, further adding to the customization aspect.
While there are no specifics available on the camera of the Pixel 2, industry rumors have mentioned that there will be some major improvements in this area. However, the report goes on to mention that there won’t be an increase in megapixel count, suggesting that the Pixel 2 could come with the same 12-megapixel camera on the back. We can only speculate that the front will come with an 8-megapixel sensor, although we can’t say anything for sure just yet.
Samsung’s offering, as most of you know, comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera, something that we saw on the Galaxy S7 as well. With an aperture size of f/1.7, the Galaxy S8 certainly has one of the best rear cameras in the business. The front camera is an 8MP f/1.7 sensor, which is known to capture amazing selfies.
The Galaxy S8 comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, which will you offer the best in terms of speed and performance. Four cores are clocked at 2.35 GHz and the remaining four have a clock speed of 1.9 GHz. Needless to say, the Galaxy S8 is the phone to beat at the moment, considering the kind of raw power it offers. There’s 4GB of RAM on board, which is something that we’ve come to expect from flagships.
The Pixel 2 will apparently come with Google’s own processor, although this seems a bit far-fetched right now. If that doesn’t pan out, we can expect the company to use the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which isn’t half bad as we’ve already mentioned. Overall, the Pixel 2 is surely going to be a game changer in terms of hardware specs. We can expect the phone to come with at least 4GB of RAM, although we won’t be surprised if the company bumps it up further.
Samsung is using a moderate 3,000 mAh battery with the Galaxy S8. Thanks to multiple UI optimizations made by Samsung, the relatively smaller battery on board won’t be a problem. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the Super AMOLED panel on board will ensure that the device doesn’t eat up too much of the battery, so customers won’t have anything to worry about.
There’s barely anything we know about the battery on the Pixel 2 at the moment. However, one expects the handset to come with fast charging tech on board. This has become an industry standard now, and given that we’ve seen it on the predecessor as well, it doesn’t take a genius to predict that we’ll see it with the successor as well.
One of the biggest features being talked about with the Pixel 2 is the presence of water-resistance. This feature is commonplace these days, so it seems like Google is merely playing catch up. However, the addition of IP68 certified water/dust resistance will go a long way in making it a perfect flagship overall. These are just rumors, of course, so it’s very likely that we’ll be proven wrong. The new Pixel should also come with Android O, out of the box, making it the first device to have the honor.
Samsung first brought water/dust resistance with the Galaxy S5 three years ago. The company then ditched it with the Galaxy S6 and brought it back with the Galaxy S7. The feature lives on with the Galaxy S8 and adds to its repertoire. The phone can sustain submersion of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. This means the handset can take accidental splashes and even the occasional dunks in the water.
The Galaxy S8 expected to be available soon, and if initial reviews are anything to go by, it’s a game changer. The company has crammed in the best features along with a specifically tailored software experience. This makes the Galaxy S8 one of the best handsets you can get right now, and surely the phone to beat today. While the pricing might be a bit on the higher side, there’s no denying that the Galaxy S8 is well worth the money.
The Pixel 2, as we mentioned, should break cover sometime in October. While there are no concrete details on this front, it seems very likely given that Google has launched two of its flagships in the same period since 2015. We expect to learn more about the Pixel 2 along the way and hope to uncover the mystery surrounding the device. The Galaxy S8 and the Pixel 2 will surely make excellent rivals in the mobile industry.