How Google Pixel 2 XL compares with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X
The highly anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones have been finally unveiled by Google. The Pixel 2 will retain the screen size of the first-gen Pixel and will be available in 64GB and 128GB variants at a starting price of Rs61,000.
The Pixel 2 XL will offer a bigger screen than last year’s Pixel XL. It will be available in 64GB and 128GB variants too but will sell at Rs73,000. The Pixel 2 will be available in India from 1 November, while the Pixel 2 XL will arrive after 15 November. The Apple iPhone X is releasing on 3 November.
We take a look at the big-screen Pixel 2 XL to find out where it stands in comparison to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Rs67,900) and the Apple iPhone X (Rs89,000).
Manufactured by LG, the Pixel 2 XL has a aluminium body and the trademark dual colour tone on the back, also seen in predecessors. The feature that will draw more attention is the new design language, similar to the LG G6 and V30. Google has reduced the size of the lower and upper bezels on the front panel and removed the side bezels completely. It is one of the reasons for its smaller footprint—it is 157.9mm long, 76.7mm wide and weighs just 175g.
The Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X have been designed with the same objective—to offer a big screen in small form-factor. The Note 8 has thin bezels, while the iPhone X has practically no bezels, except for a small strip at the top for front camera. The slight difference in their dimensions is due to the different screen sizes and the glass back. The Galaxy Note 8 has a bigger 6.3-inch screen, while the iPhone X has a slightly smaller 5.8-inch screen.
Due to a bigger screen, the Galaxy Note 8 looks taller. It is 162.5mm tall and weighs 195g, but is narrower than Pixel 2 XL at 74.8mm. The iPhone X is the most compact and lighter of the three with a length of 143.6mm, width of 70.9mm wide, and weight of 174g.
The Pixel 2 XL comes with IP67 certification, which means it is dust proof and also water resistant up to a depth of 1 metres for 30 minutes. The iPhone X is also IP67 certified. Galaxy Note 8 is better placed in this regard—it has IP68 certification which makes it water resistant up to a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
While we have mentioned screen sizes before, there are slight difference in them. The Pixel 2 XL uses a P-OLED display, Apple iPhone X has an OLED screen, while the Galaxy Note 8 has an AMOLED screen. P-OLED screen have plastic substrate. It makes the display more flexible and thinner. OLED and AMOLED screens are made of the glass substrates. The difference in terms of brightness and colour reproduction is too subtle for the user to notice.
In terms of screen resolution, both Google and Samsung smartphones are on the same boat. Both offer a resolution if 2,880x1,440p and have Gorilla glass 5 for protection against scratches. The iPhone X offers a resolution of 2,436x1,125p.
In terms of hardware, the three smartphones look well-equipped. The Pixel 2 XL is powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM in tow.
The Galaxy Note 8 runs on Samsung’s powerful Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, but offers more (6GB RAM) memory.
The iPhone X is driven by Apple’s A11 Bionic hexa-core processor which according to Apple is 70% faster than its predecessor.
Google is also betting big on the camera in the Pixel 2 XL. It has a single 12-megapixel camera, with aperture of f/1.8, and OIS (optical image stabilization) to minimise blur due to shakes. There is no update on what sensor is being used. Both Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X offer dual 12-megapixel cameras. The former has an aperture of f/1.7, 2x optical zoom and offers OIS in both cameras, while iPhone X has OIS, 2x optical zoom and an aperture of f/1.8. This is going to be a close call between the three.
Google has dumped the 3.5mm Jack in the Pixel 2 XL and will be using the USB Type-C connector for connecting to headphones. The iPhone X is similar in this regard. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm either and depends on lightning connector for all wired connections.
These phones will provide users with adapters to connect your existing 3.5mm headphone, so there is nothing to worry about. But if the USB slot is occupied (for charging), you can’t listen to music at the same time. Samsung is yet to walk down that road—Galaxy Note 8 has a separate 3.5mm jack.
The key point of difference between the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8 is going to be the software. While the former offers plain Android and runs Android Oreo out of the box, the Note 8 comes with a bloated TouchWiz UI over Android 7.1 (will be updated to Android Oreo soon). While the geeks may scoff at the TouchWiz UI, it is quite popular with mainstream users, In Galaxy Note 8, you even get to use the S-Pen.
Google has made some changes in the interface in Pixel 2 XL. The search bar will now show below the apps on the home page and above the navigation buttons. The smartphone also comes with unlimited storage for high-resolution photos and videos.
The iPhone X runs Apple’s proprietary iOS 11.0.2.
The Pixel 2 XL looks at par with two of the most exciting smartphones in the market right now.