Samsung faced a big problem with the Note 7 and retaliated with an ever better Galaxy Note 8. At the same time, Alphabet X, the parent company of Google Inc. was planning for their next big move – the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL. Both the companies are firmly targeting the premium segment with some top-notch devices, dedicated to providing users with the best user experience in the industry. While it has been almost a month since Note 8 was revealed, the Pixel 2 XL has launched just two days ago. But even those two days are enough for fans and tech geeks to begin comparing the top Android devices in the industry.

“This has been the best year in the history of smartphones so far, we are getting to see phones and features that were unimaginable just two years ago,” a fan was quoted saying.

While we agree that the two phones are surely the best Android devices you can find anywhere on Earth, it is inevitable customers would want to explore their options before finalising on one of them. So here we go! Let’s compare the two phones side by side:

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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8 – Design

Image appears to be brokenThe Note 8 is pretty much like a notepad – with a large screen and a stylus. Samsung has gone a mile ahead of everyone with the infinity display that they introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S8 this year in March. The same technology has been implemented in the Note 8 which makes this phone not just look stunning but also offers a visual experience like no other.

Image appears to be brokenOn the other hand, the Google Pixel 2 XL has been given a 6-inch AMOLED QHD+ super high contrast display. Now this display not just makes things look awesome, but also the addition of ‘squeezable display’ adds up to the utility factor of the device. The ‘Active Sense’ technology senses special inputs to perform tasks. This is a design factor no one can ignore. Google has excelled in this part here.

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8 – Specifications and Configuration

Google Pixel 2 XL Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC Octa-Core, 64-bit Qualcomm SnapDragon 835/Samsung Exynos 8895
Octa-Core, 64-bit
Memory 4GB RAM | 64/128GB Storage 6GB RAM | 64/128/256 GB Storage
(Expandable by 256GB)
Rear 12.2 MP ƒ/1.8
Quad-LED True Tone flash, Dual-Pixel, OIS+EIS
12MP+12MP (f/1.7 W/A + f/2.4 Telephoto)
Dual-LED Dual Tone Flash, Dual OIS
Front 8MP (f/2.4 Aperture), Wide Angle Lens 8MP (f/1.7 Aperture), Smart Auto Focus Enabled
Display 5.99” AMOLED Near-Bezelless Display w/ Active Sense 6.3” Super AMOLED Dual-Edge Infinity Display
Battery 3520 mAh Li-Ion Non-removable Battery 3300 mAh Li-Ion Non-removable Battery
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • Wifi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • USB-C
  • NFC(Universal)
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • Wifi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • USB-C
  • NFC(Samsung Pay)
Operating System Android v8.0 Oreo, Upgradable to all future updates Android v7.1.1 Nougat, Upgradable to Android v8.0 & further
Security Fingerprint scanner, Pin Code, Password Lock Fingerprint scanner, Iris scanner, Pattern Lock, Pin Code, Password
Colors Quite Grey, Very Silver, Kinda Blue, Just Black Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue


Google Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8 – Pricing

For now, the Pixel 2XL has been launched in select countries with the UAE launch very near. We’re speculating that the price of the PIxel 2 XL (64GB variant) in the UAE would be somewhere in the house of 3100 AED to 3300 AED.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is currently available for sale in UAE for 3299 AED.

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Also Read: iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8


There is no clear winner here. While Samsung boasts of a beautiful display and stylus, Google Pixel 2 XL has their trademark back panel, which stands out of the crowd and identifies the phone right away.

While the Google Pixel 2 XL has the latest Android Update right away, it wouldn’t take long for Note 8 to catch up.

While the Note 8 boast of a mammoth 6GB RAM, the Pixel 2 XL is not far behind with 4GB. Be informed, 4GB RAM is not small.

While a 6.3-inch screen is highly pleasing, a 5.99 inch isn’t anywhere behind.

Prices, if you can spend 3200 AED, you might as well spend 3300 AED. The choice is yours.

The phones are great devices, anything you buy will not disappoint you. At All!