Samsung Galaxy S8
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Samsung’s new flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus were announced Wednesday and will hit the market in late- April. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will compete with many other premium devices on the market, including the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google’s 2016 flagships are a new product line for the tech giant. They are intended to work with Google’s Daydream virtual reality protocol and its Daydream headset. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will likely also work with Daydream; however, Samsung has not spoken about the compatibility.

Samsung’s new devices showcase new features such as the Bixby AI assistant, iris scanning and facial recognition biometrics and a virtual home button replacing a physical key, which expands the device’s display to an 18:9:5 aspect ratio. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are intended to work well with video and with Samsung’s own VR headset, Gear VR.

Are you unsure about whether you will purchase the Galaxy S8 or the Pixel? Here’s a comparison of Samsung and Google’s latest flagship smartphones.


Samsung Galaxy S8: 5.8-inch Quad HD dual-edge / 6.2-inch Quad HD dual-edge (Plus)
Google Pixel: 5-inch Full HD / 5.5-inch Full HD (XL)


Samsung Galaxy S8: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895
Google Pixel: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821


Samsung Galaxy S8: 4GB
Google Pixel: 4GB

Internal Storage

Samsung Galaxy S8: 64GB; MicroSD expansion up to 256GB
Google Pixel: 32GB or 128GB


Samsung Galaxy S8: 12-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front
Google Pixel: 12.3-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front


Samsung Galaxy S8: 3,000mAh, 3,500mAh (Plus)
Google Pixel: 2,770 mAh, 3,450 mAh (XL)


Samsung Galaxy S8: Quick charge 4.0, fast wireless charging
Google Pixel: Fast charging


Samsung Galaxy S8: USB-C
Google Pixel: USB-C


Samsung Galaxy S8: Android 7.0 Nougat (native)
Google Pixel: Android 7.1 Nougat


Samsung Galaxy S8: IP68 water and dust resistant
Google Pixel: N/a

Special Sensors

Samsung Galaxy S8: Fingerprint, Iris, Facial recognition
Google Pixel: Fingerprint


Samsung Galaxy S8: $750 / $850 (Plus)
Google Pixel: $649 / $769 (XL)

Release Date

Samsung Galaxy S8: April 21
Google Pixel: Available now


Samsung Galaxy S8: Midnight black, Maple gold, Orchid gray, Blue Coral, Arctic Silver color
Google Pixel: Very Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue