Every day the latest smartphones just keep on coming. Let’s see how the two most coveted phones in the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 3 XL stack up against each other.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Dimensions
Galaxy Note 9: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
Pixel 3 XL: 158 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
The Pixel 3 XL is a tad smaller than the Note 9 which is the biggest and thickest of the two phones due to its extra-tall screen and S Pen.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Display
Galaxy Note 9: 6.4-inch OLED, 1440 x 2960, 516ppi
Pixel 3 XL: 6.3-inch OLED, 1440 x 2960, 523ppi
The Pixel 3 gets the edge here, having the highest resolution with 523 pixels per inch
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Performance
Galaxy Note 9: Snapdragon 845
Pixel 3 XL: Snapdragon 845
Google is at the top of their game in optimizing phones for the latest chips, and the Pixel 3 XL proves to be no exception. You will find the best possible silicon in both the smartphones. It’s just that Google has a better hand at optimizing Android than any other phone maker.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Battery
Galaxy Note 9: 4,000mAh
Pixel 3 XL: 3,430mAh
The Note 9’s 4,000 mAh battery is an absolute powerhouse, easily working through the heaviest usage days. And although the Pixel 3 XL has a smaller battery than the Galaxy Note 9, it should also be sufficient enough to last the entire day. So no one really has the upper hand when it comes to the phone battery.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Storage
Galaxy Note 9: 128GB/512GB
Pixel 3 XL: 64GB/128GB
Nowadays some smartphones have more storage than even laptops.
The Pixel 3 doesn’t offer a storage higher than 128GB, and it also currently doesn’t have the Note 9’s expandable storage option.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Rear camera
Galaxy Note 9: Dual 12MP wide-angle (f/1.5-2.4) and telephoto cameras (f/2.4), dual optical image stabilization, 2x optical zoom
Pixel 3 XL: 12.2MP, f/1.8
Not many upgrades were made in the hardware of the two cameras this year. But you can notice that the Pixel 3 XL is still supporting a single lens on the rear.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Front camera
Galaxy Note 9: 8 MP, f/1.7
Pixel 3 XL: 8MP standard, f/1.8 + 8MP wide, f/2.2
The front camera isn’t usually something phone manufacturers pay too much attention to, but nevertheless, it still is pretty impressive for both of these phones:
Strangely, the extra camera on the front of the Pixel 3 XL isn’t designed for portraits, it’s for a new feature Google calls Group Selfie Cam. A slider at the bottom of the screen can adjust the camera from a 75-degree field-of-view to a 97-degree one to capture more people in the shot. A new feature called Photobooth is also added which will trigger the shutter when you smile or make a funny face.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price
Galaxy Note 9: $1,000/$1,250
Pixel 3XL: $899/$999
The Pixel 3XL is doesn’t start retail at a thousand dollars, yet you are not getting any less storage (64GB) than the Galaxy Note 9. The Pixel 3 XL and Note 9 both cost a thousand bucks for 128GB of storage.