Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S24 vs. Google Pixel 8 – Deciding the Ultimate Android Phone

Samsung’s Galaxy S24 range predictably disrupts the Android phone market and presents fresh competition to Google’s leading Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. However, which phone should you purchase?

After reviewing the S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra, we’ve discovered their strengths and weaknesses. The positives? Performance, battery life, and Samsung’s new Galaxy AI. How do these advantages measure up against the Pixel 8 series? Continue reading to aid you in determining whether to choose a Pixel or a Galaxy.

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Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Price

Samsung markets three S24 devices, while Google offers two Pixel 8s. The Galaxy S24 begins at $799.99, the S24+ retails for $999.99, and the S24 Ultra goes for $1,299.99. The Pixel 8 starts at just $699, while the 8 Pro is priced at $999. These base prices increase if you choose more storage.

If you’re comparing prices directly, the Pixel 8 costs $100 less than the S24 while delivering similar specifications. Additionally, the top end of both lineups shows the Pixel 8 Pro being $300 less than the Galaxy S24 Ultra. However, the higher price of the S24 Ultra might be worth it if you enjoy drawing or handwriting notes, since it is the only phone in the group that includes a stylus.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Design

The Galaxy S24 and S24+ have a rounded rectangular shape, similar to the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. While the two Samsung models have flat sides, the Pixel phones have curved edges. Meanwhile, the squared-off Galaxy S24 Ultra has flat edges on the top and bottom, with gentler curves on its sides.

All of these phones integrate a front-facing camera and fingerprint sensor into their screens, but their rear designs vary significantly. Samsung places its cameras directly on the back of the device with circular protrusions for the lenses, while Google opts for a raised camera bar spanning the width of the phone and blending into the sides.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, S24+, and S24

Left to right: Galaxy S24 Ultra, S24+, S24 (Credit: Eric Zeman)

As for dimensions, the Galaxy S24 measures 5.79 by 2.78 by 0.30 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.93 ounces. Overall, it’s smaller and lighter than the Google Pixel 8 (5.93 by 2.75 by 0.35 inches, 6.6 ounces). Moving up in size, the S24+ measures 6.24 by 3.0 by 0.30 inches and 6.95 ounces, while the S24 Ultra is 6.40 by 3.11 by 0.34 inches and 8.22 ounces. The Pixel 8 Pro (6.40 by 3.01 by 0.35 inches, 7.51 ounces) falls closer to the latter.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

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The Galaxy S24 Ultra sports a titanium frame, Corning Armor Glass on the front, and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the back. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 panels also cover the front and back of the S24 and S24+, which have aluminum frames. On the Google side, the Pixel 8 Pro also uses Gorilla Glass Victus 2, while the Pixel 8 has first-generation Victus glass. Both Pixels use aluminum frames.

All five phones have an IP68 rating, meaning they are fully dustproof and waterproof. Corning claims that the Gorilla Armor is its toughest, most scratch-resistant glass, so the S24 Ultra is likely the most durable of the bunch.

None of the phones have a headphone jack or a microSD card for additional storage. They all use a USB-C Type 3.2 connector, meaning you should experience reasonably fast wired data transfer speeds.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro

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Regarding colors, the Samsung models all have a matte finish. You can choose between Amber Yellow, Cobalt Violet, Marble Gray, or Onyx Black for the S24 and S24+. Options for the S24 Ultra include Titanium Black, Titanium Gray, Titanium Violet, or Titanium Yellow. The Pixel 8 comes in Hazel, Mint, Obsidian, or Rose, while the Pixel 8 Pro is available in Bay, Mint, Obsidian, or Porcelain.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Display

Screen sizes for the phones range from 6.2 to 6.8 inches. The S24 has a 6.2-inch display with FHD+ (2,340 by 1,080 pixels) resolution, while the 6.7-inch S24+ and 6.8-inch S24 Ultra both have QHD+ displays (3,120 by 1,440 pixels). All of these panels support variable refresh rates up to 120Hz and have a peak brightness of 2,600 nits.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro

Left to right: Galaxy S24 Ultra, Pixel 8 Pro (Credit: Eric Zeman)

Google’s Pixel 8 features a 6.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2,400 by 1,080 pixels and a refresh rate that ranges between 60 and 120Hz. The 6.8-inch Pixel 8 Pro has a resolution of 2,992 by 1,344 pixels and a fully variable 120Hz refresh rate. All the screens look similar in terms of sharpness, with Samsung having a slight advantage in screen brightness. The Galaxy S24 devices offer a peak brightness of 2,600 nits, compared to 2,000 nits for the Pixel 8 and 2,400 nits for the Pixel 8 Pro.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S24 uses the enhanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for the Galaxy system on a chip (SoC). It outperforms the Pixels’ Tensor G3 processor in most tests. For instance, in the Geekbench 6 test, the S24 Ultra outscored the Pixel 8 Pro in both single-core and multi-core tests. Despite this, Google contends that its Tensor chips aren’t tuned for benchmarks and instead focus on providing the best AI experience possible.

All the phones feel like they’re on the same page when it comes to everyday tasks. Browsing the web or checking social media is smooth across the board. Samsung’s biggest advantage lies in gaming, as the S24 series is more adept at running games like Genshin Impact.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Connectivity

All the devices in the S24 and Pixel 8 lineup support 5G(C-band, sub-6GHz, and mmWave), NFC, and Bluetooth 5.3. The newer Snapdragon X75 modem gives the S24 phones a slight edge in cellular performance. The S24 Ultra matches the Wi-Fi 7 support of the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, while the S24 and S24+ are stuck on Wi-Fi 6E.

Google Pixel 9 Pro colorways

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Both sets of phones support advanced Bluetooth codecs, which means you’ll get high-quality music playback through your favorite pair of wireless headphones.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Camera

Samsung’s S24 and S24+ both offer a 50MP f/1.8 main lens with OIS, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view, and a 10MP f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The S24 Ultra, however, has a 200MP f/1.7 main camera with OIS, and a 50MP f/3.4 telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.

The Pixel 8 has a 50MP f/1.7 main imager with OIS and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. The Pixel 8 Pro uses the same main sensor, but upgrades to a higher-resolution 48MP f/2.0 ultra-wide camera and a 48MP f/2.8 telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro camera closeup

Left to right: Galaxy S24 Ultra, Pixel 8 Pro (Credit: Eric Zeman)

As for video capabilities, the S24 devices top out at 8K30, whereas the Pixel 8 phones only go up to 4K60. Both sets provide smooth footage, though the S24 lineup has the advantage in terms of resolution and extra features like OIS.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Battery

The S24 has a 4,000mAh battery, the S24+ has a 4,900mAh battery, and the S24 Ultra packs a 5,000mAh battery. The S24 charges at up to 25W, but the other two support rates of up to 45W. All top out at 15W for wireless charging.

Samsung’s phones surpass Google’s in terms of battery life. The S24 lasted over 13 hours in our battery rundown test, while the S24+ and S24 Ultra each surpassed 14 hours.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro

Left to right: Galaxy S24 Ultra, Pixel 8 Pro (Credit: Eric Zeman)

The Pixel 8 has a 4,575mAh cell supporting 27W wired charging, and it lasted for 10 hours and 20 minutes in our tests. The Pixel 8 Pro has a 5,050mAh battery supporting 30W wired charging, and it ran for 9 hours and 5 minutes in testing. Both phones charge wirelessly at up to 15W. If battery life is a priority, any of the Galaxy S24 phones is a better choice.

Galaxy S24 vs. Pixel 8: Software

Samsung plans to support the S24 range for seven years with OS and security updates through January 2031. Google offers the same seven-year promise for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, though the end of that timeline is slightly sooner since those devices launched earlier. Both lineups are ideal if you tend to keep your phone for a longer time.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

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All of these handsets run Android 14, but the S24 phones have Samsung’s One UI 6.1 overlay. If you prefer a cleaner Android experience, the Pixel phones are a better option. Additionally, Google’s phones get quarterly Feature Drops that aren’t available to Samsung’s phones. However, Google doesn’t offer anything to compete with Samsung’s DeX productivity mode.

One last thing to consider is whether you use other Samsung devices, like the Galaxy Watch, SmartTag, or Buds 2 Pro, which work more seamlessly with Samsung phones. Google’s Pixel Watch 2 and Buds Pro work great on Google devices, but just as well on non-Google devices.

Should You Go With Samsung or Google?

The battle for the top Android phone is tight, as expected. The Galaxy S24 Ultra is just so much phone that we had to award it our Editors’ Choice for premiere Android phones. It possesses the best battery life, performance, and display of the bunch, and the S Pen stylus adds another level of productivity. However, the Pixel 8 retains our Editors’ Choice for slightly more compact Android phones due to its lower price and better cameras than the S24.

If you’re unsure about either phone line, check out our list of the best phones overall.

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