Specs Showdown: Pixel 2 XL Vs iPhone X Vs Note8 [Updated]

With the release of the iPhone X this morning, we’re now neck-deep in new smartphones. So what better thing to do then pit flagship against flagship against flagship in a battle for consumer hearts? How does Apple’s, Samsung’s and Google’s number one smartphones stack up against each other? Let’s take a look at the specs.

The Specs

Pixel 2 XL iPhone X Samsung Note 8
OS Android 8.0 (Oreo) iOS 11 Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
RAM 4 GB 3 GB 6 GB
Dimensions 157.9mm x 76.7mm x 7.9 mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight 175g 174g 195g
CPU Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor
Storage/Memory 64/128 GB 64/256 GB 64 GB
Display 6.0-inch P-OLED 5.8-inch Super Retina HD 6.3-inch WQHD+ AMOLED
Resolution 2880 x 1440 (~538 ppi) 2436 x 1125 (458 ppi) 2960 x 1440 (521 ppi)
Battery 3520mAh 2716mAh 3300mAh
microSD support No No Yes, up to 256GB
3.5mm Headphone Jack No No Yes
Camera Single 12.2MP rear (f/1.8, OIS, EIS), 8MP (f/2.4) front Dual vertical 12MP rear (f/1.8, 28mm and f/2.4, 56mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS), 7MP (f/2.2) front Dual 12MP rear (wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4, OIS), 8MP front
Colours Just Black and Black & White Silver and Space Grey Midnight Black and Maple Gold
Price (64GB model) $1399 $1579 $1499

What Are The Major Differences Between The Note 8, iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL?

Pixel 2 is playing catch up with the two big smartphone players but it includes everything, from a specifications point of view, that a new smartphone needs to have.

Samsung and Apple’s entries include fantastic dual camera options that are really pushing the envelope of what smartphone cameras are capable of - but Google has not opted to run with the same thinking, instead going for one rear camera. Whether or not this will be a big issue, we will have to wait and see, but the Pixel did deliver some fantastic photos with a similar set of specifications and Google are marketing the Pixel 2 range as having the best smartphone camera you can find.

The iPhone X benefits from a beefy A11 Bionic CPU that should make for a zippier experience. Both the Note 8 and the Pixel 2 XL are running Snapdragon 835's with powerful octa-core CPU's themselves, so you won't be left wanting for power on any device. Until I get them in my hands, it will be hard for me to comment on the phone displays but it is safe to say they've all got incredibly powerful, high-PPI displays that make the most of the available real estate in the phones frame.

One thing the Pixel 2 XL has going for it that its competitors don't is the 'Active Edge' feature, which allows you to squeeze the sides of the phone to perform certain functions, like activating Google Assistant. It's a neat addition on the software side that aims to improve the user experience. On the flipside, you have phone-specific features like Note 8's Live Message features and Apple's Face ID that look to offer something different for buyers.

Battery life an issue? The Pixel 2 XL has the largest battery of the lot, but Apple are putting big numbers on battery life due to the iPhone X's efficiency.

Samsung's Note 8 is championing the endangered species that we call a 'headphone jack'. The iPhone X and the Pixel 2 XL use one port for all purposes, so get ready to purchase dongles and adapters if you're looking at Apple or Google's flagship.

I don’t know that there are too many game changers in the Pixel 2 XL, but it's a respectable entry into the Game of Smartphones. For me, the iPhone X and Note 8 certainly win out purely on design, dropping the bezels just gives the phone a futuristic tone that makes you feel like you're looking at the newest thing. Google have opted to retain a similar design to the original Pixel and although the bezels are lessened, they're still obvious. This is largely due to including front-facing speakers, but it's jarring when you compare it to Apple and Samsung's latest.

For a lot of prospective buyers, it will come down to price too. Apple will certainly have the most expensive phone on the market when the iPhone X launches and it makes the 64GB Pixel 2 XL seem like a real value buy in this context. Getting up over the $1500 mark may put a lot of people off - but this is the world we live in now.

Which phone gets your hard-earneds? Let us know in the comments!


    The picture at the top of the article is a Pixel 2... not the XL... just sayin'

      Much appreciated Leeroy - as explained below, I switched from comparing Pixel 2 with them to Pixel 2 XL at the last minute.

      I've only had one coffee today.

      I'm sorry.

        You have the prices of the Note 8 and X mixed up, Note 8 is $1499 X is $1579

    I'm kinda interested in the the LG V30 now, any news on that?

    Seems like it's almost identical to the Pixel 2 XL but with some added things like wireless charging etc

      Actually, I considered doing a comparison with the LG V30 as well - but it is something that we have had less exposure to on Lifehacker.

      Have made a note though, so I will see if I can wrangle more V30 news for you.

    Isn't that the Pixel 2 in the header, not XL?

      It is - I actually changed this article at the last minute and made it a Pixel 2 XL comparison instead of the Pixel 2, but this I D I O T forgot to change the header image. I appreciate the pickup. Thank you.

    It will be nice to see the Huawei Mate 10 Pro compared to this lot as I think it will be a good phone spec and price wise

      We're pretty spoiled for choice aren't we?

    could also have made the image to represent actual dimensions. Iphone X should seem smaller than the other two. Dont want a xl or plus sized phone :(

    Just a quick one, isn't the price of iPhone and Note 8 other way around. iPhone the more expensive one $ 1590 plus.

    Also you guys do know that the Note 8 also sport a face recognition and not just iPhone x. As a matter of fact S8 already had it. So not so NEW feature for Iphone.

    Just saying.

      Yeah but the iPhone face recognition isn't fooled by holding your phone up to someone's facebook profile picture.

    How does the HP Elite x3 compare to these 3 phones?
    If somebody could share their knowledge or personal experiences with this phone

    Good article but will anyone really cross-shop these three devices? Most people I'm guessing would have an OS of choice and take it from there.

    I think he omission of microchip add-on is the biggest problem. I used an Xperia and was able to add a 128 microchip to my internal which was very good before buying the Pixel and I miss the microchip.
    The only one who does is the Samsung.
    Why don't the Android and Apple systems do likewise?

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