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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy S9+: Which One to Buy?

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Galaxy S9+ vs Pixel 3 XL: Specs

Galaxy S9+ vs Pixel 3 XL: Specs

While some people worry about specs, processor speeds and RAM, the average buyer doesn't. And, they don't need to because these are two fast and powerful phones. That said, the Pixel 3 XL does have a few areas where it loses out to Samsung. Here are the numbers in case you want to know. 

Galaxy S9+ Specs

  • 6.2-inch Quad-HD Curved Infinity AMOLED Display 
  • Snapdragon 845 Processor with 6GB of RAM
  • 64 or 128GB storage options with microSD expansion
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung UX (Android Pie coming eventually)
  • Dual 12MP Rear Cameras with variable aperture, IOS, 960 FPS Slow-mo, more
  • 8MP Front Selfie Camera with Portrait Mode & AR Emoji
  • Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
  • 3,500 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging 
  • IP68 Dust & Water-resistance
  • USB Type-C, Bixby AI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Heart-rate sensor, Face Unlock, Iris Scanning
  • and more

As you can see, Samsung's S9+ tops the charts in almost every single category. That said, Google's phone does too. 

Pixel 3 XL Specs


  • 6.3-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Display
  • 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor with 4GB of RAM 
  • 64 and 128GB storage configurations, no microSD expansion
  • Android 9 Pie Software 
  • Improved 12.3 Megapixel Rear AI Camera with f/1.7 aperture, tons of software tricks
  • Dual 8MP Front-facing cameras for Portrait selfies, emoji and more
  • Dual Front-Facing Boomsound Stereo Speakers (40% louder than before)
  • 3,450 mAh Battery with fast and wireless charging 
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistant
  • USB Type-C, Google Assistant, Face Unlock technology, no 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless charging, squeezable sides
  • more

Ok, so three things to talk about. For one, the Pixel only has 4GB of RAM which some might worry about. Android 9 Pie on board means it runs buttery smooth, but it does make us question future updates in 2019 or 2020. Then, there's no 3.5mm headphone jack, and the battery is smaller than the Pixel 2 XL last year being 3,450 mAh. 

That aside, the Galaxy S9+ has the same processor, more RAM, more storage options thanks to an SD slot, older Android software, a headphone jack and a slightly bigger 3,500 mAh battery. Basically, it's a tie!

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