Keeping up with the comparison trend because, after all, we all want the “best bang for the buck”, we cannot forget about another great flagship that was released this year, the Galaxy S23 ultra. When compared to the recently announced top-of-the-line Google Pixel 8 Pro, how does the South Korean giant do? Well, let’s find out right now!
- Pixel 8 Pro: Showcases a spacious 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with an impressive resolution of 1344 x 2992 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 489 pixels per inch.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Boasts a sizable 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a remarkable resolution of 1440 × 3088 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 501 pixels per inch. The Galaxy S23 Ultra offers a slightly larger and higher-resolution screen.
Both panels are very good for everyday use and offer sharp images with great colors, but those looking for more real-state for their displays will be happier with the Samsung device, which also has a screen a tidbit sharper.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Equipped with Google’s potent Tensor G3 chipset, ensuring smooth and responsive performance.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2, providing powerful processing capabilities for multitasking and demanding tasks.
Powering the Pixel 8 Pro is Google’s Tensor G3 chipset, while the S23 Ultra brings the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Both chipsets can handle high-performance tasks with ease, delivering a nice experience when multitasking or gaming.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Provides a substantial 12GB of RAM, enabling efficient multitasking and app handling.
- Galaxy S23 Ultra: Comes with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, matching its opponent on the higher RAM option.
- Pixel 8 Pro: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB
- Galaxy S23 Ultra: 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB
In terms of storage, both devices offer almost the exact same options, with the exception of the Pixel 8 Pro which has a cheaper 128GB variant for those that do not need extra internal space.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Boasts a formidable 5,050mAh battery, promising impressive battery life for extended usage.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Equipped with an impressive 5,000mAh battery, ensuring reliable and enduring performance with potential for extended use.
In terms of battery, essentially we have here two modules with 5,000 mAh so we should expect very similar battery life, of course, with the possibility of being extended using the system features dedicated to preserving the charge for longer periods of time.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Features a versatile camera system, including a 50-megapixel main camera with an ƒ/1.7 aperture and a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera with an ƒ/1.95 aperture, along with a 48-megapixel telephoto with ƒ/2.8 aperture.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Offers a cutting-edge camera setup, with a 200-megapixel main camera (ƒ/1.7), 10-megapixel telephoto (3X Optical Zoom and ƒ/4.9), 10-megapixel telephoto (10X Optical Zoom and ƒ/2.4) and a 12-megapixels sensor with astonishing 100X Space Zoom and ƒ/2.2 apperture, being one of the most versatile camera setup being offered nowadays.
Despite both devices being able to deliver good hardware when it comes to the camera, the Galaxy phone may be more interesting for those looking to capture pictures from far away, especially because of its 100X Space Zoom capabilities.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Houses an impressive 10.5-megapixel front camera, ensuring high-quality selfies and video calls.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Features a 12-megapixel front camera designed for capturing stunning selfies and conducting crystal-clear video calls.
Selfie lovers should be well served with both of these front-facing cameras, but the software features should come into play when it comes to improving image quality or maybe disguising skin imperfections so, you should take into consideration what each platform offers in this respect. It’s nice to remember that Google is promoting its new flagship AI skills for improving image capture.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Utilizes a USB-C connector with USB 3.2 support.
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Employs a USB-C connector with USB 3.2 compatibility.
Talking about the ports, both have virtually the same ports, with the same cable (USB 2.0) included. If users want to take advantage of higher transfer speeds, they will need to purchase a USB 3 cable separately.
- Pixel 8 Pro: Starts at $999
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Starts at $1199.99
When it comes to pricing, the Pixel device is cheaper, but keep in mind that it has half the storage (128GB vs. 256GB) of the cheapest S23 Ultra. For 256GB on the Pixel, you’ll need to shell out $1059 (which is still cheaper than Samsung’s price). So, if extra space is not that important for you, the Google device may be more interesting.
Another preference that plays a big part here in this comparison is the software part. While both devices run Android, Samsung has its own interface while Google rocks the stock Android so, if you’re a fan of Samsung’s services and apps, the South Korean flagship may be your best bet.