If you are searching the market for a new Android device, you may be considering the Galaxy S24 or the Google Pixel 8. This can prove to be a tough choice, but not if you take the time to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each phone.

Screen Size and Display

The S24 has a screen size of 6.2 inches and a resolution of 2,340 by 1080 pixels. It has a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a peak brightness of 2,600 nits. The Pixel 8 has a 6.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2,400 by 1080 pixels. The peak brightness is 2000 nits. In terms of general display specifications, the Samsung is brighter, with a slightly lower resolution. If you’re a gamer who enjoys playing online slots and games with fun animations, it can be easy to see the difference between the two, especially when they’re put side-by-side. Those who play Temple Tumble Megaways, or even Tiki Treasures Megaways will find that with a brighter display, the colors pop more and that the animations are brighter and more vibrant. Even though Samsung offers a lower resolution, unless you’re playing demanding PVP games, the difference is negligible and unlikely to impact your gaming experience as a whole.

Samsung Galaxy S24. Photo via pexels by John Tekeridis

Design and Performance 

Both devices are rectangular in shape. The main difference is the Galaxy models have flat sides, and the Pixel models have curved edges. All models within each range come with a front-facing camera with a high-tech fingerprint sensor. The rear design, however, differs quite a lot. Samsung puts its camera on the back, with circular protrusions to accommodate the lens. Google opts for a raised camera bar that runs the length of the phone. It blends seamlessly into the sides. As for dimensions, the Galaxy S24 is smaller and lighter than the Google Pixel 8. With the Galaxy having a titanium frame, armored corner glass, and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the back, it’s got plenty of protection for those who drop their phone on a regular basis. Google uses Gorilla Glass Victus 2 as well but with an aluminum frame. Both brands have an IP68 rating, so they’re dustproof and waterproof. 

In terms of performance, the S24 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. This beats the Pixels’ Tensor G3 in most tests. Even though the S24 has more processing power than the Pixel 8, Google stands by its statement that the Tensor chip isn’t suited to most benchmark tests. They say that instead, the device fairs better with more AI-based features. When it comes to everyday tasks, both phones provide a smooth experience when browsing social media, but as a whole, the Samsung S24 comes out on top in terms of gaming. 

Overall, both the Google Pixel 8 and the Samsung S24 are solid phones that can hold up to almost any task. With that being said, the Samsung S24 does stand out in terms of brightness due to the increased nits and faster processing power in benchmark tests.