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The Google Pixel 2 vs. the competition: Small packs a punch

It's got a nice camera, but what else does Google's new 5-inch handset bring to the table?

Kris Naudus
Kris Naudus|@krisnaudus|October 4, 2017 2:41 PM

Today Google gave us our first official look at its new Pixel phones, with both handsets sharing major features like 12.2MP cameras and Snapdragon 835 chips. Your main reason to pick up a 5-inch Pixel 2 over its bigger brother is probably that hand-friendly screen size or the "kinda blue" color, though we're curious how it measures up against some of the competing "small" phones on the market. To start we've lined up the specs of similar devices like the Galaxy S8 versus the Pixel 2 in the chart below, while our full review for the pair of Pixels will come later this month.

Pixel 2 Galaxy S8 LG G6 iPhone 8
Pricing $649, $749 (off contract) $725 (off contract) varies by carrier (ranging from $650 at T-Mobile to $719 at AT&T) $699, $849 (off contract)
Known dimensions 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches) 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches) 148.84 x 71.88 x 7.87mm (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches) 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches)
Weight 143g (5.04 ounces) 155g (5.47 ounces) 162.73g (5.74 ounces) 148g (5.22 ounces)
Screen size 5.0 inches (127mm) 5.8 inches (147.32mm) 5.7 inches (144.78mm) 4.7 inches (119.38mm)
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (441ppi) 2,960 x 1,440 (570ppi) 2,880 x 1,440 (564 ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326ppi)
Screen type Full HD AMOLED Quad HD+ AMOLED QHD Plus LCD with DolbyVision HDR Retina HD IPS LCD
Battery 2,700mAh 3,000mAh 3,300mAh 1821mAh
Internal storage 64 / 128GB 64GB 32GB 64 / 256GB
External storage None microSD microSD None
Rear camera 12.2MP, f/1.8, 1.4μm pixel size 12MP, f/1.7 Dual cameras:
13MP, f/1.8
13MP, f/2.4
12MP, f/1.8
Front-facing cam 8MP, f/2.4 8MP 5MP, f/2.2 7MP, f/2.2
Video capture 4K at 30fps 4K 4K at 120fps 4K at 60fps
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v5.0 v5.0 v4.2 v5.0
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A11 Bionic
CPU 2.35GHz octa-core 2.3GHz octa-core 2.35GHz quad-core 64-bit hexa-core, speed not available
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540 Adreno 530 Not available
WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system Android 8.0 Android 7.0 Android 7.0 iOS 11
Other features Fingerprint sensor, IP67 certified, USB Type-C Iris scanning, fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, wireless charging Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, MIL-STD-810G-tested shock resistant, USB Type-C New gyroscope and accelerometer, IP67 certified, wireless charging

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The Google Pixel 2 vs. the competition: Small packs a punch