Google Pixel 8 vs. the competition: The seven-year smartphone

Here's a quick look at how Google's latest handset measures up to its biggest competitors on paper.


Google officially spilled the details on its new Pixel 8 phone during its Made by Google event on Wednesday. While the handset looks broadly similar to last year's Pixel 7, it packs a new Tensor G3 chip, a faster 120Hz display, a smaller frame that should be easier to hold with one hand and, perhaps most notably, seven years of promised OS and security updates. It starts at $699, though, which is $100 more than before, and it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the larger Pixel 8 Pro.

Engadget's Deputy Reviews Editor, Cherlynn Low, got some hands-on time with the new Pixel phones ahead of Google's launch event, so check out her report for more details on what to expect. To help put the device into context, however, we've broken down how the Pixel 8 compares to two high-profile peers, Apple's iPhone 15 and Samsung's Galaxy S23, on the spec sheet. Specs aren't the be-all and end-all — between its new camera features and AI tricks, many of the Pixel 8's biggest updates are software based — but if you want a better sense of what kind of hardware your $699 will get you, here's a quick overview. If you're more interested in the Pixel 8 Pro, we have a similar breakdown for that phone too.

Google Pixel 8

Apple iPhone 15

Samsung Galaxy S23

Pricing (MSRP)

From $699

From $799

From $800


5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches

5.81 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches

5.76 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches


6.6 ounces

6.02 ounces

5.93 ounces

Screen size

6.2 inches

6.1 inches

6.1 inches

Screen resolution

1,080 x 2,400

428 ppi

1,179 x 2,556

460 ppi

1,080 x 2,340

425 ppi

Screen type


Up to 120Hz (60-120Hz)

Up to 2,000 nits brightness

Gorilla Glass Victus



Up to 2,000 nits brightness

Ceramic Shield


Up to 120Hz (48-120Hz)

Up to 1,750 nits brightness

Gorilla Glass Victus 2


Google Tensor G3

Apple A16 Bionic

Hexa-core CPU (up to 3.46GHz)

5-core Apple GPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy

Octa-core CPU (up to 3.36 GHz)

Adreno 740 GPU







"Beyond 24 hours"

"Up to 20 hours video playback"


"Up to 22 hours of video playback"


USB Type-C 3.2

Up to 27W wired

Up to 18W wireless with Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen)

Qi wireless charging up to 12W

Reverse wireless charging

USB Type-C (USB 2.0)

"Up to 50 percent charge in around 30 minutes"

MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W

Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W

Reverse wired charging

USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1)

Up to 25W wired

Qi/WPC wireless charging up to 15W

Reverse wireless charging


128GB / 256GB

128GB / 256GB / 512GB

128GB / 256GB

Rear camera(s)

Main: 50 MP, f/1.68

Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.2, 125.8 degree FOV

Main: 48 MP, f/1.6

Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.4, 120 degree FOV

Main: 50 MP, f/1.8

Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.2, 120 degree FOV

Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom

Front camera(s)

10.5 MP, f/2.2

12 MP, f/1.9

12 MP, f/2.2

Video capture

Rear: 4K at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p at 24/30/60/120/240 fps

Front: 4K at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps

Rear: 4K at 24/25/30/60 fps, 1080p at 25/30/60/120/240 fps

Front: 4K at 24/25/30/60 fps, 1080p at 25/30/60/120 fps

Rear: 8K at 24/30 fps, 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60/240/960 fps

Front: 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30 fps

Water and dust resistance





Wi-Fi 7

Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6E










Android 14

"Seven years of OS, security, and Feature Drop updates"

iOS 17

Android 13, One UI 5.1

Four generations of OS updates, five years of security updates


Obsidian, Hazel, Rose

Matte aluminum frame

Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink

Aluminum frame

Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, Graphite, Cream, Lime

Armor aluminum frame (advertised)

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