Samsung Galaxy S24 vs Google Pixel 8: the key differences

The Samsung Galaxy S24 is Samsung's main flagship for 2024, offering a cheaper but still high-end alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

But there's more than just Samsung phones to consider, as the Google Pixel 8 is a key rival to this handset. So how do these phones compare? You'll find an answer to that below, based both on their specs and our hands-on impressions from our full Pixel 8 review and our full Samsung Galaxy S24 review.

Oh, and if you are considering one of Samsung's other new flagships, check out our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus review and our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review.

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs Google Pixel 8: specs comparison

Below you'll find a chart containing the specs the standard Samsung Galaxy S24 has served up, compared to those of the Google Pixel 8.

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Samsung Galaxy S24 vs Google Pixel 8: specs
Samsung Galaxy S24Google Pixel 8
Dimensions:147 x 70.6 x 7.6mm150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm
Weight:167g187g
Display:6.2-inch 'Dynamic AMOLED 2X'6.2-inch 'Actua' OLED
Resolution: Full HD+ (1080 x 2340)Full HD+ (1080 x 2400)
Refresh rate:1Hz-120Hz (dynamic)60Hz to 120Hz (fixed)
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 / Exynos 2400Google Tensor G3
Rear cameras: 50MP main (24mm, ƒ/1.8), 12MP ultra-wide (13mm, ƒ/2.2), 10MP telephoto (67mm, ƒ/2.4)50MP main (ƒ/1.68, 82° FoV w/ OIS), 12MP (ƒ/2.2, 125.8º FoV)
Front camera: 12MP (f/2.2)10.5MP (ƒ/2.2, 95º FoV)
RAM:8GB8GB (LPDDR5X)
Storage:128GB / 256GB / 512GB128GB / 256GB (UFS 3.1)
Battery:4,000mAh4,575mAh
Charging:25W wired, 15W wireless, 4.5W reverse wireless27W wired, 18W wireless (2nd-gen Pixel Stand), 12W wireless (Qi)
Colors:Onyx Black, Marble Gray, Cobalt Violet, Amber Yellow, Sandstone Orange, Sapphire Blue, Jade GreenObsidian, Hazel, Rose

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs Google Pixel 8: price and availability

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Left: The Google Pixel 8, right: the Google Pixel 8 Pro (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

The Pixel 8 arrived alongside the Pixel 8 Pro and Google Pixel Watch 2 at the company's 'Made by Google' event on October 4, 2023, and went on sale just over a week later, on October 12.

Clocking in at $699 / £699 / AU$1,199 for the 128GB model, it starts at a higher asking price than its predecessor, with a more expensive 256GB options on offer as well, for $759 / £759 / AU$1,299.

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Galaxy S24 vs Pixel 8: price comparison
Samsung Galaxy S24Google Pixel 8
128GB:$799.99 / £799$699 / £699 / AU$1,199
256GB:$859.99 / £859 / AU$1,399$759 / £759 / AU$1,299
512GB:AU$1,599N/A

As for the S24, that was announced alongside its siblings on January 17, 2024, and it shipped on January 31, so you can grab one of the best Samsung Galaxy S24 deals now.

As far as the Samsung Galaxy S24 price is concerned, it starts at $799.99 / £799 for a 128GB model. However oddly there's no 128GB version in Australia. Instead, you can get 256GB or more there, with 256GB costing $859.99 / £859 / AU$1,399, and there's also a 512GB model in Australia which costs AU$1,599, but isn't available in the US or UK.

So pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S24 is a bit confusing, but the 128GB model costs $100 / £100 more than the 128GB Pixel 8, and the 256GB version costs $100 / £100 / AU$100 more than the 256GB Pixel 8.

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs Google Pixel 8: design and display

Generationally speaking, while neither phone has reinvented the wheel, the Pixel 8 has adopted more design changes compared to its predecessor, with more rounded forms – especially in the corners – being the most obvious visual alteration. The upgraded look (including a taller aspect ratio compared to the Pixel 7) actually means its silhouette is now not unlike that of the Galaxy S24's. 

A polished glass back and a matte aluminum frame offer a nice contrast texturally, while the Pixel line's iconic camera bar juts out of the top third of the phone's back, playing host to the phone's dual rear camera sensor. Whether this is a good or clunky design fixture falls to your aesthetic preferences.

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The Samsung Galaxy S24 (Image credit: Future | Roland Moore-Colyer)

The Galaxy S24, meanwhile, has brought refinement over reinvention, with smaller bezels in exchange for a fractionally larger screen; not to mention flatter sides as well. While retaining familiar facets to those found on the S23, the harder lines mean that it's closer in form to the recent iPhone 15 than its predecessor was, while the Pixel 8's more curvaceous design moves in the opposite direction.

Color-wise, while both phones are muted in their tones, you get more choice with the Samsung Galaxy S24's colors, with Onyx Black, Marble Grey, Cobalt Violet and Amber Yellow on the cards. Samsung also offers additional Sandstone Orange, Jade Green, and Sapphire Blue finishes exclusive to Samsung.com.

By comparison, the Pixel 8 comes in what amounts to pale peach (called Rose), green/gray (Hazel) and dark gray (Obsidian), which makes for a pretty inoffensive but underwhelming assortment of hues.

Both phones though have an IP68 rating, so they have a similar level of dust and water resistance.

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The Pixel 8 sports a newly-branded 6.2-inch 'Actua' OLED display (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

As for the displays, the Pixel 8 has dropped 0.1 of an inch from its predecessor's panel to reach 6.2-inches, while – along with those thinner bezels – the S24's screen has actually come up by 0.1-inches from the S23, to match the Pixel at 6.2-inches, as well.

Where display technology is concerned, the Pixel 8 brought a long overdue upgrade to the refresh rate, finally pushing past the 90Hz limit of its predecessors; topping out at 120Hz. However, this isn't a dynamic trait, meaning you have to manually switch between 60Hz and smoother 120Hz viewing, depending on whether you want to extend battery life. Beyond refresh rate, the Full HD+ OLED panel also boasts impressive peak brightness of 2,000 nits, and there's an always-on mode too.

The Samsung Galaxy S24 though trumps this, with a 1Hz-120Hz dynamic refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 2,600 nits, as well as its own always-on display mode. Both phones have a similar FHD+ resolution though, so there's nothing really to choose on that front.

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs Google Pixel 8: cameras

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The Google Pixel 8 (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

In testing, we commended the Pixel 8's cameras for their "consistency with regards to color, dynamic range and contrast," even going so far as to suggest that the phone packed "a more dependable set of cameras than on the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S23 handsets." That dependability being borne out of the company's existing expertise in image processing and the advancements in AI-supported photography features that we've seen added since the Pixel 6 series.

The phone leads with a wider-apertured 50MP primary sensor (compared to its predecessor), accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide with autofocus (an upgrade pulled from the Pixel 7 Pro), while its enhanced digital 'Super Res Zoom' range peaks at 8x magnification; producing results that are genuinely pleasing to the eye and wholly usable.

Samsung Galaxy S24 review

The Samsung Galaxy S24 (Image credit: Future)

The camera hardware on the Galaxy S24 is almost identical to the S23's, meaning a 50MP main sensor with a fractionally wider focal range but a narrower aperture – compared to the Pixel's 50MP snapper (24mm and ƒ/1.8 versus 25mm, ƒ/1.7).

The S24's 12MP ultra-wide lacks the autofocus of the Pixel's equivalent, but at the same time this phone gives that Super Res Zoom a run for its money with a dedicated third sensor, boasting a 10MP resolution and 3x optical telephoto zoom range.

That third sensor is especially helpful, leading us in our Galaxy S24 review to describe its cameras as the "most versatile cameras on a phone this price."

Moving around to the front, you get a 12MP snapper on the Samsung Galaxy S24 and a 10.5MP one on the Pixel 8.

Both phones though benefit from various AI photography tools. In the case of the Pixel 8 we found them generally impressive, while the Galaxy S24's are more a mix of "cool and useless" according to our Samsung Galaxy S24 review.

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