Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Google Pixel 2

Should you opt for Samsung's shiny new flagship Galaxy S9 or Google's Pixel 2 smartphones?

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Google Pixel 2

Product Name Samsung Galaxy S9 Google Pixel 2
Display size 5.8 5
Operating system Android 8 Android 8
Height (mm) 147.7 145.7
Width (mm) 68.7 69.7
Depth (mm) 8.5 7.9
Weight (g) 163 143
Battery size (mAh) 3,000 2,700
Front camera (1) megapixels 8 8
Rear camera (1) megapixels 12 12.2
Rear camera (2) megapixels
Water Resistance IP68 IP67
Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network Category Speed Category 18 Category 15
Samsung has just formally announced the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ here at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

Samsung's position in the Android ecosystem is as the apex predator, especially for its high-end Galaxy S series phones. That's a position that's under significant stress from competitors and none more so than Google itself.

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets are among the best money can buy in the premium space, but how do they compare against Samsung's latest?

Google has the upper hand in a software sense, with its Pixel 2 phones guaranteed to get the latest versions of Android as soon as they're ready. Samsung has been quite swift to offer up Android security updates, but much less rapid with actual upgrades for full Android versions.

On the hardware flip side, both of the new Pixel 2 phones only feature single camera sensors on the rear, where the Galaxy S9+ has twin sensors. Google makes up for that with AI-assisted camera modes, but these are automatic; there are some photographic possibilities with twin sensors that you can't always fake with software.

We put the Samsung Galaxy S9 through its paces in our review, so be sure to give that a read for more information. If you're looking to pick one up, check out the latest deals on the Galaxy S9 from Australian retailers.

If you're keen on all things Google, you can read our full Australian review of the Google Pixel 2 XL here.

For all the latest news from MWC 2018, click here.

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