Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9


– What’s up guys, Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And this is our initial comparison of the Google Pixel 3 XL and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. So we’ve got the best from
Google and the best from Samsung and we’re going to look at
all of the key differences, starting off with the size. They are both very large devices, the Note 9 is slightly
taller and slightly thicker, but they’re roughly about the same width and they both have large displays. We’ve got a 6.4 inch
display on the Note 9. With the Pixel 3 XL, we
have a 6.3 inch display. Both are all OLED displays and have a quad HD plus resolution, which means they’re very sharp, vibrant,
viewing angles are good. I’ll have to spend more time to decide which one is better overall. But generally speaking, both of these have very very nice displays. But the Pixel 3 XL does
have a pretty big notch and quite a large chin as well. It’s the deepest notch that we’ve seen on a smartphone so far,
and it’s something that a lot of people have been talking about. On the Note 9 we just have
small top and bottom bezels. However, the Pixel 3 XL does use the space in the notch and the chain for front-firing stereo speakers. Now the Note 9 does have
stereo speakers as well, but we have one in the
earpiece and one bottom firing, so you can still cover that up. Whereas with the Pixel 3
XL they are front firing, which is an advantage. But the Pixel 3 XL does
not have a 3.5 mm jack, the Note 9 does have one. So if you’re somebody who
uses lots of wire headphones, then that might be something to consider. You do get the dongle out
of the box with the pixel, so that’s the USB type-c to 3.5 mm dongle. Now moving on to the build and design, both feel very premium. We’ve got a metal frame with glass panels on the front and back of both. The Pixel 3 XL however, does have a soft-touch finish at the back which doesn’t attract as many
fingerprints as the Note 9, but the Note 9 does
have those curved edges on the front and back, that’s
a signature look on the Note 9 which does look really slick. It is going to come
down to your preference which one you like more,
both do look and feel pretty premium in my opinion. And they are both IP68 water and dust resistant,
which is also great. Now moving on to the internals,
both devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, however the Note 9 in certain markets will have the Samsung Exynos 9810. For RAM, the Pixel 3 XL just
has four gigabytes of RAM, the Note 9 either comes in six
or eight gigabyte variants. Now of course, specs aren’t everything and we would have to
put these side by side in terms of performance. One advantage that the pixel does get, is the fact that it’s running
a stock version of Android and this is going to be
optimized for the device, that should definitely help
it in terms of performance. You also get the latest
version of Android, Android Pie, out of the box. With the Note 9 it’s currently
on Android Oreo version 8.1. It does have Samsung Skin
on top, which does give you some useful additional features. But this does mean that
you’re not going to be getting updates right away and
you’re going to have to wait for those to come along, and sometimes they can
take quite a bit of time. This is something you’re not
going to have to worry about on the Pixel 3 XL. Now let’s move on to the cameras, the Note 9 does have
dual rear-facing-cameras, both a 12 megapixels and have
optical image stabilization. The primary camera has
a variable aperture, and it’s going to switch
between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the light you’re seeing, works very very well in low light. The secondary camera is going to give you two times optical zoom, and
that has an f/2.4 aperture. I’ve been using it for
the past couple months and it’s been very good overall. The Pixel 3 XL in comparison
has a single rear facing camera with 12 megapixels,
optical image stabilization and an f/1.8 aperture. Now you might be thinking, a single camera is not going to be as
good as dual cameras. But this is where the
Google Pixel really shines, the Google Pixel 2, last year
performed really really well, even with a single camera. Google have decided to stick to that and they are all about
the Pixel Visual Core, this is the machine learning
and software processing which really does a
great job of your images. Of course, we’re going to
have to do some camera tests and put these side by side,
to see which one of these performers better overall. But in terms of new
features, the Pixel 3 XL does come with a feature called Top Shot. This is where it’s going
to be taking multiple shots before and after you
actually take an image, and if somebody maybe looks
away or closes their eyes, then it’s going to give
you a better suggestion or let you pick as well,
through its machine learning, which is pretty cool. With the Note 9 you do have
something called Flaw Detection, this is where it’s going to alert you if maybe the picture
you took is a bit blurry or somebody’s got their eyes
closed or anything like that, and you can then take another image. But with the pixel, it’s
going to let you choose images that it’s already taken, so
that is quite interesting. And then we’ve got another
feature on the pixel called Night Sights, and
this is where it’s going to try to enhance your low light images. The Note 9 as mentioned
earlier, does do really well because of that super wide f/1.5 aperture. We’ll have to see what
wins, hardware or software. Of course, I’m going to try my best to do a SuperSaf style camera
comparison between these two. If you really want to see one
then make sure you let me know in the comments section below. Now when it comes to video, the Note 9 does get a few
advantages here for frame rates because you do have 4K at up to 60 frames a second on the Note 9. On the Pixel 3 XL you have 4K
at up to 30 frames a second. And even when it comes to slow motion, the Note 9 does have 1080p
at up to 240 frames a second or 720p at up to 960 frames
second, this is a small burst but you can get some interesting effects. The Pixel 3 XL on the slow
motion side doesn’t do to great, you’ve got 1080p at 120 frames a second or 720p at 240 frames a second. So, when it comes to the frame rates the Note 9 definitely
gets the advantage here. Now when it comes to the
front-facing-cameras, things are a little bit reversed. On the Notes 9 you have a
single front facing camera, whereas on the Pixel 3 XL you have dual front-facing-cameras. All are eight megapixels with auto-focus. The Note 9 has an f/1.7 aperture. The Pixel 3 XL, the primary
camera, has an f/1.8 aperture, that’s a standard angle view. And then you’ve got a wide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture. And this is going to be
great for your group selfies, groufies, wefies, whatever
you want to call them. And in my experience, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are still the best selfie
cameras out there at the moment, even compared to lots of the devices that have been released this year, so the 3 and 3 XL are only
going to improve on this. Moving on, both devices do have a fingerprint scanner at
the back of the device, and both work really really well, you shouldn’t have a problem
with either of these. And on the Note 9 you do get
some additional unlock options. So, you’ve got an iris scanner, you’ve got facial recognition, and you can also use
these both in combination, and that’s called Intelligence Scan, these are things that you
don’t have on the Pixel 3 XL. So, you do get more options on the Note 9. The Note 9 also comes with an S Pen, which is very very
unique to the Note Series and it works really
well if you’re somebody who likes to use the
stylus on your smartphone, it’s going to be great for
all of the obvious things like signing documents, maybe
doing some doodling or jotting down some quick notes. But this year it also has
Bluetooth functionality, so you’re going to be able to control your Note 9 remotely with the S Pen, whether that’s to take some pictures, whether it’s to go through
some presentations. And you can also connect
up the Note 9 to a display and that’s going to use
Samsung Dex, which is built in. And you’re going to be able to have like a desktop experience
using the Note 9. This is really really useful, especially if you’re a business user. When it comes to the assistance, we do have the dedicated
Bixby button on the Note 9, which I know has very mixed opinions. The Google Pixel 3 XL, of course does come with Google Assistant and you do have the
pressure sensitive side, so you can squeeze to launch it. And there are going to be some
new Google Assistant features, which will be coming to the Pixel first. I’m not sure if they’re
going to be rolled out to other devices like the Note later on. One of these is named Call Screen, and this is where it’s going
to answer your phone calls for you if you’d like it to, and ask the person who’s speaking and why, and then it’s going to actually
give you the text on screen. So if it’s a telemarketer, for example, you don’t even have to interact with them, you can just reject and a
block the call right there. That is very very cool. Once again, I’m not sure if
it’s going to be rolled out to all devices that have Google
Assistant, we’ll have to see. Moving on to the batteries, the Note 9 does have a larger battery compared to the Pixel 3 XL. Of course, usage is going to vary and we’re going to have to
see how both of these perform, the Note 9 has been performing
pretty well in my experience. Both devices do support fast charging out of the box, which is great, and they both also
support wireless charging. You do have fast wireless
charging on the Note 9, which should charge your device up faster if you’ve got the right charger. And when it comes to the different storage options available, you do have a larger storage
versions on the Note 9, 128 as well as 512 gigabytes. Whereas the Pixel 3 XL comes with either 64 or 128 gigabytes. You’ve also got expandable
storage on the Note 9, this is something you don’t
have on the Pixel 3 XL. However, Google do offer unlimited storage for your photos and
videos at full resolution for a couple years, and at high resolution after those couple of
years, so that’s something that you shouldn’t generally
have to worry about. Now finally, looking at the price. If we compare the like-for-like
128 gigabyte models, then you will be paying
the same price in the US for each of these, $1,000. But in the UK, you will be
paying more for the 3 XL, around 70 pounds more
compared to the Note 9. So definitely something to bear in mind if you’re based here in the UK. I’m not sure why this is, but these are the figures here for you. And that is our initial comparison between the Google Pixel 3 XL
and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. We’ve got the best from Google and the best from Samsung here. Both devices do have their
advantages and disadvantages. I’m very interested to see how well the Pixel 3 XL camera performs, once we’ve got the latest
software versions available. I’ll be doing some SuperSaf
style camera comparisons coming up within the
next few days, hopefully. So make sure you have subscribed and switch your notifications so you do not miss those first. What do you guys think
of the Google Pixel 3 XL and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Definitely drop me a comment
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