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The Galaxy S24 Ultra -- the newest flagship phone from Samsung -- has arrived on the scene. As is usual with Samsung, the camera was a big focus, and this version boasts what may be the best camera hardware ever packed into a phone. But, the S24 also brings a lightning-fast processor, some very innovative AI features, and one of the brightest displays we've ever seen.
On the other hand, another fantastic flagship -- the Google Pixel 8 Pro -- was released just a few months ago. It too has a top-of-the-line camera, several AI features, and a very bright display.
Both phones are at the top of their class, and both have some pretty similar specs. But, there's just enough of a difference between the two that choosing isn't that hard. If you're trying to decide on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. the Google Pixel 8 Pro, read on to learn which one is right for you.
Both phones have top-of-the-line cameras, but the S24 Ultra has the better hardware, especially when it comes to zoom. It has an incredible 200MP main lens compared to the Pixel 8 Pro's 50MP, Nightography Zoom for enhanced low-light photos, and an AI-assisted zoom for the telephoto lens (even though the zoom is technically a little less than what the S23 had).
There are a ton of AI-editing features on both, and you won't be disappointed with either setup. But if you absolutely need the best phone camera (and you take a lot of zoom shots), go with the S24.
2. You want the S Pen
Designed to feel like a real pen, the S Pen is a novelty that quickly gets boring for some users but is a must-have for others. It's been a Galaxy accessory for more than a decade now and is a fantastic tool to take notes, sign documents, navigate your phone, control the camera, or draw. And if you're used to it, there's nothing like it on the Google Pixel 8 Pro. There are third-party styluses that are compatible with the Pixel, but they don't deliver anywhere near the functionality that Samsung's pen does.
3. You want the better processor
Google's Tensor G3 chip is certainly fine, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 found in the S24 Ultra is one of the best chips available. Both chips are at the core of their phone's AI features, and while they're both powerful, the S24 wins out. It's not only going to be faster than Google's, it's also more power efficient -- meaning it will be less of a drain on the battery. If you find your current phone slowing down because you do intensive work or run a lot of apps at once, you'll probably want to go to the S24.
If you're investing in a flagship phone, you're probably already aware that it's not going to come cheap. But if you want to save a little money on your flagship, go with the Pixel 8 Pro. It costs $999 compared to the S24's price tag of $1,299, and since the Pixel has been on the market a little longer, you're more likely to catch a good promotion or sale. If you pick the Pixel, you're still getting one of the best phones on the market, and one that's going to be perfectly capable of any task.
2. You want a lighter phone
The difference is small, but it will be significant for some. Phone displays are getting bigger and manufacturers are packing in more camera components than ever before, which in turn means phones are getting heavier -- and easier to drop. And if weight matters, the Pixel 8 Pro comes in just a little lighter than the S24.
3. You want to avoid spam callers and don't want to wait on hold
One of the most underrated features of the Pixel lineup is the call screening feature. First up, it doesn't just identify whether or not a call is potentially spam, it lets you answer the call with Google Assistant, which asks the caller why they're dialing. A transcript of what the caller said is shown, and you have the option to ask another automated question, to pick it up, or to end the call.
Additionally, the Assistant will navigate an automated menu for you, wait on hold, and alert you when you have a live person. If you want to deal with fewer spam calls and lessen the time you wait on hold, look to the Pixel 8 Pro.