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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U) vs Google Pixel 3a (G020E)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Google Pixel 3a phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Google Pixel 3a XSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)25Points
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)
6.2"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3500
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
5.6"
OLED

1080x2220

12.2
MP

8mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)25 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)vsPixel 3a (G020E)4 Advantages Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
+2.35Ghz 64bit Octa-Core15%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2Ghz 64bit Octa-Core
+UFS 2.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vseMMC 5.1
+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)1%
Thinner
vs8.2 millimeters (0.32 inches)
+Aluminum frame, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
vsPlastic body, glass front
+Super AMOLEDAdvantage
Super AMOLED display is brighter and more vivid
vsOLED
+HDR10Advantage
The HDR10 display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsNot supported
+1440x2960 pixels78%
Higher resolution screen
vs1080x2220 pixels
+531 PPI20%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs441 PPI
+6.2"11%
Larger screen
vs5.6"
+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
vsNot supported
+f/1.7 (aperture)6%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
vsf/1.8 (aperture)
+(front) 2K UHD (2560x1440)78%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) Full HD (1920x1080)
+(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps71%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 600 Mbps
+Iris scannerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Heart rateAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+SpO2Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+3500 mAh17%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3000 mAh
+Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)Advantage
Wireless charging is another way to charge the battery.
vsNot supported
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+USB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsUSB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example
vsNot supported
173 grams (6.06 ounces)vs+147 grams (5.15 ounces)18%
Lighter
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
Android 9.0 Pievs+Android 11Advantage
Android 11 is newer and safer
15Wvs+18W20%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.

34 Common items in both devices
4GB LPDDR4 / 4GB LPDDR4X
64GB (51GB available) / 64GB (50GB available)
60Hz
16 million
(back) 12.2MP
Only digital zoom
PDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
+27 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
ModelGalaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Pixel 3a (G020E)
Other model namesGalaxy S8+ G955U Unlocked (Snapdragon), Samsung Dream 2Google Pixel 3a G020E (Verizon Wireless)
Country or region availableUSA
USA
USA
USA
BrandSamsungGoogle
Release dateApril, 2017May, 2019
Depth8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)8.2 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)73.4 x 160 millimeters (2.89 x 6.3 in)70.1 x 151.3 millimeters (2.76 x 5.96 in)
Weight173 grams (6.06 ounces)147 grams (5.15 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backPlastic body, glass front
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meters and 30minNot supported
System (OS)Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Operating systemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 9.0 Pie
Firmware updateAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 11
HardwareSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 (10nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SDM670 (10nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.35Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
1.9Ghz Quad-Core Kryo
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2Ghz Dual-Core Kryo 360 Gold
1.7Ghz Hexa-Core Kryo 360 Silver
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 540Qualcomm Adreno 615
RAM memory4GB LPDDR44GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage64GB (51GB available)
UFS 2.0
64GB (50GB available)
eMMC 5.1
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported
DisplaySamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDOLED
Screen size6.2" inches5.6" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~83.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~75% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)1080x2220 pixels (18.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)531 PPI441 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Dragontrail Glass
Display features60Hz, HDR1060Hz
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload1024/150 Mbps600/75 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 29, 30)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
LTE Cat11/5 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Back camera (main camera)12.2 megapixels12.2 megapixels
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens28mm lens
Sensor size1/2.55" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front cameraPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo on both cameras
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Front camera (secondary)8 megapixels8 megapixels
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (secondary)2K UHD (2560x1440)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/2.0 (aperture)
Focal length25mm lens24mm lens
Sensor size1/3.6" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.12µm pixel
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
RadioFMNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviDMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
USBUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)Not supported
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNASupportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Iris scanner
Heart rate
SpO2
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Black, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
- Curved edge screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Samsung Gear VR compatible
- Samsung Pay
- 32bit/192kHz audio
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish
- Always-on display
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity3500 mAh3000 mAh
Charger, watts15W (9V/1.67A) Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
18W (9V/2A) Fast battery charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Talk time autonomy2040 minutes | 34 hours | 1.4 daysfeature not registered
Standby20580 minutes | 343 hours | 14.3 daysfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955U)Google Pixel 3a (G020E)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.46W/kg (head) | 1.01W/kg (body)1.18W/kg (head) | 1.17W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.69W/kg (head) | 1.13W/kg (body)
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