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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a better camera and are willing to pay more, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is a strong choice with higher photo and video quality. It also has a brighter screen and a higher refresh rate, which can make for smoother visuals. However, if budget is a key concern and you prefer a larger screen and longer battery life, the Google Pixel 6 could be a better fit. Both phones are Android devices with similar storage and RAM, but the Pixel 6 is heavier and the S23 is a newer model with a more advanced processor. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Google Pixel 6
  • The Google Pixel 6 has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S23.
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S23
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Very good battery life
  • Very good display quality
  • Excellent performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.7
Pixel 6
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy S23 has very good overall camera quality, while the Google Pixel 6 has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.7
Pixel 6
Galaxy S23
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy S23 takes very good photos, while the Google Pixel 6 takes good photos.

Video Quality

7.0
Pixel 6
Galaxy S23
7.8
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Google Pixel 6 both have good videos, though the Samsung Galaxy S23 takes somewhat better videos.

Battery

6.9 Hours
Pixel 6
Galaxy S23
8.0 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 has 8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$330
Pixel 6
Galaxy S23
$685
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The Google Pixel 6 has a price of $330 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 costs $685.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6 has a screen size of 6.4 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S23 is 6.1 inches.

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How the Google Pixel 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6Samsung Galaxy S23
Google Pixel 6Samsung Galaxy S23

GENERAL

Price
$330
$685
Brand
GoogleSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.4"6.1"
Resolution
2400 x 10802340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
411422
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.8/108.4/10
Photos Score
7.8/108.4/10
Videos Score
7/107.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.9 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
4614 mAh3900 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
21 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.24" x 2.94"5.76" x 2.79"
Weight
7.30 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, Kinda CoralPink Gold, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Green, Lime, Graphite
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoNo

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Google Pixel 6

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Android Police

Taylor Kerns | April 2022
"It punches above its weight in nearly every way: performance is great, build quality is very good, and the cameras positively rip. this is a big phone, which is a bit of a shock after the compact Pixel 4 and Pixel 5. But it’s a very good big phone at a very good price."

Samsung Galaxy S23

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The Verge

Allison Johnson | February 2023
"The 6.1-inch S23 is the best reasonably sized Android phone on the market in the US, partly because almost every other Android phone sold here is gigantic. But it’s also a really good device, with a battery that gets through a full day more comfortably than its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset responsible for some of that battery performance improvement is slightly different — and slightly faster — than the 8 Gen 2 in other Android flagships."

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About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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