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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Google Pixel 6 offers strong value with its budget-friendly price, and its camera capabilities are commendable, delivering good still photo and video quality. However, if camera performance is a critical factor for you, the Samsung Galaxy S23+ has a slightly better camera system, providing higher quality for both photos and videos, but this comes at a higher price point. The Galaxy S23+ also boasts a longer battery life and a higher screen refresh rate, which can make for a smoother user experience, especially for gaming or scrolling through content. On the flip side, the Pixel 6 has a unique feature set with a Tensor processor and a clean software experience with more frequent updates, which may appeal to those who prioritize software support and computational photography prowess. Both phones run Android and have OLED displays but differ in peak brightness, with the Galaxy S23+ offering significantly higher brightness, enhancing visibility in varied lighting conditions. It's essential to weigh these aspects based on your usage priorities and budget when making your decision. 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+
8.7 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23+ has 8.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6 has a screen size of 6.4 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S23+ is 6.6 inches.

Cost

$330
Pixel 6
Galaxy S23+
$949
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The Google Pixel 6 has a price of $330 and the Samsung Galaxy S23+ costs $949.
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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
$949
Brand
GoogleSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.4"6.6"
Resolution
2400 x 10802340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
411390
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB256 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 Hours8.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4614 mAh4700 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"6.21" x 3"
Weight
7.30 oz6.91 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, 285

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 CoralGreen, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, 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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TechRadar

Axel Metz | March 2023
"Despite not boasting the same camera credentials as its pricier sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus will remain a top-tier handset for several years thanks to its industry-leading processor and magnificent display. It may prove an attractive proposition for Galaxy newcomers in the market for a big-screen all-rounder."

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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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