Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Google Pixel 7: Which one is best for you?

With two great flagships at hand, a Galaxy S23 vs. Pixel 7 face-off was inevitable. Do you go with Samsung or Google? Turns out that the decision is harder than ever before, thanks to Samsung’s big improvements across the board.

With a $200 difference between the two, however, you’d be forgiven for feeling conflicted. You give up a lot of higher-end features by going with the Pixel 7, like a 120Hz display and a telephoto lens, but is that extra $200 worth it for the Galaxy S23? That’s what we’re to help answer.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Google Pixel 7: Specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Galaxy S23Pixel 7
Starting price$599$799
Display6.1-inch Super AMOLED (2340 x 1080)6.3-inch OLED (2400 x 1080)
Refresh rate48-120Hz90Hz
CPUSnapdragon 8 Gen 2 for GalaxyTensor G2
RAM8GB8GB
Storage128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB
Rear cameras50MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto50MP (f/1.9) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide
Front camera12MP (f/2.2)10.8MP (f/2.2)
Battery3,900 mAh4,355 mAh
Battery life (Hrs:Mins)10:27 (adaptive) / 11:20 (60Hz)7:17 (90Hz) / 7:30 (60Hz)
Charging25W wired, 15W wireless20W wired, 20W wireless
Size5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches (146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6 mm)6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches (155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm)
Weight5.9 ounces (168 g)7 ounces (197 g)
ColorsPhantom Black, Cream, Lavender, GreenObsidian, Snow, Lemongrass

Galaxy S23 vs. Google Pixel 7: Price and availability

The Galaxy S23 launched in February, starting at $799. The base model comes with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Similarly, the Pixel 7 also starts with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, but with a starting price of $599 — $200 less than the S23’s price.

Since it’s Samsung, you can pick up a Galaxy S23 at almost any electronics store or carrier. The Pixel 7, while more widely available, does not enjoy the same level of ease of access. Since it’s a much less popular phone, it also doesn’t have the same amount of accessories.

Despite the $200 difference between the two handsets, the Galaxy S23 offers a more compelling package. Not only do you get a better and brighter display, but it has a 3x telephoto lens, a lot more horsepower thanks to its chipset, and arguably better cameras in many situations.

But the Pixel 7 is no slouch at $599. It might lack the 120Hz display or telephoto camera, but it makes up for it with its bang for your buck, especially when it comes to the cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Google Pixel 7: Design

Right off the bat, you can easily tell which is the Galaxy S23 and which is the Pixel 7. They’re both rather distinctive in their designs, whether it's the Pixel 7’s camera bar or the Galaxy S23’s refined look.

Samsung Galaxy S23 review

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Samsung got rid of the contour cut camera module that we saw on the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22. Instead, the camera lenses stack vertically and individually, just like the Galaxy S23 Ultra. In fact, the whole Galaxy S23 series enjoys a nice sense of design cohesion. Couple that with the Armor Aluminum frame and new Gorilla Glass Victus 2 glass, and an IP68 rating, and the Galaxy S23 is meant to withstand some punishment.

Pixel 7 hands-on

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The Pixel 7 refined the design introduced with the Pixel 6 in 2021. The camera bar remains present, whether you like it or not, except that the camera lenses stand out a lot more than they did on the Pixel 6. Google’s phone isn’t as durable as the Galaxy S23, but it does sport an IP68 water resistance rating.

Whichever phone design you like comes down to personal preference, but the Galaxy S23 is built to last, hopefully as long as Samsung promises to support it.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Google Pixel 7: Display

The Galaxy S23 has Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED panel, which makes for an excellent 6.1-inch FHD+ display. Colors in both calibration modes look amazing — 212% of the sRGB spectrum in Vivid mode and 129% when you switch to Natural — especially with the smoother 48-120Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy S23 review