Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Google Pixel 7 – Specs Comparison, Similarities, and Differences

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S23 and Google Pixel 7 using their specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Google Pixel 7: Specs

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs Google Pixel 7
DESIGN AND DISPLAYSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Screen Size6.1-inches6.3-inches
Display TypeDynamic AMOLED 2XAMOLED
High Refresh Rate120Hz90Hz
Screen Resolution2340 x 1080 pixels2400 x 1080 pixels
Pixel Density425 PPI416 PPI
Brightness1750 nits1400 nits
Weight168 grams197 grams
Height146.3 mm155.6 mm
Width70.9 mm73.2 mm
Thickness7.6 mm8.7 mm
Front/Display MaterialCorning Gorilla Glass Victus 2Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Side/Frame MaterialArmor AluminumAluminum
Back MaterialCorning Gorilla Glass Victus 2Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Water ResistantIP68IP68
Stylus PenNoNo
Available ColorPhantom Black,
NETWORKSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Sim TypeNano and eSIMNano and eSIM
OPERATING SYSTEMSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
OS VersionOne UI 5.1 based on Android 13Android 13
PROCESSOR/CHIPSETSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Processor Type4nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 25nm, Google Tensor G2
Processor SpeedOcta-core,
1 (3.36 GHz Cortex-X3),
2 (2.80 GHz Cortex-A715),
2 (2.80 GHz Cortex-A710),
3 (2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
2 (2.85 GHz Cortex-X1),
2 (2.35 GHz Cortex-A78)
4 (1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)
Graphics ProcessorAdreno 740Mali-G710 MP7
REAR CAMERASamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Main (wide)50 MP, f/1.8 with OIS and Dual Pixel PDAF50 MP, f/1.9 with OIS, Laser AF, and multi-directional PDAF
Ultrawide12 MP, f/2.212 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto10 MP, f/2.4 with OIS and 3x Optical ZoomNo
Periscope TelephotoNoNo
Video Recording8K @24/30fps,
4K @30/60fps,
1080P @30/60/240fps,
1080P @960fps,
Stereo Sound Recording, gyro-EIS
4K @30/60fps,
1080P @30/60/120/240fps,
10-bit HDR,
FRONT CAMERASamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Wide12 MP, f/2.210.8 MP, f/2.2
Video Recording4K @30/60fps,
1080P @30fps
4K @30/60fps,
1080P @30/60fps
MEMORYSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Internal Storage128GB – UFS 3.1,
256GB – UFS 4.0,
512GB – UFS 4.0
128GB – UFS 3.1,
256GB – UFS 3.1
microSD CardNoNo
BATTERYSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
TypeLi-Ion Non-removableLi-Ion Non-removable
Capacity3900 mAh4355 mAh
Wired Charging25 Watts, PD 3.020 Watts, PD 3.0
Wireless Charging15 Watts, Qi/PMA20 Watts
Reverse Wireless Charging4.5 WattsYes
SENSORSSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
FingerprintUnder Display, UltrasonicUnder Display, Optical
CONNECTIVITYSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Bluetoothv5.3, A2DP, LEv5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
USBType-C 3.2Type-C 3.2
GPS (L1+L5),
BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a),
QZSS (L1+L5)
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e,
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e,
Wi-Fi Direct
Samsung/Google PayYesYes
Samsung DeXYesNo
MULTIMEDIASamsung S23Google Pixel 7
LoudspeakerYes, Stereo SpeakersYes, Stereo Speakers
FM RadioNoNo
3.5mm Headphone JackNoNo
AVAILABILITYSamsung S23Google Pixel 7
Announced Date1st of February 20236th of October 2022
Released Date17th of February 202313th of October 2022

Main Similarities and Differences Between Samsung S23 and Pixel 7

The Galaxy S23 is the base model of the S23 family which comprises 3 smartphones while the Pixel 7 is the base model of the Pixel 7 family which comprises 2 smartphones.

They are both Android devices from Samsung and Google. This is head to head comparison to see which one is actually better for you to go for.

1.) Design

Both devices look and feel great on the hand. They both have their strengths and weaknesses and I will be exploring them below.

Let’s take a look at the display first. Both the S23 and Pixel 7 feature an Infinity-O display which is a display that has a cut-out at the top of the display that houses the front-facing or selfie camera.

However, the S23 is smaller and more compact that the Pixel 7. Yes, the Pixel has a bigger display but that is not the reason it is not as compact as the S23.

The Pixel 7 is narrower and has bigger and un-uniform bezels, especially at the bottom compared to the S23 which has a uniform and tiny bezels across its sides, top, and bottom.

The S23 also has flatter sides than the Pixel 7 which makes it easier to hold for a long time. Though, I believe the power and volume buttons on the right-hand side of the Pixel 7 looks more classic and stylish than the S23 buttons which reside on the same right-hand side though different arrangement.

But immediately I turn to the back of these devices, I fell in love with the Pixel 7 because of its unique design which does not take anything away from its functionalities, unlike the narrow display which makes it taller and less compact.

The S23 triple cameras float on its back and are arranged vertically which is a design similar to the S22 Ultra from last year which is retained by the S23 Ultra this year (2023).

Compare this to the Pixel 7 which has a horizontal bar that cut across its back which houses its dual camera and LED light stylishly.

Samsung S23 has its speaker, USB Type-C port, sim card slot, and two microphones at the bottom of the device and an additional microphone at the top while the Pixel 7 has the speaker and USB Type-C port at the bottom, its microphones at the top, and sim card slot on the left-hand side.

Both devices are equipped with IP68 dust and water resistant. The S23 uses an optical in-display fingerprint sensor while the Pixel 7 uses an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.

2.) Display

Samsung S23 is a 6.1 inches Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz high refresh rate, 1750 nits peak brightness, 425 PPI pixel density, and 2340 x 1080 pixels screen resolution.

The Pixel 7 on the other hand is a 6.3 inches AMOLED display with a 90Hz high refresh rate, 1400 nits peak brightness, 416 PPI pixel density, and 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution.

Both devices display and back are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass but while the S23 uses Victus 2, the Pixel 7 uses Victus. The Victus 2 is better against scratches and shattering.

3.) OS and Performance

Samsung S23 runs on One UI 5.1 based on Android 13 out of the box and will be getting 4 years of OS upgrades and 5 years of security updates.

Google Pixel 7 on the other hand runs on the stock Android 13 out of the box and will be getting 3 years of OS upgrades and also 5 years of security updates.

Samsung S23 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor which is a 4nm and an Octa-core processor with Adreno 740 GPU while Pixel 7 is powered by Google Tensor G2 processor which is a 5nm and an Octa-core processor with Mali-G710 MP7 GPU.

The S23 processing power is faster and more efficient than that of the Pixel 7. But most average users won’t need much of the extra power of the S23 as the Pixel 7 is also snappy and multitasking is great on both. However, as a power user, I will go for the S23.

Both devices are equipped with 8GB RAM. On the S23, you have the options to choose between 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB while on Pixel 7, you have the options to choose between 128GB and 256GB.

The 128GB on the S23 is a UFS 3.1 storage while the 256GB and 512GB are UFS 4.0 storage. The Pixel 7 storage options are all UFS 3.1 storage. The UFS 4.0 storage is faster than the UFS 3.1 storage.

4.) Camera

Google Pixel 7 is equipped with 50MP main camera and 12MP ultrawide camera at the rear while the front-facing camera is 10.8MP.

The Samsung S23 on the other hand is equipped with a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP telephoto lens. The front-facing camera is 12MP.

Photography-wise, they both have great and capable cameras that can take amazing shots in both daylight and low-light conditions.

However, the S23 seems to edge out the Pixel 7 in packing more details while the Pixel 7 is better in color and skin tone reproduction. I will say it is a draw here.

5.) Battery

Samsung S23 is packed with a 3900 mAh battery and supports 25 watts wired charging, 15 watts wireless charging, and 4.5 watts reverse wireless charging while Pixel 7 is packed with a 4355 mAh battery and supports 20 watts wired charging, 20 watts wireless charging, and also supports reverse wireless charging.

The S23 charges faster which is not a surprise as it comes with a smaller battery and supports faster charging speed. The Pixel 7 last longer though takes more time to charge.

Pixel 7 can comfortably last you through a day on a single charge but you will have to charge the S23 close to the end of the day.

You may also be interested in the comparison between Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and Google Pixel 7 Pro.