Google Pixel 2 Review: Performance

By 02:11 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


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The Pixel 2 shares a chipset with its gigantic brother and most of the other flagships this year, for that matter - the elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Google didn't do anything crazy with RAM, and there are 4GB on board.


We did our usual round of benchmarks, and got predictable results. Starting with GeekBench, we can see that the PIxel 2's Central Processing Units (CPU) is on par with the Snapdragon 835 competition in both single and multi-core tests. The Galaxy S8 in its Exynos flavor edges slightly ahead of the Pixel 2, but it's the iPhone 8/X that's substantially more powerful.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone X

    10215

  • Apple iPhone 8

    10214

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    6783

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    6656

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    6541

  • Google Pixel 2

    6437

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    6428

  • HTC U11

    6393

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6301

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    5596

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone X

    4256

  • Apple iPhone 8

    4234

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1991

  • HTC U11

    1919

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    1915

  • Google Pixel 2

    1912

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    1902

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    1840

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1832

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    1826

In Antutu, the Pixel 2 posts a virtually identical score as the Snapdragon Galaxy S8, and slightly behind the Exynos Galaxy. The Xperia XZ1 underdelivers here, while the HTC U11 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Kirin 970) outperform the Pixel 2. The Huawei P10, running the older-gen Kirin 960, is the weakest of this bunch.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8

    202645

  • Apple iPhone X

    185147

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    178510

  • HTC U11

    177343

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    174435

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    170407

  • Google Pixel 2

    168648

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    168133

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    157075

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    144462

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    141193

  • Huawei P10

    126629

In Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 the Pixel 2 is again level with the Galaxies, but behind the iPhones. The Mate 10 Pro is a hair above the Pixel 2, but the bulk of S835 devices lag behind the google phone.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone X

    4708

  • Apple iPhone 8

    3934

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    3425

  • Google Pixel 2

    3387

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    3379

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    3376

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    3319

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    2986

  • HTC U11

    2970

  • Huawei P10

    2910

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    2818

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    2461

In the graphics-only GFXBench it is again the iPhones that rule - that is, the iPhones and the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which posts crazy fps numbers thanks to a pairing of top-discontinue SoC and a 720p display. The Pixel 2 outperforms its bigger brother in onclassy screen tests - the advantage of a lower-res screen, but also beats the rest of the S835 crew, FullHD phones included.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8

    85

  • Apple iPhone X

    81

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    65

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    61

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    60

  • HTC U11

    60

  • Google Pixel 2

    60

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    57

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    50

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    49

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    49

  • Huawei P10

    29

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    60

  • Apple iPhone 8

    60

  • Apple iPhone X

    59

  • Google Pixel 2

    56

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    55

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    48

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    48

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    36

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    36

  • Huawei P10

    35

  • HTC U11

    35

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    34

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone X

    44

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    42

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    41

  • Google Pixel 2

    41

  • HTC U11

    41

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    39

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    39

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    38

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    36

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    33

  • Huawei P10

    22

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    60

  • Apple iPhone X

    51

  • Google Pixel 2

    43

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    40

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    35

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    34

  • Huawei P10

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    23

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    21

  • HTC U11

    19

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    18

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    25

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    25

  • Google Pixel 2

    24

  • HTC U11

    24

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    24

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    24

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    23

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    22

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    20

  • Huawei P10

    14

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    50

  • Google Pixel 2

    26

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    25

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    21

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    20

  • Huawei P10

    16

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    13

  • HTC U11

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    12

Baseimprint X measures raw power, without taking into account actual classy screen resolution, and here the Pixel 2 falls in the middle of the pack. The Exynos Galaxy S8 with its 20-core GPU outperforms everyone here, though you'll notice there are no iPhones in this chart.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    42370

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    40232

  • Huawei P10

    39433

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    39143

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    38820

  • Google Pixel 2

    38794

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    38583

  • HTC U11

    38399

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    34951

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    33023

The Galaxy S8 (Exynos) and Mate 10 Pro sit on top of the Android bunch in Baseimprint ES 3.1, with the iPhones above them. The Pixel 2 is on par with the Sony and HTC S835 implementations, and the Huawei P10 is slightly behind this bunch.

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8

    1690

  • Apple iPhone X

    1385

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1189

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    1183

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    874

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    855

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    853

  • Google Pixel 2

    839

  • HTC U11

    836

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    817

  • Huawei P10

    716

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    626

The Pixel 2 is a solid performer, posting numbers to be expected from its high-discontinue chip. It matches the Galaxy S8s of this world, but the current iPhones are in a league of their own. In use, the Pixel 2 feels snappy and never leaves you waiting.


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