We've already compared the Pixel 4 XL and Galaxy S10+, and it's now time to do the same for smaller Google and Samsung flagships. We'll pit the Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S10 in this comparison, as they're somewhat different than their siblings.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 was announced back in February this year. The Pixel 4 followed earlier this month, so it's much newer. Is it better, though? Well, that's what we're here to find out, just in case you're on the fence about getting one.
We will compare the Pixel 4 and Galaxy S10 across a number of categories, as per usual. Each of these phones has its positives and negatives, and we'll try to highlight them in this article. So, let's get started to see how these two phones compare.
|Google Pixel 4||Samsung Galaxy S10|
|Screen size||5.7-inch fullHD+ Smooth Display (flexible OLED, 90Hz)||6.1-inch fullHD+ display (Dynamic AMOLED)|
|Screen resolution||2280 x 1080||3040 x 1440|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820|
|Storage||64GB/128GB; Non-Expandable||128GB/512GB; Non-Expandable|
|Rear cameras||12.2MP (1.4um pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, 77-degree angle lens, PDAF, OIS, EIS)|
16MP (1.0um pixel size, f/2.4 aperture, 52-degree angle lens, OIS, EIS, PDAF)
|12MP (f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS)|
12MP (f/2.4 aperture, 52mm telephoto lens, 1.0um pixel size, OIS, 2x optical zoom)
16MP (f/2.2 aperture, 12mm ultrawide lens, 1.0um pixel size)
|Front cameras||8MP (1.22um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 90-degree angle lens, fixed focus)||10MP (f/1.9 aperture, 26mm wide-angle lens, 1.22um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF)|
|Battery||2,800mAh, Non-Removable, 18W Fast Battery Charging (USB-PD 2.0), Qi wireless charging||3,400mAh, Non-Removable, 18W Fast Battery Charging (USB-PD 2.0), Qi wireless charging|
|Dimensions||147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm||149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm|
|Weight||162 grams||157 grams|
|Connectivity||LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
|Security||IR-based facial scanning, Titan M module||In-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner|
|OS||Android 10||Android 9 Pie|
|Price||$799 / $899||$858|
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Design
These two phones do not have many similarities when it comes to design. They are both made out of metal and glass, but are considerably different regardless. The Pixel 4 is considerably less slippery than the Galaxy S10, and by looking at it, you probably wouldn't even know that it has a glass back. That goes for two out of three color variants, at least, as the Just Black unit is glossy, so it's visible that it's glass.
It's worth saying that the Pixel 4 attracts considerably less fingerprints (except the Just Black model). The Galaxy S10 is much curvier than the Pixel 4, and it's really slippery. Its back is curved on the edges, more than the Pixel 4, that's for sure. The Pixel 4 includes a camera module on the back, in the top-left corner. That camera module hosts two cameras, and an LED flash. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, has three horizontally-aligned cameras on the back.
The Google Pixel 4 includes a flat display, while the Galaxy S10 features a curved one. That is another design difference that is easily noticeable. The Pixel 4 has a rather thick 'forehead', while its 'chin' is considerably thinner. The Galaxy S10's bezels are much thinner, but the device includes a display camera hole. That hole is placed in the top-right corner of the display, and is less annoying than the one on the Galaxy S10+.
Each of these two devices has its design positives and negatives. The Pixel 4 is less slippery, attracts less fingerprints, and doesn't have a display hole / notch. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, has thinner bezels, and is better looking overall, while it feels more premium. We'll call this one a tie, it's more of a personal preference than anything else, as they're extremely different.
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Display
Booth the Google Pixel 4 and Galaxy S10 have great-looking displays. That is hard to deny, but they're different, quite a bit. The Pixel 4's display is lower-res compared to the Galaxy S10's, but it has one huge advantage, high refresh rate. Its 'Smooth Display' comes with a 90Hz refresh rate, while the Galaxy S10's 'Dynamic AMOLED' panel is stuck at 60Hz.
The Pixel 4 features a 5.7-inch fullHD+ (2280 x 1080) display, while the Galaxy S10 sports a 6.1-inch QHD+ (3040 x 1440) display. Both of them offer a 19:9 display aspect ratio, in case you were wondering. The Pixel 4's panel supports HDR content, while the Galaxy S10's comes with HDR10+ support. The display on the Pixel 4 is flat, while the Galaxy S10's is curved.
The Pixel 4's display actually looks great for a fullHD+ panel. In fact, we enjoyed using it more due to its 90Hz refresh rate, thanks to which, everything feels super smooth. Both displays have great viewing angles, punchy colors, and offer great contrast as well. We did not really notice any issues with either. The Galaxy S10 would probably get the advantage if the refresh rates were identical, but since they're not, we consider them to be on the same level.
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Performance
So, what about performance? Does the Galaxy S10 still got it? Well, yeah, it does. Both phones are great when it comes to performance, but the Pixel 4 just seems a step ahead. We've noticed hiccups on the Galaxy S10 more often than on the Pixel 4. Truth be said, the Pixel 4 is a brand new smartphone, so take that into consideration.
That 90Hz display also plays a part in the equation, as it makes things look smoother on the Pixel 4. Both devices are well-equipped in the hardware department. Both are fueled by flagship-grade processors, and offer more than enough RAM. The Pixel 4 ships with 6GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S10 includes 8GB.
The Pixel 4 comes with Google's stock software, which is lighter than what Samsung has to offer. That is playing a role in the performance department as well, of course. All in all, they're both excellent performers, and you won't have issues with either one. It is worth saying, though, that the Pixel 4 does have a slight advantage in this department.
Winner: Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Battery
So, what about battery life? Well, that's where things fall apart for the Pixel 4. In fact, we'd be hard-pressed to find a flagship-grade phone that has worse battery life than the Pixel 4. Google, for some reason, decided to include a tiny 2,800mAh battery in this phone, despite its 90Hz display refresh rate.
The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, offers better battery life, but it's not great either. The Galaxy S10 is miles ahead of the Pixel 4, though. The Pixel 4 tends to run out of juice after just a little bit over 3 hours of battery life (even less sometimes), especially if you decide to force a 90Hz refresh rate and actually use that phone as it should be used. The Galaxy S10 will be able to get most of you past that 5-hour screen-on-time mark, which is enough for most consumers.
The Pixel 4 offers 18W fast wired charging, while the Galaxy S10 supports 15W fast wired charging. Both devices support fast wireless charging, while the Galaxy S10 also includes reverse wireless charging (9W). All in all, we'll give this one to the Galaxy S10, and it's an easy call.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Cameras
The Google Pixel 4 has three cameras overall, two on the back. The Galaxy S10 has four overall, three on the back. Now, it's not exactly a secret that Google's Pixel phones are usually at the top of the food chain when it comes to cameras. The same is actually true this year as well, as the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL offer great cameras. The Galaxy S10 is not a slouch in that regard either, though.
The Galaxy S10 offers an ultrawide rear camera, which is not something the Pixel 4 can say for itself. That ultrawide camera is quite capable, and can provide really good pictures in all lighting conditions. Cameras on these two phones do a great job in daylight. They can shoot images with great dynamic range and colors, while the Galaxy S10 pictures end up being slightly heavier on colors. That is not a bad thing, though. Pictures from the Pixel 4 are a bit sharper, more of then than not.
When the light goes away, the Pixel 4 reigns supreme. It allows for far more light to get into a shot, while Google's processing does an amazing job. It also preserves highlights better than the Galaxy S10, and ends up offering more detail in the final product. The front-facing camera on the Pixel 4 is also superior to what the Galaxy S10 has to offer. Images from that camera end up being sharper, even in low light, while they're also way brighter in low light, while keeping some sort of a balance. The Pixel 4 is the clear winner here.
Winner: Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Audio
Both of these devices offer two stereo speakers. In both cases, the main speaker sits at the bottom, while the secondary is included above the display. Both phones are capable of providing rich sound from those speakers, and they get pretty loud as well. Distortion is minimal, and only on high volume levels. There's not much to complain about when it comes to sound through these speakers, it's great.
When you plug in your headphones, or use Bluetooth ones, you'll also get really good sound. It is worth noting, though, that the Galaxy S10 has a headphone jack, while the Pixel 4 does not. The Galaxy S10 can also provide a better-balanced sound via a good pair of headphones. We've noticed that the sound is a bit clearer, and that it's balanced better.
No matter which of the two phones you decide to get, you'll be satisfied with audio, well, most of you will. Neither of the two phones are lacking in this department, but we have to give an edge to the Galaxy S10. It simply offers more when it comes to a sound via headphones, and it offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10
The overall winner
|Google Pixel 4||Samsung Galaxy S10|
So, as you may have noticed, each of the two phones won in two categories. Two remaining categories ended up in a tie, so it's a tie overall. As mentioned earlier, each of these two phones has its positives and negatives, it all depends on what you're looking for in a device.
If you want one of the best camera smartphones out there, and don't care about an ultrawide-angle lens, the Pixel 4 is the phone for you. Just don't get it if you use your phone a lot, because its battery life is abysmal. The Galaxy S10 offers far better battery life, and it also has an advantage in the audio department.