Both the Google Pixel 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are smaller flagship alternatives, and it's time to compare them. These two phones are fairly new, they've both arrived in the last couple of months.
Both of them are alternatives to their more expensive siblings, the Pixel 4 and Galaxy Note 10+. That being said, both of these phones are fairly good, though they're considerably different at the same time.
If you're trying to decide which one to buy, we'll try and help you decide, by comparing the two phones. The Pixel 4 vs Galaxy Note 10 comparison will take place across a number of categories, as per usual. At the end of it all, we'll see which phone won in most of those categories. Let the comparison begin.
|Google Pixel 4||Samsung Galaxy Note 10|
|Screen size||5.7-inch fullHD+ Smooth Display (flexible OLED, 90Hz)||6.3-inch fullHD+ display (Dynamic AMOLED)|
|Screen resolution||2280 x 1080||2280 x 1080|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820|
|Storage||64GB/128GB; Non-Expandable||256GB; 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/2.1 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/2.2 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||3,500mAh, Non-Removable, 25W Fast Battery Charging (USB-PD 2.0), Qi wireless charging|
|Dimensions||147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm||151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm|
|Weight||162 grams||168 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||$949.99|
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Design
These two phones are considerably different from the design standpoint. The Pixel 4 is smaller, and even though both are made out of metal and glass, they both look and feel different. The Galaxy Note 10 offers way more curves than the Pixel 4, and it's considerably more slippery than the Pixel 4.
The Galaxy Note 10 is a bit thinner, but it's wider and taller than the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 has thicker bezels than the Galaxy Note 10, and that 'forehead' is especially noticeable. Unlike the Galaxy Note 10, however, the Pixel 4 does not include a display camera hole.
The Galaxy Note 10 does sport sharper edges than the Pixel 4, and the same can be said for the display corners as well. Cameras on the back are placed in the same spot on both devices. The Pixel 4's dual camera setup and the Galaxy Note 10's triple camera setup sits in the top-left corner on the back.
The only similarity when it comes to the design of these two phones is in build materials. They are considerably different in every other way. From the sheer aesthetic perspective, we'll go with the Galaxy Note 10 on this one, it simply looks better. The Pixel 4's design looks a bit outdated, even though it's smaller and less slippery, so if that's a factor for you, consider it.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Display
Both phones include OLED displays, but they're considerably different in comparison. The Pixel 4 features a 5.7-inch fullHD+ (2280 x 1080) flexible OLED panel, while the Galaxy Note 10 includes a 6.3-inch fullHD+ (2280 x 1080) Dynamic AMOLED display.
The Pixel 4's display is flat, while the Galaxy Note 10's is curved. That is definitely something you should take into account when selecting your next phone. The Pixel 4's display also comes with 90Hz refresh rate, and that is not something we can say for the Galaxy Note 10's panel.
Both phones support HDR content, but the Galaxy Note 10 comes with HDR10+ support. The Pixel 4's panel is protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 5, while the Galaxy Note 10 comes with Gorilla Glass 6.
All in all, both of these panels are great. They offer great viewing angles, colors are punchy, contrast is great… we basically have no complaints when it comes to image reproduction. The Pixel 4 does have one big advantage, though, its refresh rate.
Once you start using a 90Hz refresh rate on a phone, it's hard to go back. Even though Google's software shenanigans are preventing this display from working at 90Hz for all apps (you can alter this in developer settings), it's still a better choice in our opinion.
Winner: Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Performance
Both of these devices are flagship-grade offerings from their respective manufacturers. Both include top-of-the-line specifications, though those specs are a bit different, as is the included software.
Flagship processors are included, though the Pixel 4 includes less RAM than the Galaxy Note 10. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM compared to the Galaxy Note 10's 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 10 also offers UFS 3.0 flash storage, while the Pixel 4 is stuck at UFS 2.1.
That is not something you'll notice in its performance, though. The Pixel 4 flies through everything you throw at it, same as the Galaxy Note 10. Google's software is lighter than Samsung's, so that helps as well.
One more thing to consider in terms of performance is that display, as everything feels smoother on a high refresh rate display, as long as the hardware and software are powerful enough. Truth be said, we cannot really decide on the winner here.
Both of these phones work extremely well, the Pixel 4 has a high refresh rate and lighter software, while the Galaxy Note 10 comes with more RAM and has UFS 3.0 flash storage. Not that specs themselves mean much, but it all balances out in terms of sheer performance, at least in this case.
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Battery
When it comes to battery life, the Google Pixel 4 is probably the least impressive flagship in the market at the moment, at least as far as high-profile brands are concerned. The phone's battery life is simply disappointing.
It's disappointing even if you're not using that 90Hz display, and why wouldn't you. With a slightly more intense usage, the phone dies around the 3-hour screen-on time mark, which is simply not enough for modern standards.
The Galaxy Note 10 does much better in those same conditions. Chances are you'll be able to cross the 5-6-hour mark on this phone without a problem, even with more intensive usage. It's not the best smartphone when it comes to battery life, but it's miles ahead of the Pixel 4.
The Pixel 4's 2,800mAh battery simply cannot put up with a lot of usage. Luckily for the Galaxy Note 10 users, Samsung included a 3,500mAh unit in the phone. Both devices support fast wired charging, and also wireless charging.
The Pixel 4 comes with 18W wired charging, and Qi wireless charging. The Galaxy Note 10 offers 25W wired charging, and fast wireless charging as well. In addition to that, it also offers 9W reverse wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the winner here, easy. Not only can it last longer on a single charge, much longer, but it's superior in terms of charging as well.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Cameras
When it comes to camera output, the Pixel 4 rarely loses. The same can be said for this particular comparison as well. Don't get us wrong, the Galaxy Note 10 offers great cameras. In fact, the Galaxy Note 10 is one of the best camera smartphones in the market, while it offers more versatility than the Pixel 4 as well.
The Google Pixel 4 comes with two cameras on the back, a main camera, and a telephoto one. The Galaxy Note 10 has those two, and it adds an ultra-wide camera as well. Google really missed the mark on this one, as most people expected and wanted an ultra-wide shooter.
When it comes to results, the Pixel 4 wins in most situations. The device is capable of offering more details in pictures in all lighting conditions, pretty much. The Galaxy Note 10 does win from time to time, but the Pixel 4 does that more often.
Both devices offer great dynamic range, and colors as well. Both phones do like to process images quite a bit, which is somewhat noticeable, but that's not a bad thing in the vast majority of shots.
The Pixel 4 really stands out in low light. The Galaxy Note 10 is quite capable in low light conditions, but nowhere near the Pixel 4. The device allows for far more light to enter an image, and it also retains considerably more detail than the Galaxy Note 10 in such conditions. It also does a better job balancing such shots. The Pixel 4's low light images will look unrealistic more often than not, but they'll also look great at the same time.
The Pixel 4 also offers better results when it comes to the front-facing camera. That camera can also provide more detail in images, and the results look better overall. The Galaxy Note 10 does have an edge in video recording, as it offers 4K recording at 60fps, and the results are really good.
Winner: Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Audio
In the audio department, both devices are quite good. Both phones offer stereo speakers, and those speakers are placed in similar parts of the phone as well. The main one sits on the bottom, while the secondary sits above the display on both devices.
The Galaxy Note 10's speakers are tuned by AKG, and Dolby Atmos sound is also a part of the package. That is not the case with the Pixel 4. Is that noticeable? Well, in terms of speakers, no, not really. You really have to nitpick in order to give the Galaxy Note 10 an advantage in that regard. Both speakers sound great, they're very loud, with minimal distortion at high volumes. They're crisp, and well-balanced.
The difference is noticeable when you plug in a solid pair of headphones, though. Speaking of which, neither of the two phones include a 3.5mm headphone jack. Therefore, you'll have to use a dongle, or a Bluetooth connection, it's up to you. In any case, audio through headphones is better on the Galaxy Note 10. It is not only a bit louder, but it's crisper. The lows and the highs are better, more pronounced. Due to that fact, we'll give this one to the Galaxy Note 10.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The overall winner
|Google Pixel 4||Samsung Galaxy S10|
So, who's the winner in this Pixel 4 vs Galaxy Note 10 comparison? Well, the Galaxy Note 10 is, but by a narrow margin. The Galaxy Note 10 won 3:2 as far as different categories are concerned, which makes it an overall winner.
The Pixel 4 does have a considerable advantage in the camera department, especially if you like shooting pictures in low-lit conditions. The phone also wins in the display category, if you ask us.
Which one should you choose? Well, that's up to you, it all depends on what you need in a smartphone. Overall, we do believe the Galaxy Note 10 to be the better choice, due to the Pixel 4's incredibly poor battery life, and some other aspects we've mentioned in this comparison. The Pixel 4 is still a great phone, though.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10