Phone Comparisons: Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20

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The time has come to compare the Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S20. Do note that these are the smallest, and most affordable Pixel 4 and Galaxy S20 units we’re looking at here. Still, they’re both considered to be flagship-grade offerings from their respective companies, even though they’re not technically the most powerful variants Pixel 4 and Galaxy S20 variants.

Both of these phones are quite compelling, and some of you are probably trying to decide which one to get. The Galaxy S20 is newer, it’s even a generation newer, as it comes with a new processor, and a number of newer components. Is that enough to win against the Google Pixel 4 in a direct comparison, though? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out. The Pixel 4 is now considerably more affordable than the Galaxy S20, so it may be worth a look.

As already mentioned, both devices are quite compelling, but we’ll compare them in a number of categories, just to give you a better idea of what you’re in for. We’ll kick things off with specifications, and then move to their designs, displays, and so on. That’s more or less it, let’s kick off this Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20 comparison, shall we.

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Specs

Google Pixel 4Samsung Galaxy S20
Screen size5.7-inch fullHD+ Smooth Display (flexible OLED, 90Hz)6.2-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display (120Hz)
Screen resolution2280 x 10803200 x 1440
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Samsung Exynos 990
RAM6GB8GB / 12GB
Storage64GB/128GB; Non-Expandable128GB; Expandable up to 1TB
Rear cameras12.2MP (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/1.8 aperture, 79-degree angle lens)
64MP (f/2.0 aperture, 76-degree angle lens)
12MP(f/2.2 aperture, ultrawide 120-degree lens)
Front cameras8MP (1.22um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 90-degree angle lens, fixed focus)10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 80-degree angle lens)
Battery2,800mAh, Non-Removable,  18W Fast Battery Charging (USB-PD 2.0), Qi wireless charging4,000mAh, non-removable, 25W fast battery charging, fast wireless charging, reverse charging
Dimensions147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm152 x 68 x 7.9mm
Weight162 grams164 grams
ConnectivityLTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-CLTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
SecurityIR-based facial scanning, Titan M moduleIn-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)
OSAndroid 10Android 10
Samsung One UI 2
Price$595$999
BuyAmazonSamsung

Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20: Design

These two phones are quite different in terms of the overall design. The Google Pixel 4 offers fewer curves, and it’s considerably less slippery than the Galaxy S20. The phone’s frame is more pronounced around the device, and more grippy at the same time. Both devices do feature glass backs, though. The Galaxy S20’s back side is curved, though, as is its front side. That doesn’t leave much of its frame to be available around the device itself, and it makes the whole phone extremely slippery.

The Galaxy S20 offers considerably thinner bezels than the Pixel 4. It comes with almost non-existent bezels, and a display camera hole. The Pixel 4 does not have a notch, or a display hole, but it does have noticeable bezels. Its top bezel is actually thicker than its bottom bezel, which some of you may find to be odd. Physical keys are placed on the right-hand side of both phones, and neither of these phones offers an audio jack.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 back

Camera modules are placed in the same spot on both phones. They’re located in the top-left corner, on the back of these devices. The Pixel 4’s camera module is wider, while the Galaxy S20’s is taller. The Galaxy S20 does include one more camera than the Pixel 4, as it has three, compared to two on the Pixel 4.

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The Galaxy S20 is a bit taller than the Pixel 4, while it’s also a little bit wider as well. It is thinner than the Pixel 4, however. Weight is almost the same on these two phones. It is worth saying that the Galaxy S20 has a considerably larger display than the Pixel 4, despite the fact the two phones are very similar in terms of size. We’ll talk more about their displays in the next section. As far as the design is concerned, however, the Galaxy S20 wins this comparison. The phone looks way more modern than the Pixel 4, that’s hard to deny.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20

Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20: Display

The Google Pixel 4 comes with a 5.7-inch fullHD+ P-OLED display. The Galaxy S20, on the other hand, features a 6.2-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. The Galaxy S20 offers a slightly higher display aspect ratio than the Pixel 4, 20:9 compared to 19:9. Both of these displays offer high refresh rate, but the Galaxy S20 wins in that regard. Samsung’s flagship comes with a 120Hz display, while the Pixel 4 offers a 90Hz display.

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Do note that you cannot utilize 120Hz refresh rate and WQHD+ resolution at the same time on the Galaxy S20, though. That’s not possible, at least not at the time of writing this comparison, but Samsung is working on it. Both phones can reproduce HDR content, though only the Galaxy S20 can do HDR10+. The Gorilla Glass 5 protects the Pixel 4’s panel, while the Gorilla Glass 6 comes with the Galaxy S20’s display.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 display

Both displays are really vibrant, and offer great colors and contrast. The Galaxy S20 does have an advantage here as well. It simply looks better to the eye, no matter if you set it to fullHD+ or WQHD+ resolution. Higher refresh rate on that display is also noticeable, although the Pixel 4 is not a slouch in that regard as well. The Galaxy S20’s display comes with better protection, can reproduce HDR10+, and it simply looks better. The Galaxy S20 is a clear winner here.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20

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Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20: Performance

What’s there to say about performance? Well, both phones are great in this regard. The Galaxy S20 does come with considerably more powerful internals, but the Pixel 4 still holds up great. The Snapdragon 855 inside the device is still plenty powerful, while the phone includes enough RAM. Still, the Galaxy S20 doubles that RAM, and it includes newer RAM, LPDDR5 vs LPDDR4X. It also comes with faster storage, UFS 3.0 compared to UFS 2.1 on the Pixel 4.

As already mentioned, both devices are extremely fast, but from what we could see, we’d give a small advantage to the Galaxy S20, at least at the moment. We don’t know what will happen in a couple of months, but the Galaxy S20 did offer slightly better performance across the board. Both phones can handle everyday tasks with ease, though, from opening / closing apps, multitasking, browsing the web, gaming, and so on.

The Galaxy S20 is more future proof, though. As we mentioned already, it does come with considerably more powerful internals than the Pixel 4. On the flip side, the Pixel 4 does include stock Android, and will get updates faster, so… it all depends on what you prefer. Samsung’s flagship comes with the company’s One UI skin on top of Android. The Galaxy S20 is the winner here, not by much, but still.

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Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20.

Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20: Battery

If battery life is something you’re concerned about, you should avoid the Pixel 4. Out of all the mainstream flagships in 2019, the Pixel 4 probably has the worst battery life. Google included a really small battery inside of this phone, and it simply cannot cope with the phone’s internals and high refresh rate. At times, we were even unable to cross the 4-hour screen-on-time mark in a day. It usually goes over that mark, but that’s well below other flagships. Your mileage may vary, of course.

The Galaxy S20, on the other hand, is capable of crossing that 6-hour threshold on a regular basis. We have to do a long-term battery test on the phone in order to see what’s what, but from what we’ve seen thus far, the Galaxy S20 offers really good battery life. It’s nowhere near the best battery life smartphones out there, but it’s miles better than the Pixel 4. Even with 120Hz option activated, it can run at fullHD+ resolution without a problem, and often get past that 6-hour mark. We’ll see what will happen once Samsung enables WQHD+ at 120Hz option.

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In case you’re interested in specifications, the Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh battery, while the Galaxy S20 includes a 4,000mAh unit. The difference in real-life usage is not exactly surprising, with this in mind. The Galaxy S20’s processor is also more power-efficient. Both devices support fast charging, though the Galaxy S20’s charging is faster. Both devices offer wireless charging as well, while the S20 also supports reverse wireless charging.

Winner. Samsung Galaxy S20

Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20: Cameras

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are still regarded to be one of the best camera smartphones in the market. So, does the Galaxy S20 beat the Pixel 4 in terms of camera quality? Well, not necessarily. Both phones are really competent in that regard. During the daytime, both phones can capture great-looking pictures, with great dynamic range, contrast, and white balance. The Pixel 4 images in this setting tend to be more contrasty, though.

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Both phones do a great job in low light conditions, though we’d still give the Pixel 4 an advantage in such conditions. The samples from the Galaxy S20 may seem more realistic, but the Pixel 4’s low light pics look better in our opinion. The Pixel 4 does not have an ultrawide camera, though, and the Galaxy S20’s is great. Once you start using that ultrawide shooter for landscapes and whatnot, you’ll hardly go back. So, the two cameras pretty much balance out, depending on what you’re looking for in a camera. You can’t go wrong with either one of these, though.

Winner: Tie

Google Pixel 4 vs Galaxy S20: Audio

As far as audio quality is concerned, well, both phones are pretty good. We do have to give a slight advantage to the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Now, both devices offer stereo speakers. The main speaker on both phones is placed on the bottom. The secondary is of a front-facing variety, and it sits right above the display. The Galaxy S20’s speakers are tuned by AKG, by the way.

The audio quality coming from those speakers is really good on both phones. They get pretty loud, and the distortion is fairly minimal at high volumes. They deliver slightly different sound, but nothing that should worry you. They’re basically on the same level. We do have to say that the Galaxy S20’s speakers are a bit louder overall, though.

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Neither of the two phones has a 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll be just fine using a Type-C connection, though, and the same goes for Bluetooth 5, which is available on both phones. Sounds output through a quality pair of headphones is on a high level on both phones, but we’ve noticed better highs and mids coming from the S20. It’s not that much better, though, so it’s not something that should worry you. It does give the S20 a slight advantage, though.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20

The overall winner

Google Pixel 4Samsung Galaxy S20
Design
Display
Performance
Battery
Cameras
Audio

That brings our Google Pixel 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 comparison to the end. Needless to say, the Galaxy S20 is the winner here. The phone offers a better design in our opinion, while it’s more future proof at the same time. Audio output is slightly better overall, while the phone offers superior battery life and charging.

The Pixel 4 still holds up great, except in terms of battery life, it’s abysmal in that regard. The performance is still great, though, and its cameras are still amongst the best around. If you can get a great deal on the Pixel 4, and don’t care much about battery life, the phone is very much worth it. In general, though, the Galaxy S20 is the better choice.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20