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Galaxy Note 10 vs Pixel 4 XL: Which One to Buy?



Both the new Google Pixel 4 XL and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 are readily available, and they come in multiple screen sizes. This means buyers have a lot of options as 2019 comes to a close. In this post, we’ll compare Samsung and Google’s latest so buyers know what to expect and which model is right for them.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is an impressive phone with a big screen, and people are trying to decide if they want a huge screen and all those cameras, or the clean and fast Google Pixel 4 Android experience. We know, it’s a tough choice. So, keep reading for all the info.

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Google’s Pixel 4 XL and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 are two of the best options right now, which is why you’re trying to choose between these instead of something like the OnePlus 7T. Furthermore, this year Samsung released a second smaller version of the Note 10 for those that don’t want a giant screen. So even if you’re eying the smaller Pixel 4, the regular Note 10 might be an option for you.

Keep in mind that these two phones are very different in several ways. From the screen sizes, stock Android vs Samsung’s One UI, how many cameras are on the back (and what they do) and much more. So while comparisons are great, the choice will likely come down to screen size, personal preference, and how much $$ you’re willing to spend.

What this all boils down to is you have your pick between multiple screen sizes and price points from both manufacturers. So, our slideshow below has all the side by side info to help you choose what’s best for you.

Galaxy Note 10 vs Pixel 4 XL: Display (and Notch)

The first thing we need to talk about when discussing these phones is the screen size or sizes. Mainly because that's one of the most important specs people look at when buying a new phone, and you have several options. 

  • Galaxy Note 10: 6.3-inch F-HD AMOLED Display (1080p)
  • Galaxy Note 10+: 6.8-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Infinity-O Display 
  • Pixel 4: 5.7-inch 1080p 90Hz Smooth Display
  • Pixel 4 XL: 6.3-inch Quad-HD 90 Hz Smooth Display

Google's bigger Pixel 4 XL is the same size as Samsung's smaller Galaxy Note 10, both rocking a 6.3-inch screen. However, the Pixel 4 XL has a higher resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate, which are both way better than the small Note 10. That said, Samsung has the best screens in the industry, and most reviews knock the Pixel 4 for having a pretty dim screen that doesn't get bright enough. 

Here's where things start to get interesting. Samsung changed things up from the Galaxy S10, and will offer a bezel-free edge-to-edge display. However, there is a cutout in the center top of the phone for the front-facing camera. It's only a single camera, instead of two, so it's a small unassuming circle. The screen goes around the "punch hole" cutout. 

Google didn't go with a cutout for the camera, and they didn't repeat last year's mistake by adding a huge notch in the display. Instead, they shrunk all of the bezels but put one big bezel at the top for the camera, sensors, Face unlock tech and more. It's not as stylish and "2019" as the Note 10, but it serves a purpose while avoiding the notch. 

Plus, that bezel has a slew of fancy new tech inside it

Basically, if you want the biggest and best screen and don't mind the small cutout, the Galaxy Note 10+ is perfect. If you want something a little smaller or don't mind bezel Google's Pixel 4 XL might be good too. 

And if both of those are too big, the smaller Pixel 4 is pretty much your only option, which has pros and cons itself.   

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