These days the specs are so similar in several areas that it doesn't fully matter. However, pay attention to the storage amounts and battery sizes. Those are both very important, and both give Samsung a rather big lead over Google.
Galaxy Note 10 Specs (Regular and Plus)
- 6.3-inch small model (1080p) & 6.8-inch Curved Quad-HD Infinity Displays
- 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor or Samsung Exynos
- 8-12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of storage with microSD expansion (Higher storage and microSD on Plus model)
- Android 10 with Samsung's One UI 2.0
- Triple Rear Cameras: 12, 12, 16MP (Triple variable aperture main lens (F1.5/F1.8 and F2.4), f/2.4 telephoto lens, and super wide-angle camera) Dual OIS, 960 FPS slo-mo, 4K, 10-scene optimizer, Night Sight (same as S10)
- Quad-Cameras in the Note 10+.
- 10MP Front Selfie Camera with Portrait Mode & Improved 3D AR Emoji
- Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
- 3,500 mAh & massive 4,300 mAh (on bigger Note 10+) batteries with new 25w Faster Charging, Wireless Charging 2.0 and Powershare Reverse Wireless Charging (Optional 45w fast charging in Note 10+)
- IP68 Dust & Water-resistance, USB Type-C, S-Pen stylus, Bixby 2.0, Bixby AI, new Air Gestures and stylus controls, wireless Dex Live, etc
- Heart-rate sensor, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, more
- No 3.5mm headphone jack and no Bixby button
That's one powerful phone. All Samsung Note 10 models have at least 256GB of storage, that's the MINIMUM. As it should be.
Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL Specs
- 5.7-inch 1080p and 6.3-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Smooth Display (90 Hz)
- Snapdragon 855 Processor with 6GB of RAM
- 64 or 128 GB of storage, no microSD slot (that's it, really?)
- New Dual 12MP + 16MP Dual Camera setup (f/1.7 aperture, OIS, EIS, 4K) and Telephoto zoom lens, plus powerful software (Spectral sensors)
- 8MP f/2.0 front-facing selfie cameras (plus other Face Unlock cams/sensors)
- Android 10 out of the box (soon the Android 11 beta)
- Face Unlock Tech
- 2,800 mAh and 3,700 mAh battery with Fast Charging, Wireless charging
- IP68 Dust and Water resistance
- Stereo Speakers
- BT 5.0, NFC, Dual-Sim, NO 3.5mm headphone jack
These phones have nice screens, plenty of power, water-resistance and fast charging capabilities. The problem we see comes down to the small battery options Google chose, and the fact that the Pixel 4 comes with 64GB of storage while the Note 10 comes with at least 256GB. That's a big deal.
No phone in 2019 should only have 64GB of storage. That's a crap move Google (and Apple) and frankly not only greedy but ridiculous. Get with the program!
That aside, we're also very worried (and frustrated) about the small 2,800 mAh battery and the 90 Hz display in the smaller Pixel 4. As a result, we recommend getting the Pixel 4 XL for the bigger battery, which is still only 3,700 mAh compared to the massive 4,300 mAh one inside the Note 10.
If battery life and storage is important, and it probably is, you might want to skip the Pixel 4. We know that's harsh, but it's true. Or just plan on buying and using a good portable charger, which we recommend everyone has anyways.