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Galaxy Note 10 vs Pixel 4 XL: Worth the Wait?

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This comparison goes over everything we know so far about the upcoming Google Pixel 4 XL and then compares it to the Galaxy Note 10. That way buyers know what to expect and can choose which model is right for them and if the Pixel is worth waiting for.

Right now, the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are still somewhat of a mystery but are only about a month away. That said, Samsung just released the Galaxy Note 10 and people are trying to decide what to do. If you can’t wait for Google the choice is clear, but if you can you’ll have a tough decision to make.

Buyers have several great Android phones to choose from right now, like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10. However, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 XL and Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10 are two more excellent options. It’s a tough choice, we know. And, for the first time ever, 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 too.

While it’s still early, we’re already seeing hints of at least two new Pixel 4 devices, and potentially a 3rd, which will give both Apple and Samsung a run for their money later this year. Plus, between leaked photos and Google’s official announcement, we know what it’ll look like. What this all boils down to is that great phones are still coming in 2019, and you’ll have your pick between multiple screen sizes and price points from both manufacturers. Not to mention a OnePlus 7T at some point, too.

Our slideshow below goes over everything we know about both the Pixel 4 and Note 10 and how they compare. That way you can decide whether or not you’ll buy the Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ in the next few weeks, or wait for the Pixel 4 XL in October.

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

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. 

It's still too early for us to know what Google has planned, but we can make some speculative guesses, share newly leaked information, then compare it to the Note 10.

  • 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

We just learned that Google's Pixel 4 devices will have a 90 Hz display, just like the OnePlus 7 Pro, which everyone loves. Additionally, the leak claims the screen sizes above are 100% accurate.

That means Google's bigger Pixel 4 XL is the same size as Samsung's smaller Galaxy Note 10, both rocking a 6.3-inch screen. This means the quality of the display and the notch for the camera cutout will be very important. 

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. The smaller Note 10 is only 1080p, even at 6.3-inches, while Google's Pixel 4 XL has a Quad-HD 90 Hz display that's the same size. In my opinion, the Pixel 4 XL will have a better screen to look at all day. 

As for Google, several leaks have suggested two different things. Google delivered a huge notch on the Pixel 3 XL that no one really liked, and threw two cameras inside the notch. It was ugly. 

New info suggests Google will return to the small forehead above the screen for the sensors, camera, and speaker on the Pixel 4. Opting for features and a great camera experience over a "bezel-free" screen. They won't do a cutout or a notch, and instead just offer a small bezel like past devices. However, 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. We still don't know enough to say anything further on Google's design. Or, the smaller Note 10 might be a good middle ground. 

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  1. RenFam818

    08/08/2019 at 5:51 pm

    I’m excited to get the Note 10+ now for vlogging because of its 3 zoom-in mics (Pixel 3 had terrible mic), improved low light, bokeh, and image stabilization. However, I can wait for the Pixel 4 XL to get a full comparison and the best vlogging smartphone in 2019.

    • Cory Gunther

      09/06/2019 at 2:35 pm

      The zoom-in-mic is neat, but the quality isn’t that great for “vlogs”.

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