Pixel 4 XL vs. Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Comparison and Difference

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Google’s Pixel 4 XL are extremely attractive and feature-packed devices, so much so that despite having arrived in 2019, they continue to swell our list of best Android phones. Both manufacturers take totally different approaches in many ways: Google’s refined software competes with Samsung’s sleek design in this showdown between the Pixel 4 XL vs. Galaxy Note 10 Plus, in which we compare them in various categories to help you decide which one is the best for you.

Performance, battery and charge

Pixel 4 XL vs. Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Both phones have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor inside and neither will have performance problems. The latest applications and games work easily and navigation is smooth. The Pixel 4 XL has 6GB of RAM, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus doubles it with 12GB of RAM. Honestly, 12GB of RAM is overkill, but if you love having tons of apps and games open at the same time and hope to be able to get in and out of them quickly, the Note 10 Plus might be a bit more useful to you. In addition, the Note has a much larger storage capacity, with 256GB or 512GB options available, along with a MicroSD card slot; The Pixel 4 XL comes in 64GB or 128GB models, with no option to expand.

The battle between batteries is a little more defined, as the Note 10 Plus boasts a 4,300mAh battery that lasts for a whole day of heavy use, while the Pixel 4 XL uses a 3,700mAh battery that could need a recharge before End the day if you use it constantly. The Samsung includes a 25W charger with which in one hour it is ready; it will take Google an hour and a half to fill up with its 18W charger. The Note 10 Plus receives much more power during the first minutes of charging, in addition to which you can buy a 45W charger with which you will have even more battery in less time.

Both support Qi wireless charging, but the Note 10 Plus can charge faster and share power with other Qi-certified devices.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Design and durability

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Both are glass devices with aluminum frames, but that is where the similarities go. The Google has a bezel under the screen and a large bezel over it, which houses the front camera and the radar system and secure face unlock.

It is not the most modern look in the world, unlike the Note 10 Plus, with its impossibly thin bezels, its camera in a perforation and its curved edges. On the reverse side, Google has a camera module in the form of a rounded box. Samsung chose the vertical pill form. The Pixel 4 XL is flat front and rear, with a rounded frame; The Gorilla Glass 6 of the Note 10 Plus curves towards the frame from front to back, allowing it to have a much larger screen without increasing its volume as much. Both have a striking Oh So Orange color on the Pixel and Aura Glow on the Note.

An advantage of the Pixel, which uses Gorilla Glass 5, is that it has a matte texture in the orange and white options, so you rarely have to wipe off smudges or fingerprints. That’s something you’ll constantly be doing on the Note 10 Plus color Aura Glow, plus it’s much easier to see a tiny scratch on the Samsung than the Pixel.

These phones need a case if you hope to keep them undamaged, although both boast an IP68 rating that ensures you never have to worry about spills, rain, or even an accidental fall into water. The Note 10 wins, for being the one that looks more futuristic.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus


On the Pixel 4 XL you will see a 6.3-inch OLED screen. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen. Since they both have the same resolution, the Pixel’s screen, being smaller, is sharper. But what really tips the balance in Google’s favor is its 90Hz refresh rate, which provides a smoother feel when scrolling and less sweep when using fast-paced gaming.

Both displays are excellent, with deep blacks and accurate colors, but the Note 10 Plus achieves a much higher brightness outdoors, so you won’t have any problems in bright conditions.

Maybe you prefer the brighter screen or more space of the Note 10 Plus, but for us the high refresh rate makes the Pixel 4 XL’s screen our favorite.

Winner: Google Pixel 4 XL


Pixel 4 XL vs. Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Although in theory the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a superior camera, with four lenses including a 12-megapixel primary, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle, a 12-megapixel telephoto and a time-of-flight sensor, Samsung lacks the Image processing capabilities and depth of Google machine learning, so the Pixel 4 XL can achieve better results in many situations with its dual-lens camera: a 12.2-megapixel primary and a 16-megapixel telephoto.

Winner: Google Pixel 4 XL

Software and updates

This category is easily taken by the Google Pixel 4 XL because it includes the latest Android 10 version with some additional special Google additions from the factory. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with Android 9.0 Pie and its One UI interface.

Winner: Google Pixel 4 XL

Special functions

The Pixel 4 XL has a built-in radar that can capture your hand movement to quickly activate it, turn off the screen when you are away, fast forward songs, or reject alarms or calls. Great improvements to the Google Assistant allow you to get faster answers to commands and questions.

Samsung also packed the Galaxy Note 10 Plus with special features, including the S-Pen, a stylus that you can use to take notes or draw pictures, plus it includes a button that activates the camera remotely. Also, the Note boasts a text recognition function that will convert your written notes into Microsoft Word texts, and with DeX mode your phone can double as a desktop computer.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Price and availability

The Google Pixel 4 XL was released at $ 899 for the 64GB model, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus had a starting price of $ 1,100 for the 256GB version.


The Pixel 4 XL vs. Showdown Galaxy Note 10 Plus could result in a tie, but we will lean towards the Note 10 Plus, largely because its software is superior, although it is more expensive; Plus, it has a very reliable battery and that’s crucial. Still, the final choice will depend a lot on your needs.


Google Pixel 4 XL Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm (6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inch) 162.3 × 77.2 × 7.9 mm (6.39 × 3.04 × 0.31 inch)
Weight 193 grams (6.81 ounces) 196 grams (6.91 ounces)
screen 6.3 inch OLED 6.8 inch Dynamic AMOLED
Resolution 3,040 x 1,440 pixels (537 dpi) 3,040 × 1,440 pixels (498 dpi)
Operating system Android 10 Android 9.0 Pie
Storage 64GB, 128GB 256GB, 512GB
Micro SD Not Yes
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera Dual 12MP rear lens and 16MP telephoto lens, 8MP front camera 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Quad Rear Lens, 12MP Standard, 12MP Telephoto and ToF DepthVision. 10MP front camera.
Video 2160p at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps 2160p at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint sensor No, but yes facial recognition Yes, ultrasonic and on-screen
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Battery 3,700mAh

USB Power Delivery 2.0

Qi wireless charging (11W)


QC2.0, AFC, PD3.0

Qi Fast wireless charging 2.0

Store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Networks T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
Colors Just Black, Clearly White, Oh So Orange Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Blue
Availability Google Samsung,