The Note 10 will not be alone on the high for lengthy.
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A number of weeks in the past, I gave the Galaxy Note 10 a CNET Editors’ Choice award, calling it out as probably the greatest telephones for most individuals. It’s modern, highly effective, has glorious battery life and — whereas it is lacking a headphone jack and a microSD card slot — the advantages far outweigh the trade-offs, particularly for the $950 value. But right here comes Google’s Pixel 4 ($800), which ups the ante with spectacular digital camera claims and progressive new motion-control software program that helps make the brand-new face unlock function work.If you will be purchasing for a cellphone earlier than 2019 is out, these two are completely within the operating, together with the usual and extra-large fashions (the Note 10 Plus and Pixel 4 XL). The Pixel is not as beautiful to take a look at because the Note 10, however in some ways, it has an edge on Samsung’s formidable competitors. Now that the Pixel 4 will promote throughout all main US carriers, Google has an opportunity to get the phrase out about its inexpensive, feature-packed cellphone.We’re nonetheless testing the Pixel 4, so whereas we do not have a closing willpower but, we do have a good suggestion of how these two telephones match up.

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The Note 10 is way simpler on the attentionThere’s no approach round it: The Pixel 4 appears to be like like a brick in comparison with the slick Note 10. Google’s cellphone lacks a flowery design, however in comparison with the Pixel 3, it is a main redesign that loses a signature glass panel bisecting the again.While the matte backing in white, black and orange appears to be like boring alongside the Note 10’s deep, shiny end, the Pixel 4 is much less of a fingerprint magnet with out its case. The digital camera cluster on the again stands out extra, but additionally appears to be like much less unique, mimicking the iPhone 11 Pro and Huawei Mate 30. I’m not a fan of the marginally textured coating alongside the body, however in the event you’re placing a case in your cellphone anyway, eye sweet design issues a lot much less.
Screen vs. display screen: How vital is a 90Hz show?The Note 10’s 6.3-inch show dwarfs the Pixel 4’s 5.7-inch display screen, regardless that it is barely thinner. But Google features a software program setting to refresh the display screen charge at 90Hz, which makes scrolling, transitions and gaming smoother. This display screen function would not be a cause to purchase the cellphone, although it’d make you want utilizing it a tad higher.A 90Hz refresh charge additionally can be recognized to empty the battery quicker, however you may all the time flip this off within the settings, or flip it on once more when and in order for you it. Some gadgets, just like the ROG Phone II gaming cellphone and  OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T, even have a 90Hz display screen. Samsung telephones do not — a minimum of not but.The OnePlus 7T additionally has a 90Hz display screen.
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Pixel 4’s face unlock beats the Note’s in-screen fingerprint scannerGoogle’s safe face unlock function is vital as a result of it completely does away with the fingerprint scanner and helps create a momentum round face unlock that hasn’t existed in Android telephones. Sure, the Android OS contains face unlock by default, however that taste of it is not safe sufficient for cell funds. On the Pixel 4, it’s.Unlocking the Pixel 4 this manner is quick and you do not have to put a finger on the gadget to make use of it, which may take a number of the stress off your digits if you end up unlocking the cellphone scores of instances a day. It’s additionally (up to now) extra correct than the Note 10’s in-screen fingerprint reader, which wants you to intentionally place your print on the display screen, additional gumming up the glass.We’ll have to spend extra time with face unlock to ferret out any of its quirks earlier than we are able to declare face the winner over thumb for certain.The in-screen fingerprint reader up to now hasn’t lived as much as the hype.
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Some Pixel 4 gesture controls fall into gimmick territoryA small chip within the Pixel 4’s face, known as Soli, is what helps set off the cellphone’s face unlock course of, however it’s additionally liable for extra. Google makes use of the radar generated by the Soli chip to assist a handful of gestures. Together, Google calls the function Motion Sense.Gesture navigation has been round on telephones once in a while and often makes use of the digital camera to see the place you might be. Radar would not have to see you, it senses you, which provides you higher vary in your gestures.Some appear truly helpful up to now, like waving your hand to dismiss an alarm or a cellphone name, and reaching towards the cellphone to make these sounds quieter earlier than you flick the notification away. But different gestures to advance a musical observe or return rehash different model’s gestures that by no means felt like they match into each day life — not mine, anyway.  You cannot do that on the Pixel 4.
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Note 10’s stylus offers you extra instruments to useI have to say the stylus, as a result of that is what makes the Note the Note. Mainstream patrons do not essentially have to pay further for the Note 10 simply to have the stylus, however if in case you have it, there’s rather a lot you are able to do. This is only one approach that the Note reminds you it is a premium gadget.Camera showdown: Night mode will inform allFor the primary time, the Pixel will get a second digital camera on the again that provides 2x telephoto capabilities. The Note 10 has three of them, tossing in a 3rd, wide-angle lens. I actually like having wide-angle as a result of it will possibly add drama to pictures, however when push involves shove, it will be the standard of the low-light and zoom pictures that would take the Pixel additional. There are different digital camera options moreover, like twin publicity controls for harder-core shutterbugs, and an astrophotography mode that routinely kicks in so you may take clearer photos of the celebrities.We’ll be totally evaluating the Note 10 and Pixel 4 cameras, from auto pictures and portraits to selfies and night time pictures, so keep tuned for these outcomes.Google’s Pixel 4 digital camera might be its rabbit within the hat.
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Pixel 4 is stingy on battery life and storageBattery life and storage are a cellphone’s bread and butter. It’s by no means the star of the present, but when both one is weak, you will know. The Pixel 4’s battery truly shrinks in comparison with the Pixel 3 (2,800 versus 2,915 mAh). For reference, the Note 10 has a 3,500-mAh battery.The Pixel 4 XL’s battery life ought to go a lot additional, at 3,700 mAh, in comparison with the Note 10 Plus’ 4,300-mAh ticker. Of course, the Pixel telephones are smaller than the Notes, however battery life on Samsung’s telephones is superb.Storage offers you an identical story. Google holds again each Pixel 4 fashions at 64GB and 128GB choices, whereas the Note 10 comes with 256GB of onboard storage proper out of the gate. Neither cellphone has a microSD card slot. If you stage as much as the $1,100 Note 10 Plus, you will get the choice to purchase a storage card to associate with the 256GB and 512GB configurations.

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The Android benefitOne of the Pixel’s most vital promoting factors has all the time been its deep Android ties. Pixels are the primary to get new variations of Android and safety patches. Experimental options usually come to Pixels first, too, effectively earlier than they’re built-in into Android.For instance, Pixel 4 has Android 10 proper out of the field, and homeowners can begin utilizing options like systemwide darkish mode straight away. The Note 10 runs on Android 9, and certain will for a while. It’s common for Samsung telephones to lag six months behind on Google’s Android updates whereas Samsung’s engineers be certain that the brand new software program works with its interface for Galaxy telephones.Every Android 10 benefit involves Pixel telephones first.
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Who they may be for and what comes subsequentWe’re nonetheless reviewing the Pixel 4, however up to now it is setting itself as much as be a compelling cellphone for individuals who wish to pay rather less than premium for a collection of digital camera tips and a no-fuss cellphone. Face unlock may effectively develop into a deciding issue for people who find themselves intrigued by the iPhone’s Face ID. However, the Note 10 is for many who need as massive a display screen as doable and true all-day battery life. The built-in stylus would not damage, and I exploit the wide-angle digital camera lens extra usually than I figured I might.For extra on the Pixel 4, learn on to see how the cellphone compares to much more rivals, and get to know the entire Pixel 4’s new digital camera tips.Pixel 4 and 4XL vs. Note 10 and 10 Plus

Google Pixel 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Google Pixel 4 XL

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Display dimension, decision

5.7-inch OLED; QHD display screen, pixels TBD

6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels

6.3-inch OLED; QHD display screen, pixels TBD

6.8-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels

Pixel density

444 ppi

401 ppi

537 ppi

498 ppi

Dimensions (inches)

5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in.

5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 in.

6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 in.

6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 in.

Dimensions (millimeters)

68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm

151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm

75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm

162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

5.7 oz.; 162g

5.93 oz.; 168g

6.8 oz.; 193g

6.91 oz.; 196g

Mobile software program

Android 10

Android 9.0 Pie

Android 10

Android 9.0 Pie

Camera

12.2-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12.2-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA)

Front-facing digital camera

8-megapixel

10-megapixel

8-megapixel

10-megapixel

Video seize

4K

4K

4K

4K

Processor

2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825

2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825

Storage

64GB, 128GB

256GB

64GB, 128GB

256GB, 512GB

RAM

6GB

8GB

6GB

12GB

Expandable storage

No

No

No

Up to 1TB

Battery

2,800 mAh

3,500 mAh

3,700 mAh

4,300 mAh

Fingerprint sensor

No

In-screen

No

In-screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

No

No

No

No

Special options

Soli movement sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz show; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging

S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; gap punch display screen notch; water resistant (IP68)

Soli movement sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz show; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging

S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; gap punch display screen notch; water resistant (IP68)

Price off-contract (USD)

$799 (64GB), $899 (128GB)

$949

$899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)

$1,099

Price (GBP)

£669 (64GB), £769 (128GB)

£899

£829 (64GB), £929 (128GB)

£999

Price (AUD)

AU$1,049 (64GB), AU$1,199 (128GB)

AU$1,499

AU$1,279 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB)

AU$1,699

$949

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