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After months of rumors and leaks, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are finally official. If you’re familiar with 2019’s crop of smartphones, then Google’s latest pair of flagships won’t blow your socks off. That said, the company made improvements where it mattered most.

Of course, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL don’t live in a vacuum. In 2019, we’re almost spoiled for choice when it comes to powerful, flagship-level smartphones. Let’s see how Google’s flagships compare to the OnePlus 7T, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus in our specs comparison.

Google Pixel 4 vs Google Pixel 4 XL vs OnePlus 7T vs Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

 Google Pixel 4Google Pixel 4 XLOnePlus 7THuawei Mate 30 ProSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Display5.7-inch pOLED Smooth Display
2,280 x 1,080
444ppi
90Hz refresh rate
19:9 aspect ratio
6.3-inch pOLED Smooth Display
3,040 x 1,440
537ppi
90Hz refresh rate
19:9 aspect ratio
6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080
402ppi
90Hz refresh rate
20:9 aspect ratio
6.53-inch OLED
2,400 x 1,176
409ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio
6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED
3,040 x 1,440
498ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusHiSilicon Kirin 990Global: Samsung Exynos 9825
US/China: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM6GB6GB8GB8GB12GB
Storage64/128GB64/128GB128GB128/256GB256/512GB
MicroSDNoNoNoNo
Nano Memory
Yes
CamerasRear:
Wide: 12.2MP Dual-Pixel, ƒ/1.7, 1.4μm, 77 degree FOV, OIS + EIS, PDAF
Telephoto: 16MP, ƒ/2.4, 1.0μm, 52 degree FOV, OIS + EIS, PDAF

Front:
8.1MP, ƒ/2.0, 1.22μm, 90 degree FOV
Rear:
Wide: 12.2MP Dual-Pixel, ƒ/1.7, 1.4μm, 77 degree FOV, OIS + EIS, PDAF
Telephoto: 16MP, ƒ/2.4, 1.0μm, 52 degree FOV, OIS + EIS, PDAF

Front:
8.1MP, ƒ/2.0, 1.22μm, 90 degree FOV
Rear:
Wide: 48MP, f/1.6, OIS
Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2, 117-degree field-of-view
Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.4, 2x zoom, OIS

Front:
16MP, f/2.0, EIS
Rear:
Wide: 40MP, f/1.6, OIS
Ultra-wide: 40MP, f/1.6
Telephoto: 8MP, f/2.4, 3x zoom, OIS
3D depth sensor

Front:
32MP, f/2.0
Rear:
Wide: 12MP, f/1.5 and f/2.4, OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus
Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2, 123-degree field-of-view
Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.1, OIS
Depth Vision: VGA, f/1.4, 72-degree field-of-view

Front:
10MP, f/2.2, Dual Pixel autofocus
Battery2,800mAh
18W fast charging
Qi wireless charging
3,700mAh
18W fast charging
Qi wireless charging
3,800mAh
Warp Charge 30T (5V, 6A)
4,500mAh
40W fast charging
27W wireless charging
4,300mAh
45W fast charging
15W wireless charging
AudioStereo speakers
USB-C
No headphone jack
Stereo speakers
USB-C
No headphone jack
Stereo speakers
USB-C
No headphone jack
Sound on Screen technology
USB-C
No headphone jack
Stereo speakers
USB-C
No headphone jack
IP ratingIP68IP68N/A/IP68IP68
SecurityFace unlock
Titan M security module
Face unlock
Titan M security module
Face recognition
Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
Face recognition
Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner
SoftwareAndroid 10Android 10Android 10
OxygenOS 10
Android 10
EMUI 10
Android 9 Pie
Samsung One UI
Dimensions and weight147.1 x 68.6 x 8.2mm
162g
160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm
193g
160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm
190g
158.1 x 73.1 x 8.8mm
198g
162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm
196g

Display

OnePlus 7T uisng in hand

All five phones feature OLED displays of varying resolutions, though the resolution is never lower than Full HD+. The Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and OnePlus 7T have an advantage in one key area: a 90Hz refresh rate. If you thought the Mate 30 Pro and Galaxy Note 10 Plus exhibited smooth UI navigation, wait until you use the other three phones.

In terms of size, the Pixel 4’s 5.7-inch display is the smallest of the bunch. The Pixel 4 XL’s 6.3-inch display is larger, but we wouldn’t call it cumbersome. Then we get to the OnePlus 7T’s 6.55-inch display. The 20:9 aspect ratio makes the phone more comfortable for one-hand use, but the tall display makes it hard to reach to certain UI elements near the top.

Also read: Best phones with edge displays: What are your options?

The Mate 30 Pro has a similarly-sized 6.53-inch display, but the shorter 18.5:9 aspect ratio makes reaching the corners a bit easier. Finally, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus’ 6.8-inch display is absolutely massive. You can throw any hope of proper one-handed use out of the window, though the software’s one-handed mode is useful in a pinch.

The OnePlus 7T, Mate 30 Pro, and Galaxy Note 10 Plus feature in-display fingerprint scanners. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL solely rely on secure facial recognition.

Processor, RAM, and storage

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back standing up on table 1

Google and Samsung’s flagships feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. However, those living outside of the U.S. and China will see the Exynos 9825 processor for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. These are two of the best processors available today, so you won’t be lacking for power.

The OnePlus 7T goes one step above with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus. Compared to the Snapdragon 855, the Snapdragon 855 Plus features an overclocked CPU and GPU. The changes result in four- and 15-percent improvements in CPU and GPU performance, respectively.

Also read: Snapdragon 855 and 855 Plus vs Kirin 990: Which is the most powerful SoC?

As with Samsung, Huawei makes its own processors. That’s why the Mate 30 Pro features the HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor. In our testing, the processor was on-par with the Snapdragon 855. However, the Snapdragon 855 Plus pulled ahead of the two processors in most metrics.

Getting to the RAM and storage, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL feature 6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage. The OnePlus 7T features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You won’t find expandable storage on any of the three aforementioned phones.

The Mate 30 Pro features 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage. You can get Huawei’s Nano Memory cards for additional storage, though they won’t be cheap. Finally, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has 12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of storage. You can get a microSD card if you want more space.

Cameras

Clearly White Google Pixel 4 camera bump

Previous Pixel phones set the standard for what smartphone photography should be. It’s up in the air whether the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will do the same, but at least there are now two rear cameras to use: 12MP primary and 16MP telephoto sensors. On the front are the 8MP and time-of-flight (ToF) sensors.

Fortunately, the other phones’ camera systems are a known quantity. The OnePlus 7T’s triple camera system comprises of 48MP primary, 16MP ultra-wide, and 12MP telephoto sensors. The phone also features a 16MP selfie camera. Daytime shots impressed us in our review, though color profiles drastically differ across the cameras.

Also read: Best Android camera phones | 8 best point-and-shoot cameras

The Mate 30 Pro also has a triple camera system with 40MP primary, 40MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto sensors. Up front is a 32MP sensor. Regardless of the lighting condition, the Mate 30 Pro takes great shots begging to be played around with. That means the camera software isn’t the most seamless or user-friendly, but the resulting images make the struggles worth it.

Finally, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus features 12MP primary, 16MP ultra-wide, and 12MP telephoto rear sensors. There’s also a fourth rear ToF sensor, as well as a 10MP selfie camera. Color profile across the three cameras mostly remain consistent and daytime images look great, though nighttime shots suffer a bit.

Battery

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Depth shot of home screen

Strangely, Google outfitted the Pixel 4 with a small 2,800mAh battery. If you want the best battery life from the latest Pixel phones, your only choice is the Pixel 4 XL and its large 3,700mAh battery.

Even then, the Pixel phones feature smaller batteries than the competition. The OnePlus 7T features a slightly-larger 3,800mAh battery, while the Mate 30 Pro has an impressive 4,500mAh power pack. Finally the Galaxy Note 10 Plus sports a 4,200mAh battery.

Also read: The best Android smartphones with the best battery life

All five phones support fast wired charging, with Samsung’s flagship supporting a 45W fast wired charge. The OnePlus 7T is the only phone on this list without wireless charging, though the Warp Charge 30T fast wired charging nullifies some of that sting.

Software

Pixel 4 XL screen in hand 3

All five phones run a version of Android, with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus the only one not running the latest Android 10 update. Even then, all of the phones feature a software skin. Whereas the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL runs Google’s version of Android 10, the OnePlus 7T is running OxygenOS 10. The Mate 30 Pro runs EMUI 10, arguably the heaviest software skin on this list. Finally, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has Samsung’s One UI overlay.

The biggest question mark is with the Mate 30 Pro. The phone doesn’t have a single pre-installed Google app, including the Play Store. That means you’ll have to sideload all of the third-party apps you care about, with Google apps out of the question.


That was our spec comparison of the Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4 XL, OnePlus 7T, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Let us know in the comments below if you plan to buy any of these phones or your thoughts on how they compare with each other!

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