You were given an answer above, please read this carefully: https://grapheneos.org/faq#future-devices
A proper candidate must have a properly configured SoC with decent firmware support and proper support for alternative operating systems. It also must have a secure element to make use of the Weaver/StrongBox APIs on Android (Google has Titan M, some of the Samsung flagships have one, and there's also the Qualcomm SPU). Not all SoCs/secure elements are equals when it comes to hardening and Pixels generally have the upper hand (for instance, Titan M has insider attack resistance, meaning its own firmware can't be updated unless some conditions are met).
While modern Samsung flagships may have a secure element, they don't have proper support for alternative operating systems. In other words, they wouldn't allow verified boot to function correctly with a custom operating system - and Knox is known to be a terrible hindrance to that.
You could say Google Pixels are the de facto standard for Android security and alternative Android-based operating systems support, and they don't cheap out where other OEMs do, making them the obvious choice for a security-focused operating system.