The recently released Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are already involved in controversy. Usually, Pixel smartphones are packed with the best of camera capabilities due to powerful software. Google may be going in a different way than all the companies are going with their 64MP, 108MP cameras. But still, the company’s smartphones always delivers some of the best pictures captured by a smartphone. This year, however, the company decided to not implement 4K video recording at 60FPS.
None of the two Pixel 4 devices can record a video with such resolution and frames per second. The search giant made a post in Twitter to justify its choice. Considering that the Pixel 4 devices come with 64GB of base storage and the only upgrade option is 128GB, Google has chosen to not implement 4K@60fps recording. According to them, it could fill half a gigabyte of storage every minute. Therefore, the Pixel 4 devices are shipping with just 4K@30FPS recording.
Hi, Pixel 4 supports 4k video recording on the rear camera at 30fps. We find that the majority of users stick with 1080p, so we focus our energy on improving our quality in this mode, versus enabling a 4k 60fps mode that could use up to half a gigabyte of storage every minute.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 20, 2019
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL doesn’t even have microSD support to improve the things. Also, Google stopped offering free original-quality storage for photos and videos. The search giant also mentioned in its statement, the largest majority of users are still using 1080p for video-recording, s0 4K@60FPS absence will not be a deal-breaker.
The biggest problem is that Pixel smartphones 128GB max storage isn’t enough for flagship devices anymore. We’re already seeing a couple of smartphones in the mid-range segment reaching this amount, and the 64GB is the base for most of devices in the budget segment. Even Apple, that clearly serves as inspiration for Google’s policy with the Pixels, is offering up to 256GB of storage in iPhones.