The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are caped without the ability to record videos at 4K@60FPS. Google already answered that this was removed since users didn’t really use this recording mode. In addition, a 4K video could easily fill up the storage of a Pixel 4 smartphone since they only have 64GB (128GB if you pay more). Now, Editor-in-Chief of XDA Developers, Mishaal Rahman, discovered that this mode was available during the testing phase of the smartphones.
The 4K@60fps recording mode was available during the development but was pulled out a few days after the tests. There’s no comment in the code explaining this decision. According to Google, a video with this quality takes 500MB of storage per minute, it’s too much storage to sacrifice for a feature that isn’t used by a large number of users. That’s what Google said, but according to the report, there are other possibilities.
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Perhaps, the video quality wasn’t to Google’s liking. We know that Pixel smartphones determined a new standard for cameras, and the search giant wants to keep this. Second, maybe the chipset heated too much during the process or the battery drained too fast. For instance, Pixel 4 only has a 2,800mAh battery, and according to users, it can’t last a day of usage. The Pixel 4 XL is more capable 3,700mAh unit, but even though, but we still have the storage limitation.
Pixel 4 should receive 4K@60fps video recording in the future, but not from Google
No Pixel smartphone to the date offers support to this video recording mode. Despite all the technological advancements made by the competition, seems that Google isn’t concerned with that. So, users can only wait until developers enable this mode again. The folks at XDA-Developers are well known for doing the impossible. Therefore it should be easy for them to enable something that was available in the testing phase. It’ll be just a matter of time until a modded version of the GCAM app comes with support for this recording quality.
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