Google allegedly had 4K 60 FPS ready to go on the Pixel 4, then removed it

Google allegedly had 4K 60 FPS ready to go on the Pixel 4, then removed it
Google’s Pixel phones have been atop the hill when it comes to smartphone photography for a couple of years now. The HDR+ and Google’s wizardry with computational photography manage to produce amazing pictures, with sharp details, accurate colors, and beautiful exposure.

But when it comes to video, the Pixels have always lagged just a bit behind the competition. And, very notably, the Pixel 4 series does not offer 4K at 60 FPS video recording. That’s something that has been available for more than a couple of years on competitor phones. When asked why it continues to skip the feature, Google had this to say:

   
 OK, that’s kind of a fair point. Admittedly, the users that would record video at 4K 60 FPS are not that many. Not only are the files super-huge, but the “soap opera effect” of 60 FPS is also often undesirable. One would pick the high framerate if they intend to slow it down to 50% for some epic cinematic B-roll in post production, but that’s still a niche use. So OK, Google, we are following that logic — focus your time and resources on developing the super awesome photography that you do.

Oh, but wait! It seems Google did focus its energy into developing 4K 60 FPS before releasing the Pixel 4. Then, just before the phone was launched, the feature was removed. At least that’s what the tech gurus over at XDA Developers have found by digging through lines of source code that never graces the end user’s eyes.

 
 Well… that’s awkward. So, what was the reason for Google to pull the mode after all?

Tech pundits speculate the reason is because the Pixel 4 phones’ storage options are not that great. The entry-level models only offer 64 GB of room and the more expensive tiers top out at 128 GB. That’s a laughable amount of storage, especially on a flagship phone in 2019. 4K at 60 FPS would eat that up in a heartbeat, which is why fans believe the feature was sacked.

And why did Google put such limiting storage options on its newest phones? Tinfoil hats on — many believe it’s because the search giant wants to push its paid cloud storage on its users. But we’ll have to open that can of worms another time.

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    2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 10
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera)
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    6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
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