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Why does the Google Pixel 4 not record 4K at 60 fps?

google pixel 4 does not record video 4k 60 fps

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL they have been a pleasant surprise for many and for others a sad disappointment. Of this last, we can mention not being able to record 4K videos at 60 fps.

The critics have not been expected, and that is, the possibility of recording 4K videos at 60 fps is something in line with what would be expected from a top of the range this year. For example, phones like the iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus or the OnePlus 7T Pro already include it. So, let's try to understand why Google has decided not to.

What does Google think of 4K videos at 60 fps?

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In response to the doubts of its users, the Google account on Twitter, "Made by Google", has tried to explain why the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL cannot record 4k videos at 60 fps.

The excuse of the brand is that the majority of its users record videos at 1080p, so they have decided to invest their efforts in improving video quality at this resolution. In addition, enabling 4K videos at 60 frames per second will imply that for just one minute of video, more than 500 MB will be used. That is, it consumes too much mobile memory. This mainly affect the base model of Pixel 4, which has "only" with 64 GB of storage.

A very confusing decision

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Google?s decision has been, perhaps, Very conservative and contrary to what many expected. It is true that they have a good point to mention that recording such heavy videos consumes too much memory. However, perhaps they were able to solve this problem by offering models with greater internal memory capacity.

Let's be honest, for a top of the range of 2019, 64 GB already sound a little. That, but not being able to expand the memory with a microSD are key elements for Google to make this decision.

On the other hand, it is also true that they may have worked in formats to compress video files. For example, both Samsung and Apple are working in the HEVC format.

Perhaps, including more cloud storage space, along with compression formats, would have been the key to put aside the storage problem.

However, as a point in favor for Google, if it is true that the majority of its users record videos at 1080pSo investing so much time and effort to include an option that will only be exploited by a few does not sound very smart.

Apple's experience of resisting change

To imagine what could happen with Google if you follow this path, remember Apple's position a couple of years ago when it began to reach the mobile market with larger and larger screens.

In principle, Apple claimed that screen sizes of 5.5 or 6 inches were a disappointment and that Its priority as a company was to offer equipment that could be used comfortably with one hand. What was the result? Over time they had to give in to the pressure, as the demand for large screen phones was increasing.

That is why, if we take Apple as an example and if the trend in the market is to be implementing higher resolution videos and with more frames per second, inevitably Google will have to manage to catch up with the competition.