Recently it was revealed that the Google Pixel 4 smartphones would not be able to record 4K video at 60 fps. Instead, video recording at 4K would be capped at 30 fps, which we guess isn’t too bad, but 60 fps would have been preferable. Google claimed that this was due to the fact that 60 fps videos take up more storage, and that for the most part, most users tend to record at lower resolutions anyway.
Now according to a tweet by XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman, it has been discovered that Google had initially enabled 4K @ 60 fps video recording on the Pixel 4 smartphones, but later pulled it ahead of the phone’s release. It is possible that during testing, Google found that recording at such high resolution and faster frame rates resulted in a less than ideal experience in terms of storage, thus they decided to take the feature out.
Oh boy, this one will stir some controversy…Google had enabled 4k@60fps video recording for the Pixel 4, but pulled it before release.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) October 24, 2019
It actually makes sense as we should point that for whatever reason, in this day and age, Google is still selling phones with 64GB of storage and a max of 128GB of storage. Maybe Google is trying to keep phone prices down by offering lower storage capacity, but it does put a damper on certain things, like higher resolution recording, which could easily end up eating a lot of that precious storage in the process.