The last sentence in particular stings. The two phones come with 64GB of base storage as default – and part of that is reserved for the OS and RAM. The only upgrade option is 128GB, which is where many mid-rangers start.
And it goes without saying that there’s no memory card slot. Plus, Google stopped offering free original quality storage for photos and videos (even the cheaper Pixel 3a phones had it).
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
We’re curious to see where Google is getting its data – the older Pixels couldn’t record 4K @ 60fps video either. Did it do a poll on how people are using their non-Pixel phones?
Anyway, Apple is not much better as the iPhone 11 trio also has 64GB base storage, but at least it lets those with deep pockets go to 256GB. It really wouldn’t have killed Google to have a 256GB version of the Pixel 4.