Google has just released the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. After all the leaks and rumors surrounding it, Google finally announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. What’s interesting aside from the addition of the notch on the Pixel 3 XL is the fact that both devices are unable to record 4K videos at 60FPS.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL themselves are definitely in flagship territory. Both, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB RAM, up 128GB of internal storage and a 12.2MP camera backed by Google’s new Pixel Visual Core. On top of that, since Google is now relying on an on-chip machine-learning chip, Google definitely has all the guts to make the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL camera the best again this year.
It’s evident that this isn’t a hardware limitation, but is a software limitation that Google themselves are yet to unlock. With 4k/60FPS enabled, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL would become the jaw-breaker of the generation thanks to its crazy machine learning tweaks and adding the possibility to slow-down 4K videos 2x. It’s certainly possible to unlock it, but it’s all up to Google for now. Heck, even last year’s Galaxy Note 8 and S8 are now able to shoot 4k/60FPS via a rootless hack too despite the last-gen hardware.
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The Pocophone F1 also suffers from the same issue. While the Pocophone F1 does sport a spec sheet that resembles these high-end smartphones, Xiaomi hasn’t taken the time to actually unlock it which is a huge bummer. In fact, Jai Mani, the Head of Pocophone, said that they would unlock 4K/60FPS on the Pocophone F1 if there are enough users requesting for it. Hopefully, Google isn’t playing the same card with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
We’ve reached out to Google in an effort to hear back from them. If we do get an update from them, we shall update you accordingly.