The original GooglePixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 can save images to Google Photos with original quality without paying extra for it, and without consuming your storage quota. With the new Pixel 4, it’s different: you’ll have unlimited free space for photos with compression, just like everyone else, and three months free on a Google One subscription.
Pixel 4 receives three months of Google One, Google’s cloud storage service that costs from R $ 6.99 / month for 100 GB (US $ 1.99 / month in the USA). The company official product page that “the Google One subscription trial offer for three months is limited to new members only”.
Google Photos has two storage options: “high quality”, which compresses files and resizes photos larger than 16 megapixels (or videos above Full-HD resolution); and “original quality”, which saves the images without modifying them.
The first option is free for everyone, even for those without Pixel. Meanwhile, the second option consumes your storage quota on Google; users have 15 GB free and can purchase more space through Google One.
Google Pixel 3 offers photos in original quality until 2022
The first generation of Pixel, launched in 2016, offers unlimited free storage with original quality on Google Photos. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL will give this benefit until January 16, 2021; uploads with original quality made after that date will count towards the storage quota.
In turn, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will be able to send original quality photos for free until January 31, 2022. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL, launched this year, do not have this benefit.
It makes sense that the Pixel 3a, more accessible, did not have uploads in original quality. However, the Pixel 4 costs US $ 799, and the XL version costs US $ 899. Anyone who wants to save photos in the cloud without compression will have to resort to a subscription such as Google One, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.
With information: The Verge.