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I recently got ahold of an original Google Pixel XL phone so I could upload my large collection of photos and videos to Google Photos without having to (repeatedly, permanently) pay for a storage plan. The battery has been recently replaced and is in great condition, and am planning to take steps to ensure its future endurance (only charging it to 80%, using a slower charger to reduce heat, etc.).

Another thing that concerns me, however, is the endurance of the storage. As some of you may know, flash storage can only be rewritten a limited number of times before it wears out and becomes unusable. (This is why typical, low-cost memory cards fail quickly when used in surveillance systems or dash cams, due to their repeated writes.) I specifically sought out a 128 GB model over the more typical 32 GB model because, by its nature, it has four times the write endurance (as the data now spreads out over four times the memory cells).

However, I'm wondering what exactly this write endurance is. How much data can I write to an original Pixel XL 128 GB before its storage chip eventually fails? In other words, how many terabytes of photos and videos can I back up using the phone before its storage fails and I have to get another one?

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  • A good question. But I have never seen an endurance information for a smartphone. Also comparison between SSDs and flash in a smartphone is that you don't know how wear leveling is implemented. Some smartphones just do it in software or using a special file-system.
    – Robert
    Oct 17, 2021 at 21:05
  • By the way are you aware that the unlimited storage plan is no longer that unlimited as it was if you want the original resolution? wired.com/story/google-photos-free-unlimited-storage-ends
    – Robert
    Oct 17, 2021 at 21:10
  • Does this answer your question? Is it possible to know the wear level information of a phone, like SSD have with SMART?
    – alecxs
    Oct 17, 2021 at 21:21
  • @Robert Original Pixels get free unlimited storage for life in original quality. Those are not affected by the changes: androidpolice.com/2021/06/02/how-to-google-photos-pixel-free
    – gparyani
    Oct 17, 2021 at 21:37
  • @alecxs Not a duplicate. That one asks how to determine how much the storage has been worn out on a given device; this one asks what the overall life is on this brand of device. In this case, I want the info to be public information so others who're deciding if they want to go the same route as me can make an informed decision.
    – gparyani
    Oct 17, 2021 at 21:46

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