Pixel 6a specs: Google will use a different in-display fingerprint sensor than the Pixel 6 series

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The in-display fingerprint sensor in the standard Pixel 6 and high-end Pixel 6 Pro caused a stir within weeks of their release. Some users complained about its performance and accuracy, while others said it worked well for them. For the next Pixel 6a, Google has reportedly confirmed that the mid-range phone will use a different component.

The Pixel 6a will be the first in Google’s mid-range phone series to feature an under-display fingerprint scanner. All of its predecessors sported a rear-mounted sensor.

This is not the only change that Google should apply to the next smartphone. Android Central reported that Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of devices and services at Google, confirmed at the I/O conference that the Pixel 6a will use a different in-screen fingerprint sensor than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

However, no specific details were provided on how the Pixel 6a’s biometric sensor will be different. So it remains to be seen if Google has implemented any improvements to the hardware.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were released in October last year. And soon after hitting the shelves, several users started complaining about their experience with the devices’ fingerprint sensor. Some reported that it took them several attempts to unlock their phone because the sensor was not reading their biometric data correctly. Others also said they immediately ditched the fingerprint sensor and resorted to PIN unlocking.

At the time, Google suggested that there was nothing hardware-wise wrong with the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6. In a response to a Twitter user, the official Made by Google page said, “The Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor uses enhanced security algorithms. In some cases, these additional protections may take longer to verify or require more direct contact with the sensor. A few weeks later, it emerged that Google had implemented improvements to the biometric scanner via the October 2021 mid-cycle patch released in mid-November.

Google will start accepting pre-orders for the Pixel 6a from July 21, but the device won’t be available until July 28. Google has confirmed that it will be sold in select markets including Japan and the United States, followed by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

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