Google Pixel 6a could be the answer to Pixel 6’s fingerprint reader

Google Pixel 6a could be the answer to Pixel 6's fingerprint reader

Although the Google Pixel 6a is intended to be a less expensive version of the Google Pixel 6, it may end up improving on one of the original Pixel 6’s most frustrating features: its sluggish under-display fingerprint sensor.

Google Pixel 6a could be the answer to Pixel 6’s fingerprint reader

For starters, we have no idea who makes the sensor. The Pixel 6a could feature a sensor designed by Goodix, the same company that developed the slow Pixel 6 sensors, or one from a different company entirely.

At Google I/O, Rick Osterloh, Google’s VP of products and services, stated that the Pixel 6a’s fingerprint scanner will be different from the Pixel 6. However, it’s unclear whether this new sensor will be a significant upgrade or not.

Additionally, when the original complaints were being made about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google said the fingerprint sensor’s slow response it was due to its “enhanced security algorithms.” If it’s a software issue, then that would probably mean changing the sensor out would make little difference.

In some ways, Google may have been better off keeping the Pixel 5a’s rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Yes, it’s a bit old-fashioned but having the sensor exposed rather than buried under the display meant it was super reliable.

The dodgy fingerprint sensor was just one of several Google Pixel 6 problems that impacted the phone after launch. However, it seemed to be the most widespread based on reports, and as we wrote at the time it spoiled an otherwise excellent pair of smartphones.

The Pixel 6a’s not arriving until July 28, so it’s going to be a little while before we get to try out the sensor and compare its speeds with the Pixel 6 and other phones. Also, the Pixel 6a will get an older camera and not the flagship ones on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. But we are looking forward to seeing how well the flagship-grade Google Tensor chip performs in a non-flagship phone, and if its photography, enhanced by features like Magic Eraser, can put it among the best camera phones.

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