The fingerprint scanner on the Google Pixel 6a appears to be a step forward.
The Pixel 6 marked a fresh beginning for Google’s smartphone division, with the amazing in-house Tensor technology powering a true challenger at a very reasonable price. Fingerprint readers were uneven, slow, or malfunctioning, depending on how bad the luck was with you.
It’s not until July 28 that we’ll know for sure, but an apparently official unboxing video from Google France appears to show the fingerprint reader operating promptly and flawlessly on the first attempt, which should offer us some hope.
Even though the YouTube URL was extensively disseminated, Google soon restricted the video. Android Police had already captured the pivotal moment in a GIF, which you may enjoy indefinitely by clicking the video below.
Even if it would be strange to show someone continually failing to unlock a phone in an official training video, it does feel like Google has good motive to get it right this time. After all, the Pixel 6’s fingerprint issue is one of the most common complaints from consumers, despite the fact that the phone is otherwise outstanding. As far as we can tell, it’s among the greatest.
In other words, even if you’re fluent in French, you won’t be missing out on anything by the video being made private. However, if the video is authentic, there are a few things to keep in mind.
There’s no charger in the package, as is the trend with smartphones these days, with the (probably safe) assumption that you already have one or two. If you’re hoping to sell a million phones, this trend makes sense because it saves a few bucks each phone and is environmentally friendly.
First and foremost, the Tensor brand appears to be heavily promoted on the package. “Pixel 6a” is shown in a larger font than the words “Pixel 6,” and this branding was absent from the packaging of the Pixel 6.
Even if Tensor is a major issue, the fact that most people don’t know or care what chips power their smartphones means that highlighting the fact is unusual..
At $449, the Pixel 6a is in line with what the Pixel 5a was selling for when it debuted in 2013. We expect it to displace the iPhone SE as one of the top inexpensive phones, in part because it takes a different strategy than other low-cost devices like the iPhone SE does (2022).
Like what you hear? Preordering the Google Pixel 6a before the July 28 release date is essential.