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Early test Pixel 6a shows faster fingerprint scanner than flagship Pixel 6

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We’re still a month away from the official launch of the Pixel 6a, Google’s upcoming budget phone, and while the phone isn’t even out yet, Malaysian YouTuber Fazli Halim already has an early review. We have no idea how he got his hands on the phone so early, but even with this pre-release software, we can see that the under-display fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 6a is much faster than the Pixel 6 Pro.

And that’s great news! The Pixel 6 series has received rave reviews except for one issue and that was the slow fingerprint scanner.
In a direct comparison, it’s clear that the Pixel 6a fingerprint scanner works with even a shorter tap, while the Pixel 6 Pro requires you to hold your finger longer and push harder on the screen to register your fingerprint. And that was somewhat to be expected after Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh confirmed last month that the Pixel 6a uses a different fingerprint sensor than the Pixel 6 family.
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Previously, Google officially acknowledged the fingerprint problem and blamed the “enhanced security algorithms” in the Pixel 6 series.

The hands-on video also talks about the camera on the Pixel 6a and from the few photo samples it looks like the Pixel 6a delivers very similar colors to the more expensive Pixel 6 Pro, but the amount of resolved detail isn’t quite as high.

At $450 dollars, the Pixel 6a is one of the most enticing new budget phones of the year. While the Pixel 5a was a good phone, it was only available in US and Japan while this new 6a model will come to many more countries including Europe. The pre-orders of the Pixel 6a will start on July 21, while the release date is set for July 28.

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