It’s a little crazy to say this out loud, but the Pixel 6 will be the first Pixel that uses an under-display fingerprint sensor. Given the fact that Samsung has been using them since the Galaxy S10 in 2019. Google stuck with a capacitive rear-facing sensor. Or went with facial recognition only on the Pixel 4 series, in 2019.
But in 2021, Google is getting a bit crazy with the Pixel 6. And is putting that fingerprint sensor under the screen. So you’ll be able to press the screen to unlock your phone, like most other smartphones on the market. And facial recognition is likely also missing here, like it was on the Pixel 5. Which is unfortunate, that is was one and done on the Pixel 4.
It’s unclear if Google is using an ultrasonic sensor, or a capacitive sensor. The ultrasonic sensor will be more secure, but can also be slower. As we’ve seen with Samsung’s own smartphones in recent years. Our money would be on an ultrasonic sensor, or something even more secure though.
Finally going under-display
Going with an under-display sensor has a few advantages for Google. For one, it keeps that design looking nice and sleek. Without having a dimple or circle on the back of the phone for the sensor. It also brings it up to date with its competitors and can better compete with Samsung and OnePlus.
While we’d love to see Google bring back facial recognition, it’s probably a good idea that they didn’t. Considering we are starting to revert to wearing masks again, after the Delta variant has started to run rampant in the US and around the world. A fingerprint sensor is much easier to use than facial recognition while wearing a mask.
Though we may see that return in a few years, once Google has perfected the technology a bit better. Since Soli wasn’t that great for anything other than facial recognition.