Google Pixel 7 to bring back Biometric Face Unlock: Will it make any difference?

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are likely to use the Biometric Face Unlock feature, suggest new leaks.

| Updated on: Sep 30 2022, 17:05 IST
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5/5 Google Pixel 6a features a 6.1-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution. While the display is bright and vivid, the slow 60Hz refresh rate is an eyesore. The optical in-display fingerprint scanner works decently as well. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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Google Pixel 7 series will get Face Unlock this year. (Google)

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may bring back a feature to take on the iPhone 14 head-to-head. Back in 2020, Google announced its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL with a unique biometric verification system, using its Soli chip to employ radar technology for unlocking the phone. Regulations restricted it to a few markets only and Google fell back to the fingerprint sensor going forward. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also rely on fingerprint scanners for quick unlock. The Pixel 7 series, will however, bring back the biometric face unlock feature.

Based on a leak from Mishaal Rahman, a Google Play Console listing revealed that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro support Android's Biometric Face Unlock feature. This is the same feature that was on the Pixel 4 and Pixel XL. However, the Pixel 4 series had to rely on the sensors and based on the renders shown by Google, it seems this could be another software based miracle from the Search giant.

Pixel 7 to get Face Unlock feature

The Pixel 7 does not seem to have a dedicated sensor setup similar to the Pixel 4 or even the Apple iPhone 14, the latter having its own TrueDepth sensor setup. Hence, it could largely be a software based implementation similar to most Android phones; it could work only when the selfie camera gets enough light to see your face.

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Software based face unlock systems are said to be unsafe, and could confuse between faces. However, it makes for a decent alternate way to unlock the phone quickly. Given that Pixel 6 series devices had issues with the fingerprint sensor, it could be a failsafe solution for users to use it for unlocking.

Other than this, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are also expected to have dual eSIM connections that could be active simultaneously. This feature was supposed to debut with Android 13 but the Pixel 7 series phones will get to debut it.

Both the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will come to India this year as Google's flagship phones. The Pixel 7 series is expected to take on the Apple iPhone 14 series as well as the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

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First Published Date: 30 Sep, 15:51 IST