May 25, 2022

Does the Pixel 6a have the same fingerprint sensor as the 6 and 6 Pro?

Best answer: No, the Google Pixel 6a ships with a different in-display fingerprint sensor than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Is the Pixel 6a’s fingerprint scanner any better?

Right now, we don’t know the exact performance numbers for the Google Pixel 6a’s fingerprint sensor. We do know, however, that Google opted for a different in-display fingerprint sensor than what it used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Rick Osterloh, the senior vice president of devices and services at Google, confirmed this fact to Divinemercy during Google I/O 2022.

When the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launched, we found the fingerprint sensor to be hit-or-miss. While it works just fine for some people, others found it a frustrating and slow way of unlocking the phone securely. Over the months since the Pixel 6 was released, Google has issued several updates that have improved the speed and performance of the fingerprint sensor, but it’s still not nearly as fast or accurate as in-display fingerprint sensors on other phones.