July 1, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google France accidentally released a Pixel 6a unboxing video on its YouTube channel and took the video down a short while later.
  • The video is being hosted at an alternate mirror and features a Google employee unpackaging the Pixel 6a and the box contents.
  • The phone isn’t used much in the video, but the fingerprint sensor is shown off and it looks much faster than what’s on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

When Google officially debuted the Pixel 6a at Google I/O 2022 just two weeks ago, many people were excited about the possibility of getting a better fingerprint sensor than what’s currently in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Based on one leaked unboxing video from Google France, that new sensor could make a huge difference for folks picking up Google’s newest phone when it lands in late July.

That video was originally posted to YouTube (opens in new tab) (via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)) and, while it has since been taken down on YouTube, you can still watch the original video via this mirror (opens in new tab). As you might expect from a $450 phone (opens in new tab), there’s not too much in the box aside from a USB cable, a USB transfer dongle so you can easily transfer data from another phone, a SIM eject tool, and the phone itself. However, once the gentleman in the video gets to the unlocking part, things get quite interesting.