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Google Pixel 6 Pro was supposed to launch with face unlock

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San Francisco, April 24 (IANS) Tech giant Google reportedly intended to announce the Pixel 6 Pro with support for face unlock to complement the under-display fingerprint sensor.

The capability was only meant for the larger flagship and not the smaller Pixel 6, which collaborates something we previously speculated based on code, reports 9To5Google.

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The hardware difference between the two phones is an 11.1MP front-facing camera with 94 degrees “ultrawide” field of view on the 6 Pro compared to 8MP and 84 degrees on the $599 Pixel 6.

Otherwise, there’s no dedicated hardware (IR cameras, dot projector, or flood illuminator) as was seen on the Pixel 4 in 2019. There’s nothing like Soli radar to speed up the unlocking process either.

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The relatively last-minute decision to pull face unlock is reflected in how early and launch-day marketing material referenced the capability, the report said.

This included a German print ad (though that mistakenly claimed it was for the entry Pixel 6) and one UK-carrier launch page that showed “Face and Fingerprint Unlock” in a live image of Android 12’s Security Hub.

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That reference, as well as one in a Play Store listing screenshot, was later pulled. Since then, there have been additional straggling references to the capability on actual Pixel 6 Pro devices.

–IANS

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