The Pixel 6a is getting a new fingerprint sensor, a wider rollout in 14 countries


The Pixel 6a is shaping up to be one of the most promising smartphone launches of the year. With a flagship system-on-a-chip and a $450 price tag, it looks like Google is taking a believable hit on the iPhone SE. Since Thursday’s announcement, a few more details have emerged that weren’t part of the keynote.

First off, the Pixel 6a will be Google’s widest smartphone launch, by a small margin. Remember, the Pixel 5a launch was from Google tiny ever, launching in just two countries, the US and Japan. Google’s device availability support page was updated Thursday, and the Pixel 6a returned to the usual 13 Pixel launch countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain. , Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

But wait! There’s more: Google also says the Pixel 6a will be come to india later this year, taking it to 14 countries. That’s a new record for Google’s comparatively small phone hardware operation (Apple and Samsung ship to more than 100 countries). India is an odd choice as it is one of the most competitive global smartphone markets. Google will need to significantly lower the price of the Pixel 6a to be competitive there. We don’t know the India price yet, but check out the responses to that tweet announcement, which is full of Indian consumers already trailing the phone for its supposed $450 price tag and “only” 60Hz. It’s going to be a tough battle.

The second piece of news comes from Android Central, which received confirmation from Google that the Pixel 6a will not use the same fingerprint sensor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Some people have had a lot of trouble with the Pixel 6’s fingerprint sensor. , calling it slow and unreliable (although the version of our model you can see it well), and Google has shipped several patches that attempt to address the complaints. The hope is that the new fingerprint reader will be faster and with more reliable performance.

Overall, it looks like Google is making all the right moves with this phone. The final verdict will be known when the phone launches in July.

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