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The Google Pixel 7a could offer face unlock support

It likely won't be on par with the Pixel 4's 3D face unlock, but it would be a welcome feature anyway.

Published onApril 21, 2023

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  • A new leak points to the Google Pixel 7a getting face unlock capabilities.
  • This would presumably be in line with the Pixel 7’s camera-based solution.

The Google Pixel 7 series landed with face unlock support, marking the first time since the Pixel 4 range that a Pixel phone had face unlock capabilities. However, this feature used the selfie camera rather than more secure, dedicated hardware.

Now, frequent tipster Snoopy Tech has posted a screenshot on Twitter that seems to confirm the presence of face unlock on the Google Pixel 7a. Check out the low-resolution image below.

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Twitter/Snoopy Tech

It stands to reason that the Pixel 7a would be using the same camera-based face unlock solution as the Pixel 7 series. That means it wouldn’t be secure enough to authenticate mobile payments and banking apps, only being used to unlock the phone.

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Nevertheless, Google says the Pixel 7’s face unlock uses dual-pixel photodiodes on the selfie camera to generate some depth data. This approach means it should be a step above conventional camera-based facial authentication (i.e. 2D face unlock). You can learn more about this tech in our Pixel 7 face unlock explainer.

There’s been no shortage of Pixel 7a leaks, with a recent leak pointing to a $499 price tag. Other leaks suggest a 90Hz OLED screen, wireless charging support, and a 64MP main camera.

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