Google Pixel 7 to bring back biometric face unlock: will it make a difference?

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are likely to use the biometric face unlock feature, new leaks suggest.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may bring back a feature to take on the iPhone 14 head-to-head. In 2020, Google announced its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL with a unique biometric verification system, using its Soli chip to use radar technology to unlock the phone. Regulations restricted it to just a few markets, and Google fell back on the fingerprint sensor in the future. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also rely on fingerprint scanners for quick unlocking. The Pixel 7 series will bring back the biometric face unlock feature, however.

Based on a leak from Mishaal Rahman, a Google Play Console listing has revealed that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro support Android’s biometric face unlock feature. This is the same feature found on the Pixel 4 and Pixel XL. However, the Pixel 4 series had to rely on the sensors and based on the renders shown by Google, it looks like it could be another software miracle from the search giant.

Pixel 7 to get Face Unlock feature

The Pixel 7 doesn’t appear to have a dedicated sensor setup similar to the Pixel 4 or even Apple’s iPhone 14, the latter having its own TrueDepth sensor setup. Therefore, it could largely be a software implementation similar to most Android phones. it can only work when the selfie camera receives enough light to see your face.

Face unlocking software systems would be dangerous and could confuse faces. However, it is a decent alternative to quickly unlock the phone. Since the Pixel 6 series devices had issues with the fingerprint sensor, it might be a security solution for users to use it for unlocking.

Apart from that, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should also have two eSIM connections which could be active simultaneously. This feature was supposed to debut with Android 13, but Pixel 7 series phones will be able to debut it.

The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will come to India this year as Google’s flagship phones. The Pixel 7 series is expected to take on the Apple iPhone 14 series as well as the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

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