The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are slated to make their debut in the next couple of months, with Google already sharing quite a bit of information regarding the devices. However, there are a few key aspects of the devices that we still aren’t sure of. But thanks to a now-deleted tweet from Google SVP, Hiroshi Lockheimer (via @MishaalRahman), it would appear as though at least the Pixel 6 Pro will have an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Lockheimer seemed to just want to show off the Material You lockscreen coming in Android 12. But there’s a little icon that was quickly noticed before the tweet was subsequently deleted. The fingerprint scanner icon is placed just below the clock widget on the lock screen, revealing that this is likely the biometric method we’ll be seeing. Additionally, whatever phone Lockheimer was using is connected to Verizon 5G, confirming that the device will have 5G connectivity. Hopefully, this means the Pixel 6 Pro will offer support for Verizon’s super-fast sub-6Ghz network.
Hiroshi Lockheimer apparently posted (and then deleted) a screenshot from what's likely the Pixel 6 Pro (the image resolution was 1440×3200.) The phone is connected to Verizon 5G, likely the carrier's sub-6GHz network. Also shown is the position of the UDFPS.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) August 24, 2021
At first glance, the placement of the fingerprint scanner may seem a little bit higher than you would expect. The OnePlus 9 Pro’s scanner is near the bottom, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s under-display scanner is closer to what we see in this screenshot.
When looking at Lockheimer’s Lock Screen compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro, you can definitely see that there’s a difference in the placement of the scanner. Some complained that the 9 Pro’s scanner was a bit too low for their liking, but maybe the Pixel 6 Pro will be a bit more comfortable in terms of the placement.
Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see, but it’s clear by the fact that the tweet has been deleted that this was definitely a mistake. Although it’s unlikely, maybe Google will begin trickling even more information out about its upcoming devices. But considering that there are just a few key specs missing, we’ll likely just have to keep hoping for these accidental leaks ahead of the final unveiling later in the year.