Google’s Pixel tablet and foldable phone will have fingerprint sensors

While the Pixel 7 series retains the under-display fingerprint sensor, next year’s Pixel tablet and future Pixel foldable device will use traditional side-mounted sensors. The new code reveals the display resolution of both devices.

One of the complaints many longtime Pixel fans have had about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is that Google moved the fingerprint sensor from the back of the phone to the front, placing it under the display. While some companies, like Samsung, have had good success with under-display fingerprint readers, the Pixel 6 has seen a significant slowdown compared to the Pixel 5.

Since then, Google has improved the experience with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, significantly speeding up the reading process and even offering full support for face unlock. Despite these improvements, it appears that Google’s next Pixel devices – the 2023 Pixel Tablet and the foldable Pixel “Notepad” – will return to traditional fingerprint sensors.

Our team revealed Android code explicitly designed to test the user interface of side-mounted fingerprint readers that indicates that Google is testing two specific devices with this type of sensor.

The first is referred to as “Y-aligned” – meaning the fingerprint sensor is on the left or right side – and has two different configurations, “folded” and “unfolded”. This indicates that the foldable Pixel Notepad should have a similar position to the fingerprint sensor as seen on the Galaxy Z Fold series.

The side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Z Fold 4

Notably, the “unfolded” detail (meaning the larger inner screen) shows a resolution of 1840 × 2208 – Accurately match information about the foldable Pixel Notepad 91 mobiles. Meanwhile, the “folded” version (likely the smaller external screen) reveals a resolution 1080 x 2100.

The main reason, we suppose, that Google switched from an under-display sensor to a traditional sensor on the foldable Pixel is to ensure that unlocking the phone is consistent, whether folded or unfolded, using the same sensor for both.

Next, there’s an “X alignment” device test – which means the fingerprint sensor will be along the top or bottom edge. We think this code is meant to cover up the upcoming Pixel Tablet, presumably placing its sensor on the top power/lock button, similar to the Pixel Slate. Depending on the code, your Pixel Tablet – or perhaps at least one model of it – will have a file 2560×1600 display resolution.

Side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the Pixel Slate (2018) tablet
Combination of lock button and fingerprint sensor on Pixel Slate (2018)

Other details from 91 mobiles The report, which our team has not yet been able to confirm, states that the Pixel Notepad’s internal display should be around 123mm x 148mm, with 800 nits average brightness and 1,200 nits peak brightness. Depending on this resolution and display size, the Pixel Notepad could be quite similar in size and shape to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It’s also reportedly possible, although not confirmed, that the foldable may match the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s 120Hz refresh rate. .

Overall, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of where Google will take the Pixel series next. After making big strides with the Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro recently, Google’s hardware ecosystem may really start to rival Samsung’s by introducing a high-end foldable tablet and device.

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