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Pixel 6a dummy confirms an in-display fingerprint reader, absence of a 3.5mm audio jack

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The Pixel 6a is rumored to use older sensors, however, it will adopt the new camera bar design of the flagship Pixel 6 lineup.

We witnessed that in the 3D renders, now the same can be observed in the aluminum dummy model along with some extra details.

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Image Source: xleaks7 x Fathom Bracelets

Such dummies are used to make molds for cases and other accessories and it is important to get the alignment right. You can see the camera bar, which like the vanilla Pixel 6, will have two cameras on the left and an LED flashlight on the right.

These cameras will reportedly use older sensors such as a 12.2MP IMX363 for the main module and a 12MO IMX355 sensor for the ultra-wide.

Coming to the front, the selfie camera appears to be integrated into a punch-hole camera. However, Fathom Bracelets and @xleaks7 who published this leak warn that the Pixel 6a may have “pretty thick bezels” (not that the ones on the Pixel 6 were particularly slim).

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Image Source: xleaks7 x Fathom Bracelets

Also notice that the recessed circle in the screen, should be an in-display fingerprint reader. All Pixel ‘a’ series phones have had rear-mounted fingerprint readers, so this will be a first for the series.

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On older models, it was done as a cost-cutting measure since the flagship Pixels went all-in on the face-scanning authentication.

This is an indication that the Pixel 6a will be fancier than previous ‘a’ series models. It will reportedly use the same Tensor chipset as the flagship models, whereas previous Pixel ‘a’ phones never went above the Snapdragon 765G.

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Image Source: xleaks7 x Fathom Bracelets

So even with the older camera sensors, image quality may improve thanks to the increased crunching power.

As seen in the renders and in the photos of the metal dummy, the Pixel 6a will mark another first for the series, it will be the first to omit the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Rumors suggest that the Pixel 6a will be unveiled in August and that it will have a 6.2″ OLED display (making it more compact than the Pixel 6), in addition to 6/8 GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Given the chipset, it should also feature 5G connectivity, of course, there are many months between now and August and some of the rumored specs may change along the way.

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