Google’s Pixel 5 doesn’t have face unlock – here’s why Pixel 5

One unexpected change on the Google Pixel 5 was the removal of face unlock in favor of a fingerprint scanner, but Google has now revealed why it made that switch.

Soniya Jobanputra, a product manager on the Pixel team, told the PA news agency that the move away from the face unlock system is for a “good trade-off” to make way for other premium features on the Pixel 5.