Well, this sucks. Everyone was excited to learn that the Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact would launch in the US next month, and for good reason: they’re damned good phones. But they may be coming without one major trait that many expected.
Sony apparently clarified to The Verge that the US version of the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact wouldn’t be coming with fingerprint scanners. It’s an odd-sounding decision considering industry trends in the United States where mobile payments are finally starting to take off.
Sony didn’t go into the reasons why the US wouldn’t be getting a fingerprint scanner on their models, but some would speculate that it comes down to the sensors not being up to par. Many users complained about the fingerprint scanner’s ability to consistently read fingerprints early on, something that could simply come down to its small surface area (as the fingerprint scanner is embedded inside a very thin power button).
No matter the reason, though, it’s sure to be a big disappointment for those who were hoping for a more complete smartphone. Couple that with the fact that you’ll only be able to buy the phones unlocked for use on a small roster of carriers and we’re not so sure this launch will go the way Sony wants.