Feb 8th, 2016

The wait is over. Getting the 2016 flagship free-for-all rolling, Sony has released the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact to those of us in the United States. These devices were announced in September of last year, and released around the world in October of 2015, but those living in the US couldn’t get their hands on these devices without shipping overseas.

When the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact were announced, Sony added in a feature that had a lot of people turning their heads at these two devices: a fingerprint scanner. It made sense for Sony to jump on the fingerprint scanner train, especially with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the baked in software features.

Now that Sony has released the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact to the US, there’s a rather glaring omission: the fingerprint scanner. It’s a strange omission considering units in all other regions have the scanners, so it’ll be interesting to see how well these devices do State-side.

As for availability, you can get the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Compact at Best Buy, NewEgg, and Amazon starting today at $599.99 and $499.99, respectively. However, at the time of this writing the Xperia Z5 has not been listed on Best Buy just yet.

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Let us know what you think about Sony’s latest offerings, and whether it was a good idea to leave the fingerprint scanner off these new devices.