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Sony wiping fingerprint sensor out of US versions of Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact?

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According to reports on information provided by a Sony representative, the company is planning to remove the fingerprint sensor from the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact in units destined for the U.S. market. Both Sony smartphones are slated to be available in the U.S. starting on February 7th through retailers Amazon, Best Buy and B&H. The fingerprint sensor has been a nice selling point for Sony in other markets, so it is not clear why they would remove the technology from devices to be sold in the U.S.


In addition to the information provided by a Sony representative, Sony has removed all references to the fingerprint sensor and related technologies from the product page for the Xperia Z5 on the U.S. web site. However, on the same site the fingerprint sensor is still listed in the specs for the Xperia Z5 Compact, although that could be an oversight and a change is in the air for that product page as well.

Consistent with other information coming out of the Sony camp, there still does not appear to be any plan to bring the Xperia Z5 Premium to the U.S. market. There was also no word on whether the pink version of the Xperia Z5 will be offered in the U.S. market.

source: Xperia Blog


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a chief financial officer and licensed CPA in Durham, North Carolina. Jeff has owned an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and a Nexus 7 (2013). Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • Voice of Android

    Seems to be an unusual decision given the popularity of mobile payments in the US. Given the expected price point of these devices, there are better options already available. Aside from die-hard fans of the Xperia Z series devices, I don’t see sales being that great.