Beware: U.S. Xperia Z5 will lack one major feature

by Todd Haselton | January 15, 2016

Sony has confirmed its own intentions to sell the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact in the United States. Yes, it’s possible to buy those phones here through outlets like Amazon, but it’s also always good news when an OEM decides to make them available direct. Unfortunately, it’s also going to remove a major feature from both phones.

Neither the Xperia Z5 nor Xperia Z5 Compact will ship with a fingerprint reader included in the power button. It’s a bizarre move, and we’re not quite sure why. Android Marshmallow takes particular advantage of the feature and it’s also useful in places like the Google Play Store for buying apps.

Maybe it was to keep costs down, or maybe Sony found performance wasn’t up to snuff with the competition. Either way, don’t expect it from the Xperia Z5 or Xperia Z5 Compact if you buy either from Sony.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...