Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact won't have fingerprint scanners in the US

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact won't have fingerprint scanners in the US
Sony's brand new Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact are coming soon to the US. In case you're planning to buy any of them, you should first know this: unlike their European counterparts, the US-bound Xperia XZ and X Compact do not feature fingerprint scanners. This is confirmed by Sony Mobile's US website, where full specs for both phones are available (see the source links below), and there's no mention of fingerprint scanners whatsoever.

The non-US Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact have fingerprint scanners embedded in their power buttons, but Sony decided to remove them from the devices that will be shipped in the States. Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise, since Sony did the same with the Xperia X Performance, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Compact. As for why this is happening, there is no official explanation.

Already available to buy in the UK and a few other markets, the Xperia X Compact will probably be the first among Sony's two new smartphones to be released in the US. We'll let you know more on this as soon as we have new details. Meanwhile, you should check out our Sony Xperia X Compact hands-on, and our Sony Xperia XZ hands-on.


source: Sony Mobile US (Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact)

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Xperia XZ
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17.5h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2275; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Whatever the reason is Sony should disclose it. Because as it stands it could be viewed as deliberately short changing Americans.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Patents. It's always patents......

13. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Unlikely to be patents. Apple and Samsung are 2 of the many few smartphone manufactures with fingerprint sensors on their products. I was going to suggest the possibility of some encryption law that requires the US government to have some form of master key before its products are allowed into the country. But my previous point could possibly contradict this..

19. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Finger print is a norm now. It is not many few. Almost all manufacturers are putting finger print.

2. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Probably some sort of US Patent infringement... However, simply flashing an official ROM from a different country will enable the fingerprint scanner feature since the hardware is still in there. http://forum.xda-developers.com/xperia-z5/general/e6653-flash-e6603-firmware-enable-t3307158

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"Let's save a few dollars to cut a patent cost and disable a key selling feature on smartphones in 2016." -Sony logic Then they wonder why they're failing.

11. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

God, I have no sympathy when Sony pulls stupid crap like this. They just need to sell off their mobile division if they aren't willing to stay relevant.

14. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Or fire the idiot who runs their mobile division.

15. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

*idiots

22. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Hey I totally agree with you... in fact they removed many features that I loved about their devices and now there is no other OEM providing... such as the eyelet for wrist straps... or the magnetic port (it was a bad design but if they perfected was a great alternative).... So yeah, Sony Mobile is being run by a bunch of idiots... but the truth is, at least in my case, I do not like ANY offerings from any manufacturer right now... all have made some sort of compromised... - I would never turn to iOS, but if I did, the new iPhones without the 3.5mm jack is too much of an inconvenience for me. - Samsung flagships have adopted the glass sandwich design which I hated from Sony. - Moto now only makes giant phones... and I won't consider 5.5" devices for me... I would go for a 5.2" with at least 70% s-t-b ratio. So, I think I will end up going next for a LG G5 or the Xperia XZ... I do like sony apps and software better, but LG makes almost no compromises regarding features... also maybe the Huawei P9 Lite... or a ZTE would be a good alternative. We'll see.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I just don't get it. They make the same mistake repeatedly knowing it hurts them in the long run. They need a whole new mobile division team because it's embarrassing tbh. LG, Motorola, HTC - hell even BLU has gotten better in recent years. -Said the same thing, but the reliability and quality of the apps literally is a night and day difference from Android -Love Samsung's new design language. It's a departure from the generic designs that has been used since the S3. Change was definitely needed -Have you tried the recent Moto phones in person? They're great performers and worth the value. Can't really find a con for them other than the processors of choice Not a fan of the G5. Haven't held a XZ in person but would pass since it doesn't have a FP scanner. Yes, I'm too lazy to type in a pin on my phones. Try ZTE or Lenovo.

23. Xperia14

Posts: 1203; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I have to agree with you. They've got good engineers and can make good products, but decisions like this will hurt them.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

to cut patent and sensor cost, and maximize their profit... (but, maybe its only $5-7 extra profit per device :-/)

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm honestly not sure how you can maximize profits when you can't sell any units...

25. Mahesh_K

Posts: 14; Member since: May 28, 2016

Sensor is already present, disabled through software. So cutting sensor cost is not a reason. :-)

6. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Sony smartphones suck for not being available at carriers I guess they're not main stream enough.

26. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

You do realize the main carriers charge full price for phones there is no Advantage to buying them through the carrier's anymore the only thing you get by buying through carriers is the ability to pay in increments and end up paying interest and you're stuck with a phone with bloatware that is bastardized you are better off buying it outright directly as there are no subsidies for phones anymore

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Sh!t sh!tty crappie crap! What the hell is with this damn company? no wonder their phone dont sell..haha.

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

We already knew they'd do this, PA...

9. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Sony makes strange design decisions. Whom ever runs their mobile department should be fired. They release phones with missing key components you expect from a flagship that affect the overall phone. Then they wonder why they are loosing money. They make the best original looking phones and have one of the best Android skins.

12. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Sony can afford to suffer loss. Thier TV department alone pulls in more revenue than some entire OEMS. Their gaming department pulls in more revenue than some OEMS entirely. Oh, and their camera department (ESPECIALLY THIS) again... pulls in more money than the entirety of some OEMS. They are like Samsung, they can afford loss. Why they continue down this same path that has proven (since after the Z3 series, their very best work) from a sales point to be virtually ineffective is beyond all of us. And yes, its absolutely because of patent infringements that they're disabling the fingerprint feature from the US devices. Same reason Xiaomi is terrified to come to USA, lol.

16. ryq24

Posts: 873; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What is the reason why US version always don't include finger print scanner?

17. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

I can't really say anything that's already been said. Sony continues to do this to US consumers. They might as well not have a US variant. I love their wireless headphones, PS4, and mobile cameras, but absolutely hate their approach on smartphones in the US. That's from someone who's owned the original Sony Xperia Z.

18. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

*that hasn't already been said.

20. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

ever since they never sell on US, so who cares they have other countries

21. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Personally i wouldn't mind. I don't use the fingerprint sensor. But it's a very dumb move from sony. I know allot of people who really use it whether it's only to look "cool" or they actually have important things on their phone. This will hurt sales in the us.

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