Sony Xperia Z5 series fingerprint scanner demo

Sony Xperia Z5 series fingerprint scanner demo

The Sony Xperia Z5 trio of new smartphones - the 5.5-inch Xperia Z5 Premium with a 4K display, the 5.2 Xperia Z5, and the 4.6-inch Xperia Z5 Compact - all share one new feature for the Xperia flagship series: a fingerprint scanner embedded in the side-positioned home key.

But how does it work and is it really reliable? We were curious to find out for a few reasons: first, because of its rather extraordinary position on the side of the device rather than the established front or rear position, and secondly, because of the fact that it is a comparatively small button with a small area to scan, which could be a potential barrier for accurate scans.

We got to test how fingerprint scanning works on the smallest of the three new phone - the Xperia Z5 Compact - and we found it to be snappy and responsive, contrary to our initial fears. We've seen some clever implementations for fingerprint scanning like Huawei's implementation where just tapping your finger on the scanner would automatically unlock the phone. While this is a touch type (rather than the older swipe-type) of a fingerprint scanner, it is not possible to unlock your device by just tapping on the finger reader - you have to actually first click the lock key to wake up the phone and only then you can unlock it using your finger scan.

We have a full on demonstration of the fingerprint scanning on the new Xperia Z5 series right below, take a look yourself to see how it works.

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46 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

As far as now everything looks great. Responsive fingerprint scanner, no heating issues, great camera. Let's wait for the real reviews....

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow, so far this phone is looking pretty awesome! +1

12. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

GREAT video. THANK YOU for posting. Too bad Sony is a FAIL due to lack of removable battery and verizon.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 6649; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You always say anything from Sony or Android in general is a fail. Everyone here knows you are troll. I believe you are the FAIL.

41. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

To this dude anything without micro sd and removable battery is a fail.. He is as bad as the other trolls who copy paste the same thing in every article.

14. manojmcn

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

While you are waiting for the reviews they may release Z6, and then you may need to wait for the reviews, by then they release the Z7 and then you may need to wait for the reviews, by then they release the Z8 and then... Just kidding, I don't get why they churn out Z version in quick succession. A couple of months left for the SD 820 SOC to be ready. So soon after Z5 hits market, the notorious (not sure it deserved to be) 810 processor may be history. So expect Z6 by end of the year.

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Most reviews don't take that long, maybe anandtech reviews

24. sgodsell

Posts: 6649; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You will not see any SD 820 device until 2016.

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Haha Z6 won't be coming this year ! If we're lucky it will be shown at CES 2016. Probably not though.

36. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

MWC 2016

38. manojmcn

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

These days just the Sony packaging department manages the new releases. They just change the labels in the package. Its very quick to make Z5 to Z6. Only printing and packaging cost.

39. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

no heating issues? the Z5 heated up in the showroom,..

2. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

The same old boring design and the same hot plate feature

6. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

It's their signature look - an elegant one. No need to fix what's not broken. If you do, you, you'd probably get something like what happened to iPhone 6 - ugly protruding camera and ugly antenna lines - relatively the ugliest iPhone ever made.

7. manojmcn

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I don't think they are going to fix the xperia design until the entire company is broken.

33. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Are you the new Caitlyn?

3. manojmcn

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Looks awesome.. like Z.. like Z1.... like Z2.... like Z3... like Z3+... like Z5... and you know...like Z6 & Z6 compact.. lol So similar that they didn't realize they missed the global release of Z4... BTW..Sony quality is good. But you need a Bachelor's degree in Design to differentiate each Z version from the other.

17. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You don't need a bachelor degree in design to differentiate each Z version, you are definitely exaggerating.

26. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

"So similar that they didn't realize they missed the global release of Z4..." You cleat don't know what you are talking about. "But you need a Bachelor's degree in Design to differentiate each Z version from the other." No, just working eyes.

27. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

"So similar that they didn't realize they missed the global release of Z4..." You cleat don't know what you are talking about. "But you need a Bachelor's degree in Design to differentiate each Z version from the other." No, just working eyes.

28. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

"So similar that they didn't realize they missed the global release of Z4..." You cleat don't know what you are talking about. "But you need a Bachelor's degree in Design to differentiate each Z version from the other." No, just working eyes.

37. manojmcn

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Yes, I know what I am taking about. Can you imagine a company with the techno prowess of Sony released 4 flagship generation this year? Z3, Z3+,Z4,Z5. It's easy for them because of the biggest change is the number suffixed after Z. On a lighter note, I appreciate the water resistance rating is still maintained. One friend is joking that it helps to cool the phone from the 810 heating as you can safely pour water. I guess they should advertise that to sell more phones.

42. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

LOL in what universe do you live in where a year has 13 months? Also Z3+ = Z4, it's the very exact same phone. But it's a convenient truth for you the naming is different so you can troll more.

44. manojmcn

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol Z3+=Z4 ha ha what else did I write.. The difference between versions is the suffix change.

4. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Wow, nice implementation, so practical on the right there with the power button. It says so much about how good the Z5 series is that all people can complain about is the design being repeated; personally though I love the omnibalance design and don't mind that it's not much changed.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

At least it didn't get worse/uglier like the iPhone 6/s or HTC One M9.

10. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Yes, They have broken all records by designing same phone in six consecutive generations!

29. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It was good enough for Samsung to copy.

34. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Motorola Moto X, Moto X (2014), Nexus 6, Moto X Play & Style Nokia N9, lumia 800, 900, 920,

35. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

- Motorola Moto X, Moto X (2014), Nexus 6, Moto X Play & Style - Nokia N9, lumia 800, 900, 920, 925, 930, 950/XL, 1020, 1520 - HTC One M7, M8, M8S, M9, M9+, E9 - LG G2, G Pro 2, G3, G4 - iPhone - iPhone 6S - Samsung Galaxy S-SII, Original Note - Samsung Galaxy S3-S5, Note 2, and other bunch of plastic - Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge/+, Note 5 (and I'm pretty sure the galaxy S7, S8 will have same design) It's obvious that every manufacture follow the same design over and over again, not just Sony

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