US-bound Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact won't come with fingerprint sensors

Today, we got to learn that the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact are officially coming to the US next month. That was the good news! And here's the bad news. The smartphones will come sans fingerprint security. We don't know for sure what made Sony put their finger on the "remove the reader" trigger, but for one reason or another, it the company has confirmed to The Verge that the newest Xperia flagships won't have fingerprint scanners in the USA.

However, retailers such as Expansys are selling the international unlocked variants of the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium (the latter doesn't seem to be officially coming to the US) unlocked, with fingerprint scanners, and full network compatibility. The smartphones officially sold by Sony lack fingerprint readers and only work on AT&T and T-Mobile. Weird!

Rather than on the back or the lower bezel, which is the case with most competing smartphones, the Z5 and Z5 Compact have their fingerprint readers built inside their power buttons, located on the right side. In our review of the Z5, we thought the gizmo worked pretty decent, but its positioning and overall design are less than ideal. Same goes for the Xperia Z5 Compact.

Sony's decision is certainly strange, for fingerprint readers are now common among high profile smartphones released in the United States. The reasoning behind it isn't immediately clear, but it seems pretty certain that the omission will make the Z5 and Z5 Compact less competitive in the US market. Sony Mobile's American presence is already limited at best, with its hi-end smartphones only being picked up by T-Mobile, and only occasionally.

source: The Verge

Related phones

Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)



1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Sony went full retard

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Kirk Lazarus: Everybody knows you never go full retard.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

lol nice tropic thunder q i am happy am not the only person that watched and liked that movie

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

A nutless monkey could do Sony CEO's job

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

its like they are trying to fail

35. theo14461 unregistered

I agree, they suck.

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Less then ideal? Did u use it as a daily driver? The position is perfect. About removing it, I don't understand why Sony would do this.... Hope it's a lie

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, best position so far Until someone finally releases one under the screen Qualcomm supposedly figured it out, but nothing released yet

30. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Its sony so PA hate it.

4. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

That is the problem with Sony in the US everywhere else in the world they release their phones on time and when they finally do months later after they being out in other parts of the world for months they take out some features .

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Just don't buy Z5. Its a waste of money especially when you consider the fact that new HTC One series and LG's new G5 is coming within 2 months. Removing one of the important feature LOL. D**K move Sony. And they want American to pay top dollar for it. LMAO.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And knowing Sony, there's going to be a Z6 or Z5+ within 2 months as well

34. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

And then there's Samsung's S-, Note- and A(2016)-series aswell.

6. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oooh, this makes those $499.99-$599.99 price points they announced even more appealing. Does Sony want people to buy their phones?

7. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013


10. Joosty

Posts: 480; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Holy sh**!! Who the hell makes these decisions?! Lol. I bought a international Z5 and the finger scanner was one of the features why. It was a good phone for the few weeks that I owned it, but taking out the scanner?! Why!?

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

You should revise the article to say the United States and not North America. The Z5 and Z5 Premium (admittedly not the Z5 Compact) are available in Canada and come with the fingerprint scanner. If you can get Bell to sell you one (not always easy) the Z5 is available at $650 Canadian, which is about $450 USD. 1 unlock code later (probably about $25) and you've saved $125 dollars and have a Z5 with the fingerprint scanner.

12. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

That's weird Sony!

13. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I am so glad I got my Z5 Premium early from expansys. The fingerprint scanner works well unless your fingers or the scanner get wet, greasy or dirty. Most people I know still wake/unlock their phones with the power button so putting the fingerprint scanner there is a good idea. But I want accessories and support from Sony like I had with the Z Ultra. There are no other Android phones out there I really like except maybe the BB Priv. But if it comes to that I may just go back to my Passport which is a very good phone.

15. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

just buy the international version

16. ltavaress

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

uhmmm I like this decision, might be getting the US version if it's cheaper

20. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The phone does not force you to use the fingerprint scanner. So why not have it in case you want to use it.

25. drtrigsman

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

You obviously understand little about security. Options can be turned on and off without your knowledge. Sometimes less is more. (I understand encryption, but) I still have no desire to start sharing some of the few things I haven't had to share yet.

27. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

If something turns off my fingerprint scanner or lets any finger work I would notice. And I still have a lock PIN as a backup. At least that means 2 unlock methods have to be defeated.

39. ltavaress

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I meant I liked the decision because that means it could be cheaper. Nothing keeps you from being it over seas with the fingerprint sensor. Bye

17. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

They wont have fingeprint sensor because TSA has confiscated it. Its not Sony┬┤s fault,just some stupid restriction

33. TPenn

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

How would you know that?

36. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why would TSA confiscate them?

18. mrochester

Posts: 1020; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It's interesting that finger print readers have now become such important aspects of high end devices since Apple made them popular that Sony releasing a device without one is considered a misstep. I remember the fandroids saying how useless they were now they all want them! Double standards ahoy.

21. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

People always want to hold the iPhone up as the standard. But other phones had fingerprint scanners before iPhone. The only thing Apple contributed was waiting until the technology was reliable.

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