Sony has once again done away with the fingerprint sensor for its smartphone releases in the US.
What was deactivated and unusable on the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia X Performance has gone unmentioned in the US spec webpages of the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. European units will have a working sensor — pre-sales have started in Europe.
Sony has been implementing these sensors on the side as a capacitive touchpad/power button hybrid. The company has kept mum on any reason why it would be excluding the feature in US units — perhaps it could be a technology licensing issue, perhaps it could be hiding very questionable justifications.
We can’t say for sure that US units won’t have active stub readers until we get reports of actual units coming out of the box, but we think we can place our chips down.