Sony to cripple Xperia Z5 for US release: bye bye, fingerprint scanner

For a growing and quite vocal segment of smartphone users, hardware that offers a fingerprint scanner is somewhat of a necessity. The need to keep both our phones and the data on them safe is as important as ever, and especially as more and more of us turn to our phones to make mobile payments, strong authentication is either something we seek out or service providers outright demand we use. With more and more flagship devices offering integrated hardware fingerprint scanners, cumbersome PINs and pattern unlocks have fallen out of style, and the discerning shopper demands a fast, reliable fingerprint scanner. Today we find ourselves just a bit let down as we get word that when Sony begins US sales of the Xperia Z5 next month, it will be selling the phone without its side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Yesterday Sony confirmed plans to finally bring both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact to the US, selling the handsets unlocked through a series of retail partners beginning February 7.

You wouldn’t be wrong for assuming this was a pretty standard GSM version of the phone, just like the international community has been using for months, but it turns out there will be at least one key difference, as Sony removes the power-button-integrated fingerprint scanners from both models.

Sony has not formally said just why it’s making the change, but speculation has pointed to dissatisfaction over the scanner’s performance. Is an annoying-to-use fingerprint scanner worse than none at all? We’re not so sure, but Xperia Z5 shoppers in the US apparently won’t have to worry about that question at all; Sony’s already made up their minds for them.

Source: The Verge
Via: Phandroid

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