We heard earlier this week that the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact would officially arrive stateside on February 7. I don’t think many people were too excited about that announcement, especially considering it comes months after the international launch. If you were excited about getting a US variant of the Z5 series, you might want to sit down. This morning The Verge confirmed with Sony that there will be no fingerprint sensor on the Z5 or Z5 Compact when it debuts in the US. The only question at this point is, why would Sony remove the fingerprint sensor? They told media outlets it was simply a “business decision”, but I don’t see how this decision improves their business in any way.
I’ve been using the Xperia Z5 for about 2 months and I would guess Sony removed the fingerprint sensor because it isn’t really very good. I get a lot of errors when using the fingerprint scanner, and I’m also not a huge fan of the scanner being on the side of the phone. I get the feeling that anyone in the US that planned to buy a US variant Z5 ($599) or Z5 Compact ($499) will now think twice. The international variant of both phones can be had for about the same price or less on Amazon. Unless you just have to have a warranty, I’d definitely consider going that route. Is this a bad move by Sony? Will US customers feel even more disrespected by the company? Do US customers even know Sony sells phones? Let me know in the comments what you think!
Source: The Verge
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