It seems Sony just can’t avoid disappointing its US customers. Sony Mobile US has confirmed the Stateside versions of the latest XZ and X Compact flagship smartphones won’t come with a fingerprint scanner, but they will in Europe.
It’s not the first time Sony has kept the feature from US phones either, with the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia X Performance all lacking the fingerprint scanner.
There was never any explanation as to why those phones didn’t have the feature and it’s the same case once again with the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact.
Perhaps the most unexplainable thing is that the hardware is said to be on the US-bound phones, but has just been disabled. Does Sony think US consumers won’t be able to work out how to use it? Can its scanner not recognise US fingerprints? Or could it be Sony is worried about privacy issues in the US? We may never know.