At the IFA trade show in Berlin last year, Japanese consumer electronics major, Sony, unveiled not one, but three entirely different smartphones as part of its flagship Xperia Z5 range. While the priciest of the lot, the Xperia Z5 Premium, comes with a 4K display, the regular Z5 and the Z5 Compact handsets come with hardware that are a little less emotive, but both devices are fairly decent performers in their own rights. While the devices were introduced as far back as in late August, the two more affordable models are yet to hit US stores, but that anomaly will reportedly soon be rectified, seeing as the multinational giant will apparently start selling the handsets in the country from early February.
However, those looking forward to getting their hands on the latest and greatest from Sony may well have to curb their enthusiasm about the upcoming gadgets. That's because earlier this month, media reports started claiming something that sounded incredible at first – Sony's Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will not feature the side-mounted fingerprint scanners that have piqued the interest of both enthusiasts and the media alike. While many Sony fans stateside might have been hoping that the reports would turn out to be false, unfortunately for tech fans, as it turns out, the report is indeed very true. In fact, Sony has now come out and admitted that the two less-expensive Xperia handsets will indeed come without the much talked-about fingerprint scanners in the US.
What's now infuriating and dumbfounding some industry watchers and tech bloggers is that Sony didn't even bother providing a proper reason for its decision to leave out one of the headline features in the two aforementioned smartphones. By way of explanation, all that the consumer electronics company said, was that it was a "business decision" to leave out the biometric sensors in the devices meant for the US market. Now why that should be the case is anybody's guess, but even though there's not much more officially forthcoming from Sony at the moment, hopefully the company will explain its position in the days and weeks to come, so as to clear the air between the company and its would-be customers.