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Sony Xperia X Compact Hands On-5

Sony’s latest Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact were only just announced at IFA, but the two smartphones are already gradually making their way on to some store shelves. However, it appears that the company is tinkering with their features on the way to the US. An important feature is missing from the spec sheets for both of the handsets over at Sony’s official US website – there’s no mention of the fingerprint scanner.

Sony appears to have removed the fingerprint scanner from the power button of its US models, leaving the handsets missing a major feature that will be available in the same smartphones in other countries. This is especially disappointing as fingerprint scanners have been a staple of flagship smartphones for years now. Sony hasn’t given a reason for the decision either, which is bound to infuriate customers further and further dent the company’s reputation in the US.

This news isn’t so surprising though, Sony previously removed fingerprint scanning capabilities from the Xperia X Performance, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Compact when these models launched in the US. Again, the company didn’t provide a reason for the decision.

These latest phones from Sony’s Xperia X range are expected to begin appearing in Sony’s typical Western markets this month. The Xperia X Compact has already landed in the UK, and the US release is now right around the corner. Will you be picking up an US Xperia XZ or X Performance, despite the lack of a fingerprint scanner?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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