[MWC 2017] At MWC 2017, Sony took the wraps off several pretty stunning devices, but in our reviews of phones like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, one of the cons we mentioned was that there would be no fingerprint sensor for the US market. This means that everywhere else where the phone is sold will have a fingerprint sensor, save for the US.

Last year Sony revealed that it was a “business decision” that they decided not include a fingerprint sensor in their US-bound phones, but recently the folks at Android Central managed to get more details on why that is, and it sounds like it was some kind of deal that Sony made in order to be able to sell their phones in the US market.

According to Don Mesa, the Head of Marketing, North America for Sony Mobile U.S., he was quoted as saying, “[…] that was very much about us consciously deciding that we want to continue our business here [in the U.S.], and [that’s] one of the conditions for us to be able to do business.”

The first part of his statement seems to be in line with what we heard previously, while the latter is news to us. We’re not sure what kind of deal Sony made that would prevent them from including fingerprint sensors, but we guess that’s something you’ll have to take into consideration if you still plan on buying Sony’s new smartphones.

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