For years now, Sony’s smartphones came sans a fingerprint scanner in the US. To be exact, the hardware itself had a biometric reader installed, but the software on all US-bound variants of Sony’s phones had the scanner disabled.
Why? Well, an official answer was never given, but an alleged insider familiar with the matter did leak out that Sony had a deal with some carrier that went sour and the manufacturer was prohibited to sell phones with fingerprint scanners for x amount of time after the contract breach.
It looks like that time is up now, in 2018, as Sony is kicking the doors …