Someone has found a ‘fix’ for the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor placement
Some of us have been very critical of Samsung’s decision to place the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor at the back. I don’t personally agree with the criticism that Samsung has had to take because of this decision. As I mentioned in my thoughts on the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor, the fuss about it being in the wrong place is just fuss.
I’m sure there are many Galaxy S8 users out there who don’t agree with me. They still don’t like the placement of the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor. It’s placed right beside the rear camera and is often blamed as the cause of smudges on the camera lens.
If you’re one of those users, perhaps the “fix” discovered by tech blogger Quinn Nelson will entice you to tinker with your Galaxy S8. Nelson broke the back cover of his Galaxy S8 so he ordered an original back cover to replace it.
While replacing the back covers, he accidentally displaced the gasket that ensures waterproofing in this particular area. He used waterproof adhesive to secure the area once again but didn’t push down on the sensor to make it flush with the body.
The fingerprint sensor on his Galaxy S8 now protrudes out of the back cover. The device no longer lies flat because it has a bump at the back. Nelson believes that this tradeoff is justified since the elevated fingerprint sensor is much easier to find when you’re trying to reach for it.
Since the only way to apply this “fix” is to pop open the back cover of the handset and get your hands dirty, so to speak, how many of you are willing to do this? If you don’t have any experience with repairing mobile devices you could end up damaging more than what you intend to fix.
I fixed the annoying Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor. https://t.co/voNzP9zYoK
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) August 7, 2017