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Galaxy S10 in-display fingerprint sensor may not work with screen protectors

The Galaxy S10 will be the first Galaxy smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, but it may come at a cost. According to case manufacturer Armadillotek, the in-display fingerprint sensor on the S10 doesn’t work if there’s a screen protector on the screen. Armadillotek says it has tested its screen protectors on actual Galaxy S10 units and, as a result, its Vanguard case won’t have a screen protector.

Of course, just one case maker’s results aren’t enough to say that no screen protectors will work, and we will have to wait for more details on this front to be sure. The Galaxy S10 is expected to hit retail in early March, so if screen protectors are an issue for the fingerprint sensor, it may be too late for Samsung to make the necessary design changes to get around the limitation.

The cheapest Galaxy S10 model won’t run into this issue, though, since it will make do with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. But considering it’s the larger models that drive most of the sales, Samsung may have a PR nightmare on its hands if too many consumers start complaining that their shiny new flagship can’t be protected against everyday wear and tear.

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Biransahin
Biransahin

I don’t use a screen protector. I’m careful. Have never had a scratch and I use my Note in an mechanical construction environment. But it could be an issue for those who use one. I know that the best and most sensitive glass one is Whitestone Dome, and if it doesn’t work with that one, then it won’t work with any of them. However built in protectors don’t have good contact with the screen, so it may well not be a problem for most protectors.

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

I don’t understand the whole hype with in display FPS. Obviously the technology is not matured enough to be prime time on consumer electronics. There are some serious drawbacks to them like speed and the issue with screen protectors (the list is bigger but let’s focus on these for the moment). Is Samsung really THAT pressured to ditch regular and great working FPS sensors for in display ones? Is it really THAT important? Why? I don’t understand.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I will have to see how the wet applied military screen proctors work with the FPS under the screen. Been using these for both my s8 & s9 and has save them a few times when my phone slipped out of my suit jacket. only damage was a slight dent in the proctor and was able to add bit of water to massage it back out to be normal!

Mario387
Mario387

Will have to wait for other screen protectors. Armadillo uses a build in one, so the contact between it and the glass might be insufficient.

Will be interesting to see what other manufacturers say obout theirs.

martindale
martindale

I gave up using so-called screen protectors. The cure is worse than the disease. They inevitably lift in places around the margin and entrap detritus against the screen maximising the chance of abrasion. And in most cases applying a screen protector introduces visual blemishes from trapped dust or bubbles to what was a blemish free screen. Moreover the screen on my unprotected 4yr old Note 4 shows only a few, very superficial scratches – you have to look on an angle against the light to even see them – so there really is not even a need for screen protectors… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Totally agree with you, especially since GG 4, scratches are just non existent from day to day use, and people should be smart enough NOT to drop their phones – yeah accidents do happen but they are always avoidable.

Hambone01
Hambone01

They use a really thick plastic for the screen protector so that’s probably why theirs doesn’t work. Samung may put one on from the beginning but other companies like Olixar already made screen protectors so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

justinut0909
justinut0909

Lol. Suddenly I like face ID.

locarno
locarno

I’m using phones without protection, and I’m happy with that.
They should change glass to work with samsung display.

qudek
qudek

What’s the big fuss about this?? My Oneplus 6T optical fingerprint scanner doesn’t work with the screen protector too…

superf
superf

If that’s true, it will be the end of my relationship with Sammy.

ogsamsung
ogsamsung

No it wont, you’ll end up buying it anyway

Anthony17
Anthony17

This is a issue that every smartphone manufacturer that uses the FPS will have.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

You’ll come to the conclusion you got ripped off buying screen protectors.

Cyril692
Cyril692

One Ui on note 9 has arrived in France.
It has nothing to do with the article.

keithsanantonio
keithsanantonio

Just wait for the official launch and your questions will be answered.

user092181
user092181

First, the battery and here’s the second reason to get rid of it and retain my s9+

locarno
locarno

I have S9+ too (: