Galaxy S10 video leak confirms an in-display fingerprint sensor limitation

Popular accessory retailer Mobile Fun, which offered us a glimpse at some of the Galaxy S10 cases yesterday, has now published a video that shows off a working Galaxy S10+. According to the retailer, the video was captured when the phone was being tested with screen protectors. The phone isn’t actually operated in the video, but we can see it with the screen on a couple of times.

The thing to note here is that rather ugly cutout on the screen protector for the in-display fingerprint sensor. We had heard from one case maker before that the Galaxy S10’s in-display fingerprint sensor may not work with screen protectors, and that limitation seems to be confirmed in this leaked video. Basically, instead of just the front camera cutout, those who opt to put a screen protector on their Galaxy S10 will also have to deal with a big gaping hole at the lower part of the display.

May just be a problem with glass screen protectors

The hole doesn’t seem to be visible when the screen is on, but this does mean that that part of the display won’t be as well protected as the rest. However, this may just be the case for tempered glass protectors and not regular ones. Tempered glass screen protectors probably add an additional layer of thickness that makes it hard for the fingerprint chip to register a touch, although we can hope Samsung will get around the limitation somehow with later flagships.

Check out the video below, and let us know what you think of that fingerprint sensor cutout on the screen protector! Will this finally get you to stop using screen protectors, or will you wait until Samsung is able to make the in-display fingerprint sensor work with screen protectors?

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
  • Display: 6.4 inch / 162.5 mm Dynamic AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9820
  • Camera: 12MP
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