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PSA: Galaxy S10 doesn’t have a notification LED

The Galaxy S10 lineup brings slimmer bezels with the Infinity-O displays, which puts the front cameras in a hole cut into the display, and that has brought a disadvantage many of us may not like. Yes, as the title revealed, the Galaxy S10 doesn’t have a notification LED. The reason is simple: lesser space because of the Infinity-O display, although the rest of the sensors we expect are present on the device.

But there’s no alternative to a notification LED, as some would say, so users will have to make do with Always On Display to keep a track of notifications and alerts. Thankfully, One UI/Android Pie has an option that allows you tap the screen to show the Always On Display screen for 30 seconds, so you don’t have to have it always enabled if you are worried about wasting battery life. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to find a solution to this and introduce it with the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11, but at this moment it’s something you might want to take into account if you’re looking to buy a Galaxy S10.

For more details on the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+, check out our hands-on experience. For all the coverage on Samsung’s Unpacked event, go here.

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DJ SNap
DJ SNap

I was told today at Samsung Brand Store that ring around front camera works “like” notification led. I would like to see it before buying.

djcbs
djcbs

It doesn’t. Within the S10 settings you have two options only: use the camera torch as a notification light (meaning it’ll fire the flash which is really aggressive), or have the entire screen flash when the phone is not being used (which will drain battery like crazy).
If that ring around the camera is to be used, it’ll come in a later update. I sure hope it does.

locarno
locarno

I think they can use few pixels on amoled display and make from it LED notification.

locarno
locarno

They could put led notificaion in speaker like Sony.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Then how do.you know that your phone is charging? Or fully charged? It’s really useful to see on the led red Vs green light?

locarno
locarno

AoD.

RADIOSPOTZ
RADIOSPOTZ

I love when a high-end new phone comes out you always get the group that starts complaining about it hoping they can talk themselves out of being tempted to buy it. Sorry guys, so transparent. That being said this phone is hot. On so many levels, the processor, the amount of RAM there is nothing on this phone does not revolutionary from previous Editions. My only decision is whether I want to wait till the 5G comes out guessing in August when the note comes out. Even though this is a 16 megapixel it has 1.5 Pro grade camera lense.… Read more »

MagicalWingLT
MagicalWingLT

I have seen in multiple YouTube videos showing that there is a LED notification light. It blinks around the camera holes….

Samarasx
Samarasx

There should be a notification ring around the camera cut out.

vieira19
vieira19

I believe that too because when you get in the camera app a ring light effect appears around the camera cut out

erizzle22
erizzle22

yes i can see them using this as an option as a replacement for the notification LED and maybe an option in the settings to turn the feature on or off. we could also just get enough people to complain about the lack of a notification LED and they can throw this feature in with a future security patch like they have done with night mode schedule.

also just remembered i have seen phones made with an LED underneath the earpiece grill, why couldn’t they do that!

australiansam
australiansam

Shame

dukeofhurl
dukeofhurl

“Yes, as the title revealed, the Galaxy S10 doesn’t not have a notification LED.”

So it does have an LED?

martindale
martindale

The entire screen is made of light emitting diodes, why must they have one more just for notifications? What is to stop them blinking a few pixels of the OLED screen to give notifications?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

The Tab S4 doesn’t have an LED notification light either. And I’ll be honest, it is a right pain because that’s the main charging indicator and it’s jus a pain having the massive screen turn on for a crappy unimportant notification.. 😒

Allyn K C
Allyn K C

Seriously? They couldn’t wedge a tiny LED light on the top-most edge of the screen?

Even moving it off front-facing and onto the top or sides, or maybe embedded in the power button, would be better than abandoning the notification LED.

Lack of notification LED doesn’t turn me off on the S10 entirely, but does count against it in my mind when looking at device options.

colliderz
colliderz

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Who is asking for this useless infinity, bezelless crap? This trend has to end. No notification LED is a HUGGGGGEEE selling point for many. Samsung is digging its own grave. Xiaomi and Vivo you better destroy Samsung now!!!

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Because would be too expensive (joke)