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Yes, the Galaxy S10 has an option to hide the front camera cutout

Yes, the Galaxy S10’s front camera cutout can be hidden with a software tweak. A number of our readers have questioned whether that’s possible, and some of them have commented that the Galaxy S10 has an option to introduce a virtual bezel at the top of the display. We took a look inside the phone’s settings, and indeed, Samsung does give you an option to hide the front camera.

The setting can be found in the Full screen apps section of the Display menu in the phone’s settings. It’s simply called Hide front camera and adds a black bar to the top of the screen, effectively reducing the screen estate available for your apps while hiding the camera cutout in the process. Doing that gives you bigger bezels at the top than Samsung’s current flagships, though, so it’s an option we’d recommend using sparingly if you’ve ordered a Galaxy S10 but aren’t down with the idea of the front camera eating into the right side of the display.

Here’s a comparison that shows you how the display looks with and without the fake black bar at the top (swipe left to see it with the black bar enabled):

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Of course, some people might want to keep the option enabled at all times in the initial few weeks (or even months), as it’s going to take some time for developers to update their apps to accommodate the corner cutout on Samsung’s newest flagships. It’s similar to how Samsung had added the option to force apps to run in full screen mode when the Galaxy S8 came out, as the Infinity display’s uncommon screen ratio (18.5:9) resulted in apps not using some of the space above the software navigation keys.

The option to hide the front camera would be especially useful on the Galaxy S10+. It’s the first phone on the market to have dual front cameras built into the side of the display and not the center, so developers will be adapting their apps to such a wide display cutout for the first time. Alas, even if developers move quickly to optimize their apps for the Galaxy S10 trio, those who don’t want to see that front camera cutout when watching videos or playing games will have to depend on turning on that virtual bezel.

What do you think? Would you hide the front camera, will you simply try and get used to it, or will you not buy the Galaxy S10 at all because of the display cutout?

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iceguyver
iceguyver

Samsung should have stuck with the thin bezel design on last years flagships. The display was still immersive even with those thin bezels.

bossdeboss88
bossdeboss88

Make only at camera that option to hide front camera.i think looks better!

mechaman122
mechaman122

Is that Bphone 3?

SuperCarlos902
SuperCarlos902

I believe I would leave it, unless watching an in-depth movie. Should have an option for each app.. which it probably does. Problem solved better then a notch.

Biransahin
Biransahin

This option exactly illustrates the fact that a little bit of bezel is a superior design to silly notches and punch holes.

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Good. A groundbreaking feature.

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s not actually ground breaking at all. Hiding the notch is already available on phones with notches. This just proves how bad designs that put flaws on the screen are.

locarno
locarno

It is shame that S10 have the same DxO score as P20. P20 is old device and S10 is new. S10 should have better DxO score. P30 will smash S10.

MStuart
MStuart

So how do we use a notch without people saying it’s a notch?

I’ll just wait for this stupid trend to die off. I’m certainly not rewarding this disaster by opening my wallet.

Biransahin
Biransahin

As a long term Samsung user (our company has 8 Note9 devices) , I totally agree. A hole will actually make our in-house schematics apps unusable. We update to the newest Note every year. We’ll be keeping the Note9 devices if there’s a punch hole in the screen of Note10. It’s a ridiculously stupid design. If you take the specs of the S10 range, it would still be successful, maybe more successful, without the hole.

brendonx
brendonx

Why bot update your in house apps to accommodate the punch hole?

cabbe86
cabbe86

Wow, ugliest design now become 😂

Biransahin
Biransahin

What language is that?

cabbe86
cabbe86

It’s my language 😂, I think you understand. Otherwise sad for you😀

cabbe86
cabbe86

It’s much.. Better without hide😀

Shimy
Shimy

I find the Samsung cutout to be better than the notch that’s so popular. I also like that Samsung is totally owning it, not trying to hide the cutout. Really liked the cool animation they did around the cutout.

It’s also great that they’re letting users choose whether to show or hide it.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Well if you look at the wallpapers used on the devices they are hiding the hole, just as Apple and Google hid the notch.

stondec
stondec

Can’t wait for the 1TB Galaxy Note 10

MagicalWingLT
MagicalWingLT

Actually I would love to see a setting where you could change the color for it. I know the purpose is to hide the camera hole but I think it would be a neat idea to have a choice of colors if a person wanted bezel for it. It’s one of the reasons I liked the S7 and S7 Edge because I liked seeing the blue color instead of seeing black all the time

gomezo
gomezo

Then your pixels would die.

djcbs
djcbs

Pretty sure after the phones come out, it won’t take long for developers to create an app to do exactly that.

xantrk
xantrk

I was thinking why the location in the picture looked so familiar. How could I forget, it is The Melt. Cheesy place! Enjoyed it so much during my visit 🙂

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

With an actual bezel the size of Note 9 which is thinner than this black bar Samsung could have easily accommodated all the usual sensors plus the LED notification instead of the hole punch and the even worse pill shaped cutout.

NoteLove
NoteLove

I prefer it with the cut out, looks more sleek. TBF it the closes thing to ALL screen phone. Lovely phone.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

The closest thing to that is the also unnecessary tear drop notch which is better and less intrusive.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

But they can’t put any type of notches. They were laughing when Apple did it with iPhone X. I think Samsung knows that hole isn’t a good idea, but currently the only one they could offer with S10. I just can’t wait for the New Infinity. Maybe next year.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Yes, they could have left top thin and bottom bezels (at least top). That together with the advanced indisplay fingerprint reader, the triple rear camera, double front facing camera (S10plus) would have been enough changes to differentiate it from the previous models.
Instead Samsung decided to take it further with the unnecesary hole punch and the “awesome” pill shaped cutout falling into stupidity.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

They did it with S9 and what? ‘OMG, two years the same design’. It is 10th anniversary of Galaxy lines – they just have to do something different. 3rd year with the same design? It wouldn’t happen. Infinity O isn’t the best idea, but still better than huge notch. New Infinity isn’t ready yet, so I will adapt to cut out.

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Boring

sadra99
sadra99

How much is the screen to body ratio when this feature is on?

stondec
stondec

Decreases to 15%

djcbs
djcbs

Actually, having that option is exactly what sold the S10e to me. And because that virtual bezel actually works as a physic bezel, swiping down from the bottom of the virtual bezel opens the notification tray. Which means not only I can get the S10e to retire the trusted S7 that came to my rescue when I got tired of the oversized screen on the S9, but I will be able to actually reduce the screen size of the S10e from the 5.8″ that I already think it’s too big to something a bit more palatable. Thank you, Samsung! Now… Read more »

davidkr98
davidkr98

I think the cutout is quite nice. Definitely better than a huge notch! Also with the pill shaped s10+ cutout everybody can easily see what phone i have:P

gourav92
gourav92

yes but its better to avoid notches and holes and wait till full screen mobile is released.

davidkr98
davidkr98

Already preordered my s10+ prism white 😛

DaVinciDevice
DaVinciDevice

Need to wait until when?

artocube
artocube

Yeah…but WHY?