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Galaxy S10 will come with a screen protector installed out of the box

Samsung has recognised that a large number of screen protectors on the market won’t work with the Galaxy S10‘s ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader, so it’s installed one on the device that will. But it’s nothing to write home about, because it’s plastic and will no doubt scratch over time — so it’s more of a stop-gap to keep your device safe until you have the chance to pick up something better.

That said, if you find yourself liking Samsung’s plastic offering more than, let’s say, the forthcoming, more durable tempered glass counterpart of that of a competitor, the firm will be selling replacements on its website and in select brick-and-mortar stores for when it’s all scratched and tarnished. They’ll come at a premium, though — $29.99, to be precise.

The budget Galaxy S10e, unlike the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, won’t come with a screen protector installed out of the box, and that’s because it doesn’t tout a fancy ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor. For that reason, customers shouldn’t have any trouble heading over to their local Best Buy when their handset arrives to choose from one of the many off-the-shelf options.

This isn’t the first time that Samsung has thrown a freebie in with one of its latest devices. It first started bundling a protective case with the Galaxy Note 8 in a handful of markets, including India, later moving that same scheme over to the Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy On7 Prime, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, and, most recently, the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e.

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  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide
  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide
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  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

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Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The should throw in the official clear case cover as standard. I know this comes free in some markets like in the far east

tombias
tombias

It would have been the perfect phone expect I miss the S-Pen.
And btw. why not get rid of the front cam?

gentux
gentux

If it had no front cam I wouldn’t have bought it because I feel like video chatting is somehow important for a smartphone these days and I think Pop-up and slide-out cams are prone to failure over time.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The protector appears to be case friendly and looks very good for free ones😎

anbk
anbk

I personally prefer using screen protector film than glass. Well i prefer using without putting anything on but the fact that i keep my phone in pocket with other things like keys n stuff, i go for the extra layer of preotection with films. Just to avoid scratches. Even if they build a scratch proof Gorilla glass i may still b putting a film. Just in case

locarno
locarno

“They’ll come at a premium, though — $29.99, to be precise.”

30 $ for protector with hole ?

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

What hole? You have one big hole in your head instead a brain.

locarno
locarno

Galaxy S10 comes with screen protector out of the box. This protector have hole for fingerprint sensor. Just look at the unboxing videos.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Those aren’t the protectors that will be included with retail units. The early releases just have the standard packaging film.

locarno
locarno

That changes everything. I saw now video from Jerry Rig and he have no hole on his unit. So it looks like early retail units have screen protector with hole.

totalabegeneigt
totalabegeneigt

Why are you insulting him? Check your facts. The S10 screen protector comes with a hole for the camera.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

Exactly … for the camera, not FPS like he said.

locarno
locarno

I saw now video from Jerry Rig and he have no hole on his unit. So it looks like early retail units have screen protector with hole.

obsydian
obsydian

Crazy all this about gorilla glass and we still need cases and screen protectors – what a load of BS

locarno
locarno

Gorilla Glass 5 is very good and no need srceen protector. GG6 will be better I think.

tombias
tombias

Gorilla Glass won’t break easily but it will scratch. Just a little grain of sand in your pocket will do.

locarno
locarno

I’m still using my phones without protection.

FARSTRIDER
FARSTRIDER

Well even their drinkware/pyrex scratches after a while (especially if you cheap out on dishwasher detirgent)