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PSA: That blinking white pixel on your Galaxy S10 display is not a defect

The Galaxy S10‘s retail launch is happening later this week, and some pre-order customers have already received their shiny new flagship. And many of them have noticed a small white blinking pixel near the front camera when they make calls. It may appear to be a defect, but it isn’t. That blinking white pixel is simply the proximity sensor doing its job, waiting for your ear/face to come close to the phone so it can turn off the display to prevent accidental touches.

With very little space on the front of Samsung’s newest flagship trio, the company has placed a few sensors under the display. The proximity sensor is one of them, and an easy way to confirm that it’s not a glitch or defect is to just switch on the speaker during a call. Switching to speaker mode removes that blinking pixel because the phone doesn’t attempt to detect whether you have the phone placed next to your ear when you switch to speaker mode.

Furthermore, that blinking pixel shows up exactly where the Galaxy S10 user manual says the proximity sensor is located. In short, there is nothing to be concerned about, and you can go ahead and unbox your new Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, or Galaxy S10+ without worrying that you might need to send it back for a replacement.

  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

  • Model: SM-G973F
  • 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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simchester
simchester

Nice

Biransahin
Biransahin

Just waiting for them to do the same with the cameras.

martindale
martindale

They could use this as a notification led!

gtone339
gtone339

Agree. Not sure why it wasn’t used as one.

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Very nice idea.

locarno
locarno

They should fix this.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Fix what? It’s not a defect. Did you not read the article? 🤔

locarno
locarno

I’m know. But in S11 they should change it to be not visible.

Chalofito
Chalofito

although they would have aligned it, or placed it in a better position.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I think the idea is that it needs to be where your ear is going to go. Unless they’re going to design the phone for some non human species, there isn’t really anywhere else to put it. 😉