Galaxy S10 screen protectors with a hole look ridiculous, but they might actually be a good idea

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Galaxy S10 screen protectors with a hole look ridiculous, but they might actually be a good idea
You have probably already seen the above leaked picture of a Galaxy S10 with a weird screen protector applied on the screen that has a hole right in the middle.

According to the latest leaks and rumors, this screen protector somehow made it to a prototype Galaxy S10. We don't know whether any actual Galaxy S10 screen protectors will have it, or whether this is just some prototype used for internal testing, and we have heard speculations that sme thicker glass screen protectors might feature such a hole. So what are we looking at exactly? That hole right in the middle is obviously there to remove the additional thick layer of protective glass on top of the display at the spot where the S10's fingerprint scanner is located.

And that's just funny and a bit absurd, especially if it's that noticeable, but this flaw might turn out to be a feature that users will appreciate. Bear with me as everything below is pure speculation and we do not yet know whether these screen protectors will indeed be made for real Galaxy S10 units.

Thing is that unlike traditional fingerprint scanners on the front or back of a phone, a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen is not physically differentiated. Simply put, it's not very likely that you can unlock the S10 without first looking at the screen to get a rough idea where to place your finger. And for those who are used to unlocking their phones hundreds of times daily, often in a rush and without even looking at the phone, finding the right spot for an in-screen fingerprint reader will be an issue.

Well, those same people will appreciate the punch-hole screen protector because - despite its clearly absurd looks - it will make it so easy to physically determine where the in-screen fingerprint is without ever looking at the phone. And this might turn out to be one practical advantage in the long run.

Still, there is no going around the fact that such a screen protector would look all sorts of strange, but don't be too quick to discard the idea: it might not look well, but might make using your Galaxy S10's fancy new in-screen fingerprint scanner a bit easier.



1. okinalex

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 02, 2017

Great, now is the sabe as a fingerprint on the front of the phone. 2010 will be awesome for samsung

22. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

You mean 2019?

2. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I idea of a screen protector is to protect the screen, but samsheeps will prolly defend samsung. heh

6. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Please highlight a sentence where it is stated that samsung made the screen protector. And even if samsung is testing these covers, simple thinking dictates that you can remove it if you don't want it, yes? It's just a simple removable protector, don't make a big deal with it.

39. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Multiple resources have already claimed a screen protector might interfere with samsung's in screen fps. I had multiple phones before without a screen protector but it still scratches somehow in my pocket. That's why I use tempered glass on my phones now. Also, I found the samsheep LOL.

41. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

If you need such screen protector on a phone with GG6 then you might as well think about buying a phone with military grade protection! Who in the world does that nowadays???

43. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Joke's on you. Kuroki. I criticize samsung just like other nomal consumers. All I'm pointing out is don't make a big deal of an accessory too much.

26. pimpin83z

Posts: 594; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

The grown man in me can't take anyone who says "prolly" instead of probably seriously.

31. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Found the apple tool.

40. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I have the XZ3 as my main phone and the pocophone f1 as my work phone. Now what?

3. someguy2261

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

What!? you guys at phonearenaare dumb or they pay a lot of mmoneyto say this crap, and Victor I thought you, out all these guys had most common sense , but there you go with this stupid article. It looks like ashole in the middle of the screen. Its dumb, and I'm not going to buy this crap phone

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Let me quote myself (always a great thing to do ;)): "Okay, it looks ridiculous, but it might actually turn out to be useful". So what exactly do you disagree with? It looks ridiculous AND it might be useful to find the right spot for the fingerprint scanner easier.

10. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If readers keep doing this, writers have to warn "cavemen not allowed" in every article.

19. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Think about it for two more seconds.. What about the keyboard?

42. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

What about it?

7. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

@someguy2261 Please consult your nearest anger management doctor. Don't go gamma hulk rampage on a simple plastic cover news.

12. JCASS889

Posts: 568; Member since: May 18, 2018

not buying a phone because of a "REMOVABLE" screen protector, sounds like you were never planning to get it anyway.

25. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You can't call anyone dumb with the amount of grammar mistakes in your comment....

29. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

amount = measurable quantity number = countable quantity Kudos to you for implying you could not count the number of mistakes in his comment.

32. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Either works. We aren't here to be English majors. You knew exactly what he was talking about, you just chose to be pretentious about it.

33. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I guess you don't appreciate the humor in a grammar mistake while correcting someone else's grammar.... Oh well.

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

"This is not the official protective film of Samsung S10. This is the manufacturer of protective film to test their film. Because of some technical problems, they have to dig holes in the ultrasonic fingerprint identification area." - Ice universe Stop freaking out people. There's a high possibility from recent leaks that a screen protector will be installed from the manufacturer...with no hole in it.

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Absolutely, so let me make it clear in the comments as well: this is not an official product and might never be. What I am saying in this article, however, is that such a ridiculous idea might actually have some practical merit to help you find the spot for the in-screen fingerprint scanner without having to first look at your phone.

11. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You don't have to explain anything Victor, they just don't know how to control themselves.


Posts: 189; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Is this April fool’s joke ?

13. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

also one can use this hole as water container when crossing desert and such....useful indeed.

15. SyCo87

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Damn, I didn't think a screen protector would interfere with this technology.

16. Cat97

Posts: 1940; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's not only about the looks, it's also about the hole that you feel when you try to swipe over the screen. It's simply a stupid idea.

20. Playstation

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2018

Like i said else where, bezelless is the worst thing that happened to mobile phones in recent history.

21. Vega007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 18, 2017

From chins to belly buttons...Samsung rules!

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