Galaxy S8 and S8+ occasionally remind you to clean the camera lens for clear shots


Chances are, if you've ever looked for tips on how to improve your smartphone photography, you've likely come across a recurring advise that's still being repeated ad nauseam – clean the lens! Clean. The. Lens. CLEAN THE LENS!

Alright already, we get it! Clean lens equals clear shots. Not that hard of a concept to wrap your head around.

Still, truth be told, smudges on smartphone cameras are a very common occurrence, and they really can lead to some less than desirable photos. Since smartphones are something that we handle extensively on a daily basis, it's only normal for some nasty fingerprints to make their way on to the camera lens. Many phone manufacturers are trying to alleviate this issue by covering their cameras with oleophobic coating (some more successfully than others), which fends of some of the smudges, but is still not a perfect solution.

Considering how wide-spread of a problem this apparently is, and the location of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it was a clever move on Samsung's part to implement an interface that automatically and occasionally reminds users to wipe off the camera lens.

The message appears in-camera and is displayed only after you enroll at least one fingerprint on the device and start using the scanner on the back as a means to authenticate yourself. It is almost as though Samsung knew that a lot of people would inadvertantly touch the camera when reaching for the fingerprint scanner!

Check out the handy new message that urges Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners to keep their cameras clean (image courtesy of Android Central):

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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38 Comments

1. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

everyone will get used to it within a week...like note five doing the heart rate monitor

3. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

This is going to be a nightmare for southpaws.

4. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

What if i don't want tk get used to it? And why should i? I'll stay with my s7 edge.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

brainless people didnt have muscle memory.. and they'll keep complaining about that forever.. even if they didn't have S8

20. emvxl

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

That is so true. And you will find people who will say "Apple never had this problem yada yada yada". Or "Samsung design is crap yada yada yada".

2. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I think this is the only thing i do not like about s8. FPS on side of camera lens is going to confuse the users for many days.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I reckon it'll be confusing at the begin of use, but you can adapt to it later abd get used to using the fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S8, just like how people were complaining about the placement of the volume buttons at the back of the LG G2, but it later became a distinction for LG's handset, and it became widely acclaimed.

25. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

It'll still be definitely frustrating for some people to have the fingerprint scanner that far on the top.

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

For those with little hands, yes it will be frustrating, especially considering the huge size of the S8+ as well as the S8. That still won't stop people from enjoying the handset, nonetheless.

38. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

G2's button are on the center. They are both easily accessible on both hands unlike S8.

5. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

ok this is sad ... they use a bad FPS position and then they try to give advice to avoid the consequence of their stupid decision .... is must be really hard to place it under the camera like any other phone -_-

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed! Here's hoping the Note 8 doesn't have the same stupid fingerprint scanner placement. Having it integrated in the screen would be much better.

6. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They should of used a bigger sensor if they were reluctant to place it up top, or maybe side sensor like that on Sony phones. I won't have a problem with it since that's where my index finger usually rests, but many people will not find it practical.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

maherk, I honestly do not understand the fuss about the placement of the S8's fingerprint scanner. I mean, anyone who has owned and used the heart rate sensor of Samsung's flagships as from 2015 should have no issue using the S8's fingerprint scanner, since it's placed at the exact same position where the heart rate sensor was!

13. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It depends on how you hold the phone, and considering it is a tall phone, even Samsung users might have a problem reaching that area.

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

How often do you use the heart rate sensor? I'm sure it's not as often as the fingerprint scanner. And now that the phone has become longer, you'll have to stretch your fingers more. It's not going to be easy with one hand.

16. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True that. I never use the heart rate sensor, but my index is always resting there on my S7. Still, I doubt that this will be the case on the S8, as it would have to stretch my fingers to reach that area. If the S8 had the same size of the S7, then yes, it would've been the perfect placement for me, too bad it isn't.

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

I don't see the scanner being a issue on the smaller S8 but a few hands on videos from like Android Authority and others have said it's pretty awkward on the S8 plus, so well see

7. kumar1234 unregistered

Pretty pathetic move from samsung. Even with his big hand mkbhd is struggling to get his finger in the right place with s8, with s8+ it'll be even harder. You also have to clean your lens pretty often because smudges will be a constant thing. Bad design choice and waste of space. They could've gone the way asus gone with design but they bad a bad design and their customer will suffer for it.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Samsung did many stupid things with this phone, beginning with unbearably long devices just to brag about screen diagonal, but keeping or lowering battery sizes at the same time. But this "clean the lens because we placed the fingerprint sensor in a stupid position" tops it all :)

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Skipping this one anyways and see what Note 8 brings.

17. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apart from the S-pen, it will have an extra 2GB of ram at best. I won't expect major changes this year.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No, the Note8 will feature the new DDR4X RAM module, and a new Exynos 9 SoC too.

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

They should have put the fingerprint sensor in the Bixby button :(

22. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

You can't fit a fingerprint scanner on a button that narrow.

18. PANIC

Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

The wrong location of the scanner is a NO GO for me....not practical at all... And btw it will be only easy for right hand people....left hand people will have a real issue to reach the scanner successfully....TRY IT ON YOUR PHONE AND YOU WILL SEE

33. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

May be to late for the S8. Just don't jank up the Note 8. There is plenty of time to get it right.

21. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

still a dumb placement of the scanner... point blank

23. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Everyone here is complaining about the fingerprint scanner placement. It just proves my point that the placement is nothing more than a strategy of Samsung to push people to use the iris scanner.

28. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

But what if i don't want to use the iris scanner? Plus you need to pick up your phone when it's on a table to use it and this is something you didn't need with a front facing finger print sensor.

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