The Galaxy S10's in-display fingerprint scanner won't work with screen protectors

The Galaxy S10's in-display fingerprint scanner won't work with screen protectors
Samsung Galaxy S10+ renders based on leaked information

After five years of using traditional fingerprint scanners, Samsung is preparing to make the switch over to ultrasonic in-display alternatives with its Galaxy S10 series. But according to one case manufacturer, this move may bring one notable drawback.

In order to ensure early availability, Armadillotek has been hard at work preparing its Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ cases. But through its own testing, which has involved “real” Galaxy S10 phones, the case maker has determined that the new in-display fingerprint scanner doesn’t work well with screen protectors.

Because of this development, the company’s trademark Vanguard case won’t include a built-in screen protector as has been the case in the past.

For most people, the lack of screen protector compatibility is unlikely to be a deal-breaker, but for some who prefer to protect their phones entirely, the news may come as a bit of a disappointment.

Despite the bad news, consumers interested in the cheaper Galaxy S10E can rest assured that screen protectors won’t affect day-to-day use. After all, unlike its premium siblings, this model features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1 inches 3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 10 Samsung One UI
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4 inches 3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh
  • OS Android 10 Samsung One UI

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