Galaxy S10 durability test proves the fingerprint scanner is not easy to damage

If you've been thinking about pre-ordering Samsung's hot new Galaxy S10, but you're not sure how the phone might handle scratches, flames, and bending attempts, it doesn't look like you have a lot to be worried about. Similar to the company's past few flagships, the "regular" variant of this year's next big thing is unsurprisingly built like a tank, as discovered by professional destroyer of mobile devices and popular YouTuber Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything.

Gone are the days when Nelson was able to flex new high-end phones with his bare hands, although the occasional minor bend can still happen for certain models from lower-profile brands. Not in Samsung's court, and no matter how hard you try, you'll never manage to scratch the triple camera setup on the back of the Galaxy S10 or the single "Cheerio" shooter (copyright by Zack Nelson) on its front.

That's obviously because all four cameras are neatly protected by a thick slab of robust Gorilla Glass 6, which also covers the 6.1-inch Infinity-O display to provide a fairly standard level of durability for Android flagships nowadays. Naturally, it is possible to scratch that beautiful screen, which is why Samsung offers a plastic protector as standard with all GS10 models, but your everyday keys and coins will not cause much damage even if you remove the protective accessory.

What you should probably be careful of is damage around the ultrasonic fingerprint-scanning area. Since the state-of-the-art biometric sensor is hidden beneath the screen, cracking the glass will almost surely disable the fingerprint reader. 

That may sound problematic, but on the decidedly bright side of things, a substantial amount of abuse is "required" for the fingerprint sensor to stop working. We're talking the kind of abuse that doesn't just happen on an everyday basis for the average user. Otherwise put, "normal" scratches can't hurt it, but a violent drop onto a hard surface could "do the trick." Just put a case on it and move on, will you?

Related phones

Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Way to spoil the video

3. Samfruit

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 11, 2018

"Superior"? in terms of ?

4. vgking9699

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

I. Terms of cracking the iPhone screen has no effect on Face ID cuz it’s not part of the screen like that fingerprint scanner is

5. maherk

Posts: 6774; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Except for the fact that it sits underneath the glass covering the screen. So no, if the glass is cracked on top of it, it will not work as well.

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

shhh don't tell him that both ultrasonic fps and faceid devices are cased under the front glass

8. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Where do they pick you guys up from? You all cant be this stupid.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Trump rallys.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do some research, before posting.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7082; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Face ID that has been fooled on android and ios, lol

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Make a video of yourself fooling Apples Face ID and upload it.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7216; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Face ID is the face authentication system that is available ONLY on iOS. Face ID - on iOS - was only surpassed by extremely identical twin faces (but they have to be very identical, because even identical twins are identified), making it - according to Apple - 20 times more secure than Touch ID. Does the average user need such a level of security? Probably no, because only specialized tools, that cost a lot of money, will be able to overpass a biometric system in a 200€ phone, and nobody gives a shit about the data on the average Joe's phone.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

"FAR SUPERIOR THAN..." The grammar level perfectly matches the comment level.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Uh huh.

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Thank GIS, O-film and Qualcomm for making the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner possible for Samsung.

14. wickedwilly

Posts: 668; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Thank Samsung for making the X's screen possible and whoever else makes the majority of an iPhone. What does Apple manufacture and use on an iPhone, enlighten me!

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Thanks “AuthenTec” for making Touch ID & Face ID for Apple.

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