You can hide the front camera cutouts on the Samsung Galaxy S10 with a virtual bezel

You can hide the front camera cutouts on the Samsung Galaxy S10 with a virtual bezel

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e are Samsung’s latest flagship, featuring the best of all consumer-ready hardware and software technology that Samsung has to offer so far. They are also the first flagships from Samsung that come with a display hole (or a camera cutout, whatever you may call it). Samsung refers to this display design as the Infinity-O design, making a reference to the minimal bezels on all sides and just a small cutout for the front camera.

The placement of the camera cutout, its size and the relative size of the surrounding bezels ends up giving you an offset notch experience, one that is wider than the status bar. Many have criticized the Google Pixel 3 XL for its wide and ugly notch, and many will likely criticize the Samsung Galaxy S10+ for giving a similar experience but on one corner instead of the middle.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On

Thankfully, Samsung probably saw the backlash that the Pixel 3 XL received, and decided to give an option to users to hide the camera cutouts through software. You can add a virtual bezel to the top edge of the display, which effectively hides the camera cutout since all the new Galaxy S10 variants come with a Dynamic AMOLED display.

The setting to enable the virtual bezel is found in Settings > Display > Full screen apps > Hide front camera. Here is a comparison shot of the Galaxy S10+ with the cutouts visible and then hidden, as posted by Sammobile.

While the setting does hide away the camera cutout, the size of the cutout and its placement away from the corner results in a thick virtual bezel, which does not match the bottom bezel (which in turn does not match the curved sides). The result is an even uglier and mismatched experience. But the option is there, in case you prefer it this way.

Source: Sammobile

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