Yes and that's a problem as it was for HTC One phone. Dust and particles lodge between the device screen and case floating screen protector. I don't think there was a lot of testing for this design. It can actually do more harm to the device screen than help.
Great Question! The screen protector is connected to the case. The three layers of protection consiste of the clear protective screen protector, the high-impact polycarbonate shell, and the durable silicone.