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Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus protection options

So you've bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus and are looking for a good case to protect it. You've come to the right place.

In trying to boil down the best cases currently available, I steered away from bulkier cases and focused more on thinner ones that offer a decent degree of protection while mixing in a few folio cases for those who want a wallet-style case with more screen protection as well as some storage for credit cards and a little cash.

Of course, when it comes to protective cases, personal taste is a big factor (and plenty of people don't bother with them), and we may have missed a few that you think should have been included. As always, we'll be updating this list as more products arrive.

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Speck Presidio Grip

Speck, one of the leading case makers, is bringing its latest case lines to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. You can opt for the Presidio Grip in a variety of color options, as well as the new translucent version.

Price: $45 available at Amazon

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Samsung Clear View Standing Cover

The Clear View Standing Cover (or S-View Flip Cover), which comes in a few translucent colors, is very slick. It converts into a stand and retails for $60.

See pricing and more info for Samsung S-View Flip Cover.

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OtterBox Strada Folio

OtterBox's Strada Folio doesn't have much room for credit cards, but it's a highly protective case and one of my personal favorites. When it ships (it's not quite available yet), it will come in black and burnt saddle (pictured). The case lists for $50 for the S8 version and $60 for the S8 Plus version.

See pricing and more info for OtterBox Strada Folio.

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OttterBox Symmetry

OtterBox's Symmetry Series ($40) comes in a variety of colors and is a good sturdy case that's not too thick. I personally like the clear version (pictured). The S8 Plus version currently costs more.

See pricing and more info for OtterBox Symmetry Series.

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Speck Presidio Clear + Glitter

Need more bling? Check out the Speck Presidio Clear + Glitter. It comes in two color options -- gold and pink. The S8 version lists for $45 and the S8 Plus version is $50.

Price: $45 available at Amazon

See more info and pricing for Speck Presidio Glitter.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid

The Spigen Neo Ultra Hybrid is a simple and slim clear case that preserves the look of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus without adding much bulk. It also comes in versions where the side bumper is a color instead of clear.

Price: Around $12 for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge versions.

See more info and pricing for Spigen Ultra Hybrid.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Supcase makes some relatively inexpensive cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Its Unicorn Beetle Pro is its rugged case and is available in four color options for less than $20.

See more info and pricing for Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro on Amazon.com

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OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox's Defender Series is the company's toughest case and comes with a belt mount. A popular choice for construction workers. Available in multiple colors for $50 (S8) and $60 (S8 Plus).

See pricing and more info for OtterBox Defender Series.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal Glitter

I've always liked Spigen's Neo Hybrid cases for other phones and it's now available for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in translucent crystal and crystal glitter versions for around $18. It's slim but also offers decent protection and has a nice soft-to-touch feel to it. The S8 Plus version also costs $18.

See more info and pricing for Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal Glitter on Amazon.com.

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PureGear DualTek

PureGear's rugged DualTek case has raised corners that help protect your S8 or S8 Plus in the event of a face-down fall. This case has been available for iPhones and previous Galaxy models and has held up well in our tests. Though it lists for $35, it can be had for about $25 on Amazon.

See more info and pricing for PureGear DualTek case for Galaxy S8 on Amazon.com.

See more info and pricing for PureGear DualTek case for Galaxy S8 Plus on Amazon.com.

 

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Spigen Wallet S Case

Spigen offers some of the better cases for the money, which is why I've included several models in this roundup.

This is the Wallet S, a folio-style case with slots for credit cards and cash. It's available in black or tan for both the S8 and S8 Plus, though the design is arguably superior for the Edge version because it's easier to get the phone in and out of the case.

Price: $18 Galaxy S8 Case or Galaxy S8 Plus Case

See more info and pricing for Spigen Wallet S Case.

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Samsung LED Wallet Cover

Samsung's LED Wallet Cover is part of Samsung's new Flip Cover lineup for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which also includes the new S-View Flip Cover ($60). Both cases are available in several colors.

According to Samsung, "The LED lights animate to give you a lot of essential information including notifications. You can also turn off alarms and answer phone calls by swiping the cover. And with the special icons you assigned to your contacts, you'll know who's calling."

Hopefully it will come down in price over time, but for now it lists for $60 (it's the same price for the S8 Plus version).

See more info and pricing for Samsung LED Wallet Cover.

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Speck Presidio Series

This is Speck's plain-Jane Presidio Series case ($45), which has a matte finish and has taken the place of Speck's CandyShell case (the Presidio is slimmer than the earlier CandyShell cases but just as protective). It's available in multiple color options, as well as a clear version that I like that's translucent. The S8 Plus version of the case also costs $45.

See pricing and more info for Speck's Presidio case.

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Spigen Tough Armor

The Tough Armor is Spigen's toughest case, but it still looks fairly sleek and has a built-in kickstand. It's also available for the S8 Plus and comes in multiple colors.

Price: Around $18 for S8 version and $19 for S8 Plus version.

See more info and pricing for Spigen Tough Armor.

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Tech 21 Evo Check Active

We've always liked Tech 21 cases, which offer a good blend of protection in a slim design and feel good in your hand (they're easy to grip).

The Tech 21 Evo Check Active comes in a couple of different colors and costs $40.

See more info and pricing for Tech 21 Evo Check Active.

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Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series

A lot of people like Urban Armor Gear cases because they're highly protective yet manage to maintain a slick, industrial look. Available in multiple colors, with some price variation according to color.

This case also comes in a version for the S8 Plus that costs about the same price.

Price: Around $40 for S8 or S8 Plus.

See more pricing and info for Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series case.

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Skech Matrix

The Skech Matrix series is similar to slim, tough cases from Speck, Otterbox and others. It's available in clear translucent versions with and without embedded glitter, as well as translucent space gray. Prices range from $30-$40.

See price and more info for Skech Matrix on Amazon.com.

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Skech Polo Book Wallet Case

Skech's Polo Book Wallet case is really two wallet cases in one. There's an inner lightweight "shell" case that's detachable from the larger folio wallet case which converts into a stand for video viewing. Pretty nifty.

The Galaxy S8 version costs $35 while the S8 Plus version costs $5 to $10 more.

See pricing and more info for Skech Polo Book Wallet case.

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Caseology Parallax Series

Like Spigen, Caseology makes several attractive cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus that are affordable. I like the Parallax Series, which costs around $16. It's the same price for the S8 Plus version.

Price: Around $16 on Amazon.com.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Keyboard Cover

Making the switch from a BlackBerry or just pining for a physical keyboard? Samsung's bringing its keyboard case to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Price: $60

See more info and pricing for Samsung Galaxy S8 Keyboard cover.

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Incipio Reprieve Sport

Incipio's Reprieve Sport has some extra corner protection, which I like. Available in multiple colors for $40.

See more info and pricing for Incipio Reprieve Sport case.

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OtterBox Commuter Series

OtterBox's Commuter Series case doesn't offer quite as much protection as the company's Defender Series case, but it is slimmer. It's sort of a cross between the Defender and OtterBox's sexier Symmetry Series cases. Available in multiple colors for $40.

See pricing and more info for OtterBox Commuter Series case.

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Incipio Octane

There's nothing terribly fancy about Incipio's Octane ($25), which has a rigid exterior and soft interior, but it's a solid case for the money. Available in multiple colors.

See pricing and more info for Incipio Octane case.

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LifeProof Fre for Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is "water-resistant," but if you want to make it truly waterproof, you can add a waterproof case such as the Lifeproof Fre, which is available in a few different colors.

Price: $90 (available in versions for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus).

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Pelican Vault

Pelican makes a few different cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Its $50 Vault case is an interesting take on a folio-style case, with a window in the front and a slot to hold a credit card. It also converts into a kickstand. 

See more pricing and info for Pelican Vault case on Amazon.com.

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Moshi Overture Wallet Case

I've been a longtime fan of Moshi's Overture folio cases. Available in black, it costs for $45 for the S8 version and $50 for the S8 Plus version.

See pricing and more info for Moshi Overture case.

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Evutec Aer Karbon

Evutec's Kevlar-infused Aer Karbon is slim and durable and has a metal insert integrated into the case that's designed to work with a magnetic car-vent mount. The case alone is $40, while the case/Afix mount combo costs $45. It's also available in S8 Plus versions for the same prices. Black only at launch.

See more pricing and info for Evutec Aer Karbon.

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X-Doria Defense Clear

X-Doria makes several cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. I personally like the Defense Clear Series, which offers decent drop protection and comes in two trim options -- black or white. It costs $25 for both the S8 and S8 Plus versions.

See more pricing and info for X-Doria Defense Clear Series.

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Nomad Leather Wallet Folio

Nomad's folio case is made out genuine Horween leather and wears well, darkening up a bit with a nice patina. The case is currently available in "rustic" brown or gray and costs $50 for both the S8 and S8 Plus versions.

See more pricing and info for Nomad Wallet Folio at bestbuy.com.

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Vaja Grip leather case

Argentina-based Vaja Cases has swanky new high-end leather cases for the S8 and S8 Plus coming soon (I've tried iPhone versions of its cases and they're quite nice). The Grip will come in two colors at launch -- white and black. No word on pricing yet but its Grip LP case for the iPhone 7 is currently selling for $80.

See pricing and more info for Vaja Grip.

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