You need a case, though. This year's phones are slightly bigger than all of your past phones and their grippable bezel has been replaced by delicate screen.
The good news for you is that there are already a lot of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus cases out there – for protection and for style – on Amazon and a few other retailers.
Top case brands were ready with their Galaxy S8 cases on day one, including Incipio, Otterbox, Speck and a handful of official Samsung cases, covers and wallet folios, too. More are on the way, including a battery case from Mophie.
Here are the best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases we've found so far.
This Samsung Galaxy S8 case has a translucent cover envelopes the entire phone and provides a see-through window for the time and date, incoming calls, music controls and lock screen notifications. On top of that, it doubles as a stand so you can easily watch movies in landscape mode.
This is Samsung’s fun Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus case that shines LED lights through the translucent cover. There are 54 special icons and you can have limited control over the phone without having to open up the cover.
This is the most standard case Samsung makes. It has a smooth, rubberized feel on the outside and a microfiber interior to keep your phone scratch-free. It protects your phone and gives you several bright color options.
Samsung’s premium Alcantara case feels like suede with a soft, textured material that extends all the way around the phone. You even get a slight lip around the display in order to avoid scratching the front glass when the phone is face down.
This is the weirdest-looking Samsung Galaxy S8 case you can buy. Its style directly contradicts everything we like about the sleek and symmetrical smartphone with two pads that suction onto the top and bottom. The rest of your phone remains vulnerable. Skip this one.
Let your Samsung Galaxy S8 true color and slim design shine through this clear case. It's 0.8mm thin, so there’s not much extra bulk to this bumper case. It's protection without the distraction.Samsung Clear Cover
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus keyboard cover is actually practical with the taller 18.5:9 screen size. It snaps in physical keys and doesn't cover up as much of the display. BlackBerry converts who want more than the may be swayed.
Otterbox makes heavy-duty Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases, so you’re getting drop protection from the incredibly rugged Defender and almost as durable Commuter series. Both have a polycarbonate shell and synthetic rubber slipcover.
Not all Otterbox cases have to be bulky. Look at the Symmetry cover for basic drop protection in a slimmer design, or the Strada series for the same in a leather folio look. The latter has a card slot and a screen cover. Both are also easy to install on and off.
Incipio already has 22 Galaxy S8 cases available (and another 22 for the Galaxy S8 Plus), so here are our favorites: The Carnaby has a soft fabric back that reminds of us Incipio’s stylish backpacks; Stowaway gives you a pocket for up to three credit cards; and Haven provides protection from six-foot drops. Not enough? Incipio also sells two different glitter cases.
There are four Caseology Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases, and they’re all fairly inexpensive. The Caseology Coastline is the company’s basic clear polycarbonate case for minimalists, the Parallax case provide stylish grooves in addition to protection, the Vault I case is meant to be ‘slim armor’ and the Legion case is all about offering rugged protection without compromise.
Speck Galaxy S8 cases
Speck is best at offering Samsung cases with slim designs and just enough protection to get you through your first year or two with the phone (until you trade it in). We like the new Presidio case for exactly that reason. It takes on a slim design, yet offers drop and bezel screen protection. The Speck Presidio Grip, meanwhile, it meant for more impact and, with a no-slip back, hopefully fewer drops.
You can find some fun cases among Casemate’s Galaxy S8 collection already. Skip the ‘Naked Tough Clear’ case and go for one of the three ‘Naked Tough Waterfall’ cases. They send glitter cascading through clear cases, just in case a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch phone didn’t stand out already. Also fun are Casemate’s Karat cases that stick various shiny metal accents (like gold flakes or mother of pearl and silver) inside a case – they just don’t move around.
Lifeproof’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases bring your Android phone up to army grade standards thanks to the military standard 810G-516.6. It’s ready for rough and tumble action and extends the device’s IP68 waterproof capabilities. The company even claims to give it snowproof and drop proof capabilities to boot.
There are six Samsung Galaxy S8 cases from Tech21, with the cheapest being the Pure Clear case and three Evo cases: Evo Active Edition, Evo Check, and Evo Tactical. Tech21’s two card-carrying cases are more more expensive, the Evo Wallet folio case and Evo Go case that has a trap door for your card carrying needs.
These are just the first round of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus cases available with the official release date. There’s definitely more to come.
You’ll notice that there no battery cases being sold just yet. Fear not, there will be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Mophie case, according to the company.
We’ll continue to update this page with more cases as they become available to us.