Apple's pricey iPhone X gets a befitting new leather case

Needless to say, $999 is a lot to splurge on a phone, but it seems that flagship prices closing in on a grand are becoming the norm this year, rather than the exception, judging by the best and brightest that Apple or Samsung have to offer. The unique new iPhone X costs a thousand, for Apple has to recoup the development expenses and component costs that go with it, and even then it will be left with a slimmer profit than usual, say Wall Street analysts. 

So, what’s a phone maker to do when it’s not hitting the usual hearty gross margin on the iPhone X, as …


Will my iPhone 7/Plus case fit the new iPhone 8/Plus? Apple thinks so

The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come slightly taller, wider and thicker than their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus predecessors. The differences, however, are a fraction of an inch, so if you have been wondering whether your old case will fit the new phones, it probably will, at least according to Apple’s official accessory page. We just took a peak, and there the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cases are listed as compatible with the 7 and 7 Plus. Oh, the joy. 

Not only Apple’s, but also all third-party wrappers from Otterbox and others are also listed as compatible with both phone …

Spigen's case lines updated to cover the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X

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Well, folks, the new iPhones are here — the 8, the 8 Plus, and the coveted, thin-bezelled X! And Apple is back to the glass backs this year around with the purpose of bringing wireless charging to its phones. With it, we get two things — shiny looks and slippery grip! And the iPhones, especially the iPhone X, are an expensive thing to just drop, right?

So, it’s …

This is the official Galaxy Note 8 Alcantara case and it's… different

Along with the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung introduced a range of official Note 8 cases meant to protect the 1000-dollar handset – cases ranging from thin and light to thick and rugged. We had the chance to check them out while test-driving the Galaxy Note 8, and while most of them were conventional and straightforward with their design, this particular case type felt different. Very different. The one in question is the Galaxy Note 8 Alcantara case.

Now, if you’re not familiar with the material, Alcantara is a brand of synthetic fabric similar to suede in texture …

Shiny iPhone 8 prototype fits in an iPhone 8 case… then gets sized vs iPhone 7

There have been many concept images, case maker renders, and even rough dummy units of the iPhone 8 circulating in the last few weeks, as is customary when an Apple handset announcement nears. This year, however, it’s different. We’ve been inundated with so many preliminary depictions of how the iPhone 8 would look like, including (gasp) a leak by Apple itself, that the design has now moved away from the guesswork stage, and hit the best-prototype-to-rule-them-all level.

One such prototype of the iPhone 8 chassis that has the most chances to be announced next …

Expect Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to come with a transparent case in some countries

With only two weeks left until the official reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, new details about the upcoming flagship continue to surface. The latest news concerns the sales packages of the phablet, which is said to include an accessory that was also included with the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition: a transparent case.

The Korean media reports Samsung will add for the first time a case made of transparent plastic in the Galaxy Note 8 retail package. The case should cover the back and sides of the smartphone and protect it from scratches.

The case is already being manufactured by 3 …

Alleged Pixel XL 2 case compared to original Pixel and Galaxy S8 – yeah, it's big

So, it has been reiterated time and again by the rumor mill that we will be seeing a Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 — a compact and a super-sized flagship by Google, just like last year. It’s expected that they will have the new 18:9 display ratio, which seems to be hip and cool in 2017, and it’s still unclear how that would impact their physical sizes.

A series of images compare a Galaxy S8 and a 2016 Pixel to what is allegedly a case for the upcoming Pixel XL 2. Now, that’s all well and good, and you can take a look at the photos below, but we couldn’t help but notice a headphone jack cutout on …

Galaxy Note 8 leaks again in case maker renders, Arctic Silver version included

Back when the first color versions leak of the Galaxy S8 came our way, we couldn’t help but notice the funky names that Samsung chose for the hues – Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver. That last Arctic Silver version will apparently be present as a color layer on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, as well, if the leaked case maker renders above holds water. It will probably join the obligatory black and grey versions, as well as that Blue Coral that so many seem to be fond of. Will Samsung ever release a pinkish Note 8, or a brand new color altogether, remains …

Do you prefer a battery case or a power bank?

Smartphones are amazing — snappy computers right in our pockets, which can deliver connectivity, games, media, or produce a camera on demand. For all their awesome features, users will agree that smartphones still lack in one area — battery life. Truth be told, there’s only so much battery the manufacturers can stuff inside an elegant smartphone’s body, at least with today’s technologies.

So, if you are an avid smartphone user or one that takes trips regularly, you probably have some sort of portable battery at the ready. There are two main choices to go for — a powerbank, which can get …

Take a look at what supposedly is a clear case for the Google Pixel 2


Google hit a home run with its 2016 launch of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Manufactured by HTC, Google designed the phones. Of the two different variants of the device, the 128GB Pixel XL had trouble staying in stock. Overall, demand for the phone was strong enough for Google to get to work on producing a sequel to be released later this year. The latest rumor has Google on track to offer a Google Pixel 2, but it could replace a Pixel XL 2 with a brand new larger-sized phone.

To go even further, the Pixel sequel code named “Walleye” could be accompanied by a larger sized phablet …