While many companies are simply rebranding their existing iPhone 7/7 Plus cases as new models, there’s no mistaking which manufacturers have offerings for the new iPhone X, so we’ve rounded up the best for your consideration if you’re planning to upgrade this November. Most of these companies are well ahead of the curve, so you’ll have lots of time to decide which case options are best of you, and in fact could even have an iPhone X case in your hands weeks before you actually have an iPhone X to put into it.
Venerable case maker Speck has released Presidio Ultra ($50), which the company is billing as its toughest and most rugged case yet. It’s been drop-tested up to 15 feet and features four layers of protection, 360 degree port coverage, and dirt and dust resistance. It’s a two-piece case with the Presidio base that provides ten-foot drop protection for everyday use with an Impactium Ultra Bumper that you can add to take the protection up an extra notch. Speck’s other new case, Presidio Metallic ($45), provides a sophisticated, shimmering design with ten-foot drop protection. Both new cases are also available for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and are backward compatible with prior iPhone models.
Urban Armor Gear has updated its lineup for the iPhone X as well, ranging from its minimalist Plyo ($40) to its premium Monarch ($60) that provides double the military standard for drop and shock protection.
X-Doria is offering its Defense Clear ($25), Defense Shield ($30), Defense Lux ($40) and Dash ($35) cases for the iPhone X, along with its Defense Glass ($15) screen protector. We’ve seen a lot of these cases before, but they’ve been updated to the size and camera cutout specifications of the iPhone X. The company has already sent us samples that we’ll be taking a closer look at once we get our hands on an iPhone X. They’re all currently available on the company’s website.
Users looking for a case for their outdoor adventures will appreciate that Catalyst has already announced its Impact Protection Case for the iPhone X ($40), with a new design that increases the drop protection to 9.9 feet (3m). It’s available for pre-order now and expected to ship in September.
New offerings from tech21 include Evo Check Evoke Edition ($50) provides an evocative bold floral design with a three-layer protection system to provide 10-foot drop protection and Pure Clear ($40) is a minimalist, highly transparent case that’s ultra-thin and light while still providing 6.6-foot drop protection. They also have their Evo Glass tempered glass screen protector available, promising durable screen protection with only 4mm of extra thickness.
Silk has updated its entire lineup of Smartish cases for the iPhone X, including Vault Slim Wallet ($15), Q Card Case ($25), Base Grip ($12), Silk Armor ($20), Pureview ($15), and Folio Wallet ($15, shown).
Nodus is offering its Access ($60) and Shell ($60, pictured above) cases for the iPhone X, now available for pre-order and expected to ship in November. The Access is a folio-style case that suctions to the device while the Shell is a more traditional case that includes a magnetic back for easy mounting to anything metal. Both styles are made from vegetable tanned Italian leather.
Just Mobile’s TENC ($25) transparent case claims to be “self-healing”, while the Quattro Air ($35) features air cushions to make for a softer landing when you inevitably drop your phone. Those are available in black, blue, and pink and start shipping Sepember 30th.
Case-Mate’s offerings are clearly aimed at the female crowd, with the Compact Mirror Case ($60) featuring a mirror for makeup application and the Karat Petals ($60) made with actual dried flowers inside the case for a one-of-a-kind look.