Protect your new phone in style!


If you just pre-ordered a sweet new OnePlus 8T (and if not, check out our OnePlus 8T review) you’ll want to make sure you can prevent fingerprints, scratches, and dust. There are literally hundreds of phone cases on the market, but how do you know if you’re buying a delight or a duffer? Allow us to help with our guide to the best OnePlus 8T cases.

As usual, there’s a basic plastic skin in the box – clear vinyl, flexible, snug-fitting, and this year, emblazoned with a ‘frosted“ ‘Never Settle’ slogan running vertically up the right-hand side. It’s a nice touch that makes it more appealing than a simple clear case, but this kind of case offers limited protection considering its covering your sleek new phone’s contours. But what if you want more?

    Official OnePlus 8T Sandstone Case
    The old classic is back. The sandstone is a rigid clip-on case which previous OnePlussers will probably be familiar with. The big attraction of this one is that it has a slightly rough-hewn surface which makes it easier to grip because let’s face it, these smooth phones can be slippery little suckers. The Sandstone case is available in Black or Cyan priced at $25.
    OnePlus 8T Quantum Bumper Case

    Polarizing yet unmissable

    Easily the most divisive of this year’s official cases – the office was split on whether the multi-layered circuit board design, chosen to perfectly match the Aquamarine Green 8T, is ‘the most beautiful case OnePlus has ever done’, or ‘fugly as sin’. Either way, it’s an unmissable design with an ‘easy-grip’ texturing and enhanced impact resistance.
    OnePlus 8T Karbon Bumper Case
    Old faithful of the OnePlus case world, the Karbon is at the top end of the official designs. The familiar hard case with subtle diagonal pin-stripes is designed to add the maximum in knock and drop protection, with the lowest profile, most sympathetic to your sexy new handset. That level of design comes at a premium of course, and the Karbon is available in black only, for $40.
    Otterbox Symmetry 8T Case

    Affordable premium protection

    Otterbox doesn’t always make the most exciting cases, but they’re tough as old boots, and we mean that in the nicest possible way. Largely, the Symmetry is similarly low-profile like the official Karbon case, but with the added bonus of slightly raised edges around the camera and touchscreen, which provides much better protection if, say, your phone lands on its front. Symmetry cases comply with DROP+, which is measured as 3x the protection of a military-grade case, so your phone should be able to survive a few drops. The Otterbox Symmetry is available from Amazon at $38.
    dBrand OnePlus 8T Grip Case

    Perfect for customization

    Once case. Many customizations. That’s the promise with dBrand, offering a 2mm thick case, including a design that encases the side buttons, protecting them whilst leaving more of the screen-free – an important consideration for a near bezel-less device. There are gripping edges down the sides which can be customized to your preferred color from a huge gamut and the whole thing reaches military protection ratings. dBrand also offers skins to be applied directly to the outer casing of your phone, but for full protection, the Grip Case is available for $29.95 for plain black – add $10 extra for colored grips.
    UAG 8T Plasma Series Case
    Under Armor’s phone cases are among the toughest we’ve seen, combining a stiff translucent body with a rigid toughened frame. As a result, they do tend to add a bit of bulk to your phone, but even so, hardly any extra weight. As ever, it complies with Military Grade drop-protection standards and yet, thankfully, doesn’t impact wireless charging or contactless payments. The translucent section is currently available in ‘Ice’ Blue which complements the handset perfectly. If you want big protection and don’t mind making a bigger phone, this OnePlus 8T case should definitely be on your shortlist.
    Olixar OnePlus 8T Leather-Style Wallet Stand Case

    Great value with great features

    The first folio-style case to make our list, we’ve chosen Olixar’s thanks to the company’s track record for producing great value cases without compromising on quality. There are the usual carbon-fiber offerings on offer, but we’ve decided to shine a light on the Wallet Stand, thanks to its imitation leather, three card slots, plus one larger slot of notes or receipts, magnetic clasp, and full compatibility with wireless charging and NFC payments. The whole folio can be rejigged to create a stand for the phone – great for games and watching videos. There are likely to be hundreds of phone cases with almost identical designs, but Olixar has a sterling reputation, so it’s our pick from amongst them. You can pick it up direct from Olixar’s website for around $15
    Simicoo OnePlus 8T Detachable Leather Wallet

    Swiss Army Knife of Cases

    It’s very easy to get lost amongst a sea of products that more or less look the same. This cowhide leather Simicoo product breaks that mold spectacularly with what we can only describe as a ‘handbag’ (or ‘manbag’). The phone is kept in a matching slimline case that tucks into a specially designed slot in the wallet section. That wallet section is no slouch – there are 11 slots to cover everything from notes and credit cards to your earbuds. There’s also a magnetic clasp, whilst the crucial pockets have zippers and there’s still room for the whole thing to become a kickstand. It won’t show off your phone, but if you want an all-in-one solution for your stuff, this could be perfect. It’s available in a choice of Blue, Black, Brown or Red (which is actually pink).
    Tereyi OnePlus 8T Ultra-Slim Patterened Silicone Case

    Best for Style over Substance

    We chose this one purely to show you that not all cases for the OnePlus 8T are one color! These Tereyi cases are simple, transparent silicone cases, similar to the one you’ll find in the box with your phone. But if you don’t want to walk around for the next year with ‘Never Settle’ across the back of your phone, there are six decal designs to choose from – baby elephants, pandas, kittens, and of course the ubiquitous ‘Live Laugh Love’ slogan. Not the highest spec cases on this list, more one for the Insta-crowd. If that’s you, hit up Amazon where they’re around $15.

Our favorite pick of all the cases is the OnePlus 8T Karbon Bumper case. The Karbon series has been around since the early days of OnePlus and it’s proven consistently to be reliable. If you have slippery fingers and couldn’t transport an egg in the egg-and-spoon race at school, you’ll want to pick up the Otterbox Symmetry Case. If you want something a bit more unique, check out the Simicoo Detachable Leather Wallet!

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