11 arguably awesome smartphones with leather (or leather-like) rear covers

11 arguably awesome smartphones with leather (or leather-like) rear covers
Not long ago, Samsung had a little obsession with faux-leather back covers for some of its handsets. And while Samsung may have been the first major smartphone maker to popularize this, other companies have pushed things further, creating handsets that incorporate real leather into their designs. In both cases (real vs. synthetic), most smartphones that use leather have a distinct look compared to other devices on the market.

We wanted to see how many smartphones with leather (or leather-like) backs were out there, and we discovered more than we'd expected. Join us below to take a look at all of them, in chronological order, will you?

Announced in September 2013, the Galaxy Note 3 was the first Samsung handset to use a faux-leather, stitched rear cover. With its 5.7-inch screen, the Note 3 remains the largest (and the only high-end) Samsung smartphone to have that particular stitching on its back.

While earlier Vertu Constellation handsets ran Symbian, the latest model, announced in October 2013, is based on Android. This is a $6,600 luxury smartphone that's built using titanium and real calf leather. As you can see below, the leather covers not just the back, but also a bit of the sides and front of the device. Vertu released the Constellation in five color options, so the leather can come in black, light brown, dark brown, orange, and cherry.

The Galaxy Grand 2 is Samsung's second smartphone to have a faux-leather back. Introduced in November 2013, the Grand 2 is a mid-range device with features that include a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory.

And here's the third Samsung handset that offers a soft, leather-like rear cover: the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Released in early 2014 as a cheaper and less advanced variant of the original Note 3, the Neo is powered by an Exynos 5 Hexa processor, while featuring a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space.

Obviously inspired by Samsung, in May last year Huawei released its own Android smartphone with a faux-leather back cover: the Honor 3X Pro. Available only in China, the Honor 3X Pro features an octa-core MediaTek processor, a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and 2 GB of RAM.

Starting with the Galaxy Note 4 (introduced in September 2014), Samsung gave up on using stitched rear covers, but didn't ditch the leather-like texture. Of course, this is a different texture than those used on the Note 3 and Note 3 Neo, but still imitates leather.

Since it's the curved, asymmetric brother of the Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge has a similar faux-leather texture on the back.

While the Moto X doesn't feature leather by default, for $25 you can pick a leather back for the handset while you're customizing it in Moto Maker. This is real leather we're talking about here, and you can choose between the following colors: red, black, navy blue, natural, and cognac.

Here's another handset that comes dressed in real leather: the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri. It's an expensive, limited edition Android smartphone that will set you back $6,000, but at least its tech specs aren't disappointing (as it often happens with luxury smartphones), including: a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 20 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP front-facing camera. The handset runs Android KitKat, and incorporates a 3400 mAh battery.

Once again, we have real leather here: the luxurious Bellperre Touch can be purchased in buffalo leather, or "American alligator skin," starting at $3,000. Interestingly, the strip of leather that covers the smartphone's area below the screen is touch-sensitive, apparently hiding capacitive keys. That aside, the Bellperre Touch offers a 4.9-inch 720p sapphire crystal display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 8 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory.

As we all know, the LG G4 hasn't been announced yet. But LG's teaser images already confirmed that the handset has some kind of leather on the back (though some variants will apparently feature plastic backs). Moreover, recently leaked images showed that we should expect the rear leather to come in various colors, including black, light brown, dark red, and even yellow. The G4 will be officially announced on April 28.



1. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Did Apple copy the Samsung Grand 2 design? I'm trolling.

2. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

NO, Apple doesn't copy, but everyone copies from Apple!! I am also trolling. But where the heck is the Note 4?

4. isaias

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Just after Huawei Honor 3x Pro and before Note Edge. Scroll down slowly from top.

5. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Wasn't there before, and the title was "9 arguably awesome..." Good thing they updated it quickly.

12. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

apple copied LG Prada in 2006.

3. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

WOW!!!!!!!! LG G4 Looks Amazing

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Yes. Correct. But PA forgot the first smartphone that came with leather- like.. The premium BlackBerry Bold 9000

13. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

100% agree with you. i love that black one. and whenever i got bored i can easily replace it with another back cover with another design. LG did a great job!

6. Phonecall01 unregistered

G4 has my vote this year... ....so far

7. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Nice. But most likely people will house it with a case.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

A plastic case, for your leather case.

11. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

leather case on g4 is an optional you can easily change it whenever you want . whenever you got bored you can replace with another one , another ba

15. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

another back cover with different textures or design.

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Note 4 looks better as leather like back.

14. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

no! note4 looks good only on the photos but in real life it doesn't look and feel good.sorry...

16. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Agree with u #LGisgood

17. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

that's correct my sister owned a note4 and borrowed it sometime just to observed the phone.

18. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Leather-like, faux leather, vegan leather, pleather, leatherette - just say plastic. It's no more leather than metal-like plastic is metal or glass-like plastic is glass. Of the under $1k models, if you want leather, you can get a Moto or LG. And, for the cow's sake, let it go naked (like my Moto X 2nd gen with natural leather).

19. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The Asus Garmin phone also had a genuine leather back.

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