The best thin and light clear Galaxy S8 or S8+cases

Samsung's Clear Cover is a perennial favorite for barely there cases, but there's other fish in the sea

Samsung's Clear Cover is a perennial favorite for barely there cases, but there's other fish in the sea


Samsung unveiled a bunch of cases and intriguing accessories together with the newly-minted Galaxy S8 and S8+. Barring the 2Piece abomination that serves a mysterious purpose, some of those are pretty well thought-out, so you might pick one of the official wrappers to go with your fresh S8. 

That's if you have money to burn, though, as we all know that third-party makers will be filling the value-for-money void in no time with their own cases for the Galaxy S8. Here's a preliminary shortlist of a few worthy thin cases you can get for your precious, and we'll be updating this as more of those hit the tape in the next few weeks and months.


Spigen AirSkin Galaxy S8 ($14.99)


Spigen needs no introduction as an accessory maker, and AirSkin is the thinnest in its case portfolio, created for those who don't want bulk and unsightly covers. The minimalist AirSkin for the S8 and S8+ measures only 0.36mm in thickness, thanks to the enhanced polypropylene build. The AirSkin comes with a frost finish for better fingerprint-resistance, which also offers better, more comfortable grip. It is usually twenty bucks, but Amazon has it for $14.99 at the moment.




What can be more barely there than the original Barely There line by Case-mate you ask? Well, not much, at least until brands like Peel release an S8 case, but Case-mate already have their thin and form-fitting wrapper for the S8 and S8+ in stock, so you will be able to get it before your S8 hits the doorsteps, and the Barely There ultra thin profile will be waiting for the flagship to fall into its soft and loving, but firm embrace.



Samsung Clear Cover ($29.99)


The best thin and light clear Galaxy S8 or S8+cases

Buying an all-glass $750 phone and hiding the shimmering colors in a case is not everybody's cup of tea, but is somewhat inevitable. That is why Samsung has provided its Clear Cover line for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, adding an extra layer of protection, and at the same time showcasing the chassis colors through a thin 0.8mm transparent case that takes the color of your phone hue of choice. Last but not least, the Clear Cover line is Samsung's cheapest, so the case should be about $29.99, like its previous iterations.


OtterBox Galaxy S8 Clearly Protected Skin ($21)


OtterBox is usually associated with its tough and bulky "s**t happens" cases, but did you know it also has a thin skin line? Yep, its Galaxy S8 Clearly Protected Skin is as thin as they come, and offers ultra-thin layer from OtterBox wraps your phone with a precision fit, while the clear case lets admirers marvel at the glass design through the clear, transparent material that offers better grip and enough everyday protection for your precious Galaxy S8 or S8+.



Olixar FlexiShield ultrathin Samsung Galaxy S8 case ($12.99)


How about a 100% clear case that is thin, durable, and won't break the bank for your Galaxy S8? Olixar's FlexiShield ultrathin Galaxy S8 case fits the bill, and then some, as it comes with unique gel material used has a non-slip coating that provides you with extra grip for your phone, which minimizes the chance of dropping your device. The FlexiShield is Olixar's slimmest portfolio, and thus the case keeps the added layer to an absolute minimum for uninterrupted view and feel of your shiny expensive new phone.

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I love clear cases, but they always turn yellow

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1793; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Ringke Fusion cases don't turn yellow. At least the one's I've used haven't...

8. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No, Ringke Fusion cases actually turn brown :)

11. geordie8t1

Posts: 275; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

depends on the colour and the usage, my clear Ringke turned dark grey after about 7-8 mnths of heavy usage, but personally they are still one of the best cases i have come across and this is a tiny sacrifice for having a very slick minimal case, offers plenty of drop protection, freedom across the whole screen and decent port covers, had one for my S6E, S7E and just ordered for my incoming S8+ :-)

2. neron5

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

The function of a case is to protect the device, This type of cases does not protect the device. They are useless.

3. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I personally don't need or want drop protection. When I set my phone down at my desk or on the phone stand I just want to prevent the glass and metal from scratching. These provide more than enough scratch protection, which suits my needs perfectly. And surprisingly the drop protection is pretty good too. Dropped my phone for the first time in a Spigen thin fit case, and only the case showed signs of the drop.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I like using both rugged and thin transparent cases for my device, and it just depends on where I'm going to. If I'll be going to work or a seminar or a conference, then the thin transparent case is what I'll use, as it protects the device from scratches and still reveals the beauty of the phone. But if I'm going to a beack or a picnic or any touristic trip, then I'll definitely use a hard and rugged case for real good protection, since I'll most likely be dropping the device several times when running around and having fun.

13. matty1323

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

@Neron5 - Exactly! I am really good about not dropping my device and when I set it down on any surface anymore I figure it's gonna scratch with the quality materials they use now a days on flagships. I just want something to prevent that and show off the looks of the gorgeous phone itself, so clear cases fit the bill perfectly. With the size of the S8's this year, you dont want bulky, especially on the + because it's already massive.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

From drop it doesn't. But I guess you shouldn't be dropping a phone even with a case. The case is to protect from simple mishandling and fingerprints and scratches.

12. geordie8t1

Posts: 275; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

no a case icomes in all shapes and sizes and functionality, for example you can have an underwater case which offers water protection, a tough case which offers all round protection from heavy duty drop and scratches, cases with stands for media viewing or just minimal cases offering basic scuff and drop protection, i have used these 'useless' cases and they have kept my phone like new from general mild wear and tear

14. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You are mistaken. I have only used thin and light cases on all my phones for more than 4 years now and they have protected my phones perfectly. A case in point was the case I got for the Galaxy Note 4 in October 2014. Since the phone was bigger than any other phone I had owned, I dropped it quite a number of times before I got used to it's size, a couple of times from shoulder height, and I am 6 feet tall. It was in a thin, barely noticeable flexible TPU case. The phone never got scratched, dented, or damaged in any way. Here's further proof: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/gma-investigates-good-cellphone-case-24409214 All you need is the case edges to provide a lip over the edges of the phone such that if you place the phone face downwards, there is a gap between the screen and the surface you have place the phone on. Unless you are planning on hurling your phone at objects, dropping them a few stories, or driving over your phone, thin, barely there cases work just fine.

5. neron5

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I do not agree with Nutcase, if you look at the images, the screen protrudes from the case, so if the S8 falls, the screen is damaged.

6. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Be best to go with some better protection.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Against what? If you plan to drop your device, get 9H glass protectors. That is the best you can do. Or you can go buy an ugly metal backed phone and damages just as easily or worse.

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