This is the official Galaxy Note 8 Alcantara case and it's... different
Now, if you're not familiar with the material, Alcantara is a brand of synthetic fabric similar to suede in texture and appearance, but more durable and resistant to stains or water than its natural counterpart. Because of these properties, it is not uncommon to see Alcantara covering the interior of premium sports cars like those from Porsche and Lamborghini. Official Samsung Alcantara cases were also launched for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
However, we have a feeling that Samsung picked the exotic material mainly because it stands out right away – it gives you a feeling of exclusivity in a world where 9 out of 10 phone cases are made of uninspiring plastic, with sophistication rarely a priority. This isn't a case meant only to protect. It is a status symbol. And in a way, it is kind of like those silly Moschino french fries cases, but for grown-ups.
Does it look and feel good? Well, we're sure opinions will be polar. On one hand, some will dig the coarse texture of Alcantara simply because of its unorthodox nature. Others would see it as a terrible match for the Galaxy Note 8's glass-and-metal design. But the grip and the soft feel make the fabric likeable from a practical standpoint. And since the shell is hard and rigid on the inside, we're sure it will survive more than a few drops on the pavement.