Samsung introduced the Galaxy S8 Alcantara cover for Galaxy S8 and S8+. These are the first Android phone cases made with the premium material of Alcantara.
Although Alcantara is not new, but an Android phone case made by Alcantara is new to most users.
This Galaxy S8 accessories guide explains what is Alcantara, the advantages (and disadvantages) of Galaxy S8 Alcantara cover and whether such Alcantara covers are the right case for your Galaxy S8 and S8+.
What is Alcantara in Galaxy S8 Alcantara Cover for Galaxy S8 and S8+?
Alcantara actually refers to 3 related and different entities:
- Alcantara is a proprietary synthetic composite material.
- Alcantara is the trademark of this material.
- Alcantara is the company manufacturing this material and owning the trademark. The full name of the company is Alcantara S.p.A.
For Galaxy S8 Alcantara cover, we are interested in the “material” of Alcantara.
Alcantara was developed by a Japanese scientist in early 1970s. The recipe is still a secret and only Alcantara S.p.A. produces and distributes the material.
Alcantara emulates the organic material of suede, but offers greater stain and abrasion resistance than suede.
Instead of offering one “material”, Alcantara can be easily customized in color, thickness, technical properties (e.g., water repellence, fire retardancy and breathability), and surface finishing (e.g., printing, embossing, embroidery and electro-welding).
In short, Alcantara feels like suede with even better abrasion resistance and durability, and more customization options.
In many high-end cars, Alcantara were used in spots which were susceptible to stains. You can also find Alcantara in yachts, airplanes, furnitures, consumer electronics (e.g., Sennheiser’s Momentum On-Ear headphone and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover) and accessories.
Advantages of Galaxy S8 Alcantara Cover for Galaxy S8 and S8+
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