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Protect your shiny new OnePlus 7T with a shiny new case

OnePlus includes a case in the box for the OnePlus 7T, but let’s face it: it’s thin and kind of bland. It’s great to ensure you have protection from the moment you take the case out of the box, but chances are you’ll want to upgrade to a case with a little more style or substance before long. The case market for the 7T is limited due to its shorter upgrade window, but there are some high-quality cases for this high-quality phone.

Thin grip with style

Spigen Liquid Air

Staff pick

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Spigen may be best known for the Rugged Armor, but walk past it and get the Liquid Air. It’s got a much better grip thanks to the texture all across the back and sides, it’s the same thickness, and it just looks much fresher than the carbon fiber accents.

$12 at Amazon

Official flair

OnePlus Silicone Bumper Case

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While the OnePlus 7T isn’t sold in OnePlus’s signature red, but you can still get that shocking red with this grippy silicone case. If you tend to be a butterfingers, this is the case for you!

$30 at OnePlus

Crystal Clear Durability

Ringke Fusion-X

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This is a divisive look for a case: half my coworkers hate it and the other half love it. If you’re in the Love category, this is a clear case that will protect your phone while still showing it off. I like the Space Blue, but Camo Black looks fierce, too.

$11 at Amazon

Premium Protection

UAG Plasma

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Urban Armor Gear knows how to make cases that can take a beating while still looking awesome. The Plasma series is the clear line of ultra-durable cases, and I’m happy to see it offered for the 7T, though the Monarch’s leather would’ve been awesome, too.

$40 at Amazon

Ready to go beyond?

Mpaltor Waterproof Case

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If you take your OnePlus 7T to the absolute extremes, this is for you! This 360-degree case is said to be waterproof, dirtproof, dustproof, and snowproof, and it even comes with a buoyancy strap for those kayaking adventures.

$20 at Amazon

Clear case, bold accents

Feitenn Transparent Slim Cover

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Available in four colors — blue, black, gray, and red — this clear case is more robust than the one OnePlus gives you in the box while also drawing attention to that big, beefy camera module on the back.

$11 at Amazon

Carry it all in style

Simicoo Thin Wallet

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In the age of digital payments, you don’t really need to carry a wallet around with you — just a couple of cards and maybe some cash. This wallet case will keep things simple, clean, and thin.

$11 at Amazon

Value pick

Qoosea Clear Gel

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If you aren’t a huge fan of the clear case that OnePlus included with the 7T, Qoosea’s clear case is a flexible, affordable alternative that will let you fully show off the 7T’s natural colors.

$5 at Amazon

Thin grip

Anccer Colorful Series

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If you prefer your cases to be ultra-thin, Anccer’s hardshell cases are a lightweight option so long as you don’t constantly swap cases. The color selection is a bit light, but that Gravel Green looks enticing.

$5 at Amazon

Hunting for good cases

Since OnePlus upgrades its models twice as often as most manufacturers, there tend to be fewer cases available for the “mid-year” versions like the 7T. Since OnePlus includes a case in the box to keep you covered until you find something you like, that’s less of a problem, but there’s finally a good supply of quality cases out and widely available for the best-priced flagship phone available right now.

Spigen makes a decent number of cases for OnePlus phones these days, and I’m super happy that the 7T gets the Liquid Air instead of just the Rugged Armor because the Liquid Air has better grip and honestly a better look, too. If you prefer your cases more heavy-duty, we have a waterproof option in the Mpaltor Waterproof Case and a name-brand heavy-duty case in the transparent and totally awesome UAG Plasma, which is a bit pricey but feels great and looks great in the hand.

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