Remember that odd plastic piece on the back of the Nexus 10? You could remove the part and replace it with a smart cover that remains physically attached to your device. Well, if you've wanted that same action on your Galaxy S III or Note II, now's your chance. Samsung's protective flip covers are going on sale.


Much like on the Nexus 10, these accessories will require that a part be entirely replaced in favor of an always-attached case. Only this time, it's the battery cover. As you can see in the pictures above, this flip cover is embedded in the rear of the phone and folds over to cover the screen. It's a nice way to ensure your protection is never out of reach. On the other hand, you'll have to commit to having a flappy piece of plastic around whenever you use your phone.

The flip covers are available for $39.99 or, if you buy your phones in bulk, you can also get two covers of multiple colors for $49.99, or four for $99.99.

Update: It looks like these covers have been out for a while. The color bundles are new, however.

Source: Samsung

Add Style and Color to the Samsung Galaxy Note® II, Samsung Galaxy S® III with the Protective Flip Cover

Why Choose Just One? Customers Can Purchase Flip Cover Bundles During Holiday Season

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States1 – is giving U.S. Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III users the ability to customize Samsung’s newest iconic smartphones with its Protective Flip Cover, a unique case solution available in an array of vibrant colors. In addition, Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III owners will be able to purchase bundles of Protective Flip Covers in multiple colors at a discounted price.

Fashionable, Premium Design

Samsung’s unique Flip Cover design was introduced alongside the original Galaxy Note® and again with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Now, just in time for holiday shopping, the launch of the Galaxy Note II on five major carriers brings this premium accessory to users in seven stylish color options – Titanium Gray, Marble White, Light Blue, Pink, Mint, Lime Green, and Orange. With the option to purchase a bundle of Flip Covers in a variety pack of colors, Galaxy Note II customers can change Flip Covers to match any occasion or outfit, just like jewelry, hats, and other fashion accessories.

The Samsung Protective Flip Cover is a one-piece folding design with a stylish front cover and glossy snap-on back. While the front flap of the Flip Cover shields the 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display of the Galaxy Note II from pesky fingerprints, scratches, and dirt, the back of the accessory snaps on to replace the phone’s back battery cover. This distinctive design provides additional protection to the screen while retaining the slim profile of the Galaxy Note II. The Protective Flip Cover also enhances the overall look and feel of the Galaxy Note II with a design that perfectly complements the smartphone’s narrow form factor.

Practical for Everyday Use

In addition to protecting the screen when closed, there is no need to remove the Protective Flip Cover to access the phone’s side buttons or jacks, since the cover was designed never to interfere with normal phone functions. With the Flip Cover attached to the Galaxy Note II, all ports, buttons, and microphones are easily accessible, allowing the user to make phone calls and use the speaker phone even when the Flip Cover is closed.

Additionally, the fold over design of the Flip Cover offers privacy for users wanting to text or email discretely without the risk of wandering eyes nearby, while also improving screen viewing quality in bright sunlight by conveniently offering shade at a variety of angles.

The Galaxy Note II Protective Flip Cover is available for $39.99 each at Samsung.com, and is also available in multicolored bundle options of four covers for $99.99, or two covers for $49.99 on Samsung.com. Galaxy S III Protective Flip Covers are currently sold separately for $39.99 and will also be available in multicolored bundle options for $99.99 (four colors) and $49.99 (two colors)2.

Galaxy Note II Option A: Marble White, Titanium Gray, Light Blue, Orange
Galaxy Note II Option B: Pink, Marble White, Light Blue, Lime Green

Galaxy S III Option A: Pebble Blue, Lime Green, Light Blue, Orange
Galaxy S III Option B: Marble White, Pink, Light Blue, Yellow

For more information: Visit us at www.facebook.com/samsungmobileusa

Samsung, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S and HD Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • James Crenshaw

    I just realized how is this gonna work when taking a picture?

    • Tommy Thompson

      If you honestly can't figure that out, then you shouldn't have a smartphone either.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        is the answer "not well" ?

        • Drew Snyder

          You could easily let the cover bit hang down as you take the picture... or am I missing something on how the camera works?

          • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

            Yeah, I guess that's the thing -- it will always be dangling there. If you shoot in portrait orientation, it will be swinging around even more.

          • Andrew Kachaniwsky

            This is what I do regularly.. with my S3 or my Note1 or my new Note2... flip covers on all 3, and I just let them hang open when taking pictures.

            Really not seeing the issue here.

      • shojus

        I think that is a perfectly acceptable question... Do YOU own one of these cases? Cause they suck pretty bad!! Bad quality and taking pictures with them is NOT fun so this is not a case for everyone and it's STILL overpriced!

    • Mark

      Gotta flip the cover outward/out of the way. Makes taking pictures not impossible but very awkward. Cutouts in the flap for the camera and flash wouldn't have killed them. Maybe look silly when closed in front though. I'd just hate pulling my phone out of my pocket when it's ringing and having to flip the cover forward before I could answer. For a tablet, great, for a phone, not practical/feasible.

    • Andrew Townsend

      awkwardly, but a small price to pay for the added protection. time taking photos vs time screen could be scratched whilst in pocket/bag etc? easy tradeoff

    • Simon Liu

      What's so hard about holding the cover too? Unless you're captain hook, holding the cover while taking pictures should actually help stabilize it in any orientation.

  • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

    Is this a smart cover that turns off the screen when its flipped closed? With the magnets and whatnot?

    • DeN

      No there is no magnet whatsoever at the flip, your screen, there will a little gap between the flip cover and screen if you don't press the cover

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I keep wanting to like these, but it seems like that flappy piece of plastic will just get in the way more than anything, especially w/o cutouts in the front cover for the camera.

    • Mark

      I have the Note II and was considering a flip cover but read reviews and the #1 complaint was how difficult it made using the camera. I went with a black rugged case with built in kickstand and a seperate holster. Works well.

    • Nathan Budd

      I have one, and whilst I appreciate the protection, the flapping cover does get on my nerves. Wouldn't be an issue if apps fully rotated so the cover could sit on the other side of the screen.

      Also won't do much if dropped.

      • etotheo

        I've also have one of these for my SIII since day one (maybe 6 months now). I like it and appreciate the screen protection that it give while in my pocket/bag/etc. And your right, it won't do much for drop protection...

        Using the camera is a painless procedure though not ideal. You get used to it.

        Two things that I would change; a small hole for the LED notifications and an imbedded magnet for power on/off. OK maybe three - where is the black case?

  • D.

    Still no mention of the much touted wireless charging capability ...

    • Tommy Thompson

      That's what I'm waiting for!

  • DeN

    this has been available since forever at my country, be warned, the flip does not have some sort of magnet to close the cover to phone, there will be a bit gap between the flip cover and the phone

    • Tommy Thompson

      They have been available here too, these are just new colors.

  • Andres

    The issue with this covers is that the notification light is hidden!

  • Matthew Gonzales

    These have been out for a while now. I've had one on my note 2 that was available for purchase even before the device was released. How is this news?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The bundles are new, apparently. Samsung's press release wasn't clear on that.

      • krazyfrog

        Actually, these are new. The previous ones had a glossy back whereas these have a soft touch back, same as the flap. This makes more sense as the glossy back of the previous flip cover would get scratched just as easily as the standard back cover.

  • Mike Toczek

    The title is a bit misleading. The flip covers for the SIII have been out for a while, they are only adding the color bundle option for them now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Samsung's press release was a bit misleading, Eric has updated the title and the post with what's actually new now.

      • Simon Liu

        The bundles have been around at least since the holiday sales started. Tried and failed to use the accessories coupon on one.

      • Mike Toczek

        Yeah, I meant the Samsung one as well. Not your guys' fault :)

  • Schorse

    And again no hole for the notification light...

    I have this

    on my SIII now, but its of really poor quality, the front cover separates at the edges...

    Maybe the new one is better?

  • David N

    I got this with my Galaxy Note 2 that I got a few days ago and it works fairly well so far. I was afraid that normal screen protectors might affect the precision of the pen (no idea if it does or not, haven't seen any reviews testing it) so I decided to try this flip cover for now.
    It doesn't have any magnets to turn off the screen when you close it. The hole for the speaker means you can have it closed while speaking on the phone (but of course you need to open it when making or answering a call since you need to use the touchscreen. They are lying about one thing in the info above, it does block one thing. The volume buttons can't be pressed with the cover closed which might be annoying if you want to change the volume during a call and you have the cover closed during the call. Other than that I'm happy with it so far.

    • Simon Liu

      Its pretty easy topress the volume buttons through the felt. It's not even very hard to feel the top and bottom ends of the volume rocker.

  • Matthew Fry

    Read reviews on the Samsung website. From what I could gather the flip cover case (at least for the SGSIII) doesn't have a magnet and doesn't protect much at all.

  • Simon Liu

    All of these have been on the store before. I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't use my 50% off accessories coupon on these bundles.

  • marcusmaximus04

    "Remember that odd plastic piece on the back of the Nexus 10? You could remove the part and replace it with a smart cover that remains physically attached to your device."

    Now if only I could actually buy one of those covers.... Been looking everywhere.

  • http://twitter.com/leecasey Lee Casey

    This is old? These have been around since the phones release.

  • SoWhy

    I'd love to try that but $40 is too expensive imho

  • John

    I'd advise strongly against buying these cases. When my family got their S III's, we lasted a month before they started to fray at the edges, and were soon torn apart. It also makes the camera a bit hard to use. Save your money, and buy something like the PureGear PX360. You can find these for as cheap as 20 dollars, it's quite protective, and honestly I've found it as a conversation piece. I love it. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I'm ordering one right now, since my last one broke (fell on it in an awkward position, so the C-clip area broke off.)

  • Abhimanyu Seth

    Has anyone tried these flip covers? I just want to confirm they come with NFC on the back panel, right?

  • lowa

    I thought I would not like the flap hanging around, but it is actually not a problem. The cover doesn't interfere with the function of the phone at all, because it folds back. The only issue is when taking pictures, that's when the flap is more evident. Overall it looks good and it keeps the screen clean.