The best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals for Black Friday 2018

So the Galaxy Note 9 is now here, putting the 8 in the shade. Right? Well that's the theory. But the 2017 model is so damned good - and so much cheaper than its successor - that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals are still well worth a look. And it's still getting cheaper!

EE has had Galaxy Note 8 deals locked down for some time now. No other network has generally dared take on the mighty pricing power of the UK's fastest 4G network. - although some O2 tariffs have finally emerged in a similar ballpark. Samsung Note 8 deals are now under the £900-mark in total over the two-year contract , and our clear Editor's Pick now offers 30GB of data a month instead of 20GB and can't be beaten on price.

The Note 8 is still never going to be your go-to option if you're on a tight budget, however. It's a Goliath of a smartphone, both in terms of sheer size and internal power. It's got the screen size and specification smarts to be a competitor to the much lauded iPhone X or iPhone's new massive iPhone XS Max and neither of those come cheap. But there are now some excellent Note 8 deals floating around. Check out our comparison chart and handpicked favourite Note 8 deals below.

It might seem a tad unfair, but we can't not mention the Galaxy Note 7 debacle when talking about its successor. Samsung's 2016 aborted project due to overheating and fire risks means that we've had to wait two years for a fully functioning Note-branded phablet from the South Korean tech behemoth. But we can now move forward from that chapter in tech history - the Note 8 is well and truly here!

Our top 5 best Galaxy Note 8 deals in the UK today:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | O2 | FREE upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
Finally another network has stood up and challenged EE's might on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This has come from nowhere from Mobile Phones Direct to become the cheapest Note 8 deal out there. It's terrific value, considering that you get a tasty 15GB of data each month and unlimited everything else. Plus a taste of those O2 Priority rewards. Real nice. Total cost over 24 months is £816

View this cheap Galaxy Note 8 deal at Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | EE | FREE upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £36pm
Mobile Phones Direct has produced a Galaxy Note 8 deal so good that it's barely worth looking at any others -we think it even beats O2's best effort. The monthly bills, upfront price and sub-£900 total cost are extraordinary enough for this gigantic phone anyway, but when you consider that you get an incredible 30GB of data every month it becomes stratospheric. This is THE Note 8 deal to go for. Total cost over 24 months is £864

View this Galaxy Note 8 deal at Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Vodafone | FREE upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £42pm
Sorry Vodafone fans, you favourite network just can't compete with the other networks on the Note 8. In fact, it appears to be getting worse. This is the best of a bad bunch - even a quick glance at what else is out there condemns this. But still, at least there's nothing to pay upfront and 16GB is a nice place to be for data. Total cost over 24 months is £1,008

View this Note 8 deal at Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | O2 | FREE upfront | 50GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £40pm
If your Spotify, Netflix and podcast habits require even more data, then this is a very good tariff to jump to. We can barely envisage how anybody would really need more than 50GB of data every 30 days. And the monthly payments come as low as £40, with £25 cashback coming your way for good measure. Total cost over 24 months is £960

View this Galaxy Note 8 deal at Mobile Phones Direct

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Three | £79 upfront | Unlimited data, minutes and texts | £61pm
Darn...Three's all-you-can eat data Samsung Note 8 deal reduction just came to an end, so the price has just jumped by around £200 over the two year term again. But Three is the only network that can offer uncapped data, so you have no option but to sign up with this deal if it's all-you-can-eat that you crave. Total cost over 24 months is £1,543

View this deal direct from Three

Should I get the Galaxy Note 8 SIM free?

You must be somebody after our own heart. Always looking to see how you can trim a few pounds off your new favourite gadget. As you probably know, you can now pick up cheap SIM only deals for as little as £4 a month, which could make it worth buying a SIM and handset separately.

The Galaxy Note 8's RRP has dropped massively recently to £669. That is much cheaper than it used to be but you will still be putting up a big chunk of money upfront. Even if you get the cheapest SIM card (usually around £4 a month for 500MB data), that would still cost near to £800 over the two years. You're probably better cranking up the upfront cost in our price comparison chart above, imposing a low maximum for monthlies and finding a cheaper deal in the long run.

To get the best price on your new SIM free Galaxy, you can head to our cheapest unlocked Note 8 deals page.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review and key specifications

Massive in dimensions and quality

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 6.3-inches | Resolution: 2960 x 1440 Quad HD+ | Rear camera: 12MP dual lens | Weight: 195g | OS: Android 7.1.1 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128/256GB | External storage: microSD up to 256GB | Battery: 3300mAh

Reasons to Buy
Incredible Infinity display
Best Samsung camera on a phone
So powerful
Reasons to Avoid
Battery life could be better

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Well the fervour for the Note 8 is probably doubled due to the fact that the Note 7 was pulled from shelves soon after release. But it doesn't take more than one look at the Note 8 to see that it justifies the hype.

The huge 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display,’ is gorgeous to look at, the 6GB RAM innards go like a train and there are two best-in-class rear cameras. It's expensive, but we think the Note 8 is worth it. 

Read TechRadar's full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review