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 dared take on the mighty pricing power of the UK's fastest 4G network. Samsung Note 8 deals are back under the £1,000-mark in total over the two-year cost, and our clear Editor's Pick now offers 30GB of data a month instead of 20GB and can't be beaten on price. Trust us when we say that you won't get close to beating that 30GB EE deal on the Note 8
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 and that doesn't 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!
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The best Galaxy Note 8 deals in the UK today:
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | EE | £50 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £36pm
Ok, that's enough. This fight is over. Fonehouse has produced a Galaxy Note 8 deal so good that it's barely worth looking at any others. The monthly bills, upfront price and sub-£1k 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 £914
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Vodafone | FREE upfront | 40GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £58pm
The only way anybody really gets close to EE at the moment is by offering wads of cashback. Here, Mobile Phones Direct will let you claim £372 cashback over the course of the contract if you agree to pay £58 per month. 40GB is loads of data to swim in and there's nothing to pay at the outset. Total cost over 24 months is £1020 (after cashback)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | O2 | FREE upfront | 50GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £49pm
Ok, so EE has everybody beaten to the punch on the Note 8 at the moment and it's hard to imagine anybody matching its best price at the moment. But if your Sportify, 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 still come in at less than £50. Total cost over 24 months is £1176
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Three | £49 upfront | Unlimited data, minutes and texts | £57pm
All-you-can eat data on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 just got a LOT cheaper. Over £200 cheaper, in fact, thanks to Three knocking £9 per month off this unlimited data tariff. 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 £1201
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.
Well the Galaxy Note 8's RRP is £869. Even if you get the cheapest SIM card (usually around £4 a month for 500MB data), that would still cost almost £1,000 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
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
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