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You'll probably have to save up a lot of cash to afford the Galaxy Note 8

Samsung's next trick looks likely to be the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 sometime in August or September or thereabouts, and we just got word of how much the super-sized phablet is likely to cost the eager punters ready to pick it up... and it's a lot.

VentureBeat reports that Samsung is slapping a €999 price tag on the phone, which based on our quick calculations works out at £875, US$1,120 and AU$1,475. However, we rarely see straight currency conversions on handsets, and VentureBeat's Evan Blass says the Note 8 will retail for around US$925 in the States.

Blass has a long and distinguished record of accurate phone leaks so we would expect his predictions to be pretty on the money, as it were. That €999 would make the Galaxy Note 8 the most expensive smartphone Samsung has ever pushed out, and it means only those with deep pockets will be able to afford one.

Attention to details

While the €999 figure raises the bar for expensive phones, we were always expecting the Note 8 to cost a substantial amount of cash based on previous models - last year's Galaxy Note 7 was on sale at $850/£749/AU$1,349 after all, before it was recalled.

The VentureBeat report also mentions the 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, and a camera that features two 12-megapixel lenses. The S Pen stylus will again be included to help distinguish the Note 8 from the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, launched earlier this year.

According to Blass' sources, the Note 8 will have a fingerprint sensor around the back of the device, like the S8 phones, and will be available in black, blue, and gold at launch. None of this is 100% confirmed yet, but it's getting close to being certain.

David Nield

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. On TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables.