If you want the biggest and best Android phone around, you can’t do much better than the Samsung Galaxy Note8. With a high-res screen, powerful innards, and the return of the S Pen stylus, it’s the hottest phone around right now.
All about the Samsung Galaxy Note8
The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s big flagship phablet - a larger-sized phone that sits somewhere between a phone and a tablet. Its official release date is 15 September, but luckily you can pre-order it before then. Here’s what we know about it so far.
What does it look like?
It looks like this: huge, with shiny curved glass all over it, and a whopping 6.3-inch screen. The display really is a big’un, the largest that Samsung has put out yet, taking up nearly the whole front of the phone and stretching down the sides. It’s Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1440 x 2960px, which is marvellously high and means everything looks nice and crisp.
The stylus - aka the S Pen - is back too. It slips into a hidey hole at the base of the phone, and has been fine-tuned to perfection.
As for colours, you can get the Note8 in a rather nice Deepsea Blue, plus your usual basic (but nonetheless shiny) colours such as silver, gold, and black.
What are the hardware specs?
The Galaxy Note8’s main hardware specs are as follows...
- Camera - There's a 12MP dual-lens camera on the back, one lens of which is wide-angle and the other of which is telephoto. Any pictures you take with this phone will look amazing.
- Processors - The Note8 rocks a high-powered, octa-core affair that can handle intense use, paired with a huge 6GB of RAM.
- Memory - Your internal storage options are either 64GB, 128GB, or a whopping 256GB.
- Battery - We’re looking at a pretty big battery that can charge wirelessly. At 3300mAh, it should last all day.
- Connections - As with most of this year’s flagships, the Note8 charges via a USB Type-C port. And it has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack - hooray!
- Software - As per all of Samsung’s smartphones, the Note8 runs Android - Android 7.1 Nougat, to be precise. That’s overlaid with ‘Samsung Experience’ - previously known as TouchWiz - and includes Bixby 2.0, the updated version of Samsung’s personal assistant.
It doesn’t explode, does it..?
No, it doesn’t. Samsung isolated the cause of the Galaxy Note 7’s nasty issues, and jiggled the Note8’s innards accordingly. Rest assured that the phone has been subject to ultra rigorous testing and is as safe as possible.
How to choose a Samsung Galaxy Note8 deal
To pick the best Samsung Galaxy Note8 deal for you, start by working out what allowance you need. If you’re a light user, you may only need 1GB of data and a few minutes or texts; a medium user might want 3GB or so with a couple thousand minutes; while a power user can get unlimited everything.
There are plenty of other options to choose from too. With our comparison tool, you can pick what colour phone you want, how much memory you need, which networks you like, and more. Select the things that are important to you to narrow down your results.
We recommend sorting the results by total cost. This’ll push the cheapest deals to the top so you can see them more easily.
Once you spot a deal you like, just click on it, and we’ll send you over to the provider so you can sign up. You’ll have your phone in no time.
What’s the cheapest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deal?
The cheapest Note 8 deal is different for everyone, as it all depends on what you need from your phone plan. Here are a few ways you can keep costs down:
- Lower data, minute, and text allowances have lower costs. However, make sure you still pick a tariff high enough to cover your usage - or you’ll end up shelling out more on add-ons every month.
- Pick a budget network. Some smaller providers, often MVNOs such as iD Mobile or giffgaff, charge a lot less than bigger networks.
- Go through a reseller, such as Carphone Warehouse. We show you deals from shops like these too, which buy phones and tariffs in bulk and pass the savings onto you. Read more about resellers here.
- Get a refurbished handset - one that’s been traded in and spruced up ready for a brand new owner. Refurbs aren’t for everyone, but it’s a good option if you want to save money.
Can I get the Galaxy Note 8 with unlimited data?
Just pick ‘unlimited data’ from the tariff section of the sidebar, and we’ll show you any available deals with an unlimited data allowance.
Some rather hefty allowances are available too, which may be a bit cheaper - and give you more choice over which network you choose. You’ll find plans with 20GB of data and beyond, for instance.