Samsung’s flagship phablet Galaxy Note 8 is officially here. No more leaks and rumors. Samsung has revealed everything about the device. Weeks before the Note 8 unveiling, the rumor mill had leaked almost all the features of the device. One thing the rumor mill couldn’t accurately predict was the Galaxy Note 8, though it came pretty close to the official figure. If you are looking to buy Galaxy Note 8, you might be wondering how much different carriers are going to charge you.
The Note 8 is up for pre-order, and would hit the store shelves on September 15th. All the major carriers in the US have started taking pre-orders for the phablet in Orchid Gray and Midnight Black color options. The official price is $930, and Samsung is giving away some free goodies to pre-orders customers. You can either get a free Gear 360 camera or a Galaxy Foundation Kit that includes a convertible wireless charger and a 128GB microSD card. You’ll get these freebies regardless of the carrier you choose.
If you want to purchase the Note 8 from one of the major carriers, here’s what it is going to cost you.
Buy Galaxy Note 8 from AT&T
The telecom giant will be selling the phablet at $31.67 per month for 30 months. That’s a total of $950. However, AT&T is offering a bunch of exciting deals on Note 8 pre-orders on top of Samsung’s freebies. The carrier is giving you $500 towards an online purchase of Samsung TV if you buy on AT&T Next and add DirecTV. AT&T also offers $750 in credits towards the purchase of another Galaxy phone when you buy it on AT&T Next and have a DirectTV.
AT&T has more offers in store for the Note 8 pre-order customers. You can get a Samsung Gear S2 for just $0.99 or the Gear S3 for $49.99 on a two-year contract. Potential buyers can also get up to $200 in credits by trading in an eligible smartphone. AT&T’s offers appear complicated. If you want simple plans, head over to Verizon.
Note 8 on Verizon
Verizon has the simplest plan out there, though it’s a bit more expensive than others. If you want to purchase an unlocked version of the Note 8, you’ll have to shell out $960 upfront. Alternatively, you can choose to pay $40 per month for 24 months with its installment plan. The carrier has no other offers. Yes, you’ll still get your free Gear 360 camera or convertible wireless charger and a 128GB microSD card because these freebies are offered by Samsung, not Verizon.
Buy Galaxy Note 8 from T-Mobile
The Uncarrier’s plans are a little cheaper than AT&T and Verizon. If you want an unlocked version, you’ll be paying the full retail price of $930. You can also choose to pay $210 down and $30 per month for 24 months (Equipment Installment Plan). Under T-Mobile’s Jump plan, you can buy Galaxy Note 8 by paying $0 down and $39 per month for 24 months.
Galaxy Note 8 on Sprint
Sprint was a little late to the pre-order party. Customers who switch to Sprint will get flat 50% off the lease price, and will pay just $20 per month with $0 down with 18 Sprint Flex payments. It is selling the phablet for $960 at full retail. With its Galaxy Forever offer, Sprint is also giving you the option to upgrade to the latest Galaxy model after 12 Sprint Flex payments.
Where else to buy the Galaxy Note 8?
If you are not interested in carrier offers, one of the best places to get the device is Best Buy. The retailer is giving you $150 discount on the full retail price of $930. It’s on top of Samsung’s promotional offer of a free Gear 360 camera or a 128GB microSD card and a wireless charger. Best Buy also has a 24-month plan if you do not want to pay the entire amount upfront.
You can also pre-order the device directly from Samsung.com. The Korean company is selling the Note 8 at $930. It also has a 24-month plan at $38.75 per month. Target and Walmart will also be taking pre-orders for the Note 8.
Galaxy Note 8 specifications
The phablet has a giant 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display with almost no bezels. It comes with a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440). Samsung has included an App Pair feature that lets users launch two apps simultaneously from shortcuts on the Edge panel. You can run YouTube and Gmail on the screen at the same time. The S Pen stylus has not changed much, though.
It runs the same Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipset (depending on the market) that Samsung used in the Galaxy S8. The Note 8 packs 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage further expandable via a microSD card. Some markets will get the phone with 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. It has a 3,300mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than the 3,500mAh battery on the Galaxy S8 Plus.
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an IP68 rating for water-resistance, fast wireless charging, DeX support, an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition for security. Samsung has added a dual camera system on the back of Galaxy Note 8. You’ll find a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/1.7 aperture, the same lens that Samsung used on the Galaxy S8. But the Note 8 also has a 12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. Both the lenses support optical image stabilization. The Note 8 has an 8MP camera on the front for selfies.
The Galaxy Note 8 was one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017, mainly because it’s the true successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The Note 8 will be competing against Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone 8 and Google’s upcoming Pixel 2. The iPhone 8 will have a radical new design, and is expected to launch next month. The Google Pixel 2 is said to be announced on October 5th. Anticipation for the Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 could affect the purchase decisions of people looking to buy Galaxy Note 8.