If the Samsung Galaxy S8 felt a little too small, and even the S8 Plus wasn’t gonna cut it for you, perhaps this dazzling mammoth of a device can satiate your desire for a handheld monolith. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is available for pre-order ahead of its official release date of September 22.
The Note 8 is the successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which launched in 2016 and was recalled (for the first time) within only a month due to its battery catching fire. Many of the Note 7’s desirable traits have carried over to this release — the phablet form factor with a larger screen (6.3-inch), some beefier internal specs, the inclusion of an S-Pen stylus — but here’s hoping Samsung have left the battery issues behind. You can check out our hands-on review here.
If this sounds like your dream handset, then you’ve come to the right page. Pre-orders are live as of August 25 and we’ve sifted through all the offers to find the best ones available. If you’re after a saving on the handset itself then you can grab it alongside a free wireless charger (otherwise valued at $119) if you buy from Samsung’s online store or alternatively, check out our hand-picked Note 8 pricing and pre-orders page. But if you don’t mind waiting a little, you could check out Australia’s Black Friday Sales and nab yourself a bargain, but otherwise scroll down for the best offers with network providers.
Have a browse of our pricing and pre-orders page
The best overall value Galaxy Note 8 deals in Australia
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and text | $300 international calls and texts | $99pm
If you want to balance a bit of everything in your plan, Virgin Mobile has the solution for you. With a $99 a month plan, you can grab a monster 16GB of data and not even have to use it when streaming Spotify, Google Play Music, or iHeartRadio. You’ll also get unlimited national talk and text and $300 worth of included international calls and texts. Total cost over 24 months is $2,376
View this deal: at Virgin Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | 750 minutes international calls | $110pm
Optus currently have a killer saving on their 30GB data plan, bringing the cost down from $130 a month $110 a month, but hurry as this ends September 4. 30GB is mammoth, as is unlimited national talk and text, 750 international minutes of talk, unlimited international roaming talk and text, and 1GB of roaming data per month. And we haven’t even covered Optus’ included entertainment options such as Optus Sport. Total cost over 24 months is $2,640
View this deal: at Optus
The best budget Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals in Australia
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Unlimited talk and text | 2GB data | $80pm
This is the cheapest pre-order plan we’ve seen for the Note 8, and it comes with a surprising amount of value considering its price. 2GB of data is pretty decent for the lowest-tier price plan, and unlimited talk and text is always a nice thing not to have to worry about. Plus, on Virgin Mobile, you can stream music from Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio without it eating into your data allowance, making that those 2GB stretch much further than they otherwise would. Total cost over 24 months is $1,920
View this deal: at Virgin Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Unlimited callas and texts | 3GB of data | $89.45pm
If you choose Vodafone’s Red 30 plan, and pay the handset off over 24 months (rather than the automatically selected 36 months, be warned!) then you’ll be paying a little under $90 a month for 3GB of data and unlimited calls and texts. There aren’t any real included extras with Vodafone though, so the Virgin deal is definitely a better budget option. Total cost over 24 months is $2,146.80
View this deal: at Vodafone
Best big data Samsung Galaxy Note 8 plan in Australia
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 100GB data | Unlimited international calls | $167pm
The top-tier Optus plan has some serious oomph behind it. It’s by far the most data you’ll get with a plan, you get unlimited national calls and texts, unlimited minutes for international calls, unlimited roaming calls and texts, and a massive 1.5GB to use every month when roaming abroad. Beyond this, you’ll get all the Optus inclusions like Optus Sport and a variety of entertainment options. Total cost over 24 months is $4,008
View this deal: at Optus
Galaxy Note 8 price: how much does the phone cost?
Um, quite a bit actually. The RRP in Australia is an extravagant $1,499, which sees us cop a fairly hefty ‘Australia tech tax’ considering the US price is US$930 (which should be around $1,175 Australian).
So it looks like the previous issues with the Note 7 haven’t managed to keep the prices down for this latest Samsung phablet. You’ll be paying a premium price, although you will be receiving an incredibly premium product, so if you’re big into your cutting-edge tech or use your handset like a portable office, gaming rig, or media centre, then the Note 8 will be worth the dosh.
When can I get the Galaxy Note 8?
Pre-orders were made available in Australia in the first minutes of August 25, but the phone itself will become available for sale September 22. If you pre-order via Samsung’s page, you’ll receive a free wireless charger.
Should I get the Galaxy Note 8 SIM free?
If you’re the kind of person who has the money outright, then it may appeal to you to purchase the Galaxy Note 8 handset without signing up for a contract. If so, currently the best way to go will be to grab it from Samsung’s online store, where you can get a free wireless charger (otherwise valued at $119) along with the pre-order.
If you’re buying the phone at launch, however, this will mean forking out an exceptionally high $1,499 (on par with a decent laptop), so we’d recommend seeing how a higher-tier contract could help out your wallet in the long run by reducing the phone’s total cost.
If you’re still dead-set on grabbing it outright, it could be worth waiting around for some deals that will likely pop up, for instance the will likely feature a saving on the then-newly released handset. Alternatively, you could try places such as Kogan that often have reduced prices on international models of the handset.
Galaxy Note 8 key specifications
We’ve been waiting a while for the next Note from Samsung considering the previous model’s life was cut short after explosive batteries caused the company to recall the units. So yes, the hype is real, but thankfully the specs are far from disappointing — this truly is a powerhouse of a handset. Check out Galaxy Note 8 review for further detail on what to expect.
- Display: 6.3-inch Quad HD+ 2960×1440 (521 ppi)
- OS: Android 7.1.1
- Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 195g
- Processor: Octa core 2.3GHz
- Ram: 6GB
- Rear camera: 12MP dual camera
- Front camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3,300mAh