These Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals are immense, and there's never been a better time to buy

While there is undoubtedly a certain frisson to opting for the latest and greatest gadgets as soon as they’re released, looking back through the annals of time can throw up some immense deals. So, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – the current flagship – is superior to its predecessors and touts a number of new features not seen in earlier entries, including the ability to use the S Pen stylus as a remote camera shutter, it’s worth keeping an open mind and not entirely ruling out the previous models. The Galaxy Note 8 has a lot in common with the Galaxy Note 9.

Both handsets feature a very similar display size – 6.3-inch AMOLED for the Note 8, 6.4-inch on the Note 9 – with the same Infinity Display design, dual-curved screens, and glass back for wireless charging via the Qi standard. In fact, the only discernible difference between the designs of the two handsets is the placement of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which was a little finicky beside the camera lens on the Note 8, before being relocated beneath the camera module on the Note 9. And finally, Samsung recently announced plans to bring its completely redesigned mobile operating system, dubbed One UI, which is powered by Android 9.0 Pie, to the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy Note 9.

So, Note 8 owners will still be able to benefit from the latest operating system improvements and upgrades. Unfortunately, those with the older hardware will have to wait a tad longer for the software update to drop. Samsung expects to roll-out One UI to Galaxy Note 9 users this month, while Note 8 owners won’t see the improvements until sometime in February.

But what’s an extra few weeks amongst friends, eh? And those who are willing to put up with the wait can get the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for an absolute steal at the moment. Those who want to buy the smartphone outright and then use whatever SIM-only contract they fancy can pick-up the Galaxy Note 8 SIM-free from Amazon UK for GBP485.

Given that it cost a whopping GBP869 when it launched in August 2017, that is a considerable saving on the handset. For comparison, Samsung has currently slashed GBP50 off the price of its flagship Galaxy Note 9 in the January sales, but even with this generous discount, the handset will still set you back GBP849 – more than GBP360 more than the Galaxy Note 8. If you’d rather get your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on contract, there are some good deals to be had there, too.

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