UK retailer accidentally confirms pricing and specs for Galaxy Note 8 ahead of launch

After weeks of leaks and rumors, today is the day that Samsung finally takes the wraps off of its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 at an Unpacked event in New York. If you thought that the upcoming announcement would result in an end to the leaks, you are sadly mistaken. The UK retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has managed to accidentally confirm some of the Galaxy Note 8’s specifications, as well as pricing details. 

It’s long been rumored that the Galaxy Note 8 would carry a hefty price tag, £869 in fact when bought outright without a contract. According to The Inquirer, who first spotted the leak on the retailer’s website, the Galaxy Note 8 will cost £49 or more when bought on a contract with 5GB data, plus a £59.99 payment upfront.  It should come as no surprise that UK carriers EE, Vodafone, and O2 will offer the handset.

While the pricing is a little out there in terms of cost, it isn’t much more than what we expected. From the UK price, we can extrapolate that US prices for the Galaxy Note 8 could nudge past the $1000 marker, and close to €950 in Europe. One thing for sure, the Galaxy Note 8 will be more expensive than the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Barring any mishaps, the Galaxy Note 8 will be the first Galaxy Note handset to reach the UK since the Galaxy Note 4 in 2014. UK fans of the Galaxy Note series were left out in the cold with Samsung declining to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in the UK, and then last year’s Galaxy Note 7 didn’t quite make it here for obvious reasons.

Carphone Warehouse also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 does indeed feature a 6.3-inch Infinity display, dual 12MP rear cameras, an 8MP front camera and wireless charging. You can also expect to see Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby, included, for better or worse.

This should, hopefully, be the last noteworthy leak before the big event later today. You have to wonder if there is anything left for Samsung to surprise us with though? What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Note 8 so far?

Source: The Inquirer


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).