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23 August 2017

Here’s how much Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will cost in the U.S.

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I can’t lie, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 looks and feels amazing. The Korean electronic giant pulled out all the stops for new phone. It has a large bezel-less display, impressive dual cameras, powerful performance, all day battery life, and S Pen stylus features that are actually useful.

But all of these nice things don’t come cheap. In fact, the Note 8 is Samsung’s most expensive phone ever and costs significantly more than the iPhone 7 Plus. Anyone who wants to purchase it should probably double-check their bank account before they actually click the checkout button.

Carrier pricing is finally starting to trickle in, and it looks like the Note 8 will cost anywhere between $900 to $960. Yikes! For comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $770. 

The Note 8 goes up for pre-order in the U.S. on Thursday, Aug. 24 and is set to start shipping on Sept. 15. All of the major U.S. carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular will sell it in two colors: Midnight Black and Orchid Gray. (Yeah, it sucks the Maple gold and Deep Sea Blue are international-only.) 

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Holy cow, that’s a lot of friggin’ money for a phone. But the Note 8 has a lot of features that the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have, so you are getting your money’s worth.

Holy cow, that’s a lot of friggin’ money for a phone.

Still, if you want to compare pricing, then the iPhone 7 Plus, at the very least, offers more storage for about the same price: 256GB for $970.

That said, the Note 8’s most difficult competition has yet to be released. We’re talking, of course, about the iPhone 8. Rumors suggest the iPhone 8 will cost close to, if not more than $1,000 and possibly start at 64GB of storage.

If you owned a Note 7 (RIP), Samsung’s offering a special discount worth up to $425 towards a Note 8 when you trade in your current phone. With the trade-in you could score a Note 8 for as low as $505, which would actually make it a really sweet deal compared to iPhone. So that’s definitely something to keep in mind if you’re shopping for a new phone.

Also, if you buy a Note 8 between Aug. 24 and Sept. 24, you get either a free Gear 360 camera or “Galaxy Foundation” kit which includes a 128GB memory card and fast wireless charging cradle. Free goodies that typically cost hundreds of dollars! Not bad! 

Of course, pricing is an important factor when buying a phone, but it shouldn’t be the only one. The value it actually provides you in your everyday life is arguably more important. Besides, most carriers come with installment plans  to help ease the pain of paying in full up front.

So, without further ado, here’s how much you’ll have to fork over to get your hands on the beautiful new phone:

T-Mobile:

  • $210 down + $30 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan

  • $0 down + $39 per month for 18 months on JUMP! on Demand (you can switch to a new phone once every 30 days and you must switch to a new device after 18 months)

  • $930 full retail price

AT&T:

Verizon:

Sprint:

U.S. Cellular:

Unlocked:

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