Samsung Galaxy S8 deals – what you need to know
By Phil Wilkinson-Jones | Monday, July 1st 2019
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Ok, so you’re looking for a new phone deal and you’re weighing up the pros and cons of going for a Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s not the newest phone on the market – in fact, Samsung has released two versions of its flagship S series since the S8 was launched in April 2017 – but it’s still a good phone.
Here, we’ll look at the reasons you’d want to buy a Galaxy S8, how to get a good deal, the providers you’ll be choosing from and the phones we class as genuine alternatives to the S8.
Why buy a Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 may be a couple of years old now, but it still holds its own against many newer handsets, such as the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X. Not being the latest model means it’s quite a bit cheaper than it used to be, so there’s never been a better time to get hold of the phone that introduced the Infinity Display to the world.
- Infinity Display – The S8 was the first Samsung phone to feature an Infinity Display, an edge-to-edge screen giving you a larger 5.8-inch screen without the need for a bigger handset. The default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to WQHD+ in the settings.
- Wireless charging – The Galaxy S8 has wireless charging capabilities and has a ‘fast charging’ mode that can be turned on or off in the settings.
- Security – An iris scanner allows you to open your phone by looking at it, or you can set up face recognition and open your phone by holding it up like you’re about to take a selfie. Or there’s the classic fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, it’s up to you. The S8 also has a secure folder that can only be opened by you, keeping your private files and apps private.
- Camera – The S8 has a 12M rear camera and 8MP front ‘selfie’ camera, both with an F1.7 lens allowing you to take photos at night that are just as clear and crisp as those you take in the day. The camera sits flush with the back of the phone and you can turn on Pro Mode if you really want to experiment with the settings and get creative.
- Battery – Samsung says the S8’s 10nm processor allows it to charge faster than ever, while power consumption is down 20% so you should be able to go longer without a charge.
- Operating system – The S8 was launched with the Android 7.0 ‘Nougat’ operating system, but subsequent versions of Android have been made available for the S8, including Android 9.0 ‘Pie’ in February 2019.
- Bixby – Bixby, Samsung’s personal assistant, was first launched with the S8 and can do things like web searches, opening the camera app, give you recommendations and more. And you can use voice, text or touch to interact with it.
- Accessibility – You’ll find all of the S8’s accessibility features in the settings, under the categories vision, hearing, and dexterity and interaction. Features include a high contrast keyboard, screen zoom, subtitles, sound detectors, interaction controls and easy screen turn on.
How to get a good deal on a Samsung Galaxy S8
Other than choosing the phone itself, there are other things to look out for when getting yourself the best possible phone deal. Here’s a few to be getting on with.
- Contract length – The standard length of mobile phone contracts is 24 months, but increasingly providers are giving you more of a choice, including being able to spread the cost of a handset over 36 months in order to bring down the monthly cost.
- Data – It’s worth working out how much data you need before you start looking at deals, but a number of providers will let you switch between different plans once your contract starts so you can adjust your allowance as needed.
- Texts and calls – Most deals include unlimited texts and calls as standard, or such a high number of texts or minutes that it may as well be unlimited. But it’s worth checking before you choose.
- Upfront cost – Some providers will allow you to choose the upfront fee you pay, which has an effect on the cost of your monthly payments. Others, such as Virgin Mobile, don’t charge upfront fees at all and offer longer contracts instead to keep prices down. Our comparison page rounds up all the best phone deals with no upfront cost.
- Free gifts – Keep an eye out for free tech and other incentives being offered with Galaxy S8 deals, such as extra data or cashback.
Which providers offer Samsung Galaxy S8 deals?
At the time of writing, O2 is the only provider offering Samsung Galaxy S8 deals directly. But there are deals available through third party sites, and you can find the best of those in our comparison. Getting a mobile deal though a third party site can be much more beneficial than going directly to the network itself – your contract is still with the provider and it’s them you’ll deal with after signing up, but you might also get a cashback or free gift offer you wouldn’t otherwise have had.
- EE – EE pay monthly mobile deals come with free Apple Music for six months and many also come with free BT Sport for at least three months. EE has the UK’s biggest and best 4G network, covering 99% of the population.
- iD Mobile – iD Mobile plans come with data rollover, which automatically keeps unused data at the end of the month and adds it to next month’s allowance. Plans also feature bill capping and inclusive European roaming.
- O2 – O2 gives you the option of choosing your contract length, upfront cost and monthly price so you can strike the best balance for you. You don’t get these options if you go through a reseller, which you might have to if you want an S8, but you do still get membership to O2 Priority.
- Three – All pay monthly plans on Three include access to Wuntu, the provider’s rewards and offers app. Some plans also include Go Binge, which gives you unlimited data for streaming on apps like Netflix and Apple Music, and for Snapchat.
- Virgin Mobile – There’s no upfront fees if you go directly to Virgin mobile but at the time of writing those are the only ones you’ll get for S8, via a reseller. Virgin plans come with unlimited data for messaging on Twitter, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
- Vodafone – Vodafone offers a 30-day network guarantee and lets you manage your bills with the My Vodafone app, and these features don’t change if you sign up via a reseller. Red Entertainment plans also come with your choice of streaming subscription.
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 phones
There’s nothing to add here in terms of where to look – your best bet is still going to be a deal from one of the big network providers but via a reseller. Refurbished phones are a good way to save extra cash and most of the time all you’ll be putting up with is a little bit of wear and tear.
What phones are similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8?
These are the phone’s we’d class as being similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8, in terms of the phone’s features and how much you’re likely to pay for one.
- Samsung Galaxy S9 – The S9 was launched in 2018, taking over from the S8 as Samsung’s top handset, but has since been usurped by the S10 so is now starting to fall in price. It’s an upgrade on the S8 and you’ll find that all the major providers offer it so you’ll have more choice in terms of provider and plan.
- Samsung Galaxy A70 – The A70 is not from Samsung’s flagship ‘S’ series but, being two years newer than the S8, actually has higher specs including a 6.7-inch Infinity-U display, 32MP+5MP depth+8MP ultra wide triple camera and a 25MP selfie camera.
- iPhone 7 – It’s been around since 2016 but the iPhone 7 Plus is still a very good phone. We’ve gone for the Plus version because it’s screen is closer in size (5.5 inches) than the standard iPhone 7 (4.7 inches). There’s a 12MP dual camera and a fingerprint scanner.
- Sony Xperia L3 – This is a mid-range Sony phone with good specs, including a 5.7-inch HD display (and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen), a 13MP+2MP dual camera system and a high capacity battery that lasts all day.
Frequently asked questions
What’s the difference between the Samsung S8 and S8+?
They are different sizes – that’s it. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen compared to the 5.8 inches of the regular S8. Other than that, the two phones have the same specifications.
Is the Samsung S8 dual SIM?
There are dual SIM versions of the S8 around, but you are unlikely to get one of these from a mobile network provider because in order to make the most of a dual SIM phone you need it to be unlocked, and most providers lock phones to their network. If you want one, you’ll need to go to a retailer such as Amazon and probably pay upfront, then look for SIM-only deals.
What is the best price for a Samsung Galaxy S8?
You can see the best and latest Samsung Galaxy S8 deals in our comparison at the top of this page. We also have a more general collection of Samsung Galaxy deals.
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