Samsung Galaxy Note8's Australian Price And Release Date

Heard about the new Samsung Galaxy Note8? Just wanna know when you can buy one and when you can get a hold of it? Here's everything you need to know.

Samsung Galaxy Note8: Everything You Need To Know

The Note8, a mix of old and new: a massive Infinity Display, a brand new dual-lens camera, and that inimitable S-Pen stylus.

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The Galaxy Note8 will be the most expensive phone Samsung has ever released in Australia. At $1499, it's more expensive than each of the $1249 Note7, $1199 S8 and $1349 S8 Plus. You'll be able to buy either the 64GB Midnight Black or Maple Gold colour variants in Australia — no Deepsea Blue or Orchid Grey phones will be stocked by Samsung or any of its carrier partners, nor any larger internal storage capacities. Apple's direct competition for the Note8, the iPhone 7 Plus, costs $1269 for a 32GB, $1419 for a 128GB and $1569 for a 256GB variant.

You'll be able to pre-order the Galaxy Note8 from tomorrow — August 25 — through Samsung and all its carrier partners, with a convertible wireless charger worth $119 included as a pre-order bonus. Samsung says convenient charging is one of the top three things Note owners wanted from a new phone, so pre-ordering is your way to get that without spending additional bucks.

The phone itself will be available for purchase and will be delivered to pre-order holders around Australia on September 22, a week after the first regions around the world like Korea and the US.

And one last thing: if you buy a Note8 in the launch period in Australia — from preorder until October 31 — and register it with Samsung, you'll get peace of mind in the form of the company's free Screen Assure program. That means one free cracked screen replacement in the first year of purchase; Samsung isn't putting a value on the cost of replacement, but a genuine Infinity Display replacement part from Samsung would run you about $350 — so that's a great reason to pick up a Note8 early or not too long after general release.

If you were one of the 51,060 Note7 buyers in Australia who had to give back their phones, too, Samsung is planning to make it worth your while to upgrade from whatever phone you're using now to a Note8. It's working with the telcos to tailor a package with each — whether that's an additional pre-order or purchase bonus. We'll have all that info in our carrier pricing post, too.

We'll have full carrier pricing for the Note8 in a separate post. Expect to see on-plan costs for the phone significantly discounted, though, to attract you to challenger telcos, along with generous call and data inclusions. Vodafone, for example, will give you an additional $200 credit if you trade in any previous Note device for the Note8.


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    I love Samsung phones but they are having a laugh at $1500...

      Consider though the sheer level of tech in these devices and the fact that, if this were available 20 years ago that $1,500 would've been a bargain, and it starts to be a bit easier to swallow.

        Starting at $1249? Ouch. Those TV adds must cost a lot for them.

        I will have to stick to the Chinese knockoffs like Xiaomi (same specs 1/4 of a price)

        But by that same argument my PC should cost $10k. Yet it cost only a bit more than this phone.

          Wait, why should your PC cost 10k?

          What I'm saying is that if this level of tech had been available 20 years ago, the phone wouldn't have been $1,500, it would've been more like $150,000. Or more. Similarly, if your ~$2,000(?) PC had been available 20 years ago, it would probably have been worth about the same amount.

          Either way, the point I'm trying to make is - although $1,500 may seem like a lot of money, and it is for many people, if price per performance stayed the same over the years, including inflation then the phone would probably have a few more zeroes in the price tag.

      yeah, this price point hurts.
      im really keen to hear what they offer previous note 7 owners though. i had the pain of returning 2 of them and then fighting with optus because they were trying to charge me handset repayments for the note 7 after they started my on a S7 Edge contract.

    I've only used Apple devices, so I have two question for the Samsung phone users/buyers, or more like two crappy scenarios that could happen if you're an iPhone user, and I wanted to know if Samsung users suffer the same or similiar things.

    1. If you buy an iPhone in Australia from an authorized Apple retailer, it's all fine and dandy when it comes to warranty/servicing. However, if you import or buy an iPhone online and it turns out to be a Japanese or overseas model, and if you were to ever required to have your iPhone repaired for a manufacturing defect, the product would have to be sent to its country of origin to be fixed, and in worse case scenario if you need to have your iPhone outright replaced with a new model, Apple will not give you an Australian model, only the same model of its designated country.

    TL;DR
    - Australian iPhone model repair ETA = Same day
    - Japanese iPhone model repair ETA = ### business days it takes to send to Japan and back.
    - Do Samsung phones suffer the same issue?

    2. An issue with buying an iPhone off "a guy on Ebay/Gumtree" is (A) if the original user was logged into iCloud on the iPhone and had Find My iPhone enabled before simply resetting the iPhone to factory settings, the iPhone will be in "Activation Lock" because the phone is still tied to the original users iCloud account. Meaning the iPhone is useless to you unless you can get that Ebay/Gumtree guy to log out of the phone. And (B) If the aforementioned seller doesn't help you remove his/her own account, you'll need the ORIGINAL store receipt if you require that account to be removed from the iPhone via help from Apple themselves. Apple won't accept Gumtree receipts.

    TL;DR
    - Second-hand iPhones run the risk of you not being able to use that particular phone in the first place. 50% chance you could could end up with a "cheaper than MSRP" brick.
    - Do Samsung phones suffer the same issue?

      1) From my time at Telstra (two years ago) Sammy were pretty decent, but I am pretty sure your handset will be sent to the region it was manufactured for, for repair or replacing (not sure what current procedure it, but they used to be pretty good).
      2) Security on a sammy comes in the form of two systems (Android security and Samsung Nox), both can be removed from the system factory reset. This is because Android has more of a focus on protecting your data from theft than the handset itself.

      While I like Sammies (or at least the water resistant ones) it is always easy to find people suffering faults in the Note line of products. I would suggest wait a while after release to see if there are bad batches (screen misalignments and battery failures fml).

        @jiggle_counter
        ive been an owner of galaxy s1, galaxy note 2, galaxy note edge (same gen as note 4), galaxy note 7 (twice) and now an s7 edge. i havnt ever had any image/screen misalignments with any of my devices, but @vaegrand would have seen far more handsets than me in his job.
        i cant speak to the repair procedures for imported phones.
        but as for buying 2nd hand phones from other users there are no issues with signing in with your own accounts. ive bought 2 of my previous samsung phones as grey imports from kogan, so they were new phones. but the only thing i would be worried about with a second hand android phone (not just samsung) is if someone had dropped a custom firmware on it. if you have a bit of technical know-how, you can find OEM Roms on the XDA forums and other sites to re-image your phone.
        TLDR: only can brick phones with re-imaging the firmware and roms.
        stick to a new grey import if you are looking to save coin.

    Samsung have really stepped up their hardware game, but I just can not get past their bloatware and generally garbage skinning of Android. Completely ruins the slick industrial design.

    Sure, it's gotten better, but it still feels like a dog to use - especially compared to stock Android, or even the not-too-altered version Motorola or even Sony deploy.

      I can't say I've had any issues with the S8 as far as bloat goes. Bixby's been rolling out recently and asking for permissions but aside from that the only thing I even see day to day that's Samsung related is their messaging app can't be uninstalled. I just installed and use the Android one and the icons are similar.

        I have heard they're getting better, and even the UI is not the TouchWiz nightmare of days past.

        If it is a genuine move away from past practices I may well even submit to them, eventually. Although I suspect i'll always rate unadulterated Android above any of the brand-specific versions.

    Oh Samsung. How can you have such awesome industrial design, but be such a shitty shady company :\.

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