Samsung has followed the undeniable success of its Galaxy S8 line with its companion phone, the Galaxy Note 8, which is on sale now.

In essence it's a slightly larger S8 Plus, coming in at 6.3in with a squarer design, dual cameras and the all-important S Pen for stylus input.

It’s a real beauty and one of the most capable, desirable phones you can buy. But that comes at a price, with the phone retailing from £869 in the UK.

If you have that kind of money to spare, then you may be tempted. And buying SIM-free is still the cheapest way to buy the Note 8. But remember you have the option to buy the phone on contract and a standard monthly cost over 24 months.

Here’s where to get the Note 8 for the best prices in the UK. If you're already in a contract, here's how you can upgrade early.

Buy the Note 8 on contract

We find that resellers like Carphone Warehouse and Mobiles.co.uk tend to have better deals than buying direct from O2, EE, Vodafone or Three, but here are all the best we have seen so far.

Use the comparison tool below to find great contract options that suit you, or scroll down for our hand-picked deals from each network and retailer.

Best Note 8 Carphone Warehouse deals

Carphone Warehouse has a number of 24-month contracts for the Note 8.

O2

5GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £49 per month | £59.99 upfront

20GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £56 per month | £59.99 upfront

Vodafone

16GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £56 per month | £50 upfront

Best Note 8 deals from Mobiles.co.uk

Mobiles.co.uk has some great lover monthly prices if you can afford to pay a little more upfront today. The two most outstanding deals are from O2 and EE.

O2

5GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £39 per month | £150 upfront

EE

10GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £42.99 per month | £150 upfront

Best of the networks

Vodafone

Vodafone has higher monthly prices, but the payoff is good. This deal gets you a huge 32GB data and 24 months of free Spotify, Sky Sports Mobile or Now TV.

32GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £66 per month | £50 upfront

EE

If you’re on EE already this might be a tempting deal.

15GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £62.99 per month | £49.99 upfront

Three

Three is offering a massive 100GB of data on the Note 8 at slightly less than its all-you-can-eat plan.

100GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £64 per month | £79 upfront

O2

O2 is quite expensive, but if you’re part of its Yearly Upgrade Programme or O2 Refresh, you may be able to negotiate a better deal.

Still, this one isn’t half bad even if the monthly price is high, and means you’re eligible to join the Yearly Upgrade Programme if you’re not already on it.

30GB data | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | £76 per month | £49.99 upfront

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Buy the Note 8 SIM-free

Direct from Samsung is the way to go here. You can get the Midnight Black or Maple Gold Galaxy Note 8 for £869.

Buy the Note 8 from Samsung here

Alternative options include John Lewis (which includes a two year guarantee) and Currys.