Galaxy S8 Deals UK

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is no longer the South Korean firm's best handset – in fact its been eclipsed multiple times: first by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and then by the Samsung Galaxy S9 and recently-launched Galaxy S10. Despite this, it's still a very respectable pick to buy in 2019 for one very good reason: while its stablemates are still eye-wateringly expensive, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has enjoyed a number of price cuts and can now be had for as little as £400 outright.

And the big secret is that it's not that much worse than either of the newer Samsung phones, which can be seen as incremental improvements. Yes, the cameras aren't quite as nifty, and the phone is a little slower, but the bottom line is that this is a phone that still goes toe to toe with the best of them, over two years after its initial release.

What you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a 5.8in flagship smartphone, which has a stunning design, blistering Snapdragon 835 processor, an incredible display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and an impressive camera that combined make it the best Android phone to date.

It is, however, let down by its battery life, which is a tad lower than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7. Still, if you're looking for the best Android phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the one to get.

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Price and competition

At launch, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was an eye-watering £610. Since, the flagship phone has dropped in price, and can now be found for £440. 

There's also the very impressive Google Pixel 2 XL, now at around £629, the LG G6, which costs around £330, and the iPhone 7 Plus at around £649. If you're willing to take a drop in screen size, the regular iPhone 7 costs £549.

Is it worth it? If you want the very best smartphone on the market, then yes. It has waterproofing and a camera that's very good. It's better looking than most of its competitors, such as the Google Pixel 2 XL, has a microSD card slot so you can expand the storage, and there's more storage as standard as well. It's better than the LG G6 and the iPhone 7, too, in almost every respect.

Even then you might say the price is tad high, and I hear you on that front. However, the Samsung is not alone in raising UK prices to this level, as you can see by the prices of its rivals. In fact, it's part of a general trend that has going on for some time now. You might not like it, but this the reality right now; in a year paying £700 or thereabouts for a top-end smartphone will seem normal.

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Design

There will be no Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge this year. Why? Because the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the device the S8 Edge would have been. Samsung’s new flagship is a phone with curved edges, and there’s no alternative.

The result is the best-looking phone on the market. Samsung has created an 18.5:9 “Infinity Display” that looks like no device you’ve ever seen before – well, none since the LG G6, anyway. The front of the phone is 100% glass, with the slimmest of bezels nestled above and below, resulting in an impressively high screen to body ratio of 84% (the Samsung Galaxy S7’s screen-to-body ratio was 72%).

And then there's Bixby Reminders, where you'll be alerted to things you've made a note of in the past. You can set a location trigger to remind you to buy fruit when you pass a location, or ping you at a certain time to remind you to call someone.

None of this is exactly new though, and there's absolutely no reason why you'd buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Bixby.

Samsung is pretty jazzed about Bixby, and the fact that it'll be able to understand things contextually in the future. Right now it only can work with a handful of native apps (not even all of them...) and there’s no interaction with third-party options. But from this acorn, Samsung insists, a mighty oak will grow.

Imagine not just being able to set a location to buy fruit, but being pinged when somewhere nearby sells it. Or taking a picture of something and finding it far cheaper online straight away, or being able to ask your phone to do things contextually (for instance: ‘Bixby, can you turn on the heating when I’m twenty minutes from home?’ ‘Bixby, upload those pictures from my run today to Facebook with the caption ‘#blessed #squadgoals #ImsorryforwhoI’vebecome).