Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus deals and price: how much should you expect to pay?

How much will the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cost?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus look set to be the next big hitters in the South Korean firm's lineup and interest is reaching boiling point from mobile fans around the world. 

Chances are you're desperate to know the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus prices and what sort of pre-order deals will be available.

The two phones will be formally announced at the Samsung Unpacked event on March 29 and you should be able to pre-order the two Galaxy S8 phones straight after the show according to our retail sources. April 21 is the expected S8 release date.

Why we're so excited for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

What, apart from them being the followups to one of the greatest phones ever made? Despite no official announcement or released images, we already have some solid ideas of what to expect. 

The Galaxy S8 will have an enhanced Edge screen like last year's S7 Edge - there won't be a version without a curved screen. The S8 Plus is thought to be taller than (but not as wide) as the Note 7.

The screens will be longer, so much so the home button will be removed for a smooth all-glass finish. We're assuming the fingerprint sensor will shift around the back. 

Or are we going to get the long-rumoured super fast facial recognition screen unlock feature. 0.01 of a second anyone? Thankfully, we'll soon we'll be able to replace rumours with facts.

How much will the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cost without a contract?

So you're thinking of paying the phone's cost upfront all at once? Just a few years ago, this would have been madness, but now there are so many attractive 30-day or 12-month SIM only deals that could suit your needs better than a pricey contract. 

You could even save money, compared to what you'd spend over the course of two years, especially with some SIM only deals only costing £5 a month on a rolling contract.

We'll know for certain on March 29, but early reports suggest we could be looking at an increased price compared to last year's range of S7 mobile phone deals. Blame it on Brexit. 

Blame it on the weak pound and strong Korean Won. Or blame it on need for Samsung to recoup their losses from the pocket fireball disaster that was the Note 7. It might be to time to have a quiet word with your bank balance though and tell it to brace for impact.

The latest leak from famed tipster, Roland Quandt, prices the S8 at around £695, compared to the £569 the S7 launched at last year. 

To be fair, considering Samsung isn't launching a non-edge screen version this time around we should probably expect the S8 to be priced somewhere between the S7 and S7 Edge. 

As for the larger S8 Plus, Quandt suggests it'll retail for around £780, versus the S7 Edge's £640.

How much will contracts cost for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus?

Well, if we consider the above alleged higher costs of the S8 and S8 Plus, we can expect the contracts to be more expensive than the S7 lineup was at launch. This could be reflected in higher monthly costs for similar data allowances, or perhaps an increase in the upfront cost of the phone. To get a rough idea of where prices might start, take a look at the launch deals for the Galaxy S7 last year.

Last year's Galaxy S7 contract launch deals

£50 upfront | Free Samsung Gear VR | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £37.49pm
This was a strong launch deal for the UK's most popular network, giving you a decent mid-sized data deal for well under £40 a month. At just £50 upfront, this was the cheaper than the best deals offered by the likes of O2 and Vodafone too. Total cost over 24 months was £949.76.

£79.99 upfront | Free Samsung Gear VR | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data - £36pm
O2 has never really been bothered about being the cheapest network and this S7 pre-order shows that. The upfront cost was higher than the EE deal above and you got less data for a slightly more expensive monthly fee. That said, the prevalence of free Wi-Fi means not everyone needs that much data. The O2 Priority membership for lots of high street and online freebies and discounts every month can make the extra spends worthwhile in the long run. Total cost over 24 months was £943.99.

£99.99 upfront | Free Samsung Gear VR | Unlimited calls and texts | 11GB data - £36pm
Vodafone seems to be the place to go for lots of data for not a lot of money per month. Yes, that £99.99 upfront fee was a kicker, but big data fans were getting a bargain for just £36 a month. By comparison, the following Black Friday you could get a 6GB deal for £26.50 a month, so we feel that the price has held up very well for a launch deal. Total cost over 24 months was £963.99.

The monthly costs for the larger S7 Edge deals were largely similar, but the upfront costs rose to between £130 and £150.

So, what about the S8 launch prices? 

Something's got to give essentially, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the upfront costs go up. At the very least don't expect such a generous freebie as the Gear VR headset to be thrown in for free again as much. As for the monthly costs, we're hoping retailers and networks will keep them as low as possible rather than hike them up to account for the more expensive handsets. 

The most popular launch contracts are usually under £40, indicating that most people just aren't that willing to spend more. And why should they when they'll be paying it for the next two years? Naturally, we hope we're wrong about the increase, but it would be remiss of us to ignore the mounting evidence.

T3’s predicted Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-order deal:

£99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £37.49pm
There’s a slim chance Samsung could include the newest version of the Gear VR mobile headset with the new S8, but it’ll do little to soften the blow of an increasingly likely expensive overall cost. £100 upfront might be as good as it gets on a popular network like EE and data won’t be cheap either, expect to pay over £35 for 3-5GB a month. Total cost over 24 months would be £999.75.

T3’s predicted Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus pre-order deal:

£149.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £39.99pm
To keep that upfront cost down, the Gear VR headset probably won’t be included this time. EE certainly won’t be the cheapest network to go with at launch, but they are the most popular provider in the UK. The monthly fee will likely be around the £35-£40 mark for 2-3GB of data. Total cost over 24 months would be £1109.75.

If you're ready to be an early adopter though, you're in the right place to find the best prices for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pre-order deals. We'll update this page as soon as prices are announced and you'll also find a comparison chart with the best contract options.

Want to know more about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus? Head on over to our Galaxy S8 hub page for the latest information and leaks on the phone itself.