Samsung's Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen and an £869 price tag

The big-screened smartphone is available to pre-order in the UK today.

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Samsung's Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen and an £869 price tag

Samsung totally botched the refresh of its big-screened Galaxy Note line last year, but thankfully, an exploding battery doesn't seem to be among the new Note 8's feature set. As you'd expect from a 2017 flagship phablet, the Note 8 has bags of power with its octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of RAM. The star of the show is obviously the sprawling, curved 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display and its Quad HD+ resolution -- oh, and the S Pen stylus to go with it. The dual-camera-wielding smartphone is available to pre-order in the UK starting today, either on contract or SIM-free for the cringe-inducing price of £869.

If your pockets are deep enough, you can reserve a Galaxy Note 8 right now on Samsung's site or at Carphone Warehouse, ahead of the retail launch on Sept. 15th. No doubt a few other retailers will have their own pre-order pages up within the next 24 hours or so.

Naturally, Carphone Warehouse will also be happy to flog you a Note 8 on contract for an up-front payment as low as £10. EE has a handful of contracts on offer with dowries ranging from £30 to £90, while O2 wants at least £50 on the door. Three is opening up pre-orders for the device tomorrow, and at the time of this writing, online pre-orders at Vodafone have yet to go live.

MVNOs Sky Mobile and Virgin Mobile are accepting pre-orders from today, too, and we'd expect probably giffgaff and Tesco Mobile, at least, to join them soon. Every pre-order, regardless of retailer or network provider, includes the bonus prize of a free Samsung DeX dock that lets you to turn the Note 8 into something of a desktop. Yay for productivity! And happy hunting.

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