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Galaxy Note 8 in Canada: Everything you need to know!

The Galaxy Note 8 is real, and the phone is enormous, both in physical size and expectations. The successor to the ill-fated Note 7 is one of iterative improvement over the Galaxy S8, sharing much of its DNA, while preserving many of the features that made the Note series one of Samsung's best, and most customer-loyal, since 2011.

While the Note 8 resembles the Galaxy S8, it retains the iconic boxiness of the Note line, with a 6.3-inch QHD display and some giant specs, including 6GB of RAM and a minimum of 64GB of internal storage — though other parts of the world get options with 128GB and 256GB —and a dual camera setup, the first for Samsung.

But what's specific to the Canadian launch? Here's what you need to know:

How much will it cost?

The obvious question is what the Galaxy Note 8 will cost, and it's not cheap: the phone will fetch a premium price of $1299 when purchased outright from Samsung or a carrier.

With the typical $500 subsidy, expect to pay roughly $799 for the phone at the time of purchase when signing a two-year contract, which would make it one of the most expensive phones to ever hit the Canadian shores.

Of course, the upfront price will be mitigated somewhat by the proliferation of what carriers refer to as tab — in addition to the subsidy, carriers now offer the option of amortizing a portion of the phone's price over the two-year life of the contract, which lowers the upfront price by up to $240. In this case, expect the lowest you'll pay for the Note 8 to be around $500.

Again, not cheap.

What colors will be available?

Here's something interesting: whereas the U.S. is getting Orchid Grey and Midnight Black, **Canadian audiences will only have the option of Midnight Black and Deep Sea Blue***.

In my opinion, Canadians get the better end of this deal: whereas the Galaxy S8's version of Orchid Grey is a little purple, and quite desirable, the Note 8 version is muted and more, well, grey. The Blue, however, is beautiful — it's deep and luscious and extremely attractive in person. I don't know which beautiful person is responsible for convincing the carriers to pick up this particular hue, but kudos to you, mystery hero.

When's it available?

The phone is going up for pre-order on August 23 — that's today if you're reading this on announcement day — with orders being delivered on September 15. That's a three-week lead time, but don't despair, you get some really good extras when you pre-order.

What do you get?!

Glad you asked! If you order between August 23 and September 14, you get a 128GB microSD and a Fast Wireless Charger. That's basically $200 of stuff for free!

Is the Canadian model the same as the U.S. one?

Yep, pretty much: both the U.S. and Canadian models run the Snapdragon 835 processor, whereas the rest of the world runs the Exynos 8895.

In real-world testing, the results are a wash.

What carriers are getting the Note 8?

All of them! More specifically:

  • Bell
  • Rogers
  • TELUS
  • Freedom Mobile
  • BellMTS
  • SaskTel
  • Videotron

So it's compatible with Freedom Mobile's Band 66?

Yep! Most phones are these days.

What, you want more?!

Remind me, what's the price again?

$1299, folks.

Welcome to the new normal.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

15 Comments
  • This is a note device. It should be like a notepad with a 16:9 to have space to write not so thin as a banana. It's a copy of s8+ with a pen and dual camera and 0.1" larger screen. I am an android user but I think iphone will be better investment as it takes upgrades of the OS for many years in comparison to Samsung that is just updating the android is for 1.5 year in rreality to push you the next phone every year. Also the screen is better not a banana like note 8. No Samsung I will not pay 1200$ for a phone like this !!!
  • It's $1299 actually. After adding sales taxes you get close to 1500. At this price I could get a pretty decent laptop ! Thank you Samsung, you're playing the game against Apple but you may lose the race because of that...
  • I'm committed to buying it no matter what, really. I need that pen - and I really miss my old Note 7. Pretty glad we're getting the blue. I wanted something different than my Orchid Grey S8.
  • So $1469 after tax for a 64gb phone. Get bent Sammy.
  • There's a much better price on B&H Photo: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1357711-REG/samsung_sm_n950uzkaxa...
  • Looks like I'm going to be waiting on what the Pixel 2 XL will be like. $1299 for 64GB is too much for my blood. You can get a iPhone 7 plus with 256GB storage here for $1309. I know some things are different but still.
  • With these margins they don't need to sell too many of these. It's a shame the Note series is now out of my willingness to pay for a phone. I'll take a black KEYone and a ticket to Mexico please.
  • Jealous that Canada gets the midnight blue version, even if it costs your first born lol
  • Any news on the discount being offered to Americans for Canadian Note7 owners?
  • I was also wondering about this discount! I've been calling to Samsung Canada since mid-August about three times and all they say is they don't know what type of discount will be available for Canadian Note 7 users but the discount will be soon known to Samsung Canada and others. So, I guess in my family we will be waiting. I am kind of pissed at Samsung for not giving a damn for other countries than the US. We also people and we bought Note 7 last year to end up in their own mess so I think we too deserve that $400 discount towards Note 8.
    IF NOT THEN IN MY FAMILY WE WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER SAMSUNG PRODUCT AGAIN !!! PERIOD
  • Mobilesyrup is saying that Samsung canada will be announcing a discount deal for note 7 owners very shortly Waiting before I place any orders
  • If it's anything like the US it seems you'll have to still have your Note7 on hand if you're hoping to snag the Note8 with a discount.
  • Wow, that price is a joke. I don't care how good a phone might be. I'll never pay that amount.
  • Pretty much. I've already discounted this as a possible purchase.
  • I HOPE SOMEONE FROM SAMSUNG CANADA SEE THIS POST. I WANT TO SAY THAT MANY PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE OF THE BORDER PRETTY UPSET AT WHAT SAMSUNG CANADA DOES TO ITS NOTE 7 FANS. US COSTUMERS GOT $400 DISCOUNT TOWARDS NOTE 8 BUT CANADIAN NOTE 7 OWNERS HAVE ZERO RESPECT FROM SAMSUNG CANADA.
    DEAR SAMSUNG CANADA, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT ME AND ALL OTHERS I KNOW WHO DID OWN NOTE 7 AND USED TO CALL THEMSELVES SAMSUNG FANS WILL DROP THIS LOVE TOWARDS SAMSUNG IF WE DONT RECEIVE the SAME DISCOUNT HERE IN CANADA!!! IN OUR FAMILY WE WILL NEVER BUY SAMSUNG PRODUCTS AGAIN!!! SO YOU THINK VERY HARD ON WHAT YOU DO NEXT. (This was my previous post - I was also wondering about this discount! I've been calling to Samsung Canada since mid-August about three times and all they say is they don't know what type of discount will be available for Canadian Note 7 users but the discount will be soon known to Samsung Canada and others. So, I guess in my family we will be waiting. I am kind of pissed at Samsung for not giving a damn for other countries than the US. We also people and we bought Note 7 last year to end up in their own mess so I think we too deserve that $400 discount towards Note 8.