Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 has officially arrived and is now available through carriers' websites and in their physical stores. Some preorder customers already received their phone orders, but if you were waiting to actually check the device out in-person, now's your chance.
Samsung is charging $929 for an unlocked version. However, if you'd rather finance a phone through your carrier, T-Mobile has the cheapest offer on the new device, though not my much. It costs $930, although the carrier is also offering it for a $210 down payment and $30 monthly installments with T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, or for $0 down and $39 a month for Jump on Demand customers. Your next best bet is AT&T, which is selling it for $949.99, or $31.67 for 30 months on an AT&T Next installment plan. Both Verizon and Sprint are selling it for $960.
The Note 8 only comes in a 64GB version in the US, in either black or gray. If you were waiting to decide between the Note 8 and Apple's new iPhones, now's probably the time to make that decision. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus preorder opened today with the phones expected to ship on September 22nd. The pricy iPhone X won't be on sale until October 27th with a ship date of November 3rd. I don't think these phones necessarily took away from the Note 8's customer base, as its stylus — aka S Pen — is its most defining feature, and none of the iPhones include one. Still, the timing could have been a bit better on Samsung's part.