Samsung announces its brand-new Galaxy Note 8 flagship earlier this week, and why we all knew that the smartphone wouldn’t be cheap, many shuddered at its ~$950 price tag. However, there is a way to get the Galaxy Note 8 at a steep discount, although you will have to trade in your existing smartphone to take advantage of the promotion.
This particular loyalty promotion is being aimed solely at previous Galaxy Note 7 owners — all others are ineligible. If you bought a Galaxy Note 7, and were forced to return it due to the exploding battery fiasco, you are eligible to receive a $425 discount on the purchase of the Galaxy Note 8.
So how does this work? For starters, you will have to go to Samsung’s promotions page and use the email address that you registered to return your Galaxy Note 7. Once your account is pulled up in the system to confirm eligibility, you will have the opportunity to select one of the following smartphones to trade-in in good condition:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S5
- Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, SE, 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
- Google Pixel, Pixel XL
- LG G4, G5, G6, V20
That’s right, in order to take advantage of this offer, you have to trade in your current phone. It’s not as good a straight $425 discount, but it’s better than nothing. However, it could be an especially good deal for those that have an older iPhone 5 or LG G4 laying around to maximize your savings. Heck, even buying one of these smartphones on the used market to trade in might be worth your while if the price is right.
If you never owned a Galaxy Note 7, you can still receive up to $300 off the purchase price of Galaxy Note 7 with Samsung’s standard trade-in promotion.
With either promotion, you will have to purchase a Galaxy Note 8 direct from Samsung’s website and send in your existing smartphone within 15 days of receiving your new hotness. Otherwise, Samsung will charge you the full retail price of the Galaxy Note 8. You must also make sure that the smartphone you are trading in has all personal information removed (via a factory reset) and that any “anti-theft locking software” has been disabled.
In other Galaxy Note 8 news, Samsung Mobile Chief Koh Dong-jin explained why the Galaxy Note 8 has a smaller battery this time around, coming in at 3300 mAh (which is even lower than the 3500 mAh battery found on the Galaxy S8+).
“There are some reasons why we can reduce the battery capacity. One of them is the 10-nanometer processor that has enhanced the phone’s power efficiency by 30 percent,” said Koh in a recent interview. “Users are also allowed to adjust their battery use based on their smartphone use patterns, which increases battery efficiency overall. Now I can guarantee battery safety.”
In other words, the overall power efficiency gains reaped from the more efficient Snapdragon 835 should more than make up for the reduced battery capacity compared to the explosive Galaxy Note 7 with its 3500 mAh battery and Snapdragon 820 processor.