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The Realme 8 Phone Review

 

The Realme 8 Phone Review

Overview

The Realme 8 was released on March 25, 2021, and surprisingly it got a nice display for such a cheap phone. Another participant in the smartphone market. Although Realme 8 looks so like the Pro variant, it is built around a 6.4" FullHD+ AMOLED screen with a punch hole in the upper-left corner for the 16MP selfie camera. The password-less unlocking fingerprint reader below surprisingly performs much better than the 8 Pros. But like 8 Pro, its rear panel houses a quad-camera system in the top-left corner. However, the Realme 8 primary camera comes with a 64MP sensor all the while retaining the rest.

In its belly rest the Mediatek Helio G95 chipset like the Realme 7. It runs on an Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0. The Realme 8 is heavier by at least a gram than the 8 Pro but 0.1mm slimmer despite having a bigger 5000 mAh battery. Realme has achieved a good job keeping the Realme 8 profile sleek and slim, a form factor that makes it easier to hold.

Furthermore, the Realme 8 supports WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, FM Radio, and SatNav systems. But apart from the lack of 5G, it also missing the NFC capabilities. So just keep that in mind if you often use this feature.

The Design -

The Realme 8 Design

Although Realme 8 share a close likeness to its 8 Pro siblings, it bears one very notable difference. This one gets a glossy plastic finish but still uses the same metallic-looking body that keeps everything in place. Additionally, very visible on the back cover is this big "Dare To Leap" text, placed on a vertical stripe much like the camera plate that reflects the colors of the rainbow at different angles. There are also four large circles that represent the square-shaped camera module, giving it a slightly unique look. On the left is a triple card tray that can hold two nano-sized SIM cards and a MicroSD card with expandable storage of up to 1TB. On the right side of the body are the power button and volume keys. At the top is a secondary microphone. At the bottom of the body are the USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, the main microphone, and a grilled speaker.

The Display –

With forceful colors and inky blacks that one expects to see from an AMOLED display, Realme 8 done attractively good! The display is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution, the same screen as the Pro. It comes with a pixel density of around 411ppi and still doing well at 1000 nits, a cakewalk of sort even under the sun.

Furthermore, with a 180Hz touch rate, the screen is exceptionally responsive, perfect for a few fast-paced cutthroat gaming. It also comes with a display setting that allows choosing between Cool, Default, and Warm look. In addition, it comes with OSEI visual effect making everything generally pleasant and lively. And not only that, farther at the top, is a punch-hole cutout on the screen’s left corner housing the 16MP front shooter. Overall, the Realme 8 does offers a superior display with excellent illumination levels and viewing angles.

The Cameras -

The Realme 8 Main Cameras


Foremost, the Realme 8 is a very capable shooter in daylight! Why? Because the Realme 8 has a host of camera features. It comes with Starry Mode, Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh, Dual-view Video, and a new Tilt-shift mode. With a quad-camera that consist of a 64 MP F1.8 main lens, an 8MP F2.3 119° ultra-wide, a 2MP F2.4 macro, and another 2MP F2.4 for depth sensing, shooting is a thing of the past. At the same time, the 16MP F2.5 camera is the favorite to handles selfies.

Though the Realme 8 Pro does boast a larger rear camera, it does not mean that a 64MP camera is not just as good. It still did get a good amount of detail devoid of too much noise. While it is being said that Realme 8 does not come with a high refresh rate screen, it has otherwise enhanced the panel to offer clearer color reproduction, improved contrast, and an overall brighter screen. It comes with it the possibility of getting that natural look.

Turning on AI Color enhancement does help in a few situations, but then again it sometimes tends to look a bit oversaturated, notably when it comes to nature and plants. It is nice to see that portrait mode does work like magic with good subject-background separation. Realme 8 is likewise capable of up to 10x Digital Zoom, though it is a long way from picture-perfect when zoomed to the max, at any rate, it still gets the job well done.

The night mode does a fairly good job at improving the exposure and reducing noise in poorly lit conditions. But it still getting a mixed set of results depending on how much light is available for the camera to use. Shooting in a spot with practically no source of light, it would not be getting much of a difference except maybe make things a bit sharper with some added contrast. But in a place with a fair amount of lighting, it does get a significant difference.

The Performance -

Instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Realme 8 is getting a MediaTek Helio G95 processor coupled with a Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. It is the same chipset used in the Realme 7. For avid gamers, the graphics and frame rate setting will be set to high by default. And though it runs as smooth as it already is, both can still be bumped up to a remarkably high and even have the frame rate maxed out. Although far-off from being able to handle the maximum quality setting, it is by far very much playable. And more importantly, it does not stutter and hangs.

For the software, the Realme 8 runs on Android 11 with realme UI 2.0 skinned on top and out of 128GB of storage. So there seems to be 111GB of usable space left, which is still a good amount of storage. Thus, loading with a lot of apps and games would not be a problem. And with up to 1TB of storage, more things can be stored, like multimedia files.

The Full Realme 8 specifications:

NETWORK: 

Technology:                         GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands:                             GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G bands:                             HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

4G bands:                             1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41

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BODY:

Dimensions:                         160.6 x 73.9 x 8 mm (6.32 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)

Weight:                                 177 g (6.24 oz)

Build:                                     Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back

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DISPLAY:

Type:                                     Super AMOLED, 1000 nits (peak)

Size:                                       6.4 inches, 98.9 cm2 (~83.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:                           1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~411 ppi density)

                                                Always-on display

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PLATFORM:

Operating System:             Android 11, Realme UI 2.0

Chipset:                                 Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm)

CPU:                                       Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz                                                                              Cortex-A55)

GPU:                                      Mali-G76 MC4

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SPEED:                                   HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A    

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MEMORY:

Card Slot:                              microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal:                                128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM                                                                    UFS 2.1

SIM:                                        Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

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MAIN CAMERA:

Quad:                                     64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73", 0.8µm, PDAF

                                                8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm

                                                2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

                                                2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Features:                              LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video:                                    4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

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SELFIE CAMERA:

Single:                                    16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.0", 1.0µm

Features:                              HDR, panorama

Video:                                    1080p@30/120fps, gyro-EIS

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SOUND:

Loudspeaker:                       Yes

3.5mm Jack:                        Yes

                                                24-bit/192kHz audio

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COMMS:

WLAN:                                   Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth:                            5.1, A2DP, LE

GPS:                                       Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC:                                       Yes (market/region dependent)

Radio:                                    FM radio

USB:                                       USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

 

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SENSORS:                             Fingerprint (under the display, optical), accelerometer,                                                gyro, proximity, compass

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BATTERY:

Type:                                      Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable

Charging:                              Fast charging 30W, 50% in 26 min, 100% in 65 min                                                                          (advertised)

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MISCELLANEOUS:

Colors:                                   Cyber Silver, Cyber Black

Models:                                 RMX3085

Price:                                     $ 212.99

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Conclusion

The realme 8, despite lacking the pro title, is still quite a great mid-range phone.

However, it is still a solid smartphone compared to other devices in this segment. You get a 120Hz AMOLED display, a better set of cameras, a decent performance, and stereo speakers. And if gaming enjoyment is also the main concern for you, this might even be a better choice than the 8 Pro.

The realme 8 is the more affordable but still highly capable version of its 8 Pro counterparts.

 


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