Best Realme 8 Pro Review: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Realme 8 Pro: Realme 8 Pro is the successor of the Realme 7 Pro. But is it an upgrade in all aspects?

Realme recently launched the 8 series, which includes the Realme 8 Pro and the Realme 8 Pro. These smartphones are the successors to Realme 7 Pro and Realme 7 Pro, and they feature excellent hardware and AMOLED displays. Is the Realme 8 Pro worth the upgrade to the Realme 7 Pro? And is it better than the Redmi Note 10 Pro. It was put to the test.

Realme 8 Pro Price in India

The base version of the Realme 8 Pro is priced at Rs. 17,999 and includes 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The other variant, which has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, starts at Rs. 19,999 Realme offers the 8 Pro with three color options: Infinite Blue (Infinite Black), and Illuminating Yellow (Illuminating Yellow). The glow-in-the dark finish on the latter is an unusual design element.

Realme 8 Pro Design

Realme is taking a bold approach to design with the Realme 8 Pro. The back of the smartphone has the company’s tagline “Dare to Leap”. The glossy text contrasts well with the fine-textured back. Realme also chose bright colours for this smartphone. Illuminating Yellow and Infinite Blue are the options. The Infinite Black option will suit you if you prefer something more subtle.

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

Realme 8 Pro’s cameras are the second major feature. The back of the Realme 8 Pro has a quad-camera arrangement that protrudes in two-steps. The flash is housed in the first step, while four individual lenses are found on the second. The Realme 8 Pro was very slim and easy to use. It is easy to hold the phone comfortably because the back curves around its sides.

The Realme 8 Pro’s front looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Realme 7 Pro. The display is still 6.4 inches Super AMOLED and has a hole-punch front camera at the top left. Although the borders along the sides are acceptable, the chin is slightly larger.

Realme 8 Pro’s frame is made of plastic. The power and volume buttons can be found on the right. These buttons are easily accessible and well-placed for one-handed operation. All ports and the SIM tray are located on the bottom, while the SIM tray can be found on the left.

The 4,500mAh battery is typical for smartphones these days. Realme has managed to keep the 8 Pro’s weight down to 176g and its thickness at 8.1mm. Realme included a 65W charger and a 50W fast-charging battery in the box.

Realme 8 Pro Software and Specifications

Realme hasn’t changed the specifications and it is almost unchanged when compared to the Realme 7 Pro Review. Realme 8 Pro still features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED panel with full-HD+ resolution. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor powers it. It also has the same RAM and storage options, with 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Although the battery has the same capacity at 4,500mAh, the charging speed of the Realme 7 Pro is 65W.

The Realme 8 Pro has a brighter display than the Realme 7 Pro. However, this model lacks stereo speakers and uses Asahi Dragontrail reinforced glasses instead of Corning Gorilla Glass.

Bluetooth 5.0 will be the default, and you’ll have to accept that. Some of the changes include a better primary camera and Android 11 out-of-the-box compared to Android 10 which was offered by the Realme 7 Pro.

Realme provides its own Realme UI 2.0 over Android 11 with the February Android security patches, which are slightly out of date at this point. Although the UI can be customized, it is not too confusing. It will be easy to find the correct settings.

You can access the Realme Labs section of the Settings app. This section contains experimental beta features you can test before they are introduced to the final software version.

There is a lot of bloatware in the Realme 8 Pro. It has Flipkart and Amazon as well as Realme Community, Heyfun and Snapchat. A few spammy notifications came from HeyFun, Themes, and the browser.

Realme 8 Pro Performance

I was impressed with the Realme 8 Pro’s performance and found no issues using everyday apps. It is bright and crisp, even though it would have been nice to have stereo speakers. The in-display fingerprint scanner was quick to unlock my smartphone.

Call of Duty Mobile ran flawlessly on the Realme 8 Pro. It defaulted to High for graphics and frame rate. These settings worked well and there was no stutter or lag. After playing for 20 minutes, the Realme 8 Pro felt slightly warm and had a 6 percent battery drop.

To compare the Realme 8 Pro against other competitors, I ran all of our benchmarks. It scored 2,87,443 points in AnTuTu and 852 points in PCMark Work 2.0.

The Realme 8 Pro was able to score 60fps in graphics benchmark GFXBench’s T-Rex scenes and 16fps in Car Chase scenes. Surprisingly, these scores are very similar to its cheaper sibling, Realme 8.

I was able to use the Realme 8 Pro’s battery for about a day. The phone was able to last 26 hours and 14 mins in our HD video loop test. This is a very impressive score. Realme 8 Pro charges at 50W, and can reach 75 percent in just 30 minutes. I didn’t have to leave the phone plugged in too much because of fast charging.

Realme 8 Pro Cameras

The cameras on the Realme 8 Pro are a significant improvement over the Realme 7 Pro. The Realme 8 Pro features a 108-megapixel primary back camera, which isn’t common in sub-Rs.

The market is valued at approximately 20,000. The camera also features an 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera, 2 megapixel macro cameras, and a 2 megapixel B&W camera.

The interface of the camera app is simple to use, and I had no trouble finding the correct setting. The toggle allows you to activate AI Scene Enhancement. Once enabled, the phone can quickly detect any scene and set it up accordingly.

The Realme 8 Pro was able to take decent daylight photos. Although objects at a distance were easily identifiable, they were not as sharply as I would like. The AI was a bit aggressive and increased colour saturation at times.

The phone can be set to full resolution (108 megapixels), but it takes slightly longer to capture the shot. This resolution produced better photos. This resolution is better if you need to crop a photo after you have taken it.

Close-ups were excellent and the phone did a good job of softening the depth around the subject. The Realme 8 Pro was not able to capture the details well when I shot bright red flowers. Portrait shots turned out better with excellent edge detection between the subject & background. You can also adjust the blur level before you take the shot.

Ultra-wide angle cameras produced soft images that were lacking details. It’s best to use them for landscape shots. Although the macro camera has a limited resolution, it can deliver sharp and usable shots at close range.

The default mode produced good low-light images, but the details were not as sharp when zoomed in. Night mode takes only five seconds to capture a shot, and produces sharper images with better detail.

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

The Realme 8 Pro took sharp selfies and managed to capture sharp images in all lighting conditions. You can also take portrait selfies with the Realme 8 Pro. These photos were very sharp and could even detect faces with masks.

The primary camera can record video at 4K, but there is no stabilization at this resolution. Ultra Steady mode must be manually enabled to stabilize footage shot at 1080p. Ultra Steady Max is another mode that allows for greater stability. It uses the ultra-wide angle camera to capture footage. It seems unnecessary complicated with an additional step for stabilisation. Overall, video quality was good.

Verdict

The Realme 8 series does not offer a major upgrade to the Realme 7 series. The Realme 8 series is not significantly different from its predecessor. The Realme 8 Pro also doesn’t make a big difference.

Strangely, the list omitting features is longer than the list adding them to the Realme 8 Pro. Although the phone’s price is lower than that of the Realme 7 Pro I don’t believe it offers the same value.

The Realme 7 Pro, would be a better choice than the Realme 8 Pro. It has faster charging, stereo speakers and better camera performance. Plus, you can find it for a great price when it goes on special. You could save money by choosing the Redmi Note 10 Pro.

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