Realme 8 Review: A slimmer, lighter Realme 7. There is nothing that could go wrong. Realme has seen a rapid rise in India in a short period of time. The highly competitive company has a large portfolio of smartphones.
However, the pace at which it is going means that it needs to slow down and focus its launches. Realme 8 Pro was launched along with it. The company has covered almost every price point below Rs. 20,000. However, the company sells a lot of phones, including the Narzo and 7 series models.
The Realme 8 is priced at Rs. The Realme 8 is priced at Rs. 14,999. It is basically a thinner Realme 7 with an AMOLED screen. The Realme 7 is actually a Realme 6 Pro, but with a MediaTek SoC rather than Qualcomm. Both these models are still available at comparable prices.
The Realme 8’s top-end model, which I will be reviewing, is priced at Rs. 16,999 It competes directly against the Realme Narzo 30 Pro which has a 5G SoC as well as a 120Hz display. Can you see what I’m referring to? It can be difficult to choose a Realme smartphone.
Now it’s time for you to find out how Realme 8 performs and whether or not you should continue using it.
Realme 8 Design and Display
The Realme 8’s design focuses on being slim and lightweight. Its all-plastic body allows it to be a comfortable weight at 177g and is 7.99mm thick. These figures are a big improvement on the heavy Realme 7. Although the plastic back was a disappointment, it picked up scratches very quickly. This could have been prevented by using a glass back.
The Realme 8 buttons have excellent feedback. The speaker, headphone jack and USB Type C ports are located at the bottom.
The Realme 7’s biggest change is the display. It’s a Super AMOLED panel measuring 6.4 inches with full-HD+ resolution. Realme’s nonPro number series is the first to receive the AMOLED treatment. This display also features an in-display fingerprint sensor but it lacks the Realme 7’s 90Hz refresh rate.
Although the screen protector is already applied, there is no mention of reinforced glass. Previous models did have this feature. Realme’s representative confirmed that the Realme 8 has been made with Dragontrail glass.
The Cyber Silver colour I received is not my favorite. I don’t like the rainbow effect on some sections of the back panel or the huge ‘Dare to Leap!’ slogan. This colourway is also susceptible to fingerprints. Cyber Black looks more subtle and I think it’s the one I would choose.
The Realme 8 is one the most comfortable phones I have reviewed and should be very easy to use, especially with its 5,000mAh battery. Realme could have done more to increase the premium quotient. For example, they could have offered a glass back. The contents of the box include a Type-C cable, a Type-30 charger, and a case.
Realme 8 software and Specifications
Realme 8 uses the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, which was used in the Realme 7. This has been proven to be sufficient for gaming at this price point. There are three RAM options available for the Realme 8, all with 128GB UFS 2.1 storage.
The 4GB variant costs Rs. The 6GB variant costs Rs. 14,999 while the 4GB version is priced at Rs. 14,999, the 6GB variant is Rs. 16,999 Realme provided the highest-end 8GB model for this review.
Additional specifications include Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band Wi Fi ac. There are also a variety of sensors and satellite navigation support.
Realme 8 and 8 Pro are the first phones to come with Realme UI 2.0 right out of the box. It is based on Android 11 and looks almost identical to the old version. There are subtle design and animation improvements. The icon customization menu has been upgraded and all of the privacy and security benefits that Android 11 offers have been implemented.
The new version doesn’t remove any bloatware and there are still tons of redundant and third-party apps that come preinstalled. While most of these apps can be uninstalled, Browser, which is notorious for sending you unwanted notifications, can’t.
Realme 8 Battery Life and Performance
The Realme 8’s AMOLED display instantly brightens images and videos. The brightness and contrast levels of the display are excellent, as well as their ability to withstand outdoor conditions. The fingerprint sensor in the display is fast at authenticating and facial recognition is equally reliable. Although the bottom speaker is quite loud, it would have been great to have stereo speakers.
The Realme 8 is fast in terms of performance. Although I missed the smooth scrolling experience offered by the 90Hz display, it was still very usable. The benchmark scores of the Helio G95 SoC are excellent, scoring 2,895,587 points in anTuTu. Even when I was gaming for extended periods, there were no heating issues. This is a good thing, because games ran smoothly and looked great on this display.
The Realme 8 has a long battery life. With heavy usage, the 5,000mAh battery was enough to last me for an entire working day. It also lasted longer when I used it less frequently. It ran for 24 hours and 11 seconds in our HD video loop test. It can be charged fully with 30W fast charging in just 65 minutes. It also supports USB Type-C Power Delivery, (PD), fast charging (upto 15W).
Realme 8 Cameras
In terms of specs, the rear cameras are very similar to those on the Realme 7. The back features a 64-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and two-megapixel monochrome cameras. The primary 64-megapixel sensor, however, is made by Omnivision, not Sony like the one on Realme 7.
The camera comes with a 16-megapixel self-portrait camera. The camera app has a wide range of shooting modes that are similar to those found on other Realme smartphones.
Unfortunately, the image quality is less than I saw with the Realme 7. Although landscape shots were good when viewed on the phone’s screen, they often looked flat and blurred. As expected, the ultra-wide camera produced weaker details with obvious barrel distortion at the edges.
Although close-ups were better at capturing details, they tend to look more processed when magnified. You can leave the AI scene enhancer off if you prefer a natural look.
If I used Nightscape mode, low-light photos were often grainy. This helped me get acceptable low-light photos using the ultra-wide camera. The autofocus was not very good in low-light conditions, so it sometimes took several attempts to get a good shot.
Realme 8 can record video at 4K 30fps but without stabilisation. The video quality is average. The phone attempts to stabilize footage at 1080p but does a poor job. The ultra-wide camera can also be used to shoot video, but it has poor quality and no stabilization. Video quality in low light isn’t the best, unless your subject is well lit.
While selfies taken during the day look good, low-light shots are not as impressive. Although the macro camera allows you to get close-ups, it isn’t very good. The portrait mode works well, and you have many filters to choose from.
The cameras of the Realme 8 can be serviced in the right conditions. However, this model is not as feature-rich or superior to the Realme 7.
It’s clear that the Realme 8 is nothing more than a Realme 7 (Review), with an AMOLED screen and slightly poorer camera performance. The Realme 7 is still my preferred choice, as it is less expensive, has a 90Hz display and should get an Android 11 update.
The Realme 8 has one real advantage: it is lighter and slimmer than the 7. Realme will soon launch a 5G version. It could retail between the Realme 8 Pro and the 8 Pro.
The Realme 8’s top-end variant is more difficult to sell than its base variant. However, the Realme Narzo 30 Pro, which offers a stronger 5G SoC and a 120Hz display, is also available at the same cost. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is also available at Rs. 16,999.
It’s better than the Realme 8 in almost every way. 16,999 The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is almost identical to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review), and we liked it quite a lot.
Although the Realme 8 may not have any major flaws, it isn’t the most unique of its siblings. This makes it difficult to recommend.
Also read: Realme Narzo 30 Review