Realme 8 Pro Unboxing And First Impressions: Worthy Upgrade?

Following the launch of smartphones from the Realme X7 and Narzo 30 series, Realme is back with another smartphone launch. As previously teased, the company has officially launched Realme 8 Pro and Realme 8 smartphones in the Indian market. In this article, we give you the first impressions of Realme 8 Pro. Realme 8 Pro is the sequel to Realme 7 Pro, which was launched six months ago. It is available in infinite blue, infinite black and bright yellow color settings. However, the slogan “Dare To Leap” across the back panel makes the device look a little cheap.

The basic variant of the Realme 8 Pro comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and costs Rs 17,999. There is also an 8 GB RAM variant with the same 128 GB of internal storage, which costs Rs 19,999. With Realme 8 Pro, the company also went back to using completely yellow packaging. The smaller compartment inside the box contains SIM ejector tools, TPU protection case, security guide and quick guide. Below it is Realme 8 Pro in the infinite blue color. The retail package also includes a 65W power adapter and USB Type-C cable.

Our Infinite Blue Realme 8 Pro comes with a sparkling matte finish that definitely helps avoid fingerprints and stains. But instead of being slippery, the back panel has a hard feel. Both the on / off button and the volume selector are located on the right edge. The triple card slot to hold two nano-SIMs and a MicroSD is located on the left side. The bottom edge of the device houses the 3.5 mm headphone jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and speaker. There is also a secondary microphone on the top edge.

On the front, the device has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution. While the display is content with a 60Hz refresh rate, it comes with a 180Hz touch sampling rate. With the minimal edges at the top and sides, the device offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Realme also enabled the Always-On Display (AOD) setting on this unit. In terms of performance, the company decided to use the same old 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Mobile Platform offered with Realme 7 Pro. It has an octa-core CPU and Adreno 618 GPU.

The chipset comes paired with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 flash memory. There is also a dedicated MicroSD card slot for further expansion of the storage. Together with Realme 8, Realme 8 Pro is the first smartphones to run on Realme UI 2.0 out of the box. For the uninitiated, Realme UI 2.0 is based on the latest Android 11 OS. If you are a fan of dark mode, Realme 8 Pro offers three different styles – Enhanced, Medium, Gentle. The device measures 8.1 mm in thickness and weighs 176 grams. Although the device is undoubtedly lightweight, the battery life is not that unusual.

It has a battery of 4,500 mAh and can last until the end of the day in normal use. Note that you need to charge often if you play games. While the Realme 8 Pro comes with a 65 W power adapter, it only supports 50 W SuperDart Charge. When it comes to the cameras, the Realme 8 Pro includes a build with four cameras on the back. For the primary camera, the company uses the 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor with f / 1.88 aperture and PDAF. There is also an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f / 2.25 aperture, a 2MP macro lens with f / 2.4 aperture and a 2MP B&W lens with f / 2.4 aperture.

Although the images from the primary camera look good with rich and vibrant colors, it has focusing problems for the close-ups. By default, the device takes pictures with a resolution of 12 MP using the 9-in-1 Pixel Binning technology. However, there is a dedicated “108M” mode for taking pictures in a resolution of 108 MP. The camera app also includes several new features such as 2nd generation Starry Mode, Tilt-shift Time-lapse video and Dual-view video. With the upcoming OTA update, the device also supports slow motion video recording with 960 bps in 720p and 480 fps in 1080p resolutions.

For selfies, there is a 16MP selfie camera in the display with an f / 2.45 aperture located in the upper left corner of the screen. Although there is a dedicated portrait mode for the selfie camera, the edge detection is not perfect in most cases. The fingerprint sensor on the display integrated in the AMOLED screen does not respond quickly. Unlike Realme 7 Pro, there is no stereo speaker setup on Realme 8 Pro. Speaking of connectivity, the device supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port.

To the query, the Realme 8 Pro seems a bit overpriced. More than a powerful chipset, the lack of a 5G connection is a much bigger trade-off. It is also slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. In this very competitive price range, there are quite a few alternatives like Realme Narzo 30 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max that offer a better value for their price.

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