Realme has officially launched the Realme 8 series smartphones in India. Realme 8 is the successor to last year’s Relame 7 smartphone. In terms of specifications, Relame 8 also shares many similarities with its predecessor. Let me unpack and share my first impressions of this new smartphone from Realme. The device will be available in Cyber Silver and Cyber Black color settings. Speaking of prices, the basic variant of the Realme 8 is priced at Rs 14,999 and includes 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
It is also available in 6 GB + 128 GB and 8 GB + 128 GB storage configurations and costs Rs 15,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively. For the retail box, the company moved back to the all-yellow color scheme. Opening the box, there is a small compartment containing the SIM ejector tool, protective TPU case and quick guide. Next up is the Realme 8 smartphone in Cyber Black. There is also a 30W power adapter and a USB Type-C cable in the box. The unit comes with a glossy polycarbonate finish with a plastic frame.
The device comes with a giant “Dare To Leap” slogan on the back. In contrast to Realme 8 Pro, Realme 8 looks sleek and elegant, but attracts fingerprints and stains. Apart from the rear panel finish, both Realme 8 smartphones look very identical. While the power button and volume selector are located on the right edge, the triple card slot (two nano-SIMs and a MicroSD card) is on the left side. On the lower edge there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and a speaker.
There is a secondary microphone on the top edge of the device. While the Realme 7 has a 90Hz LCD panel, the new Realme 8 comes with a 60Hz AMOLED panel. It has a 6.4 “Super AMOLED screen with Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. In the same price range, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro sells a 120Hz AMOLED screen. Like the Realme 7, the Realme 8 also comes powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor.
Although the Helio G95 can handle all your gaming and multitasking, the company should have gone with the latest chipset or at least one with a 5G modem. The device also includes Copper Liquid Cooling System to provide a better gaming experience. It comes with 4 GB / 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.1 flash storage. Realme 8 runs on the latest Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11. On the back, the device has a 64MP primary camera with f / 1.79 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide angle camera with f / 2.25 aperture, a 2MP macro camera with f / 2.4 aperture and a 2 MP black and white camera with f / 2.4 aperture.
By default, the device takes 16MP pictures. However, there is a dedicated “64M” mode for taking pictures in 64MP resolution. The pictures taken in the 16MP resolution look decent for a phone at this price. It also supports up to 4K / 30fps video recording. For slow motion videos, the user can choose between 240 fps in 720p and 120 fps in 1080p resolutions. The 16MP selfie camera in the f / 2.45 aperture display remains the same on both Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro smartphones.
The fingerprint scanner on the display of this device is slow and unreliable. Compared to the Pro monicker, the Realme 8 comes with a slightly larger 5000mAh battery. Instead of the SuperDart, the device settles for the 30W Dart Charge, which can fully charge the device from 0 to 100 percent in just 65 minutes. In addition, the device also supports up to 15W PD charging for charging using conventional quick chargers. For the smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery, the Realme 8 weighs only 177 grams and measures 7.99 mm in thickness.
On the connectivity front, the device supports 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port. The device comes with Android 11 out of the box and includes February 2021 Android security patch. Although the device works well during daily use, there is nothing extraordinary to recommend the Realme 8 over the competition. Redmi Note 10 Pro offers a 120Hz AMOLED screen and Snapdragon 732G for DKK 15,999. If you can compromise on the AMOLED screen, Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G with a 120Hz LCD screen and Dimensity 800U 5G chipset is a much better deal.