Realme 8 Pro hands-on: how good is the Realme 7 Pro successor?

The Realme 8 Pro is the latest smartphone from the Chinese brand and hits the market just six months after the Realme 7 Pro was announced. The main focus of the phone is on the 108 megapixel camera and support for charging with 50W SuperDart. The phone was launched in Europe and Asia along with its Realme 8 sibling on Wednesday March 24, 2021. Check out our first impressions of the phone.

Who is Realme 8 Pro for?

There’s no denying that Realme intends to target young people with the Realme 8 series. The company aims to provide a combination of good design, great performance and user experience with these phones. Although I’m not exactly part of Realme’s target group, I wrote my impressions about Realme 8 Pro under this view.

Realme also clearly intends for the Realme 8 series to compete against other competing phones from brands like Samsung and Xiaomi, which have multiple offerings in this price range.[etinghandsetsfrombrandslikeSamsungandXiaomiwhohaveseveralofferingsinthispricebracket[etinghandsetsfrombrandslike SamsungandXiaomiwhohaveseveralofferingsinthispricebracket

NextPit Realme 8 Pro front camera

Despite the emphasis on the main camera, selfies are equally important for the target group of the Realme 8 Pro / © NextPit

Realme’s relatively short startup cycle has some advantages and pitfalls. On the one hand, moving from one generation to the next does not bring any significant changes in terms of design and software, but it also allows the company to fix problems it faced in the last generation and therefore to bring a lot to the users – improved product. And that’s noticeable when I picked up the Realme 8 Pro. While one side of the smartphone had strong similarities to the previous generation, there are other areas where the phone has made significant progress over the Realme 7 Pro.

Design and build

The Realme 8 Pro doesn’t look too different from its predecessor. The main differences between the two are mainly in the rear, as the new model has a bolder and more eye-catching design. The variant that we received for checking is given an attractive color gradient and also offers a nice texture. I also noticed that the phone is quite resistant to fingerprint marks.

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The gradient finish and slim design of the Realme 8 Pro catch the eye / © NextPit

The large text “Dare to Leap” on the back cannot be overlooked and is a questionable design decision. Another major change on the back is the highlighting of the quad camera module with a metallic finish on the edges and large relief circles that highlight the location of the four lenses. The lenses are housed in large circles – a step in making them look bigger than they actually are. The camera bump is pretty significant – and the silicone case Realme ships with the phone does a good job of protecting the sides of the lenses.

And in case you’re wondering, these things are included in the Realme 8 Pro’s box: SIM ejector, USB-C to USB-A cable, and the 65W SuperDart charger.

Super AMOLED screen

The display of the Realme 8 Pro is an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Unlike its main competitor – the Redmi Note 10 Pro – this one only supports the standard refresh rate of 60 Hz. This display offers good contrast and decent color reproduction with the traditional settings for color temperature and calibration settings to improve brightness or color gamut .

NextPit Realme 8 Pro display

From the front, the Realme 8 Pro doesn’t look too different from its predecessor / © NextPit

The introduction of a Super AMOLED panel also means that Realme was able to put a fingerprint scanner in the display below the display. This under-display scanner was not as fast as normal fingerprint sensors, but it was quite fast and largely error-free during my use.

Performance and Realme UI

The Realme 8 Pro comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor. My first impressions were mostly positive as the phone performed well for me overall. The Snapdragon 720G has similar specifications as the Snapdragon 730 and 730G with two powerful ARM Cortex-A76 cores with up to 2.3 GHz, six highly efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores with up to 1.8 GHz and the Adreno 618 GPU.

Realme 8 Pro benchmarks

Average of five tests with about 5 minutes between runs

Realme 8 Pro (720G)Realme 7 Pro (720G)OnePlus North (765G)
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme ES 3.12.5852.5233,219
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme Volcano2,4432,3683,002
3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.03,6713,5514,425
Geekbench 5 (single / multi)568 / 1,685575 / 1.784605 / 1.936
PassMark RAM19,79920,63721,799
PassMark storage38,68342.77464,489

It’s worth noting that the Realme 8 Pro didn’t show any signs of overheating or major discrepancies between benchmark rounds during testing.

Realme UI 2.0

This is my first time using Realme’s updated UI, so I don’t have a good basis to compare it to previous models from the company. However, I found that the software was fast and navigating the menus was fluid within the limits of the 60Hz refresh rate on the screen.

The Realme skin offers a minimalist look with the expected customization that Realme offers. One feature I really liked was Game Space, which promises to optimize game performance, reduce distractions from on-screen notifications, and provide quick access to screenshots and video recordings.

Interestingly, the Realme UI 2.0 doesn’t hide the legacy of Oppo and Color with a screen that identifies the system as “ColorOS 11” in the “Version” menu. However, this is just a detail that should only interest those who follow the manufacturers’ pedigree.

108 megapixel camera

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The camera module of the Realme 8 Pro / © NextPit

Probably the biggest highlight of the Realme 8 Pro is its camera, at least on paper. The phone uses the Samsung ISOCELL HM2 as the main sensor with a resolution of 108 megapixels and has already been used on other phones such as the Redmi K40 + Pro and the recently announced Redmi Note 10 Pro.

While I haven’t had time to do a full evaluation of the camera, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not the same HM3 sensor used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra or the HMX used in Xiaomi’s flagships. While the sensors of these top models measure 1 / 1.33 “, the HM2 takes up a smaller area with 1 / 1.52”, which means a smaller pixel size (0.7 compared to 0.8 μm) and consequently a lower sensitivity for the light intake leads. But that’s no reason to complain about the phone’s pricing. My first impressions of the camera were good. Check out the photos taken by the phone in the gallery below

Battery and SuperDart are already known

The Realme 8 Pro has a 4,500 mAh battery and a 65 W SuperDart charger. It should be noted that the phone only supports 50W fast charge.

NextPit Realme 8 Pro USB

The headphone jack lasts for another generation! / © NextPit

As a teaser, my preliminary tests reflected the observations made in the Realme 7 Pro review. When the battery was zeroed, 5 minutes was enough for a 15% charge, and after 20 minutes the Realme 8 Pro was already at 50% without showing any abnormal heat.

First impressions

My first contact with the Realme 8 Pro left me with a largely positive impression of the phone. I liked the pretty high quality finish and the eye-catching colors on the back. I was also impressed with the phone’s performance – though there’s no improvement on that front over the previous one. I’m going to rate how well the phone performs in other areas like battery life and camera quality. Also expect a detailed look at Realme UI 2.0.

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