Realme recently unveiled its 8 Series, which consists of Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro. These smartphones are the successors of the Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro and, in addition to AMOLED displays, have good hardware. So is the Realme 8 Pro a worthy upgrade over the Realme 7 Pro, and should you choose it over the Redmi Note 10 Pro? I put it to the test to find out.
Realme 8 Pro Price in India
The Realme 8 Pro starts at Rs 17,999 for the base variant with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the other variant with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage costs at Rs. 19,999. Realme offers the 8 Pro in three color options: Infinite Blue, Infinite Black and Illuminating Yellow. The latter has a glow-in-the-dark finish, which is a very unusual design element right now.
Realme 8 Pro Design
Realme has taken a new approach to design, and the Realme 8 Pro has a bold design. The company has stuck the slogan “Dare to Leap” on the back of the smartphone. The text has a glossy finish that makes it pop against the finely textured surface on the rest of the back. Realme has also developed bright colors for this smartphone, Infinite Blue and Illuminating Yellow. If you prefer something fine, the Infinite Black option is for you.
The second highlight of the Realme 8 Pro are its cameras. It has a quad camera configuration on the back that protrudes in a two tier design. The first step contains the flash while the second contains four individual camera lenses. I found the Realme 8 Pro to be relatively slim and easy to use. The back of the smartphone is curved to the side so that you can hold the device comfortably.
From the front, the Realme 8 Pro looks like its predecessor, the Realme 7 Pro. It still has a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a pinhole camera in the top left corner. The margins on the sides are acceptable, although the chin is slightly larger in comparison. The Realme 8 Pro’s frame is made of plastic, and the power button and volume button are on the right. These buttons are well positioned and easy to reach with one-handed operation. The SIM tray is on the left, while all ports are on the bottom.
You get a 4,500 mAh battery, which is average for a smartphone these days. This has helped Realme keep the 8 Pro’s weight at 176g and thickness at 8.1mm. The battery can be charged up to 50W quickly, and Realme has a 65W charger included.
Realme 8 Pro specifications and software
Realme hasn’t messed around with the specs and is largely unchanged compared to the Realme 7 Pro (review). The Realme 8 Pro also has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with Full HD + resolution and a built-in fingerprint scanner. It’s also powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, and the RAM and storage combinations remain the same even with 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The battery capacity is also the same at 4,500 mAh, but the charging speed is limited to 50 W, while the Realme 7 Pro can be charged with 65 W.
The Realme 8 Pro is said to have a brighter display compared to the Realme 7 Pro, but this new model lacks stereo speakers and uses reinforced Asahi Dragontrail glass instead of Corning Gorilla Glass. You also have to settle for Bluetooth 5.0 instead of Bluetooth 5.1. On the flip side, the improvements include a better primary camera and out-of-the-box Android 11 compared to Android 10 that Realme 7 Pro offered.
Realme is offering its Realme custom UI 2.0 in addition to Android 11 along with the February Android security patch for February, which was slightly deprecated. The user interface is customized, but not to the point of confusion. You can easily find the right settings. The Settings app has a section called Realme Labs with experimental beta features that you can try out before they may be introduced in a software update.
A lot of bloatware is preinstalled on the Realme 8 Pro. Aside from a few Google apps, there are Flipkart, Amazon, Realme Community, Heyfun, Snapchat, and a few other apps. I received some spam notifications from HeyFun, the Themes Store, and the browser.
Realme 8 Pro performance
The Realme 8 Pro performed well, and I had no problems using it with everyday apps. The display is sharp and gets bright enough outdoors, although I would have liked to have stereo speakers. I found that the built-in fingerprint scanner can unlock the smartphone quickly.
Call of Duty Mobile ran fine on the Realme 8 Pro, and it defaulted to the high graphics and frame rate preset. The game ran fine at these settings and I didn’t notice any lag or stuttering. The Realme 8 Pro felt slightly warm after 20 minutes of gaming and recorded a six percent battery loss.
I ran our entire series of benchmarks to see how the Realme 8 Pro fares against some of its competitors. 2.87.443 points were achieved in AnTuTu and 852 in PCMark Work 2.0. In the T-Rex and Car Chase scenes of the GFXBench graphics benchmark, the Realme 8 Pro achieved 60 fps and 16 fps, respectively. Surprisingly, the results are pretty similar to those of its cheaper Realme 8 sibling.
The Realme 8 Pro’s battery lasted about a day and a half. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 26 hours and 14 minutes, which is a very good score. The Realme 8 Pro is charged with 50 W and could reach 75 percent in 30 minutes. With the fast charging, I never had to leave the phone connected for too long.
Realme 8 Pro cameras
A major change in the Realme 8 Pro compared to the Realme 7 Pro are the cameras. The Realme 8 Pro has a 108-megapixel primary rear camera that isn’t very common in the Sub-Rs. 20,000 market. It also has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel black and white camera. The camera app’s user interface is easy to use and I had no problem finding the right setting. There is a quick toggle to activate the AI scene enhancement. When this option is enabled, the phone will quickly recognize each scene and set it up accordingly.
Daylight shots taken with the Realme 8 Pro were decent. Objects at a distance could be seen, but not as sharp as I would have liked. I found the AI a bit aggressive and sometimes increased the color saturation unnecessarily. You have the option to record at the full resolution of 108 megapixels and it will take the phone a little longer to record. Photos taken at this resolution had better details. If you want to crop a photo after taking it, this is the resolution you should use.
Close-ups were good and the phone created a soft effect of depth around the subject. I did notice, however, that the Realme 8 Pro was not able to capture any details well when shooting bright red flowers. Portraits were better, with good edge detection between the subject and the background. The phone also allows you to adjust the blur before taking the picture.
The ultra-wide-angle camera produced softer images that lacked detail. Therefore, it is best to use it for landscape shots. The resolution of the macro camera is limited, but it helps to get a sharp, usable shot at close range.
Low-light shots taken in standard mode looked fine, but the details weren’t as sharp when zoomed in. Night mode takes about five seconds to take a picture and produce sharper images with better detail.
Selfies taken with the Realme 8 Pro were sharp and the phone was able to take clear pictures in most lighting conditions. It also offers the ability to take portrait selfies. These photos had good edge detection and could recognize faces even with masks on.
The video recording for the main camera is 4K, but this resolution lacks stabilization. Recordings recorded at 1080p are not stabilized by default and you will need to activate Ultra Steady mode manually. There is also an Ultra Steady Max mode that takes pictures with the ultra wide angle camera for better stability. The process seems unnecessarily complicated, with an added step of stabilization. The overall video quality was average.
The Realme 8 series is not a significant upgrade from the Realme 7 series. We found that the Realme 8 isn’t that much different from its predecessor, and the Realme 8 Pro isn’t a huge leap, either. Oddly enough, the list of feature subtractions is much longer than the list of additions in Realme 8 Pro. Yes, the phone is cheaper than the Realme 7 Pro, but I still don’t think it’s the same value for money.
The Realme 7 Pro (review) is a better choice than the Realme 8 Pro for most people because it gives you faster charging, stereo speakers, better overall camera performance, and a good price when it goes on sale. Alternatively, you can also save some money and choose the Redmi Note 10 Pro instead.