Following the introduction of the Realme X7 and Narzo 30 series smartphones, Realme is back with another smartphone launch. As mentioned earlier, the company has officially launched the Realme 8 Pro and Realme 8 smartphones in the Indian market. In this article we are going to give you the first impressions of Realme 8 Pro. The Realme 8 Pro is the successor to the Realme 7 Pro, which was launched six months ago. It is available in Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Illuminating Yellow color options. However, the slogan “Dare To Leap” on the back makes the device look a bit cheap.
The base variant of the Realme 8 Pro has 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 the Realme 8 Pro, the company also used pure yellow packaging again. The smaller compartment in the box contains the SIM ejector tool, the TPU protective cover, the safety instructions and the quick start guide. Underneath is the Realme 8 Pro in Infinite Blue. The sales package also includes a 65W power adapter and a USB Type-C cable.
Our Infinite Blue Realme 8 Pro has a glittering, matte finish that definitely avoids fingerprints and stains. However, instead of being smooth, the back side feels rough. Both the on / off switch and the volume rocker are on the right edge. The triple card slot for two nano SIMs and a microSD is on the left. At the bottom of the device are the 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker. There is also a secondary microphone on the top edge.
On the front of the device is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels). While the display adjusts to a refresh rate of 60 Hz, it has a touch sampling rate of 180 Hz. With the minimal bezels on top and on the sides, the device offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Realme has also enabled the Always-On Display (AOD) option on this device. In terms of performance, the company chose to use the legacy 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G mobile platform offered with the Realme 7 Pro. It has an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 618 GPU.
The chipset comes with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 flash memory. There is also a dedicated MicroSD card slot for further expansion of the storage. The Realme 8 Pro, along with the Realme 8, is the first smartphone to run on Realme UI 2.0 by default. For the uninitiated, the Realme UI 2.0 is based on the latest Android 11 operating system. If you’re a fan of Dark Mode, the Realme 8 Pro offers three different styles: Enhanced, Medium, Gentle. The device is 8.1 mm thick and weighs 176 grams, and while the device is undoubtedly light, the battery life is not that exceptional.
It is equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery and, with normal use, will last until the end of the day. Note that you will often have to collect fees when you play games. While the Realme 8 Pro comes with a 65W power adapter, it only supports 50W SuperDart charging. In terms of cameras, the Realme 8 Pro offers a quad camera setup on the back. For the main camera, the company uses the 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor with a f / 1.88 aperture and PDAF. There is also an 8MP ultra wide angle lens with an aperture of f / 2.25, a 2MP macro lens with an aperture of f / 2.4, and a 2MP black and white lens with an aperture of f / 2.4.
While the photos from the main camera look great with rich and vivid colors, focus issues do arise when taking close-up shots. By default, the device takes photos with a resolution of 12 MP using 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. However, there is a special “108M” mode for taking photos with a resolution of 108 MP. The camera app also includes several new features such as 2nd generation star mode, tilt-shift time-lapse video, and dual-view video. With the upcoming OTA update, the device will also support slow motion video recording at 960 fps in 720p and 480 fps in 1080p resolutions.
For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with an aperture of f / 2.45 in the upper left corner of the display. While there is a special portrait mode for the selfie camera, edge detection is not perfect in most cases. The fingerprint sensor integrated in the AMOLED display does not react quickly. In contrast to the Realme 7 Pro, the Realme 8 Pro does not have a stereo speaker setup. Speaking of connectivity: the device supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack and USB Type-C port.
For the asking price, the Realme 8 Pro seems a bit overpriced. The lack of 5G connectivity is more than a powerful chipset. It’s also slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. In this highly competitive price range, there are some alternatives such as the Realme Narzo 30 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which offer better value for money.