Realme officially launched the Realme 8 series smartphones in India. The Realme 8 is the successor to last year’s Relame 7 smartphone. In terms of technical data, the Relame 8 also has many similarities to 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 options. Speaking of price: The basic version of the Realme 8 costs 14,999 rupees and includes 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
It is also available in 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB memory configurations and costs Rs 15,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. For the retail box, the company reverted to the all-yellow color scheme. To open the box, there is a small compartment with the SIM ejector tool, the TPU protective cover and the quick start guide. Next up is the Realme 8 smartphone in Cyber Black. The scope of delivery also includes a 30 W power adapter and a USB Type-C cable. The device is supplied with a glossy polycarbonate housing with a plastic frame.
The device has a huge slogan “Dare To Leap” on the back. not as Realme 8 ProThe Realme 8 looks classy and elegant, but attracts fingerprints and stains. Apart from the back, both Realme 8 smartphones look very identical. While the power switch and the volume rocker are on the right, the triple card slot (two nano SIMs and a microSD card) is on the left. At the bottom is a 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker.
There is a secondary microphone at the top of the device. While the Realme 7 has a 90 Hz LCD panel, the new Realme 8 has a 60 Hz AMOLED panel. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels) and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Xiaomi sells the Redmi Note 10 Pro with a 120 Hz AMOLED display in the same price range. Just like the Realme 7, the Realme 8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor.
While the Helio G95 can handle all of your gaming and multitasking tasks, the company should be using the latest chipset, or at least one with a 5G modem. The device also includes a copper liquid cooling system for a better gaming experience. It comes with 4 GB / 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.1 flash storage. The Realme 8 runs on the latest Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11. On the back of the device there is a 64-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of 1: 1.79, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an aperture of 1 : 2.25 and a 2-megapixel camera macro camera with a f / 2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel black and white camera with a f / 2.4 aperture.
By default, the device takes photos in 16 MP. However, there is a special 64M mode for taking photos in 64MP resolution. The photos taken in the 16MP resolution look decent for a phone at this price point. It also supports video recording up to 4K / 30fps. For slow motion videos, the user can choose between 240 fps in 720p and 120 fps in 1080p resolutions. The selfie camera with 16 MP in the display and an aperture of 1: 2.45 remains the same on the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro smartphones.
The built-in fingerprint scanner on this device is slow and unreliable. Compared to the Pro Monicker, the Realme 8 has a slightly larger 5,000 mAh battery. Instead of SuperDart, the device is satisfied with the 30 W dart charge, with which the device can be fully charged from 0 to 100 percent in just 65 minutes. In addition, the device supports up to 15W PD charging for charging with conventional fast chargers. For the smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery, the Realme 8 weighs only 177 grams and is 7.99 mm thick.
On the connectivity side, the device supports 4G VoLTE, dual-band WiFi (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port. The device ships with Android 11 and includes the Android security patch from February 2021. While the device performs well in everyday use, there is nothing out of the ordinary that could recommend the Realme 8 over the competition. The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers a 120 Hz AMOLED display and Snapdragon 732G for 15,999 rupees. If you can compromise on the AMOLED display, the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G With a 120 Hz LCD display and Dimensions 800U 5G chipset, this is a much better deal.