Realme 8 Pro Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back


Realme launched its Eight sequence lately consisting of the Realme Eight and the Realme Eight Professional. These smartphones are successors to the Realme 7 and the Realme 7 Professional respectively and have some good {hardware} together with AMOLED shows. So is the Realme Eight Professional a worthy improve over the Realme 7 Professional, And must you decide it over the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional? I put it to the take a look at to search out out.


Realme Eight Professional value in India

The Realme 8 Pro begins at Rs 17,999 for the bottom variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, whereas the opposite variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 19,999. Realme provides the Eight Professional in three color choices: Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Illuminating Yellow. The latter has a glow-in-the-dark end, which is a really uncommon design component in the mean time.

Realme Eight Professional design

Realme has taken a brand new strategy to design, and the Realme Eight Professional has some daring styling. The corporate has plastered its tagline “Dare to Leap” throughout the again of the smartphone. The textual content has a shiny end which makes it pop towards the fine-textured end on the remainder of the again. Realme has additionally gone with shiny colors for this smartphone, referred to as Infinite Blue and Illuminating Yellow. In the event you would favor one thing refined, the Infinite Black choice is the one for you.

The second spotlight of the Realme Eight Professional is its cameras. It has a quad-camera setup on the again that protrudes in a two-step design. Step one homes the flash whereas the second has 4 particular person digital camera lenses. I discovered the Realme Eight Professional to be comparatively slim and straightforward to make use of. The again of the smartphone curves across the sides which makes it snug to carry the gadget.

The Realme Eight Professional has a 6.4-inch AMOLED show with a gap punch


From the entrance, the Realme Eight Professional appears to be like like its predecessor, the Realme 7 Professional. It nonetheless has an enormous 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a hole-punch entrance digital camera within the prime left nook. The borders on the edges are acceptable although the chin is a tad greater as compared. The body of the Realme Eight Professional is made out of plastic, and the facility and the quantity buttons are on the proper. These buttons are nicely positioned and had been simple to succeed in throughout one-handed use. The SIM tray is on the left aspect, whereas all of the ports are on the backside.

You get a 4,500mAh battery which is about common for a smartphone as of late. This has helped Realme maintain the burden of the Eight Professional right down to 176g, and thickness at 8.1mm. The battery is able to 50W quick charging and Realme has bundled a 65W charger within the field.

Realme Eight Professional specs and software program

Realme hasn’t fiddled round with the specs, and in comparison with the Realme 7 Pro (Review), it’s largely unchanged. The Realme Eight Professional nonetheless has a 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ decision and in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s also powered by the identical Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, and the RAM and storage combos stay unchanged as nicely at 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The battery capability can be the identical at 4,500mAh however charging velocity is proscribed to 50W whereas the Realme 7 Professional may cost at 65W.

The Realme Eight Professional is claimed to have a brighter show in comparison with the Realme 7 Professional, however this new mannequin misses out on stereo audio system and makes use of Asahi Dragontrail bolstered glass as an alternative of Corning Gorilla Glass. You will additionally should accept Bluetooth 5.Zero as an alternative of Bluetooth 5.1. Alternatively, a few of the enhancements embody a greater main digital camera, and Android 11 out of the field in comparison with Android 10, which the Realme 7 Professional provided.

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Realme’s tagline is plastered throughout the again


Realme provides its customized Realme UI 2.Zero on prime of Android 11 together with the February Android safety patch, which is barely dated at this level. The UI is customised however to not the purpose of confusion. It is possible for you to to search out the proper settings simply. The Settings app has a piece referred to as Realme Labs which has experimental beta options that you would be able to strive earlier than they probably get launched in a software program replace.

The Realme Eight Professional has a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled. Aside from a number of Google apps, it has Flipkart, Amazon, Realme Neighborhood, Heyfun, Snapchat and some different apps. I obtained a number of spammy notifications from the HeyFun, the Themes retailer, and the browser.

Realme Eight Professional efficiency

The Realme Eight Professional managed to ship good efficiency, and I didn’t face any points whereas utilizing it with on a regular basis apps. The show is crisp and it will get shiny sufficient outdoor, although I might have appreciated to have had stereo audio system. I discovered the in-display fingerprint scanner to be fast to unlock the smartphone.

The Realme Eight Professional ran Name of Obligation Cell with none points, and it defaulted to the Excessive preset for graphics in addition to body fee. The sport ran nice at these settings and I didn’t discover any lag or stutter. The Realme Eight Professional was barely heat to the contact after enjoying the sport for 20 minutes and registered a six % battery drop.

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The Realme Eight Professional has a 108-megapixel main digital camera


I ran our complete suite of benchmarks to see how the Realme Eight Professional fares towards a few of the competitors. In AnTuTu, it managed to attain 2,87,443 factors, whereas it scored 852 in PCMark Work 2.0. In graphics benchmark GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automobile Chase scenes, the Realme Eight Professional scored 60fps and 16fps respectively. Surprisingly the scores are fairly much like these of its extra inexpensive sibling, the Realme 8.

The battery on the Realme Eight Professional lasted me a couple of day and a half. In our HD video loop take a look at, the telephone managed to go on for 26 hours and 14 minutes which is an excellent rating. The Realme Eight Professional fees at 50W and it was able to attending to 75 % in 30 minutes. Quick charging meant that I by no means needed to maintain the telephone plugged in for too lengthy.

Realme Eight Professional cameras

One main change with the Realme Eight Professional in comparison with the Realme 7 Professional is its cameras. The Realme Eight Professional homes a 108-megapixel main rear digital camera which is not quite common within the sub-Rs. 20,000 market. It additionally has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel B&W digital camera. The digital camera app UI is straightforward to make use of and I didn’t have any points discovering the proper setting. There’s a fast toggle to allow AI Scene enhancement, and when enabled, the telephone is fast to detect any scene and arrange for it accordingly.

Daylight photographs taken with the Realme Eight Professional had been respectable. Objects at a distance had been recognisable however weren’t as sharp as I might have appreciated. I discovered the AI to be a tad aggressive, bumping up color saturation unnecessarily at instances. You do have the choice to shoot on the full 108-megapixel decision, and the telephone takes barely longer to seize the shot. Pictures shot at this decision had higher particulars. If you wish to crop into a photograph after capturing, you’ll be higher off utilizing this decision.

Realme Eight Professional daylight digital camera pattern with out AI (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme Eight Professional daylight digital camera pattern with AI (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme Eight Professional ultra-wide-angle digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Shut-ups had been good, and the telephone does handle a gentle depth impact across the topic. Nevertheless, I observed that the Realme Eight Professional did not seize particulars very nicely when capturing shiny purple flowers. Portrait photographs had been higher, with good edge detection between the topic and the background. The telephone additionally enables you to set the extent of blur earlier than taking the shot.

Realme Eight Professional close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme Eight Professional portrait digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


The ultra-wide angle digital camera produced softer photos which lacked particulars, so it is best to make use of it for panorama photographs. The macro digital camera is proscribed when it comes to decision nevertheless it does assist in delivering a pointy usable shot at shut vary.

Low-light photographs taken within the default mode regarded good, however particulars weren’t as sharp on zooming in. The Night time mode takes about 5 seconds to take a shot and produced sharper photos with higher particulars.

Realme Eight Professional low-light digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme Eight Professional night time mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Selfies taken with the Realme Eight Professional had been crisp and the telephone managed to seize sharp photographs in most lighting situations. It does provide the choice to take portrait selfies as nicely. These images had good edge detection and it may detect faces even with masks on.

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Realme Eight Professional low-light portrait selfie digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Video recording tops out at 4K for the first digital camera nevertheless it lacks stabilisation at this decision. Footage shot at 1080p is not stabilised by default and you want to allow Extremely Regular mode manually. There may be an Extremely Regular Max mode as nicely, which shoots footage utilizing the ultra-wide-angle digital camera for higher stability. The method appears unnecessarily difficult, with an additional step for stabilisation. Video high quality was common general.


The Realme Eight sequence shouldn’t be a big improve over the Realme 7 sequence. We didn’t discover the Realme Eight to be considerably totally different than its predecessor, and the Realme Eight Professional is not an enormous leap both. Surprisingly, the record of function subtractions is rather a lot longer than the record of additives on the Realme Eight Professional. Sure, the telephone is priced decrease than the Realme 7 Professional, however I nonetheless do not suppose it supplies the identical sort of worth for cash.

The Realme 7 Pro (Review) could be a greater decide over the Realme Eight Professional for most individuals, because you get sooner charging, stereo audio system, and higher general digital camera efficiency, plus you may get it at a superb value when it goes on sale. Alternatively, you might additionally avoid wasting cash and decide the Redmi Note 10 Pro as an alternative.


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