Realme has had fairly the meteoric rise in India over a comparatively brief time span. The extremely aggressive firm at present has an unlimited portfolio of smartphones, however the price at which it is going, I believe it must pump the brakes a bit and take a extra centered strategy to its launches. I am referring to the just lately launched Realme 8, which launched alongside the Realme 8 Pro. The corporate has managed to cowl just about each single worth level below Rs. 20,000, however the sheer variety of telephones it now sells, together with the 7 collection, X-series and Narzo fashions, signifies that there’s numerous overlapping, with simply minute variations between a lot of them.
The Realme Eight begins at Rs. 14,999 and going purely by specs, is basically a slimmer Realme 7 with an AMOLED show. The Realme 7 itself is basically a Realme 6 Pro with a MediaTek SoC as a substitute of Qualcomm, and each these fashions are additionally nonetheless on sale at related costs. The highest-end variant of the Realme 8, which I will be reviewing, prices Rs. 16,999. This implies it competes instantly with the Realme Narzo 30 Pro, which occurs to have a 5G SoC and a 120Hz show. Do you see what I imply? Selecting a Realme smartphone right this moment might be fairly difficult.
It is time to see how the Realme Eight truly performs, and whether or not you need to hassle with it or choose one thing else.
Realme Eight design and show
The Realme 8’s design is closely centered on making it slim and light-weight, and it does an excellent job right here. The all-plastic physique helps it obtain a snug weight of simply 177g, and it is not very thick both at 7.99mm. Each these figures are massive enhancements over the hefty Realme 7. The plastic again is a little bit of a letdown, for the reason that edges picked up scuff marks very simply. A glass again may have prevented this. The buttons on the Realme Eight have good suggestions. On the backside, now we have the speaker, headphone jack, and USB Sort-C port.
The massive change in comparison with the Realme 7 lies within the show, which is a 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ decision, somewhat than an LCD panel. That is the primary time Realme’s non-Professional quantity collection has obtained the AMOLED remedy. With this show, you additionally get a speedy in-display fingerprint sensor, however you sacrifice the 90Hz refresh price that the Realme 7 supplied. The show has a display protector pre-applied however there isn’t any official point out of bolstered glass, which earlier fashions had. After we requested Realme, an organization consultant informed us that it has used Dragontrail glass on the Realme 8.
I am not a giant fan of the Cyber Silver color that I obtained, because the rainbow impact on sure sections of the again panel and the huge ‘Dare to Leap’ slogan are a bit too flashy for my style. Fingerprints are additionally a giant drawback on this colourway. The Cyber Black choice seems a bit extra subdued and might be the one I might go together with.
The Realme Eight is among the extra snug telephones I’ve reviewed just lately and must be simple to dwell with, particularly contemplating it has a 5,000mAh battery. Nonetheless, I believe Realme may have carried out much more to up the premium quotient, resembling providing a glass again as a substitute of plastic. The field contents embody a 30W charger, Sort-C cable, case, and SIM eject instrument.
Realme Eight specs and software program
The Realme Eight reuses the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC from the Realme 7, which has confirmed to be ok for gaming at this worth degree. The Realme Eight is offered in three RAM variants, all having the identical 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The 4GB variant is priced at Rs. 14,999, the 6GB variant is Rs. 15,999, and the 8GB variant is Rs. 16,999. Realme despatched me the top-end 8GB variant for this evaluation. Different specs embody dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, and the standard array of sensors and satellite tv for pc navigation help.
The Realme 8 (and eight Professional) are a few of the first telephones to ship with Realme UI 2.zero out of the field. It is based mostly on Android 11, and on the floor, it seems similar to the earlier model. Nonetheless, there are delicate design and animation modifications. There’s an upgraded icon customisation menu, and all the safety and privateness advantages that include Android 11 have been applied.
Sadly, the brand new model hasn’t shed any bloatware, and there is nonetheless a tonne of third-party and redundant apps that come pre-installed. Most of them might be uninstalled if wanted, however some resembling Browser, which might be infamous for spamming you with undesirable notification, can’t.
Realme Eight efficiency and battery life
Having an AMOLED show immediately livens up photographs and movies, making the Realme Eight a superb gadget for media consumption. The show’s distinction ranges are good and brightness is greater than sufficient even for out of doors use. The in-display fingerprint sensor may be very fast at authentication, and face recognition is simply as dependable. The underside speaker will get decently loud, though it might have been good to have had stereo audio system.
When it comes to efficiency, the Realme Eight feels snappy. I did miss the fluidity in scrolling supplied by a 90Hz show however usability was nonetheless good. The Helio G95 SoC posts good benchmark numbers too, scoring 2,89,587 factors in AnTuTu. I did not encounter any heating points, even when gaming for lengthy stretches. Talking of which, video games ran very properly and regarded good on this show.
The Realme Eight additionally delivers strong battery life. The 5,000mAh capability simply lasted me for a whole day with heavy use, and even longer when my utilization was a bit lighter. In our HD video loop take a look at, it ran for a complete of 24 hours and 11 minutes. 30W quick charging permits it to cost absolutely in roughly 65 minutes. There’s additionally help for USB Sort-C Energy Supply (PD) quick charging (as much as 15W).
Realme Eight cameras
The rear cameras are much like what we noticed on the Realme 7 by way of specs. On the again, there is a 64-megapixel major digital camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera, 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel monochrome digital camera. Nonetheless, the first 64-megapixel sensor is manufactured by Omnivision and never Sony, just like the one on the Realme 7. You get a 16-megapixel selfie digital camera. The digital camera app gives a wealthy choice of taking pictures modes, much like what we have seen on earlier Realme smartphones.
Picture high quality, sadly, is weaker than what I skilled with the Realme 7. Panorama pictures regarded alright when seen on the cellphone’s show, however upon nearer inspection, particulars and textures on objects usually appeared flat and never properly outlined. The ultra-wide digital camera produced even weaker particulars, as anticipated, with seen barrel distortion alongside the sides. Shut-ups fared a lot better by way of particulars, however they tended to have a closely processed look when magnified. The AI scene enhancer has the tendency to spice up colors, so should you choose a extra pure look, it is best to go away it off.
Low-light images typically turned out a bit grainy except I used Nightscape mode. This additionally helped get usable low-light images with the ultra-wide digital camera. For close-ups, the autofocus wasn’t very correct in less-than-ideal gentle, so at occasions, it took a couple of tries to get a superb shot.
The Realme Eight can report video at as much as 4K 30fps, however with none stabilisation. Video high quality is sort of common. At 1080p, the cellphone tries to stabilise footage however finally ends up doing a fairly poor job of it. You may shoot video with the ultra-wide digital camera too, however the high quality is beneath common and there isn’t any stabilisation. Evidently, video high quality in low gentle isn’t the very best except your topic or scene may be very properly lit.
Selfies shot through the day look respectable however ones taken in low gentle are simply pretty common. The macro digital camera permits you to get excessive close-ups however the high quality isn’t nice. Portrait mode works properly and there are numerous filters to play with.
Total, the cameras on the Realme Eight are undoubtedly serviceable in the best circumstances, however this mannequin isn’t a step up from the Realme 7 by way of options or high quality.
After spending every week with the Realme 8, it is secure to conclude that it is nothing greater than a Realme 7 (Review) with an AMOLED show and barely worse digital camera efficiency. I believe the Realme 7 continues to be a greater choose because it’s cheaper, gives a 90Hz show, and hopefully ought to obtain an Android 11 replace quickly. The one actual benefit of the Realme Eight is that it is slimmer and lighter than the 7. Realme can be preparing to launch a 5G model of the Eight very quickly, which might be priced between the Realme Eight and Realme 8 Pro, so it is value not less than ready.
The highest-end variant of the Realme Eight is a a lot more durable promote than the bottom variant, because the Realme Narzo 30 Pro is offered on the similar worth, and gives a extra highly effective 5G SoC in addition to a 120Hz show. There’s additionally the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is best than the Realme Eight in each doable method, not less than on paper, and begins at Rs. 16,999. Aside from the first rear digital camera, the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional is an identical to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review), which now we have reviewed and favored fairly a bit.
The Realme Eight won’t have any deal-breaking flaws, however it would not actually supply something particular, even when in comparison with its personal siblings, which makes it exhausting to advocate.
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