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 lately launched Realme 8, which launched alongside the Realme 8 Pro. The corporate has managed to cowl just about each single worth level beneath Rs. 20,000, however the sheer variety of telephones it now sells, together with the 7 collection, X-series and Narzo fashions, implies that there’s a whole lot of 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 an alternative of Qualcomm, and each these fashions are additionally nonetheless on sale at comparable costs. The highest-end variant of the Realme 8, which I will be reviewing, prices Rs. 16,999. This implies it competes straight 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 as we speak will be fairly difficult.
It is time to see how the Realme Eight really performs, and whether or not you must trouble 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 huge 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 might have prevented this. The buttons on the Realme Eight have good suggestions. On the backside, we’ve got the speaker, headphone jack, and USB Kind-C port.
The large 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, fairly than an LCD panel. That is the primary time Realme’s non-Professional quantity collection has acquired the AMOLED therapy. 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 screen protector pre-applied however there is not any official point out of bolstered glass, which earlier fashions had. Once we requested Realme, an organization consultant advised us that it has used Dragontrail glass on the Realme 8.
I am not a giant fan of the Cyber Silver color that I acquired, 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 appears to be like a bit extra subdued and might be the one I would go together with.
The Realme Eight is without doubt one of the extra comfy telephones I’ve reviewed lately and needs to be simple to reside with, particularly contemplating it has a 5,000mAh battery. Nonetheless, I believe Realme might have accomplished much more to up the premium quotient, similar to providing a glass again as an alternative of plastic. The field contents embrace a 30W charger, Kind-C cable, case, and SIM eject device.
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 obtainable 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 overview. Different specs embrace dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, and the standard array of sensors and satellite tv for pc navigation assist.
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 appears to be like similar to the earlier model. Nonetheless, there are refined design and animation modifications. There’s an upgraded icon customisation menu, and all the safety and privateness advantages that include Android 11 have been carried out.
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 will be uninstalled if wanted, however some similar to Browser, which will be infamous for spamming you with undesirable notification, can’t.
Realme Eight efficiency and battery life
Having an AMOLED show immediately livens up pictures and movies, making the Realme Eight a very good machine 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.
By way of 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 nicely and seemed good on this show.
The Realme Eight additionally delivers strong battery life. The 5,000mAh capability simply lasted me for a complete day with heavy use, and even longer when my utilization was a bit lighter. In our HD video loop check, it ran for a complete of 24 hours and 11 minutes. 30W quick charging permits it to cost totally in roughly 65 minutes. There’s additionally assist for USB Kind-C Energy Supply (PD) quick charging (as much as 15W).
Realme Eight cameras
The rear cameras are just like what we noticed on the Realme 7 when it comes to specs. On the again, there is a 64-megapixel major digicam, 8-megapixel ultra-wide digicam, 2-megapixel macro digicam, and a 2-megapixel monochrome digicam. 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 digicam. The digicam app gives a wealthy number of capturing modes, just like what we have seen on earlier Realme smartphones.
Picture high quality, sadly, is weaker than what I skilled with the Realme 7. Panorama photographs seemed alright when seen on the cellphone’s show, however upon nearer inspection, particulars and textures on objects usually appeared flat and never nicely outlined. The ultra-wide digicam produced even weaker particulars, as anticipated, with seen barrel distortion alongside the sides. Shut-ups fared a lot better when it comes to particulars, however they tended to have a closely processed look when magnified. The AI scene enhancer has the tendency to spice up colors, so when you favor a extra pure look, it is best to depart it off.
Low-light pictures typically turned out a bit grainy except I used Nightscape mode. This additionally helped get usable low-light pictures with the ultra-wide digicam. For close-ups, the autofocus wasn’t very correct in less-than-ideal gentle, so at instances, it took a number of tries to get a very good shot.
The Realme Eight can file video at as much as 4K 30fps, however with none stabilisation. Video high quality is kind of common. At 1080p, the cellphone tries to stabilise footage however finally ends up doing a reasonably poor job of it. You’ll be able to shoot video with the ultra-wide digicam too, however the high quality is beneath common and there is not any stabilisation. For sure, video high quality in low gentle is just not the perfect except your topic or scene may be very nicely lit.
Selfies shot throughout the day look respectable however ones taken in low gentle are simply pretty common. The macro digicam permits you to get excessive close-ups however the high quality is just not nice. Portrait mode works nicely and there are numerous filters to play with.
Total, the cameras on the Realme Eight are undoubtedly serviceable in the appropriate circumstances, however this mannequin is just not a step up from the Realme 7 when it comes to options or high quality.
After spending per 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 digicam efficiency. I believe the Realme 7 remains 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 also be preparing to launch a 5G model of the Eight very quickly, which could possibly be priced between the Realme Eight and Realme 8 Pro, so it is value no less than ready.
The highest-end variant of the Realme Eight is a a lot tougher promote than the bottom variant, because the Realme Narzo 30 Pro is obtainable 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 healthier than the Realme Eight in each potential means, no less than on paper, and begins at Rs. 16,999. Apart from the first rear digicam, the Redmi Be aware 10 Professional is equivalent to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review), which we’ve got reviewed and favored fairly a bit.
The Realme Eight won’t have any deal-breaking flaws, nevertheless it would not actually supply something particular, even when in comparison with its personal siblings, which makes it onerous to advocate.
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