We are only three months into 2021 Realme Is already busy. The company launched Realme X7 And X7 Pro In early February. Earlier this month, the brand launched Realme Norjo 30A And Norjo 30 Pro, The second most affordable 5G phone in the country. Now, Realme is back Realme8 And RealMe 8 Pro (Review). The phones were a success last year Realme 7 (Review) And 7 Pro, Respectively. Today, we are taking a closer look at the RealMe 8 and whether the phone offers the necessary updates on its predecessors to justify its presence and price.
The RealMe 8’s AMOLED display looks great and offers plenty of power and storage under the hood for those looking for a phone. While the design may not be for everyone, RealMe 8 is a solid addition to the company’s portfolio of less than Rs 15,000. However, Realme 7 customers may want to catch up for Realme 9.
Starting with the design, the RealMe 8 looks very different from its predecessor. Instead of the matte finish polycarbonate back panel, the company went with a glossy finish. The cyber black color I received for review was great from a distance, which attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges. The RealMe8 company calls it the “infinite bold design” that sees the dual-tone finish. The strip on the right has “Dare to Leap” branding, which is not as big as the one seen on the RealMe 8 Pro. Personally, I’m not a fan of this design, because I think Realme 7 has a more elegant look with a clean matte finish panel.
On the back is a square-shaped camera module that gives it a slightly more unique look. On the right side of the frame are the power button and the volume keys. You’ll also find a Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker grille at the bottom of the frame. The SIM tray contains two Nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The phone weighs 177 grams, it is very lightweight and easy to hold for a long time.
Coming to the front, you get a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED screen with FHD + (2,400 x 1,080) resolution, 180Hz touch sampling rate and 1000 nits peak brightness. To recall, RealMe offered an LCD display with a 790 Hz refresh rate. So, while RealMe 8 did not come with a high refresh rate screen, the brand upgraded the panel to provide better color reproduction, better contrast and overall brighter screen.
RealMe 8 offers an attractive display, punchy colors and ink blacks expect to see from the AMOLED display. With the AMOLED panel, you also get the display fingerprint sensor and the always on display feature. Overall, RealMe 8 offers a high-quality display with good brightness levels and viewing angles. Colors are not overly visible and texts and images are sharp. I was able to stream content on Netflix in high definition and the experience was good, but you need more of the sound quality coming from the speaker.
The quad-camera system in the RealMe 8 is similar to its predecessor. You get a 64MP primary camera with f / 1.79 aperture, 8MP wide angle lens, 2MP macro lens and 2MP mono camera. The phone gets a 16MP front camera with punch-hole cutout. RealMe 8 comes with camera features as well as Starry mode, neon portrait, dynamic bokeh, dual view video and the new tilt-shift mode.
Realme 8’s main camera is a very capable shooter during the day. You can capture bright and colorful photos outdoors and the Chroma Boost feature is available to add a little more punch to the colors. Thanks to the fast auto focus, you can capture even better stills of moving things. The wide-angle lens is best used during the day and you can expect the colors to look a little washed out compared to the main camera. A similar washing effect can be seen with a macro lens.
Night mode works well in improving exposure and reducing noise in poorly lit conditions. In the image above, you can see the comparison between a photo taken without night mode and a photo captured with longer exposure mode. Not only do the leaves look green and clear, but the exposure to street light also has some balance.
Under the hood, the RealMe 8 comes with the same MediaTek Helio G95 chipset that powers the RealMe 7. The gaming-centric processor impressed us in RealMe 7 and I am very satisfied with the performance in this phone. Looking at the benchmarks, the Realmi 8 Redmi Note 10 Pro Max outperforms the Snapdragon 732 Gini on-line, while the Geekbench follows the Redmi phone. However, the RealMe Norjo30 Pro with MediaTek Dimension 800U charges is better than both the phones, with a score of over 3 lakh on-line.
Benchmark scores aside, Realme 8’s performance is not disappointing. The phone is very capable while easily performing daily tasks. I did not see a noticeable log when opening apps and switching between them. You can run games like Call of Duty in high graphics without any stuttering. After a half hour session, the phone did not warm up and the battery drain was low at 5-6 percent. RealMe 8 comes with 128GB of storage, which is plenty for storing photos and media.
The RealMe 8 comes with a single bottom-firing speaker, which is absolutely average in sound quality. At high levels, the sound has no resolution and can be slightly distorted. The in-display fingerprint sensor is quick and responsive, but the Face Unlock feature is as fast as you would like.
Realme 8 Ships with Android 11 based Realme UI 2.0. It’s a very quick and responsive UI with some pre-loaded apps like Facebook, SnapChat, Solup, Amazon. You can uninstall these apps to make your home screen look clean or to replace them with apps that you actually use. RealMe UI 2.0 brings more ways to customize your phone, the ability to change icons, accent colors and choose between three dark mode styles. While the phone always supports on-display, I could not customize it with artwork – the real-time UI 2.0 provided.
The RealMe 8 packs a 5,000 mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging similar to the RealMe 7. In our PCMark battery test, the smartphone was able to last for 14 hours 32 minutes, which is respectable. The battery is sufficient to last up to a full day and in some normal use frequent texting and consuming media for a few hours. Most days during the review period I was able to get a 5 hour screen on time. The 30W fast charger can juice the phone 1 to 100 percent in just 70 minutes.
RealMe played it safely with RealMe 8. The phone is not a big upgrade from RealMe 7 except to switch the display from LCD to AMOLED. In terms of chipset, cameras and battery, both phones are identical. This means that RealMe 7 users have no reason to upgrade to this phone. The former also comes with better design. Realme 8 is not as exciting as the Realme X7 and Realme Norzo 30 Pro that launched earlier this year.
However, the RealMe 8 is still the smartest smartphone compared to other devices in this segment. The Redmi Note 10 is a close competitor, starting at Rs 15,999. For another Rs 1,000, you get a 120Hz AMOLED display, good cameras and stereo speakers. RealMe 8 offers great performance, better cameras and better performance, but it could be a good successor to RealMe 7.