Realme 8 5G review

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Realme 8 5G is another of the manufacturer’s odd successors. It looks like it’s supposed to be the successor to the Realme 7 5G, and yet it has a few downgrades. But there’s a good reason for that – it aims to be the cheapest 5G phone in the world.

Realme 8 5G review

In addition to its 5G requirement, the Realme 8 5G is a very balanced entry-level smartphone. It offers a 90Hz 1080p LCD screen, a capable Dimensity 700U 5G chip, a triple camera on the back, a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging, and all of these come wrapped in a beautiful body.

The Realme 8 5G is priced at € 179 for the early birds, while its official price is € 199. It is actually cheap, especially cheaper than the € 279 Realme 7 5G. Of course, some features had to go.

Realme 8 5G review

Realme 8 5G has a 90Hz screen and Dimensity 700U with 64 GB of basic storage, while the previous model had a 120Hz screen and Dimensity 800U chip with a slightly more powerful GPU and 128 GB of basic memory. The Realme 7 5G also had an extra 8MP ultra-wide camera, waterproof ports and Gorilla Glass protection. These things are gone, now.

In any case, the 5G era is on its way, and 5G phones are becoming desirable sooner rather than later, so we can understand Realme’s early attacks on the budget segment. It is the market that probably sells the most phones. And the Realme 8 5G, even with cuts, seems like a balanced smartphone.

Overview of Realme 8 5G specifications:

  • Body: 162.5×74.8×8.5mm, 185g; glass front, plastic frame, plastic back
  • Screen: 6.50 “IPS LCD, 90Hz, 480 nits (type), 600 nits, 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
  • Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.1, 26 mm (wide).
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 1080p @ 30 fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 18W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC; 3.5 mm jack plug.

We would like at least the waterproofed gates and Gorilla Glass, but no one can of course. Well, that’s what it’s for, and at that price – we’re guessing it’s understandable. So without further ado – let’s shorten this thing.

Unpacking Realme 8 5G

Realme 8 5G comes in one of the manufacturer’s signature yellow boxes. Inside you will find an 18W power adapter, a USB-C cable and a soft transparent box.

Realme 8 5G review

The phone also has a factory-fitted protective film, but we got rid of it quickly – it’s pretty easy to get smeared.

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