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Realme has recently updated its device lineup in quite unusual ways. Instead of striving for equal annual upgrades to the same general model lines, the main goal is to stay as close as possible to a given price point and then just decide which features currently fit into said MSRP. Choice and variety beyond that is covered by constantly introducing new models and putting them creatively into the existing series. It is a system that leaves a confusing sea of devices and sometimes leads to some “side qualities” instead of clear “upgrades”. Case in point – Realme 8 Pro, we recently reviewed, which especially got a new 108MP camera over its predecessor, but also lost a few things like the stereo speaker, the water-repellent coating and cut charging and selfie resolution. You understand the point.
The Vanilla Realme 8 was created the same way – the manufacturer started with $ 210, or so MSRP from its predecessor, and fit what it could within the budget. Fortunately, unlike the Realme 8 Pro or Realme 8 5G, which had to compromise on their respective 108 MP camera and 5G headline features, the vanilla Realme 8 on paper is a straight upgrade.
Overview of Realme 8 specifications:
- Body: 160.6×73.9×8.0.0, 177g; Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
- Screen: 6.40 “Super AMOLED, 1000 nit (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 411ppi; Always-on display.
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
- 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): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.73 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.3, 119, 16 mm, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 ;m; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.5, (wide), 1 / 3.0 “, 1.0 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 120fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 / 120fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 30 W, 50% in 26 minutes, 100% in 65 minutes (announced).
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); NFC; FM radio; 3.5 mm jack plug.
Well, an opposite case could theoretically be made for the loss of 90Hz refresh rate. However, we would personally take the new Super AMOLED panel of Realme 8 every day with its perfect blacks and an advertised 1000 nits of maximum brightness.
The new screen is without a doubt the biggest change compared to the global version of Realme 7. The new Realme 8 also borrows its 64MP Quad-Bayer main camera from the Asian version of Realme 7, which is another upgrade over the 48MP device on the global model. The fingerprint reader is now a more trendy under-display one instead of a traditional side-mounted device.
Apart from these and a few minor details here and there, the Realme 8 successfully retains most other aspects of the Realme 7, such as the Helio G95 chipset, 5000 mAh battery and 30 W charging – all somehow squeezed together in one all-round smaller and lighter body than last year. Color us impressed. But before we continue with the design tour, we need to start with the retail package and its contents.
Bright, yellow, eye-catching cases have mostly been the standard for the latest Realme phones. Realme 8 is no exception. Apart from the special color choice, there is nothing special about the two-part box. It is nice and robust and an internal plastic cradle for the phone itself. No complaints there.
The accessory package is quite rich. That is, you get a transparent soft TPU case so you can start using Realme 8 right away. The charger you get is a 30W Dart device. It comes with a Type-A to Type-C USB cable. This is a special cable rated to withstand the full 5V @ 6A charger output. It also has an extra data stick for communication and negotiation with the phone. You have to stick to it otherwise you will be limited to 5V @ 2A from the included charger with a standard cable. This is a disadvantage of using proprietary charging technology.