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Realme 8 5G Review

    Realme 8 5G Review

    by
    Amaan
    Jun 01, 2021

    Introduction:

     

    The Realme 8 5G is another one of the odd sequels from the brand. We say so because the phone is supposedly the successor of the Realme 7 5G but still has some downgrades compared to its predecessor. The Realme 8 5G is actually meant to be the cheapest 5G phone in the world.

     

     

    Besides being a 5G phone, the Realme 8 5G is a well-rounded entry-level phone. The handset features a 90Hz refresh rate LCD display with 1080p resolution, a capable Dimensity 700 5G chipset, triple camera setup on the back, 5,000mAh battery charging at 18W and all this stuff bundled inside a gorgeous body. All of this is available at a price of €199, that’s no doubt cheaper than the Realme 7 5G which is priced at €279.

     

    Body162.5x74.8x8.5mm, 185g; glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
    Display6.50" IPS LCD, 90Hz, 480 nits (typ), 600 nits, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
    ChipsetMediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
    MemoryMediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
    Rear Camera

    Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, PDAF;

    Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4;

    Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.

    Selfie Camera16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide).
    Video Capture

    Rear camera: [email protected];

    Front camera: [email protected]

    Battery5000mAh; Fast charging 18W.
    Operating SystemAndroid 11, Realme UI 2.0.
    Misc.Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; 3.5mm jack.

     

    Unboxing:

     

    The Realme 8 5G is shipped in the company’s signature yellow color box. In the box you can find the 18W power adapter, a USB-C cable and soft transparent case. The phone comes with a pre-applied protective film which is easy to get rid of.

     

    Design:

     

    The Realme 8 5G looks a lot like many of the recent Realme budget phones. The phone has a flat screen, a thin plastic frame and an attractive curved back with a radiant light effect. The flashy “Dare to Leap” logo is apparently missing on the rear panel besides that the water seals around the ports are also missing. The front is protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass, but it’s not advertised as Corning-made.

     

    The front is fitted with a 6.5” 1080p IPS LCD display with regular rounded edges. There is also a left aligned punch-hole cut out that houses the 16MP selfie camera and we assure you that it isn’t the tiniest we’ve seen.

     

    The chin is apparently thick but it’s common for this segment. The top bezel is home to the earpiece grille.

     

    Moving on to the rear panel which is entirely made of plastic but it looks quite a lot like glass, the credit goes to the multi-layered design, which creates the radiant light effect. There is also a downside to it, as it is really prone to smudges and fingerprints.

     

     

    The back is home to the camera island which houses the triple camera with 48MP main camera accompanied by a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor alongside the LED flash light.

     

    The frame is also made of plastic and is mostly flat with a matte finish giving that extra grip. The top part of the frame is empty while the bottom houses the 3.5mm, mouthpiece, USB-C port and the loudspeaker.

     

     

    The left side houses the triple SIM card slot and volume buttons. The SIM card slot has two slots for the SIM cards and a dedicated microSD card slot. The other side of the frame houses the side-mounted fingerprint scanner which also acts as the power button.

     

    The dimensions of the phone are 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm, which is slightly thinner than the Realme 7 5G. The weight of the handset is 185g, which is 10g lighter than its predecessor.

     

     

    The Realme 8 5G is quite easy to handle, since its frame provides good grip, it won’t be necessary to use a case. Although the glossy back is prone to fingerprints and smudges. The blue version is quite good at hiding them well but that’s not the case with the Black model. The size of the phone is just perfect as it fits well in the hand and pocket. The only disappointment is the lack of water resistance.

     

    Display:

     

    The Realme 8 5G has a large 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a punch hole in the top-left corner which houses the selfie camera. The screen resolution of the display is 1080p – 2,400 x 1,080-pixels with a 405ppi density.

     

    The screen supports a 90Hz refresh rate, which is a bit disappointing since its predecessor had a 120Hz refresh rate. Furthermore, there is no HDR10 support.

     

     

    The phone offers 60Hz, 90Hz and Auto refresh rate options. The 90Hz and Auto mode apparently work in a similar manner – generally the UI is drawn at 90fps. It automatically drops to 60Hz when a static image is shown or when watching local or streaming videos.

     

    The brand claims that the phone has 480 nits of typical brightness and can go as high as 600 nits (outdoor) for the display. The Phone is apparently capable of maxing out at 472nits brightness. When the phone is set on Auto brightness, the screen can be as bright as 520nits.

     

    The combination of good brightness and deep enough black level results in an amazing contrast ratio of 1413:1.

     

    The brightness can go as low as 2.5nits with white color.

     

    Battery life & Charging Speed:

     

    The Realme 8 5G packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The phone can survive for nearly 30 hours of calls while it lasts for 17:14h of web browsing. As for the video playback, the phone lasts for 12:20h which is a bit of a disappointment, since the company promised 16 hours of video playback. Overall, the battery life is great, all things considered.

     

     

    The box carries an 18W charger (5V/2A, 9V/2A) which is nowhere near the 30W adapter that comes with Realme 7 5G and Realme 8. The Realme 8 5G is cheaper so this might be one of the places where the phone maker might have tried to cut the cost.

     

    The 18W adapter that comes with Realme 8 5G is capable of charging the battery from zero to 29% in 30 minutes, it’s not slow, but isn’t fast either. It takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to charge the phone fully back to 100%.

     

    Loudspeaker:

     

    The Realme 8 5G has only one bottom-firing speaker which is pretty loud. The audio quality is average, though. The mid-tomes are good, but the same can’t be said for low and high tones since it's lacking both. Compared to the Realme 8 Pro the sound seems to be shallower.

     

    Performance:

     

    The Realme 8 5G is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest 5G smartphone you can find in the market today. The phone is powered by MediaTek's most affordable 5G-enabled chip – Dimensity 700.

     

    The Dimensity 700 5G chip features an octa-core processor with 2x 2.2GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2.0GHz Cortex-A55. The GPU is Mali-G57 MC2, and, of course, there is a 5G modem.

     

     

    The Realme 8 5G is available in four memory configurations all containing LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage – 4GB + 64GB, 4GB + 128GB, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB.

     

    The scores in the Geekbench 5 test suggest that the performance of Dimensity 700 is in line with its competitors – Realme 7 5G with Dimensity 800U and OnePlus Nord N10 5G featuring Snapdragon 690. The Galaxy A42 packs Snapdragon 750 which is slightly faster, though. The Realme 8 5G managed to score 569 points in the single-core department and 1784 points in the multi-core test.

     

    Finally, the AnTuTu scores reveal that the overall performance of the Realme 8 5G is at par with Realme 8 whereas a bit faster than the Nord N10. However, it is slightly slower than the Realme 7 5G.

     

    The scores of the 3D Mark Wild Life Stress test suggest that the handset has excellent stability. The 98.8% score means that it doesn’t get hot, the phone won’t even get warm and absolutely never throttles. Everything about the performance feels smooth but there might be some games that won’t that won’t run with 90fps with that GPU. Overall, Realme did a good job.

     

    Camera & Photo Quality:

     

    The Realme 8 5G features a triple camera setup on the rear panel, but it’s the most basic combination. The setup includes a 48MP main camera, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth snapper. The Realme 8 5G lacks the ultrawide camera. There is also a single-LED flash alongside the cameras.

     

    Rear Camera48MP (wide) Samsung ISOCELL Plus S5KGM1, 1/2” sensor, 0.8µm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF
    2MP (macro), f/2.4 aperture, 1.75µm pixels, no autofocus
    2MP (depth), f/2.4 aperture
    Selfie Camera16MP (wide) Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P9, 1/3.1” sensor, 1.0µm pixels, f/2.1 aperture, fixed focus

     

    Daylight image quality:

     

    Main Camera

    The main camera by default saves 12MP photos. The pictures are quite good for an entry-level phone. The detail in the photos is very good, but not what we would call spectacular. The processing tries to give its best with the foliage. The colors are accurate, the level of noise is pretty low and the dynamic range is wide.

     

    Some photos look over-sharpened but we can’t hope for better daylight shots within this price segment.

     

    There is also a 2x zoom option, but it just merely digital zoom which crops and upscales the centre of the standard 12MP output. The images look average on the screen but when downscaled for the social media networks the quality turns out to be satisfactory.

     

     

    There is also a 48MP shooting mode, we’d suggest not to use it. Firstly, it takes a few seconds to complete and the size of each image is around 20MB. Lastly, you will notice that the images are just upscaled from 12MP output and then extensively sharpened.

     

    Depth Camera

    The camera module on the back houses a 2MP depth sensor which is used during portrait mode. The camera is capable of clicking sharp portraits with great contrast, wide dynamic range and nice blur. The separation isn’t spectacular in particular but it’s more than acceptable.

     

    Macro Camera

    The 2MP macro shooter is capable of capturing some good stills, provided you get the distance right as the focus is fixed at about 4-5cm. If you get the right distance and your hand isn’t shaky then you might be able to get sharp pictures with good contrast and accurate colors. The detail is really amazing.

     

    Low-light image quality:

    The main camera sure does capture some good low-light photos, for a phone belonging to this particular price range. The detail is a bit above average as the noise reduction eats some away while the colors are retained very well and the contrast is good. The exposure seems balanced and the dynamic range is pretty wide, considering the budget class. Some photos might get smudgy depending on the light availability due to the harsh noise reduction.

     

     

    The Night mode improves the detail a bit more but the advantage varies from shot to shot. You sure can rely on it to restore the clipped highlights but the detail in the shadows is rarely revealed. The color saturation is also improved by a bit.

     

    Selfie:

    The 16MP selfie camera sure does capture amazing pictures which are really sharp and rich in detail. The contrast is really good with accurate colors and impressive dynamic range.

     

    You can shoot portraits as well with the selfie camera. Do note that the detail is reduced by half and the separation is far from perfect. However, the colors, contrast and dynamic range are all great, though.

     

    Video Capturing:

    The Realme 8 5G is capable of capturing videos up to [email protected] with its main camera. There is no 4K or 60fps shooting available. The video is saved at 14Mbps bitrate while the audio is recorded at 128kbps bitrate. The phone has an always-on electronic stabilization.

     

    The video captured with the main camera has great colours, contrast and dynamic range. The 1080p footage has a very good level of detail. The video also has an always-on EIS.

     

    Final verdict:

     

    The other phones within the same price range as the Realme 8 5G have better specs. We’re not saying that the Realme 8 5G is bad per say, but it’s just that it is lacking a few features that other phones have. We just recommend exploring all possibilities before picking the phone that’s best for you, and if you happen to choose Realme 8 5G, you won’t be disappointed. Although, it might not be the cheapest 5G phone, but it sure is one of the cheapest out in the market.