Realme 8 Review: Better Performance!

Realme 8 Review: Realme’s number series always invites comparison against the Note lineup from Redmi, and rightfully so. While the new Redmi Note 10 series has wowed everyone (including us) with all the strides Xiaomi has been ready to make on the new iteration, the Realme 8 and eight Pro aren’t enjoying an equivalent degree of praise. So, this has been a touch preview of what’s future on the forthcoming review of the Realme 8.

Moreover, it doesn’t help how the corporate has chosen to bring only a couple of upgrades compared to the last-gen Realme 7 while staying relatively non-competitive within the pricing department. But does that mean you ought to flat-out dismiss the Realme 8 in favor of the Redmi Note 10 or the ten Pro? I don’t think so. Let’s discover more during this review of the Realme 8.

Realme 8 Specifications:

Body:73.9 x 160.6 x 7.99mm, 177 gm
Display:6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel, 60Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, 409 PPI, 1000 nits peak brightness
Resolution:Full-HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
Chipset:MediaTek Helio G95 (12nm)
CPU:Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU:Arm Mali-G76 MC4
Memory:4/6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage (expandable)
Software & UI:Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 on top
Rear Camera:Quad-camera;

  • 64MP f/1.79 primary lens, PDAF
  • 8MP f/2.25 ultra-wide lens, 119º FOV
  • 2MP f/2.4 macro lens, 4CM focus
  • 2MP f/2.4 B&W sensor
Front Camera: 16MP f/2.45 Sony IMX471 sensor (punch-hole)
Audio:Bottom-firing speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack
Security:Optical in-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
Sensors:Acceleration, Gyroscope, Magnetic Induction, Proximity, Light
Connectivity:Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
Battery: 5000mAh with 30W Dart Charge (25W adapter provided)
Color options:Cyber Silver, Cyber Black
Price in India:4GB+128GB: Rs 14,999 | 6GB+128GB: Rs 15,999 | 8GB+128GB: Rs 16,999
Price in Nepal:Not Launched

Realme 8 Review:

Design & Build

  • Glass front, polycarbonate body
  • Lightweight, ergonomic build quality

As usual, allow me to start out things off with the planning . Seeing how this aspect has become one among the benchmarks for Realme phones, the corporate has put a good effort into making the Realme 8’s design as remarkable as possible. the most focus of this year’s number series has been in slimming down the size while reducing the load also . Scaling 8mm in thickness and weighing just 177 grams, it’s one among the foremost ergonomic phones I’ve held this year.

Realme 8 Design

But don’t get any wrong idea—this is by no means a compact phone. It’s just that Realme 8 stands call at the ocean of bulky smartphones that don’t find the proper balance between form and performance . Having said that, I find Realme’s decision to flatten the frames a touch weird. I would’ve preferred the rear panel and therefore the side frames to blend into each other but this design choice means the phone doesn’t feel as handy because it could have.

Please don’t “Dare To Leap”, Realme

Then there’s the cartoonishly large “Dare To Leap” branding slapped at the rear of the phone. Seriously, who finds this anything but ugly and superfluous? Thankfully, the Cyber Black variant that I even have doesn’t gloat Realme’s slogan nearly as loud because the Cyber Silver color option. and therefore the company’s finally had it with these complaints because the new Realme 8 5G skips this unnecessary design principle.

Moving on, this is often an all-plastic phone which is that the norm for devices during this price range. But, Realme could’ve had an whip hand against the Redmi Note 10 series by including a glass back here. Anyway, this glossy back also attracts plenty of fingerprints and smudges so applying the silicone protective case may be a wise decision. Moreover, the camera module with its subtle colorful reflections also leads to slight wobbles when placed on a flat surface.

But I’m more annoyed by how easily and regularly dust accumulated to the sides of the camera bump and therefore the lenses themselves. As a result, I’m reminded to wash it up almost whenever i would like to click an image . Not that it’s required every single time, but you get the thought . Yet, Realme 8 doesn’t have a producing defect such dust particles manage to enter the camera module.

Solid build quality

Talking about production standards, we’d mentioned how our unit of the Realme 7 suffered from little creaks on the side. However, there’s no such issue on the Realme 8 and it’s solid as a rock.

The buttons are well placed and offer nice tactile feedback too. The left frame stays mostly clean, apart from the SIM slot which may accept two SIMs and a micro SD card at an equivalent time. beat all, the Realme 8 may be a little in need of hitting the house run in terms of its design. The phone fits comfortably within the hand but the flattened side frames and therefore the aforementioned branding could complicate things for a few . Plus, it’s also barren of any hydrophobic coating or IP certification.

Display

  • 6.4-inches FHD+ Super AMOLED screen
  • 60Hz refresh rate, 1000 nits peak brightness

Okay, let’s now mention the display. Xiaomi’s leap to using OLED screens within the Redmi Note 10 series meant Realme had to a minimum of match this move in its new number series. While the company’s 7 Pro from last year came with an excellent AMOLED display, the quality Realme 7 opted for a typical IPS LCD panel instead. But, this year’s Realme 8 has gotten the AMOLED treatment also apart from its Pro sibling.

Realme 8 Display

Unfortunately, in doing so, it misses out on a better refresh rate like in its two earlier iterations. To recall, both Realme 6 and seven featured a 90Hz display. and that i believe missing out on the 90/120Hz refresh rate trend poses an enormous obstacle for the Realme 8. You see, this phone starts at INR 15,000 which may be a little unjustifiable considering the competition.

The thing is, investing just thousand rupees more gets you the Redmi Note 10 Pro that boasts a smoother 120Hz AMOLED screen among other amenities. With this, the Realme 8 is at an instantaneous & obvious disadvantage.

Skipping on the high refresh rate train

If you’re a mobile gamer or just wish to experience a smoother scrolling experience (that you naturally should), the Note 10 Pro comes off as a simple choice between the 2 . To somewhat catch up on the shortage of a better refresh rate, Realme is providing a 180Hz touch rate on this phone—something equally crucial for mobile gaming enthusiasts.

Despite this, I noticed multiple instances when the display did not accurately register my touch inputs in games like Call of Duty Mobile and Injustice 2. As a result, the latter’s gameplay would be stuttery to the purpose where I’d lose the combo meter. But to my delight, Realme was quick enough to push an update that effectively solved this problem.

Its 6.4” Super AMOLED display also brags 1000 nits of peak brightness. And throughout the review period, I haven’t had any trouble regarding outdoor visibility on the Realme 8. due to its AMOLED heritage, this Full HD screen also supports Always On Display. However, just like the Redmi Note 10, its AoD stayed on for like 10 seconds approximately only before the update. Additionally, there’s little to zero customization you’ll make here.

How does this screen compare to the competition?

Now, we all know that not all AMOLED screens are created an equivalent . So, I compared its display against that of the Redmi Note 10. In their default settings, I found that contents look noticeably more vibrant on the Realme 8. Switching the colour scheme to “Saturated” on the Note 10 blurs the road between the 2 screens.

Realme 8 vs Redmi Note 10 Display

Still, when watching HDR videos, I observed Realme 8’s display to be brighter with a small enter colors. On some occasions, I noticed how human subjects within the video look a touch washed out on the Note 10 also .

Besides this, the 2 phones performed similarly with reference to their viewing angles, contrast levels, and so on. Moving on, you’ll also stream HD videos on the Realme 8 since it’s Widevine L1 certified. When it involves content consumption on smartphones, i like a left-aligned punch-hole cutout like on this phone too. So, if browsing the online or watching shows, movies are your top priority, then the Realme 8 won’t disappoint.

For a good better viewing experience, you’ll also activate this feature called “OSIE Visual Effect” that supposedly brings out better colors in select apps. But I couldn’t notice it many video streaming platforms i attempted like YouTube and Netflix. Furthermore, Realme has skipped on Gorilla Glass protection on this phone too. First high refresh rate and now this—in a bid to deliver an AMOLED display, the corporate has made a few of really sensitive downgrades.

Performance

  • Octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 SoC (12nm)
  • Up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB storage (expandable)
  • Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box

Whew, that was tons . Time to urge to the performance side of things. Powering the Realme 8 is that the same Helio G95 SoC from MediaTek as its predecessor. While it’s a reasonably competent chipset, the shortage of an upgrade may be a major bummer. Realme has coupled the G95 with 4, 6, or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage.

Realme 8 Design 1

Here, our review unit of Realme 8 with 4/128GB configuration has given little room for complaint. Apps open up quick enough and therefore the RAM management is pretty commendable too—for lightweight apps, that is. More importantly, the phone runs on the newest Realme UI 2.0 supported Android 11. While the corporate dared to ship its much expensive phones just like the X7 series with Android 10-based Realme UI 1.0, this is often a positive development. and that i must say, this Android skin is pretty much designed.

Realme UI 2.0 is pretty good

From customizing app icon shapes to payment protection, there’s a bunch of interesting features here. Multitasking with floating windows is additionally quite easy in Realme UI 2.0. Moreover, this UI is ad-free too, so there’s that. Yet, it does have a couple of shortcomings.

First off, it comes with a bunch of bloatware apps pre-installed, a number of which can’t be uninstalled or disabled. I also desire the oblong layout of pop-up menus could’ve looked more elegant with proper padding.

The dark mode implementation has left me wanting more also . Selecting the “Enhanced” style that’s alleged to enable coal black theme system-wide only involves effect within the Settings menu. And I’m disregarding third-party apps once I say this. The notification center and other pop-up menus don’t adhere to the set coal black theme either. Such inconsistency isn’t that big a deal but is worth remarking regardless.

I also wished swiping down on the house screen triggered the notification center rather than launching the search menu. a minimum of the phone is preloaded with a bunch of Google apps as default. Plus, Realme UI 2.0 allows you to enjoy the Google Discover feed when swiping to the left on the house screen.

Benchmark, benchmark, benchmark!

To come to a verdict about Realme 8’s performance, I compared it against the Redmi Note 10 (4/64GB). Let’s first take a glance at a couple of benchmarks:

Realme 8Redmi Note 10
AndrobenchSeq. Read519.33 MB/s503.1 MB/s
Seq. Write337.05 MB/s266.26 MB/s
AnTuTu v8Total296542237386
CPU9307394596
GPU8491241655
Memory6057950848
UX5797850287
Geekbench 5CPU (Single Core)526537
CPU (Multi-Core)16391538
Compute (OpenCL)2284416
PCMark (Work 2.0 Performance)91587887
3DMark (Wild Life)1453480

I also conducted a couple of app opening and multitasking tests between the two phones.

App list:

PhoneFacebookNetflix
ChromeClash RoyaleYouTube
MessengerGenshin ImpactAdobe Premiere Rush
InstagramPUBG Mobile

Here, Realme 8 managed to finish opening the chosen apps in 2 minutes and three seconds while the Redmi Note 10 took 7 more seconds. Similarly, the Realme 8 finished the whole test (including multitasking) in 3 minutes and 47 seconds whereas the Note 10 got the work wiped out 4 minutes and 17 seconds. Weirdly enough, the Note 10 beats the competition in terms of how briskly the phone boots up (34.6 seconds > 42.04 seconds).

Besides, I also tried rendering a 107MB 4K video to Full HD using Adobe Premiere Rush to ascertain which phone does it faster. And here, the difference between the 2 was night and day. While the Realme 8 completed the task in only 2 minutes and 24 seconds, the Redmi Note 10 took its time to end rendering the video after 5 minutes and 43 seconds.

How about gaming?

On to the gaming side of things, I played a few of demanding games on the Realme 8 to organize this review. PUBG Mobile was smoothly playable at Balanced graphics and Ultra frame rate. After about 20 minutes of gameplay, the CPU temperature rose to 40C which isn’t that bad. Similarly, Call of Duty Mobile plays perfectly fine at High graphics and Max frame rates. there’s no disturbance within the gameplay even with Ragdoll and Anti-aliasing turned on.

Realme 8 Gaming

The thermal performance was fairly commendable here also since after 25 minutes of gaming, the CPU and battery temperature rose to 43C and 40C, respectively. this is often consider touch but I wouldn’t say it’s uncomfortably hot. Also, the phone cools off relatively fast. Finally, I also tried playing Genshin Impact on this phone. At Low graphics 30fps option with anti-aliasing and other visual effects turned off, the gameplay was incredibly stuttery. So, I switched it right down to rock bottom graphics and 24fps.

While it had been slightly smoother, the ultimate verdict remains that you’ll have a tough time enjoying Genshin Impact on the Realme 8. On the contrary, i used to be quite impressed with how the phone was ready to keep things cool. Even after 46 minutes of continuous gameplay, the CPU and battery temperature only read 42C and 39C, respectively.

Cameras

  • Quad camera setup at the back
  • (64MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP B&W)
  • 16MP selfie camera inside the punch-hole cutout

Realme 8 Back Cameras

Just like performance, the new Realme 8 doesn’t bring any upgrade within the camera department either. You get an equivalent quad-camera led by a 64MP primary sensor. this is often complemented by an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. For this review, I compared the cameras on Realme 8 against Redmi Note 10’s 48MP quad-camera setup.

Realme 8 Front Camera

Normal Images

Here, the traditional daytime images have this warm tone on the Redmi Note 10 with slightly boosted exposure. On the opposite hand, photos from Realme 8 tend to possess a light reddish tint.

While they’re almost on par in terms of details, Realme 8 delivers a touch over-sharpened images that have a relatively more natural hue. When zooming in, one can even notice the pictures to be grainy.

Plus, in some instances, photos seem to be lacking in contrast. However, Realme fixed this issue with an update.

Wideangle Images

Likewise, I found wide-angle images from the Realme 8 to possess a far better dynamic range too. And sometimes, it even won in terms of HDR processing. Note 10’s shots still have a warm tone like within the normal images but less so here.

It also wins out when it involves details because the Realme 8 compensates for the resulting grain by making the photos look softer.

Portrait Images

Similarly, portrait images have similar edge detection from both phones. I noticed that Realme 8’s portrait shots have a small red/pink tint to them and appearance a touch soft too. In contrast, portrait images from Redmi Note 10 have the signature warm tone and better details.

Besides ordinary bokeh effects, the Realme 8 also features a few of artistic portrait modes like dynamics, neon, and AI color.

Before the aforementioned updates, I’d encountered a few of instances where the camera app straight up crashed when trying to shoot such portrait photos. Thankfully, that issue is not any more. Still, Helio G95’s ISP takes a short time to process such shots.

Tilt-Shift photography

Another fun photography mode on the Realme 8 is “Tilt-Shift” where it miniaturizes the scenario. And it’s pretty fun if you inquire from me .

Moving on, the macro images are comparatively better on the Realme 8, though. It manages to shoot more natural-looking colors. Moreover, close-up photos look sharper on the Realme 8 also .

And for the admirers of astrophotography, it also features something called Starry Mode. This takes a 4-minute exposure photo to “capture the sweetness of stars above”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that well.

Selfie Images

Selfies from the Realme 8 are lacking in contrast, look soft, and switch out hazy too. Meanwhile, Redmi Note 10’s selfie camera outputs images with high contrast and therefore the subjects have this reddish tint.

You can notice the low black levels on its photos because the subject looks unnaturally dark too. Portrait selfie images are similar also .

The Realme 8 does boost the exposure by a touch here but it still looks hazy. On the contrary, Note 10’s portrait selfies have slightly better edge detection while still carrying the reddish hue and dark undertone.

Nighttime Images

Normal nighttime images from the Realme 8 have a touch red tint whereas Redmi Note 10 clicks photos with high exposure and better HDR, shadow details.

In certain instances, you’ll notice photos from both phones to be a touch grainy.

With night mode turned on, Note 10 smoothens the pictures to catch up on grains. And, I found Realme 8 to be doing better in terms of highlight control while its images also see a small boost in contrast.

Videography

Getting to the videos, it’s a clean sweep for Redmi Note 10. In 1080p/30fps, videos look far stable here compared to the Realme 8. Even after Realme’s camera update for improving stabilization, it doesn’t match the quality of Note 10. Furthermore, you’ll increase to 4K/30fps footage from both phones.

While neither do an excellent job at stabilizing the recording, videos look better from the Note 10 with its relatively proper dynamic range and exposure maintenance. Upfront, both phones reach at 1080p/30fps videos. Here too, videos from Realme 8 have worse dynamic range, unnatural saturation, and excessive exposure.

Battery

  • 5000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge

Nevertheless, the battery life on the Realme 8 is great . the corporate has managed to pack an enormous 5000mAh cell on a comparably sleek form factor—that’s already something. Even with heavy usage consisting of hours of gaming, photo/video shooting, and casual web browsing during the review period, I managed to net out 7.5-8 hours of screen on time on the Realme 8. Wow!

Realme 8 Charging

So, it’s quite fair to mention that under a reasonably less taxing use case, Realme 8 will easily last you two days. Charging up the battery is equally impressive. You get the 30W Dart Charger inside the box and it took me but an hour to urge from 1 to 100%. 58 minutes to be precise. And I’d wish to point something out here.

You see, Redmi Note 10 features a 5000mAh battery also but supports 33W fast charging. Naturally, we will assume the Note 10 juices up faster but that’s not the case. In our test, it took about 1 hour and 22 minutes for the phone to hit the 100% mark from 1%.

Even Xiaomi’s claim says Redmi Note 10 goes from 0-100% in 74 minutes while Realme vouches that the Realme 8 will fully charge in 65 minutes. So, what I’m trying to mention is that buyers should stop giving in to big corporation’s number game. Now, it’s timely to inform what kind of effect these two charging standards will wear battery health within the end of the day , but you get the thought .

Others

  • Hi-Res Audio certified mono speaker
  • Optical in-display fingerprint sensor

On the opposite hand, I’m not impressed with Realme 8’s audio quality. Its Hi-Res Audio certified mono bottom-firing speaker is not any match for Redmi Note 10’s stereo speakers (which is Hi-Res Audio certified as well).

While both of them fail to pump out enough details, the audio from Note 10 sounds fuller and doesn’t distort at high volumes. Compared to the present , the Realme 8 struggles at high volumes and therefore the sound quality is what you’d expect from a standard single speaker setup.

I have no complaint regarding the decision quality though. Throughout the review period, I set the well-liked network type on Realme 8 to “4G/3G/2G” auto and didn’t notice any instances of dropped calls. Similarly, altogether of my phone calls, I could hear the people within the receiving end clearly, and the other way around . At max volume, the audio from the earpiece may be a little too loud for my taste so I had to dial it right down to about 70%.

In-display fingerprint sensor

On the safety side of things, Realme has adopted an in-display fingerprint sensor here. Going into this review, my initial assumptions were that I wouldn’t prefer this over the side-mounted fingerprint sensor like on the Redmi Note 10.

But over time, I’ve grown to love it. And to not forget, the optical sensor has gotten comparatively more responsive also . On top of this, you’ll choose the face unlock option also which works sort of a charm during a well-lit environment.

Conclusion

Let’s conclude its review of the Realme 8. In my opinion, if you’re confused between the Realme 8 and therefore the 8 Pro, i feel the Realme 8 may be a far better value. It delivers an almost similar user experience thereto of the Realme 8 Pro. the sole major difference is that you’re getting a far better 108MP shooter with the 8 Pro.

But watching its direct competitor, the Redmi Note 10, the Realme 8 doesn’t actually offer any standout feature either—but rather is falling behind in crucial aspects like cameras. So, for its selling price , the Note 10 seems like a far better bargain on many fronts. Still, if you prioritize performance more, i feel the Realme 8 isn’t a nasty deal either.

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