Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

After testing smartphones in the Note line from Redmi, it will be difficult to surprise me with any new device. But today we are talking about a very exciting smartphone model called Realme 8 Pro.

In this article, I will tell you not only what a smartphone looks like, but also I will share various benchmark tests, show some sample photos, and also run battery life tests.

Of course, first of all, I want to draw your attention to the cost. So, currently the price tag for Realme 8 Pro is about $260. For comparison, the last generation Realme 7 Pro will cost you $273. Therefore, I have a number of incomprehensible questions, which you can find out about in the detailed review below.


But now, I propose to walk through the main features of the new 8 Pro model. The first thing the device stands out for is the same 6.4-inch screen and the same Super AMOLED matrix. In addition, the device received an absolutely similar Snapdragon 720G processor. Also, the amount of memory left untouched.

The main difference between the Realme 8 Pro and the 7 Pro is the updated 108-megapixel main camera module. Meanwhile, the last generation had a 64-megapixel resolution. At the same time, the battery capacity remained identical on both generations – 4500 mAh, but the fast charging of the updated version was reduced from 65 to 50W.

Therefore, I propose to start an in-depth and detailed review in order to understand whether it is worth buying the new generation of the mid-budget Realme smartphone or not?

Realme 8 Pro: Specifications

Realme 8 Pro:Specs
Display:6.4 inches Super AMOLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 60Hz
CPU:Snapdragon 720G Octa Core 2.3GHz
GPU:Adreno 618
Internal memory:128GB
Memory extension:Up to 256GB
Cameras:108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 16MP front camera
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS
Battery:4500mAh (50W)
OS:Android 11 (Realme UI 2.0)
Weight:176 grams
Dimensions:160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm

Unboxing and packaging

The updated version of the Realme 8 Pro smartphone comes in typically bright yellow packaging. On the front of the box, there is only the model and company name. But on the back of the package, the main features and technical characteristics are described.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Inside the package, I found – this is the device itself, a protective silicone case, various instructions, a 65W power adapter, and a Type-C charging cable. It’s also worth noting here that fast charging only supports 50W of power, not 65W.

n general, I did not notice anything special, since absolutely the same equipment was on the last generation of the 7 Pro smartphone. Therefore, I propose to start our conversation about the appearance and how well the device is assembled.

Design, build quality and materials

Since the Realme 8 Pro smartphone belongs to the mid-budget class of devices, it will be superfluous to expect premium materials in its performance. Like the previous generation 7 Pro, the new generation is made of plastic. But I can assure you that the quality of the plastic is quite high and cannot be compared with the plastic used on more budget smartphones.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Other than that, I found no major build quality issues. That is, the device was assembled without any comments and had no extraneous squeaks and sounds during my testing. But I found no information on water or splash resistance. Therefore, if possible, it is better not to use the device in a humid environment.

The back of the 8 Pro has received a major design change compared to the previous generation 7 Pro. For example, now the camera module is made on a square island, and not in a rectangular one, as it was before. Also on the new model of the device is a rather large slogan – Dare To Leap. 

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Meanwhile, the usual power button and volume rocker are located on the right side of the smartphone. But on the opposite side, there is a slot for dual nano-SIM cards and a separate slot for a microSD memory card. I am very glad that Realme has left the combined slot for two SIM cards and a memory card at the same time.

But on the bottom edge of the device is the main speaker, Type-C charging port, microphone hole, and headphone jack. On the top of the smartphone, there is only one hole for an additional microphone. Yes, I would like to see another speaker for stereo sound, but unfortunately, it is not available here.

At the same time, the sound quality of the main speaker was not the worst. During my testing, the sound was really loud and pretty crisp. Even though there is only one speaker here. I was also pleased to see a separate headphone port. Therefore, you can enjoy your favorite music even through wired headphones.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Where is the fingerprint scanner, you may ask me? Yes, indeed it is not on the device case, since it was installed under the smartphone screen. This is an optical sensor that did not perform well during my testing. For example, the finger was not recognized in the fastest way, and not the first time. Although the face recognition performance was good and therefore it is better to use this particular protection than a fingerprint scanner.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Another thing I would draw your attention to is the size and weight. The new 8 Pro smartphone model from Realme has dimensions of 160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm and weighs only 176 grams. This is a really compact and rather lightweight smartphone that was comfortable to operate and use. For comparison, I’ll leave the dimensions of the previous generation 7 Pro, which received 160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm and a weight of 182 grams. That is, from this we can conclude that the device has slightly decreased in weight and thickness. In addition, the length and width have also decreased slightly by 0.5 mm on each side.

Screen and image quality

As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the new Realme 8 Pro model received a similar screen as the previous generation 7 Pro. It is a 6.4-inch screen with Full HD or 1080 x 2400 pixels. The pixel density per inch was 411 PPI, and the aspect ratio was 20: 9.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

I really like Super AMOLED screens, especially when it comes to their quality of the transmitted picture. In the case of the 8 Pro, I liked the rich and bright picture of the screen. Even in sunny weather, you will not have any problems with readability, since the maximum value of the brightness level was 1000 nits.

As for the usable area occupied by the screen on the front of the device, the value was 83.3%. Yes, the usable area has increased slightly compared to the previous generation, which had this figure of 82.7%.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

This is not very much, but from this, we can conclude that the company has something to strive for. Indeed, the bezels around the screen are not the thinnest, especially the lower chin. Also, on the top of the screen on the right side, you can see a round cutout for the selfie camera.

In the display settings, you will be able to select the typical display settings. For example, you have the option of choosing a light or dark theme. You can also make the screen look warmer or colder. Of course, there is an Always-On Display function here, since the screen is built on a Super AMOLED matrix.

Performance, benchmarks, games, and OS

A similar situation has affected the performance of the new generation of the Realme 8 Pro smartphone. This model uses exactly the same Snapdragon 720G processor as on the previous generation 7 Pro.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

I cannot say that this is a bad chipset, but as for a new generation of the device, I would like to see a slightly improved version of the processor. Despite this, the use of the Snapdragon 720G chipset performed well in various benchmark tests. The processor is based on 8-nanometer technology with a maximum clock speed of 2.3 GHz.

Yes, below I will leave an album with various tests, such as AnTuTu, GeekBench 5, and others so that you can evaluate the points with your smartphone or the main competitors. In real life, the device worked pretty quickly and stably.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

The same applies to games, as the graphics accelerator Adreno 618 shows a good result in its work. For example, I was able to run quite demanding and heavy games like PUBG Mobile, Call Of Duty, and others. After one hour of testing the GPU, I was left with positive emotions. At the same time, I did not notice overheating and the device itself was within the operating temperature range.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

I should also note the amount of memory, which also remained intact on both versions of the device. The new generation uses 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. But the internal memory technology remains the same – UFS 2.1. Therefore, the speed results have not changed either – it is about 500 MBps read speed and 200 MBps write speed. But what I was very happy about was the presence of a separate slot for a memory card.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Wirelessly, the Realme 8 Pro model uses a dual-band Wi-Fi ac module, Bluetooth 5.0 version, GPS with a triple network A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS. And the most important feature is the presence of an NFC module for contactless payment.

The 8 Pro smartphone is controlled by the Android 11 operating system with the Realme UI 2.0 user interface. The operating system works without any problems, the function is executed quickly and with lightning speed. Since this is a global version of the user interface, you will not have any problems with Google services and available languages.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

But I would like to point out that this is a 60Hz screen, not 90 or 120Hz. Therefore, you will not get such fast and smooth operation from the 8 Pro model. This is when compared with other competitors. I think that this fact you should understand and take into account when buying a new smartphone.

Camera and sample photos

The main difference between the Realme 8 Pro and 7 Pro generations is the main and front camera. If the main sensor has become a little better in terms of detail, then the selfie camera has slightly deteriorated its performance. So, let’s talk a little more about cameras.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

The main camera module Samsung S5KHM2 received a 108-megapixel resolution with an aperture of f/1.89. Let me remind you that the last generation had a sensor with a 64-megapixel resolution and an aperture of f/1.79. Yes, the details of the new sensor may have improved, but the night shots were better in the 7 Pro.

The rest of the main camera sensors remained unchanged. For example, the second camera module received an 8-megapixel resolution for ultra-wide shots. But the third and fourth sensors have 2-megapixel resolution and they were created for macro and bokeh shots.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Okay, now let’s find out what changes the front camera has received on the new 8 Pro. Here I can see that the selfie camera has received a resolution of 16 megapixels. Yes, maybe – this is not the worst sensor. But the last generation 7 Pro had a 32-megapixel resolution.

Among other features, I can single out the maximum video resolution in 4K and 30 frames per second on the main camera module. But the front camera is capable of shooting video with a maximum resolution of 1080p from 30 to 120 frames per second. At the same time, both cameras received the gyro-EIS image stabilization function.


Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Battery and run time

Considering that the Realme 8 Pro smartphone does not have the largest screen size. In addition, this screen is AMOLED and has a 60 Hz refresh rate, so there should not be a lot of power consumption.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Indeed, as my practice has shown, the device can work on a full charge for up to 2 days of active use. If you look at the Work 2.0 Battery life test, the smartphone showed the result of almost 15 hours with the screen on. This is really an excellent figure for the 4500 mAh built-in battery.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

Another bonus for me was the presence of fast charging with a power of 50 watts. Therefore, from 11 to 100%, the smartphone was charged in just 39 minutes. This is a very great result. At the same time, exactly the same battery capacity was used in the last generation. Ok, now let me share my opinion on the new smartphone model from Realme.

Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons

The first question that arises in my head is what is the point in the new generation of Realme 8 Pro if the previous generation has almost identical technical characteristics.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

I do not argue that this is the same high-quality smartphone that will be a good purchase for a future owner. But if you already have a Realme 7 Pro model, then I see no reason at all to change or buy an updated version of the device.

Okay, let’s talk about what I liked while testing the 8 Pro smartphone. Yes, I cannot pass by a high-quality and very bright AMOLED screen, which really mesmerizes me with its colors.

Realme 8 Pro Review: A Well-Equipped Smartphone for $250

I can also attribute to the positive aspects – this is a pretty good performance, user interface, and the main 108-megapixel camera module. In addition, the battery life will definitely not disappoint you, as well as the charging time of the device.

If you look at the negative points that are also present on the 8 Pro, then I can refer to them. This is the lack of a screen frequency at 90 or 120 Hz, and the optical fingerprint scanner does not work very well. I also didn’t like the big slogan on the back of the device.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

The official price on the Realme 8 Pro was $ 259.99 with a 48% discount. Yes, definitely, I can recommend the new model from Realme for purchase.

But I will also leave other competitor options that may surprise you even more. Therefore, pay attention to alternative smartphones in the section below.


Alternative and competitors

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