Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

Finally, Realme has presented a very decent mid-budget mobile device, which is called the Realme 8i.

In this review, I will tell you about the main advantages and disadvantages, and I will also conduct a full test of the device. That is, we will play games, check various benchmark tests, show the results of the battery test, both for discharge and charging, and much more.

Therefore, if you are planning to purchase this smartphone model, I recommend reading this article in full to find out whether the new model is worth your attention or not.

As for the cost, now you can get the Realme 8i device for a good price under $ 200. But for this price, you get a pretty long list of cool features and functions.


For example, the smartphone was equipped with a 6.6-inch IPS screen with Full HD + resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. Also, the new version of the smartphone received a modern Mediatek Helio G96 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. In addition, the device from the Realme brand was equipped with a 50 megapixel main camera module.

You can also highlight the presence of a 5000 mAh battery with fast charging of 18 watts of power. Also, the smartphone has received many other features. But I want to talk about them in a real review, so now let’s move on to in-depth and detailed testing.

Realme 8i: Specifications

Realme 8i:Specs
Display:6.6 inches IPS with 1080 x 2412 pixels, 120 Hz
CPU: Mediatek Helio G96 Octa Core 2.05GHz
GPU:Mali-G57 MC2
RAM:4/6 GB
Inner memory:64/128 GB
Expanding memory:Up to 1TB
Cameras:50 MP + 2 MP + 2 MPmain camera and 16 MP front camera
Communication:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and GPS
Battery:5000mAh (18W)
OS:Android 11 (Realme UI 2.0)
Weight:194 gram
Dimensions:164.1 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm

Unboxing and packaging

Like any other smartphone from Realme, the new version of the 8i device comes in a similar bright yellow packaging. On the front, you can see the name of the model and the company, but without a picture of the device. But on the back of the package, there is a list of features, which I already mentioned at the beginning of the review.

Note that I have a global version of the device, so all the inscriptions were made in English. At the same time, the quality of the packaging was good and this tells us that there should be no problems with transportation.

Meanwhile, inside the package, I found the following components, this is the smartphone itself. It was covered with transport tape with the main features and also in a bright yellow style. The package also included instructions, a protective soft silicone case and a needle for a SIM tray. At the very bottom of the package is an 18 W power supply with a European plug and a Type-C charging cable for charging.

Design, build quality and materials

The manufacturer Realme offers a choice of two color options in black and purple. As I understand it, black is more suitable for males, but purple for females. At the same time, both options are unique, as they have a slight gradient from light to dark. The smartphone looks very nice without using a protective case.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

If we talk about the materials used, then the device belongs to the middle budget class and there is no question of protective glass. Therefore, the back of the case of the Realme 8i smartphone was made of plastic, by the way, like the main frame of the device. But there is a protective glass on the front of the device.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

At the same time, the assembly of the smartphone was very good, but there was a slight backlash in the buttons. Also, you will not find any protection against water here. Although in a light rain I was able to test the smartphone and after that it worked well.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

On the back of the Realme 8i device is the main camera module with three sensors and an LED flash. In addition, the camera module itself did not really stick out, which also cannot please me either. For example, the thickness of the device was only 8.5 mm, and taking into account the camera module, the thickness of the smartphone was about 10 mm. At the same time, the dimensions of the smartphone were 164 x 75.5 mm, and the weight was about 194 grams.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

During my testing, I felt comfortable holding my smartphone. But naturally, using the large 6.6-inch screen with one hand was very problematic.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

The right side of the smartphone received one single power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The scanner itself worked accurately and quickly, so I had no particular complaints about its work. But on the opposite side of the smartphone, there was a volume rocker with a full slot for dual nano SIM cards and a MicroSD memory card.

At the same time, if you look at the bottom of the Realme 8i smartphone, you will find the main speaker, microphone hole, Type-C port and headphone jack. But on the upper end there was an additional microphone for noise cancellation of ambient sounds.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

On the one hand, I was glad to see the presence of a headphone jack on the body of the device. On the other hand, the smartphone has only one mono speaker. Although the sound quality of this speaker was average, I cannot say that the device played badly. But the low frequencies were not enough, especially when it comes to bass. Okay, now let’s talk about the screen and its features.

Screen and image quality

The front of the device Realme 8i received a screen with a size of 6.6 inches and a resolution of Full HD + or 1080 x 2412 pixels. At the same time, the aspect ratio was 20: 9 and the pixel density per inch was 400 PPI. In general, a standard IPS screen is used here, but some of the features may surprise you.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

For example, the smartphone was equipped with a 120 Hz screen refresh rate and a 180 Hz touch. In the settings, you can select a frequency from 60 to 120 Hz, while the smoothness of the user interface was very smooth and fast.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

In addition, the device has a decent peak brightness value of about 600 nits. That is, I could easily use my smartphone, both indoors and outdoors. But in sunny weather, there may be a slight difficulty with the readability of the information.

The bezels around the screen were minimal, apart from the lower bezel, the so-called chin. Also in the upper left corner is a round cutout for a selfie camera. But I liked the image quality of the screen, both its viewing angles and its color reproduction.

In the screen settings, you can set various options, this is an automatic adjustment of the screen brightness. There is also a choice of colors, reading mode, night mode and many other features. Okay, well, now let’s find out how a smartphone will perform in real life in terms of performance.

Benchmark tests, game and OS 

A Mediatek Helio G96 processor was installed inside the case of the Realme 8i smartphone. It came to replace his older brother Helio G95, but I did not see any special changes between the two versions of the chipsets. For example, both have 12 nanometer technology and have 8 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.05 GHz.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

As for the benchmark tests, in the popular AnTuTu test, the device scored 236 thousand points. Not the best result, but I understand that this is a standard processor that has only a 12 nanometer process technology. You can also see other benchmark tests in the album below.

If you are planning to play games, since the screen received a 120 Hz refresh rate, then I can disappoint you with this news. Yes, you can run and play heavy games, but only at the lowest graphics settings. At the same time, there were slight lags or delays in the Genshin Impact game. In addition, after 10 minutes of playing, the device began to heat up quite a lot, in the area of ​​the rear camera. For example, the case temperature was about 42 degrees Celsius.

Now let’s talk about storage, the Realme 8i uses 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. At the same time, the read speed of the built-in memory was 515 MBps, and the write speed was about 385 MBps. But the good news is that you can easily expand the memory thanks to a separate microSD slot.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

Okay, I think a lot of people are interested to know about the quality of wireless communication. I want to please you, the work of Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1 version was very stable and fast. In addition, the device even used the NFC module for contactless payments. But there was no 5G network on the smartphone, only 4G. At the same time, the call quality was good.

The smartphone is controlled by the latest OS version – Android 11 and the Realme UI 2.0 user interface. During my testing, I did not find any particular complaints. But there were only problems after heavy games, when the device heated up and after exiting the games, the user interface took a long time to load. I did not find any other problems with the operating system.

Camera and sample photos

Onboard the Realme 8i device uses a main camera module with a resolution of 50 megapixels. It has shown itself in practice quite positively, as the quality of the photographs corresponded to expectations. For example, daytime photos came out with good detail and correct color tones. But night photos using the night mode also proved to be worthy.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

In addition, the main camera module received two more sensors with a resolution of 2 megapixels each. At the same time, these sensors were created for macro and portrait modes. As you can imagine, the device from Realme does not support the ultra wide mode camera module.

As for the front camera, its module has a 16-megapixel resolution. If in good light, the photos on the selfie camera were pretty good, then in low light, the quality of the photos dropped significantly.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

In the camera app on my smartphone, I found a lot of interesting shooting modes. These are photo, video, portrait, macro, beauty, 50MP, night modes and much more. Therefore, it will take more than one day to explore the camera. As for the maximum video resolution, the device is capable of shooting at 1080p and 30 frames per second, both on the main and on the front camera module. As usual, you can see examples shot with the Realme 8i smartphone in the album below.

Battery and run time

As for a mid-budget device, the Realme 8i smartphone has a standard 5,000 mAh battery.

During my testing, the device in the Work 3.0 Battery life test showed about 7.5 hours of screen on. In this case, I used a smartphone with 100% brightness level and 120 Hz screen refresh rate. Even after the test, the smartphone still had a 20% charge. I think this is a very good result in terms of battery life.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

If we talk about real use, then the smartphone will be able to work out a full 2 ​​working days without any problems. But if you do not plan to play heavy games, as for 1 hour of playing Genshin Impact, the device will be discharged by 30%.

At the same time, a full charge from 0 to 100% took me 1 hour and 50 minutes through an 18W power adapter and Type-C connection.

Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons

Do not forget that the Realme 8i smartphone model is not a flagship, but belongs to the mid-budget class of devices. Therefore, this model will have both positive and negative sides.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

If we talk about the merits, the smartphone was equipped with an interesting IPS screen with Full HD + resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. I also liked how the user interface worked with its smooth and stable responsiveness.

In addition, I liked the main camera module, which took good pictures in both good and low light. Well, of course, battery life had good performance during real use.

Realme 8i Review: Budget Smartphone with Helio G96 and 120Hz

As for the shortcomings, the device received not the most top-end processor, which showed itself not in a particularly positive way. For example, in heavy games, the smartphone immediately heated up and there were slight delays. But if you play simpler games, then I did not reveal any special problems. I was also frustrated by the lack of a wide-angle camera module.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

Now everyone can buy a Realme 8i smartphone at an interesting and affordable price for only $196.65 with a 26% discount.

Given its main technical features and what the smartphone was capable of in real life, I can easily recommend this model from Realme for purchase. But only if you did not plan to play heavy and demanding games on it, but use it for everyday tasks.


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