Realme aggressively launched smartphones in the market in 2021. We had the new Narzo 30 series last month and the Realme X7 series just before that. Now the company has introduced the new Realme 8 series of smartphones. There are two models, Realme 8 Pro and Realme 8, and these are the successors of Realme 7 Pro and Realme 7 respectively. These new smartphones were launched at starting prices of Rs. 17,999 and Rs. 14,999 respectively. I got my hands on the Realme 8 Pro, and here are my first impressions.
Prices and variants of Realme 8 Pro
The Realme 8 Pro is priced at Rs. 17,999 in India for the base variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The other variant has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 19,999. There are three color options for the Realme 8 Pro: Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Illuminating Yellow.
The Realme 8 Pro comes in a bright yellow box, just like older Realme smartphones. It sports a large 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution and a built-in fingerprint scanner. It has a 16-megapixel selfie camera in the upper left corner and slim bezels on the sides. I found this smartphone lighter than the current average, tipping the scales at 176g. It is only 8.1mm thick.
I found the button placement to be comfortable on the Realme 8 Pro. The power and volume buttons are on the right and are easily accessible. On the left, the Realme 8 Pro has the SIM tray with two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. It has the 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker at the bottom, while the top has only the secondary microphone.
Realme 8 Pro has “Dare to Leap” plastered on the back
The back of the frame is curved towards the edges to make the Realme 8 Pro comfortable to hold. Realme’s logo is printed in landscape mode, and its ‘Dare to Leap’ slogan is taped to the back, which you may or may not like. The back panel has a textured finish while the text is glossy and really stands out. I liked the textured pattern on the back as it helped keep the fingerprints off the device. Realme provides a case in the box.
Speaking of things you get in the box, I was surprised to see a 65W SuperDart charger that came with the Realme 8 Pro as it is only capable of charging at 50W. It’s better than having an underpowered charger, especially if you’re sharing chargers between devices. The Realme 8 Pro has a 4,500mAh battery, which feels small compared to what some of the other smartphones in this price range are offering.
The 16-megapixel selfie camera sits in the upper left corner of the screen
The biggest change on the Realme 8 Pro is the camera hardware. It packs a 108-megapixel main camera, along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel black-and-white camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
The Realme 8 Pro is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor that also powered the Realme 7 Pro (Reviews). That’s not all, you get 6GB and 8GB RAM options again, while the storage also remains unchanged at 128GB. Considering the very similar base hardware, I wouldn’t expect a huge difference in performance between the two devices.
The configuration of four 108-megapixel cameras on the Realme 8 Pro
In terms of software, this phone comes with Realme UI 2.0 in addition to Android 11 and was running the February Android security patch after installing an update that was already waiting at the time of unboxing. Realme has customized the user interface but hasn’t gone too far so it’s still clean and easy to use. I’ve found a number of apps preinstalled including Facebook, Snapchat, and Flipkart, but these can be uninstalled if you don’t plan on using them.
After using the Realme 8 Pro for a while, it feels like the company has mostly focused on camera improvements. The price is more aggressive than that of the outgoing Realme 7 Pro, which makes this device much more interesting. It will come up against the brand new Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which also have a 108-megapixel rear camera. So, should you upgrade to Realme 8 Pro? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for a full review to find out.