Realme has had quite the meteoric rise in India over a relatively short time span. The highly competitive company currently has a vast portfolio of smartphones, but the rate at which it's going, I think it needs to pump the brakes a bit and take a more focused approach to its launches. I'm referring to the recently launched Realme 8, which launched alongside the Realme 8 Pro. The company has managed to cover pretty much every single price point under Rs. 20,000, but the sheer number of phones it now sells, including the 7 series, X-series and Narzo models, means that there's a lot of overlapping, with just minute differences between many of them.
The Realme 8's design is heavily focused on making it slim and light, and it does a very good job here. The big change compared to the Realme 7 lies in the display, which is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution, rather than an LCD panel. The Realme 8 is one of the more comfortable phones I've reviewed recently and should be easy to live with.
The Realme 8 reuses the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC from the Realme 7, which has proven to be good enough for gaming at this price level. It's one of the first phones to ship with Realme UI 2.0 out of the box which is based on Android 11. In terms of performance, the Realme 8 feels snappy. I did miss the fluidity in scrolling offered by a 90Hz display but usability was still good. The Helio G95 SoC posts good benchmark numbers too, scoring 2,89,587 points in AnTuTu. The cameras on the Realme 8 are definitely serviceable in the right conditions, but this model is not a step up from the Realme 7 in terms of features or quality.
The Realme 8 might not have any deal-breaking flaws, but it doesn't really offer anything special, even when compared to its own siblings, which makes it hard to recommend.
|Product Name||Price in India|
|Realme 8 (4GB RAM, 128GB) - Cyber Black||₹ 12,999|
|Realme 8 (4GB RAM, 128GB) - Cyber Silver||₹ 12,999|
|Realme 8 (6GB RAM, 128GB) - Cyber Silver||₹ 14,499|
|Realme 8 (6GB RAM, 128GB) - Cyber Black||₹ 14,499|
|Realme 8 (8GB RAM, 128GB) - Cyber Black||₹ 14,999|
|Realme 8 (8GB RAM, 128GB) - Cyber Silver||₹ 15,499|
Realme 8 price in India starts from ₹ 12,999. The lowest price of Realme 8 is ₹ 12,999 at Croma on 25th September 2023.
|Price in India||₹12,999|
|Release date||24th March 2021|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||160.60 x 73.90 x 7.99|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000|
|Colours||Cyber Black, Cyber Silver|
|Screen size (inches)||6.40|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio G95|
|RAM||4GB, 6GB, 8GB|
|Internal storage||64GB, 128GB|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Rear camera||64-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|No. of Rear Cameras||4|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.45)|
|No. of Front Cameras||1|
|Operating system||Android 11|
|Skin||Realme UI 2.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.10|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes|
|In-Display Fingerprint Sensor||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|