Realme 8 Pro is a decent affordable smartphone and it’s a great choice if you take photos or record videos, instead of playing games. Starting from £279 for basic variant with 8GB RAM / 128GB internal storage, it is certainly a great affordable smartphone.
Realme 8 Pro comes with hole punch camera in the front, on the edge-to-edge flat display. Its curved and slim profile should be perfectly fit on your hand, although the plastic back feels quite cheap. The phone is also quite light at 176 grams and you won’t feel uncomfortable when using the Realme 8 Pro over a long period of time. Visually, the phone has a nice metallic look with its two-tone blue finish. However, the “Dare to Leap” tagline on the back could look like an eyesore for some people.
The 6.4-inch display is reasonably sharp with 2400 x 1080 resolution and bright at 1,000 nits. It’s quite spacious with nearly 91 percent screen to body ratio and you can use it easily under direct sunlight. It’s a bit unfortunate that the refresh rate is only at 60Hz. As comparison, Realme’s current flagship has 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10. Even so, it is still forgivable if we consider that the latest iPhone models still use regular 60Hz refresh rate. If you have been using 90Hz or 120Hz display for quite some time, you may notice that the interface doesn’t flow as smoothly.
Realme 8 Pro use the weaker mid-range chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, made of Kryo 465 cores. There are also built-in Adreno 618 GPU and AI Engine. With 8GB of RAM, multitasking performance should be adequate. There’s also 128GB internal storage and microSD card slot, which give you ample room for installing many apps and storing many files. The Realme 8 Pro is definitely less capable than the Oppo X3 with Snapdragon 765G and Samsung Galaxy A52 with Snapdragon 750G.
Photography is definitely a strong point of Realme 8 Pro. The primary 108Mp camera is supported by 8Mp ultra wide-angle camera, 2Mp monochrome lens and 2Mp macro. The 108Mp primary camera is Samsung’s 3rd generation with 6-element lens and f/1.88 aperture. It’s a flagship-grade camera and you can be sure that details are very good. It’s even impressive if you consider that the phone is an affordable device. Colours should look natural and vivid. During low light situations, details are crisp and due to the ISO feature.
Realme UI 2.0 interface on top of Android 11 offers good customization and everything should feel smooth. There are extra features on top of standard Android 11 software, such as files and apps with password protection. Unfortunately, bloatware can be a problem for some users. There are a dozen of pre-installed apps and Realme seems to insist that you should use their solutions instead. As an example, you will be stuck with Realme’s weather app, video player and music player.
The 4,500mAh battery allows the Realme 8 Pro for a whole day. The SuperDart 50W charger tops up the battery to 100 percent in just 50 minutes. There are a number of optimizations, like power saving mode and quick app freezing feature. The night charge guardian protects the battery from overcharging.