A month after the launch of Realme 8, the company launched its 5G variant in the Indian market today. Realme 8 5G isn’t some new phone but rather the Realme V13 5G that launched in China last month. Interestingly, Realme launched the 5G variant with the same starting price tag as the 4G variant, i.e.,₹14,999. But despite having 5G in its name, there are some areas where it falls short of its 4G counterpart, such as the cameras.
As far as the design is concerned, the phone looks more or less the same as the Realme 8 4G. There is a hole punch on the top left of the display and a square-shaped camera island with three cameras. The fingerprint scanner is on the right side and the volume rockers on the left. There is a triple card slot so that you can add two SIM cards and a microSD card simultaneously. Even though there are extra 5G-related components inside, the phone is just 8.5mm thick and weighs 185 grams.
On the front, Realme 8 5G features a 6.5-inch Full-HD+ panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 600 nits. Keep in mind that this is an LCD panel and not AMOLED. For comparison, Realme 8 4G has a 60Hz AMOLED panel. Under the hood, there is the Dimensity 700 5G SOC which is built on the 7nm process and has ARM Mali-G57 GPU. This SOC is paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Since there is a slot for a microSD card as well, you can expand the storage further by 1TB.
The camera setup on the back has three cameras in it. There is a primary 48 Megapixel shooter paired with a 4cm macro camera and a B&W sensor. Weirdly, there isn’t even an ultrawide camera on this phone, something that is there on the Realme 8 4G. The Realme 8 4G has a 64 Megapixel primary shooter, too, again better than one on the 5G variant.
On the front is the same 16 Megapixel selfie camera that we have seen getting on Realme devices for a long time. Realme 8 4G can shoot 4K 30fps videos, but Realme 8 5G maxes out at 1080p 30fps video recording!
And finally, there is a 5,000mAh battery inside plus 18W fast charging support. Realme 8 4G has support for 30W fast charging! Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 runs out of the box.