Six months after launching the Realme 7 series, the Realme 8 series was launched in the Indian market today. As expected, there are two phones under this series, the vanilla version, and the Pro version. Compared to the last year’s Realme 7, not much has changed in terms of the specifications, and interestingly, the starting price remains the same, i.e., Rs 14,999. Some of the highlights of the Realme 8 include a Super AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner, 64MP camera, a 5,000mAh battery, and a new design.
Design is perhaps the biggest upgrade this time compared to last year. There is a unique-looking two-tone finish on the back that includes a shiny strip featuring the “Dare to Leap” text. There is a square-ish camera island having four equal circles in it along with the LED flash and the 64MP text. The phone is quite thin at 7.9mm and also lightweight at 177 grams. On the front, there is a flat panel with a single hole-punch cutout on the top left corner.
While Realme 7 had a 90Hz LCD, Realme went for a Super AMOLED panel on the Realme 8. Now, this is a normal 60Hz panel with FHD+ resolution and 1000 nits of peak brightness. It is good to see smartphone makers now going for AMOLED panels in their budget offerings. While the refresh rate is 60Hz, the touch-sampling-rate of this panel is 180Hz. Also, since it is an AMOLED panel, the fingerprint scanner is placed under the screen.
Under the hood, there is the same MediaTek Helio G95 SOC that powered the Realme 7 of last year. So this might be one of the reasons why the starting price remains unchanged. This chip is paired with 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Yep, the base variant comes with 128GB storage.
Speaking of the cameras on Realme 8, there are four on the rear that includes a primary 64 Megapixel shooter with f/1.79 aperture, a secondary 8 Megapixel ultrawide camera, a 2 Megapixel macro camera, and a 2 Megapixel B&W sensor. The primary camera can shoot 4K videos at 30fps. On the front is the good old 16 Megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor. Realme has added some new camera features, including Starry Mode, Tilt-shift, Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh, and more.