Realme 8 review: a smartphone that has almost everything to please

Realme 8 review
Realme 8 review

After the Realme 8 Pro, it’s the turn of the Realme 8 to invite itself under our probes. The mobile makes some concessions to go below the symbolic bar of $240.

The Realme 8 is an entry-level smartphone. It is equipped with a 6.4-inch Super Amoled screen, with a definition of 1080 x 2400 pixels, in a 20: 9 format. It is powered by a Mediatek Helio G95 SoC, associated with 6 GB of RAM memory and 128 GB of internal storage. The photo part is based on a main sensor of 64 Mpx (f / 1.8), supported by an ultra-wide-angle module of 8 Mpx (f / 2.3), and 2 Mpx modules dedicated to the macro and depth of field. The battery displays 5000 mAh and takes advantage of the fast charge at 30 W. This smartphone is marketed at a price of $240.

Realme 8 review: Ergonomics and design

The Realme 8 may be an entry-level smartphone – which implies the use of plastic for its shell and the mention “DARE TO LEAP” engraved on it – it has ergonomic qualities. With a fairly contained format (160.6 x 73.9 x 8 mm), and a reasonable weight (177 g), it includes for example a fingerprint reader under the screen, something still quite rare on a mobile for less than $240.

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Realme 8 review : Audio

The Realme 8 offers a 3.5mm mini-jack, but our measurements do not attest to the raw performance of the jack as Realme forces the use of an internal equalizer. They were therefore produced with the “Smart” option which adapts the rendering according to the context (game, film, music, etc.). The output level is around 100 mVrms, which is fine, and the dynamic range is 84 dB. The distortion is contained at 0.006%.

The loudspeaker of the telephone is mono, located at the top, and offers a good reserve of power. The rendering is however quite average.

Realme 8 review : Screen

As we said in the introduction to this test, the Realme 8 offers a 6.4-inch Super Amoled screen, with a definition of 1080 x 2400 px, and a 20: 9 format. By default, the screen offers rather fair colorimetry (delta E of 3.2), but a fairly cold color temperature of 7670 K. Unfortunately, after going through the different types of display adjustment, it remains difficult to do better. We manage, in bright and warm mode, to drop the color temperature to 6929 K (still too cold), but the delta E climbs to 4.

For the rest, the measurements are quite correct. The maximum measured brightness is 547 cd / m², the minimum brightness is 2.2 cd / m², and the glare rate is approximately 51%. The touch delay is 75 ms.

Realme 8 review : Performance

The Realme 8 is equipped with a Mediatek Helio G95 processor associated with 6 GB of RAM memory. Like the Snapdragon 720G that powers the Pro model, this is a good mid-range SoC, already used by the Realme 7.

On our dedicated protocols, the mobile was very comfortable in multitasking, barely less than the Pro model, with an index of 95. And on the gaming side, it obtains a score of 40 fps on a greedy game. in resources (index 71), again as for its predecessor.

Our performance tests are carried out with viSer, the application developed by the company SmartViser.

Realme 8 review : Photo

The photo part is based on a main sensor of 64 Mpx (f / 1.8), supported by an ultra-wide-angle module of 8 Mpx (f / 2.3), and 2 Mpx modules dedicated to the macro and depth of field. The main change compared to the Pro model, it is therefore the passage of the sensor from 108 to 64 Mpx.

64 megapixels 8 megapixels 2 megapixels 2 megapixels
f / 1.8 f / 2.3 f / 2.4 f / 2.4
eq. 26 mm eq. 16 mm

Wide-angle module (64 Mpx, eq. 26 mm, f / 1.8)

This Realme 8 is a funny bird when it comes to photography. By day, and in the center of the image, there is a very interesting level of detail, but the corners of the image are completely blurry, which penalizes it on the overall rating. The rendering of the Poco X3 NFC is more interesting.

At night, the colorimetric rendering is quite disastrous with a yellowish image that is difficult to use. The details are also very erased, and there is not much to be learned. The module compensates for rapid capture with exaggerated sensitivity (11,150 ISO).

Realme 8 review : 64 MP mode

The 64 Mpx mode does not bring much added value compared to the classic mode since we find the same strengths and weaknesses, whether day or night.

Ultra wide-angle module (8 Mpx, 16 mm eq., F / 2.3)

As for the ultra-wide-angle sensor, it is rather good by day, overall, although even the textures in the center are not very delicately restored.

At night, the image is dull, and too smooth. We also find the uninviting colorimetry of the wide-angle module. Hopefully fixes will be made to this disappointing photo part.

Front and video module

The 16MP (f / 2.5) front camera offers quality sharpness, and faces are detailed. The colorimetry, however, leans towards red.

For video, the Realme 8 offers 4K at 30 fps from the wide-angle module. The rendering is pretty good, without too many jerks and lighting problems.

Realme 8 review : Autonomy

The Realme 8 is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery, which is therefore slightly larger than that of the Realme 8 Pro (4500 mAh). But there seem to be other elements that come into play in the autonomy of the product as the results obtained are so different. While the Realme 8 Pro only held up to 11 h 44 min on our test protocol, the Realme 8 did twice as good with 22 h 45 min. And it is in fact one of the excellent smartphones in this area.

In addition to that, its recharging is frankly fast (30 W), which allows it to regain 100% of energy in just 55 minutes.

Our battery tests are automated by viSer, the application developed by the company SmartViser. The results obtained with viSer come from measurements taken under real conditions of use (calls, SMS, videos, launching applications, web browsing, etc.).

Strong Points

  • Excellent autonomy.
  • Fast charging.
  • Good performance.
  • An overall satisfactory screen.

Weak Points

  • A photo section to improve.
  • No 5G

Realme 8 review : Conclusion

The Realme 8 succeeds and stands out as a good smartphone under $240. It benefits in particular from an excellent autonomy and a fast charge which make it an excellent ally to face two days away from a power outlet. Also, its performance is very fair, its screen is quite good, and some ergonomic details are interesting at this price, such as the fingerprint reader under the screen. Still, her photos, mainly nocturnal, are quite poor, and her look may turn out to be divisive. It thus turns out to be a notch below the very good Vivo Y70 .