Science students are confirmed to get confused by the process of this nomenclature. Realme 8 5G comes after the company had already launched a whole Realme 8 series which even has a Pro model.5G at the end makes it all different though but still a new name could easily have been given. Anyways the Realme 8 5G is the first phone featuring the all new Dimensity 700 chipset and this phone targets to be the cheapest 5G phone ever.
The base price of ₹13999 for the 4/64GB model satisfies the claim.I should mention though that when it launched the 4/128GB model was the base model and it costs ₹14999.The highest variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is priced at ₹16999.
The price obviously makes it clear that you should not expect high end specs from the Realme 8 5G but the question is whether it would be worthy of buying. Let’s have a look at the specsheet and then we can decide.
To be very frank there’s not much difference with the recently launched Realme phones in terms of looks.Realme 8 5G looks very simple and the design is pretty straightforward. The phone comes in two colour variants the Supersonic Blue and Black.
The SIM tray has 3 slots for two SIM s and a micro SD card for external storage. There’s a single bottom firing speaker and I am very happy to mention the 3.5mm jack retains it’s place.The power button on the side also acts as the fingerprint sensor and you can allot any function on it via settings menu.
At 8.5mm thick the Realme 8 5G may not be the slimmest phone but it is quite easy for one-handed use.The weight of 185g is also very reasonable. Bezels are present but not much to worry any of you.
Obviously one doesn’t expect an OLED display in a budget friendly phone such as this.What you hope is a good display and Realme 8 5G doesn’t disappoint.The 6.5″ IPS LCD display with 2400×1080 resolution and max advertised brightness of 600 nits is very recommendable.To top it up the 90Hz refresh rate is very handy too.Yes you will miss HDR10 support which by any means should have been provided.
The OS is Android 11 topped over by Realme UI which is a renamed version of Color OS in Oppo phones.So you get lots of customisation options such as dark mode,app tray etc.Like Galaxy devices the Realme 8 5G also houses the edge panel for shortcut to your favourite apps.Honestly speaking the Realme UI has improved a lot.
Under the hood is the new Mediatek Dimensity 700 chipset which clocks a maximum speed of 2.2GHz in the octa core CPU and runs on 7nm technology. This is the cheapest 5G chipset from Mediatek and performs better than the cheapest Snapdragon chipset which is Snapdragon 480.The GPU is Mali G57- MC2 which is not as good as Adreno provided in Snapdragon SoCs and automatically accounts for the low graphics score in benchmark tests of the phone.
4GB RAM with 64GB and 128GB internal storage consecutively are the two base variants The top model features 8GB RAM and 128GB on board storage. You can increase storage upto 1TB via micro SD card which has a dedicated slot.
The rear houses a triple camera module with a primary 48MP f/1.8 sensor followed by two 2MP sensors for macro and depth photos.The usual camera features are provided. Supet Night Scape mode for low light images is present. There is not much to talk about this camera system and those of you who have read my previous posts would surely know how I literally despise the 2MP lenses which simply increases the camera count and has no role in improving quality.
The front houses a 16MP f/2.2 punch hole selfie shooter. Both the front and back cameras can shoot videos of 1080p @30fps.
The Realme 8 5G houses a 5000mAH battery which comes with a charging speed of 18W.Yes the battery is large but charging speed should have been more.Just a few months back the Realme 7 Pro launched with the fastest charging speed. The current phone aims for the mid range customers and so I feel faster charging should have been present.
5G had not yet launched I India or so to speak in most countries. On the contrary we are now looking at companies competing in providing the cheapest 5G mobile phones. Hence to all of you who have previous 4G models please don’t just upgrade for having a 5G model.I hope you realise what I want to say.
Coming back to Realme 8 5G well,for me the price of the phone is the best attraction followed by the Dimensity 700 chipset which has a decent benchmark score.Anyways what are your thoughts? Please let me know in comments.