Today, following the schedule, in India, OPPO’s sub-brand released the Realme 8 and 8 Pro smartphones. However, we should admit that the new series has many things in common with the 7 line models. And of course, there are some noteworthy upgrades.
Before we start getting acquainted with the key features of this two, you should know that the Realme 8 Pro is for Europe and will hit this market next week. It will be in India as well. The Realme 8 standard version is for India mainly. It seems this phone won’t land in Europe.
Realme 8 Pro Biggest Highlights
The main improvement in the Realme 8 Pro is the camera. Now, it gets a 108MP sensor. The Samsung HM2 sensor has 0.7µm pixels and supports 9-in-1 binning. It’s a large sensor with a 1/1.52” size, an f/1.9 aperture. So it serves as a solid base for great low-light imaging.
This lens supports zoom up to 3x. Also, the large sensor covers the hardware part, the updated Super Nightscape mode handles the software part. Plus, Starry Mode is now available for videos too.
There is also an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens with an f/2.25 aperture and 119º field of view. And the rest two 2MP macro and a 2MP Black and White lenses form a quad-camera on the back. The front shooter has a 16MP resolution (IMX471, f/2.45).
Under the hood, the phone carries the Snapdragon 720G chip. Yes, It’s an old chip but Realme spent a lot of time to optimize Realme UI to run on this chip. So we guess it will use this chip in many other models as well.
Anyways, there are two memory variants of 6GB and 8GB. But the storage is the same for both – 128GB. If you wish, there is a microSD card slot for storage expansion. This is a dual SIM phone with 4G connectivity.
Apart from this, the phone hosts a 4500mAh battery. It can be charged to 50% in 17 minutes due to the 65W charger included in the box. The other half takes 30 more minutes.
The Realme 8 Pro features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. It has a brightness of up to 1,000 nits. Also, it supports an 180Hz touch sampling rate.
Realme 8 Selling Points
The Realme 8 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen. But unlike the previous model’s 90Hz IPS LCD, it only supports 60Hz refresh rate. The screen has a 1080P+ resolution, 1,000 nits peak brightness and 180Hz touch sampling rate.
Inside, the phone carries a MediaTek Helio G95, which was also used in the Realme 7. This is a 12nm chipset, while the pro version uses an 8nm chip. But the former will provide a longer battery life.
In terms of photography, the Realme 8 didn’t get any changes in comparison to the previous model. Thus, it still comes with a 64MP main camera, which is partnered with the 8MP ultra wide-angle (119º) camera and the two additional modules (2MP macro, 2MP B&W). This version is not capable of shooting 4K videos. So if this option is important for you, there is the Pro version.
The phone also comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which supports 30W Dart charge. It can reach 50% of power in 26 minutes. And the phone can be charged from 0% to 100% in 65 minutes.
Well, it seems the Realme 8 didn’t get many improvements. But we should say that the Realme 8 now comes with 128GB storage as standard. The lower model starts with 4GB of RAM but there are 6GB and 8GB options too. There’s a dedicated spot for a microSD card if you need more storage.
Pricing and Availability
Both models will start sales in India tomorrow. They start at INR 15,000 and INR 18,000 ($207 and $248), respectively.
Starting March 31, it will be available in the UK. The 8/128 GB model will be available for £280. Pre-orders start today.