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Realme 8 Pro Test - This is what the new realme middle class smartphone can do

by Timo24. March 2021

March is packed with new smartphone releases. Today it is realme's turn to present us with the realme 8 Pro, a technically well-equipped mid-range smartphone. We were allowed to take a close look at the new realme 8 Pro in advance.

Key features are the 108 MP Samsung HM2 main camera, the 50 watt SuperDart Charge quick charge function and the 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display. But is that enough to lead the smartphone middle class? More on this in the test.

Overview
Manufacturer/Model

realme

Product

realme 8 pro

Specifications

Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
GPU: Adreno 618
RAM: 6GB / 8GB (LPDDR4x)
Internal memory: 128GB (UFS2.1)
Memory extension: Yes

Display
Display diagonal: 6.4 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display Type: Super AMOLED
Refresh rate: 60 Hz
Sampling rate: 180 Hz

cameras
Main camera: 108 MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 (1 / 1.52 ", f / 1.88 aperture)
Ultra wide angle: 8 MP (119 ° ultra wide angle lens and f / 2.25 aperture)
Macro sensor: 2MP (4 cm focus, f / 2.4 aperture)
Depth sensor: 2MP (f / 2.4 aperture)

Front camera: 16 MP Sony IMX471 (f / 2.45 aperture)

Mesh
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
WCDMA: B1 / 5 / 8
TDD LTE: B38/40/41(2535-2655MHz)
FDD LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28

wireless
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.0
GPS: Yes

Sensors
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor
* NFC

Accumulator
Battery: 4.500 mAh
Fast charge function: 50 Watt
Qi store: no

other
Operating system: Android 11 (realme UI 2.0)
Connection: USB-C, 3.5 mm audio
Size: 160.6 73.9 x x 8.1 mm
Weight: 176 g

What's in the box

1x smartphone
1x SIM needle
1x charging cable
1x charger (65 watts)
1x protective cover
1x user manual

Test: realme 8 Pro

Notice: We have only had the realme 8 Pro in our hands for about a week and would like to provide you with our first impressions in this short test.

The test report will be updated in the coming days with the changes made by the Release update revised and expanded again. Therefore, there is still no final conclusion on the device!

Design, workmanship and delivery

Groovy color names and extravagant backs now play a major role in smartphones. This is also the case with the realme 8 Pro, in the colors Infinite Blue, Infinite Black and Punk Black comes along. Our test device in Infinite Black also has another special feature. The brand's slogan is emblazoned in large letters on the plastic back - "DARE TO LEAP"that really stands out in a three-dimensional, reflective manner.

realme8 Pro back

The fine microstructure on the back gives the 160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm big and with 176 g comparatively light smartphone has a good grip. The framed quad camera system protrudes visibly from the rear. The slightly curved edges on the back also ensure a pleasant feel and a smooth transition to the housing frame.

On the right hand side of the frame are the easily accessible power button and the volume rocker, both with a crisp pressure point. On the opposite side, realme has the Triple SIM slot placed that deals with two nano SIM cards and a microSD memory card can be populated. There is no protection against water, which is also noticeable in the lack of sealing rings in the SIM slot. The top of the frame only adorns the opening of one of the two microphones. More spectacular is the underside, where the USB-C socket, the loudspeaker, another microphone and even a microphone are located 3.5 mm headphone jack are located.

realme 8 Pro Hybrid SIM slot

The front adorns that 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display. The front camera is integrated in the punch-hole style in the top left of the display. The is hidden in the lower part of the display In-display fingerprint scanner, which unlocks the smartphone reliably and quickly. The width of the display bezels is on a good mid-range level. Not particularly narrow, but not too wide either. Finally, above the display, we would have the narrow and inconspicuous receiver. There is no notification LED. Instead, realme relies on Always-On-Display (AOD), More on that later.

The application is not to complain about. Of the What's in the box In addition to the smartphone, it includes a silicone protective cover, a 65 watt SuperDart fast charger, a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a SIM needle and a quick guide.

realme 8 Pro scope of delivery

Display

Realme built into the realme 8 Pro 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display with FHD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) Resolution. The maximal Display brightness of 1000 cd / m² is enough for the display to remain legible even in the sunshine. Typically AMOLED colors are displayed particularly vividly. The contrast is almost infinite.

realme 8 Pro display

Realme cut back on the refresh rate. Instead of 90 or even 120 Hz, the realme 8 Pro's panel only achieves 60 individual images per second. This means that content is not displayed as smoothly as it is the case with mostly much more expensive smartphones with 90 Hz + display. Fast response times of the touchscreen are ensured by a Sampling rate of 180 Hz guaranteed. We were able to confirm that in the test. The touchscreen reacts precisely and quickly.

By the way, the realme 8 Pro has one Widevine L1 certificationso that you can enjoy content from streaming providers such as Netflix, Prime Video or Disney + in full resolution. The Always-on function of the display replaces the notification LED. Notifications, date and time received on the smartphone are shown on the display even when the smartphone is idle. Due to the economical AMOLED display, the battery consumption is not significantly increased.

Performance and user interface

The realme 8 Pro is powered by one Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G System-on-Chip. The chip manufactured in the 8 nm process consists of two fast Cortex-A76 cores (2,3 GHz) and six economical Cortex-A55 cores (1,8 GHz). The GPU is an Adreno 618 that can also cope with demanding mobile games. As far as the memory equipment is concerned, the smartphone is optionally available with 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS2.1 data store fitted. The data memory can be expanded with a microSD memory card.

Everyday performance is good. That on Android 11 based realme UI 2.0 can be operated fluently and runs stably. The system is kept narrow and is largely based on Stock Android. Annoying third-party apps are not preinstalled apart from Facebook.

Multitasking is no problem for the realme 8 Pro because of the ample memory. Mobile gamers have to compromise on the display, but high refresh rates in demanding mobile games are also in vain in this price range. To play a little bit, the performance is completely sufficient. Thermal throttling doesn't bother the smartphone. From a performance point of view, the realme 8 Pro delivers exactly what one can expect in the price range.

camera

Let's dedicate ourselves THE key feature of the realme 8 Pro, namely the camera. Particular attention is paid to the 108 Megapixel main sensor of the quad camera setup. None other than the promising one is installed Samsung's ISOCELL HM2. The image sensor was announced in autumn 2020 and will replace the ISOCELL HM1, which was used in the Samsung S20 Ultra, among other things.

realme 8 Pro camera

In addition to Xiaomi, realme is another manufacturer who installs the high-resolution sensor in a mid-range smartphone.

Samsung ISOCELL HM2

Watch out, it's getting a little technical now. The ISOCELL HM2 is not necessarily better than its predecessor ISOCELL HM1. With a Sensor size of 1 / 1.52 ″ and a Pixel size of 0.7 μm Samsung's ISOCELL HM2 is more compact than its predecessor (1 / 1.33 ″, 0.8 μm). This initially speaks for a slightly lower light output, but the Samsung because of its Nanocell technology (9-in-1 pixel binning) want to compensate.

Samsung ISOCELL HM2

By merging 3 x 3 pixels are created 2,1 micron pixels. The photo resolution is reduced from 108 megapixels to only 12 megapixels, but the merging benefits the photo quality in poor lighting conditions. The formation of larger blocks of pixels results in a higher sensitivity to light, whereby at the same time the Signal-to-noise ratio improved is.

field test

Much more important, however, is how the camera setup of the realme 8 Pro performs in everyday life. Let's start with the 108 megapixel main camera (aperture f / 1.88).

108 Megapixel main camera

Im normal photo mode pixel binning is active and photos are in 4000 x 3000 pixels, that is 12 Megapixel saved. It is remarkable that Continuity of level of detail and almost no image noise, even in poor light. The main camera copes well with high-contrast scenes even without HDR mode. The HDR automatic rarely has to help.

The Color rendering is powerful and can be described as realistic. The Camera-AI mostly recognizes motifs reliably and adjusts color and brightness to the scene again. One point of criticism is slight distortion at the corners of the photos. However, these are only noticeable if you look closely.

The realme camera app has its own for 108 megapixel recordings 108 MP mode integrated. In contrast to normal photo mode, there is no HDR support and no color filters. Only the camera AI is available as an image enhancer.

realme 8 Pro 108 MP recording

The differences between the normal photo mode and the 108 MP mode can be seen on closer inspection. In the enlarged image section, the 108 megapixel images show a higher level of detail.

In everyday life, the normal recording mode is completely sufficient. As already mentioned, the differences only become visible when a section of the image is enlarged. At the same time, the file size grows many times over, which complicates the use of the photos. The in-sensor zoom, which delivers the same result, is better.

In-sensor zoom

When it comes to camera zoom, realme relies on a digital one "In-sensor zoom". The enlarged image section is reduced to 12 megapixels, recorded eight times and combined using an algorithm. According to realme, this enables faster and sharper zoom recordings that even surpass smartphone cameras with a dedicated telephoto lens.

realme 8 Pro Zoom (1)

In practice, hands-free zooming actually works surprisingly well and does not suggest a purely digital zoom. Even beyond 5x magnification, usable images are still possible.

Ultra wide angle camera

There is a need for optimization in the 8 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (119 ° wide angle, f / 2.25 aperture). Photos taken in wide-angle mode are rusty and show slight distortions at the edges of the image. In addition, there is an increased noise component, a susceptibility to chromatic aberrations and a slightly reduced dynamic range.

Portrait mode

The realme 8 Pro implements bokeh recordings very well. For the most part, people and objects are extracted reliably and cleanly from the background. The degree of sharpness can be adjusted using a slider.

Macro mode

The macro mode is a nice gimmick to look at the beer foam up close. Getting the subject in the 4 cm focus range is not necessarily easy. You can see in the following picture what a macro shot with the realme 8 Pro looks like.

realme 8 Pro macro

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In Low-light situations or at night, the main camera of the realme 8 Pro is convincing. The noise component is low, colors are reproduced almost accurately and a lot is also recorded in terms of the level of detail (if there is some light).

A well implemented one night mode is available, but even this reaches its limits in complete darkness.

video mode

The realme 8 Pro takes a maximum of videos 4K at 30 images-per-second on. If you activate the “ultra image stabilizer”, the resolution is automatically reduced to 1080p. Movements are then made using electronic image stabilization (EIS) smoothed. Other resolutions are 1080p@30/60 und 720p@30/60. In the following video you can take a look at the 4K video quality of the realme 8 Pro.

realme 8 Pro | Camera Test Quality Day & Night 4K30

Video recording via the wide-angle camera is not supported. Zooming is possible with up to 5x magnification in video mode. Image enhancers in the form of camera AI, filters and blur effects are integrated into the video mode. The sound is in stereo and recorded in good quality.

connectivity

The realme 8 Pro gets along with the common ones in this country 4G cellular frequencies and bands. voice quality can be described as good overall. This also applies to the audio output via the Mono speakerwhich does not deliver a voluminous sound, but does not distort it. The smartphone is wirelessly equipped with dual AC WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. The range and data throughput are high and the connection is stable.

NFC is fortunately available, so that the realme 8 Pro can also be used for mobile payments. The position is determined by means of GPS, Galileo, Glonass and Beidou certainly. The position is tracked quickly and with constant stability.

Accumulator

Finally, a few words about the battery, which is also a key feature of the realme 8 Pro. The special thing is that 50 watt SuperDart charging technologywho have the 4500 mAh battery from 47 to 0 percent in just 100 minutes loads. The realme 8 Pro is extremely economical in consumption. With normal use, you only have to charge the smartphone every 2-3 days. Frequent users load approximately every 1 1/2 days.

Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro will be available on Amazon from March 31st. The price is 299 € (8GB + 128GB) or 279 € (6GB + 128GB). Early Birds will receive a discount of 31.03 euros on both versions of the realme 20 Pro until March 8st.

There are also attractive accessories that will also be available in stores from March 31.03st. The realme Buds Air 2 with Active Noise Canceling is available for the price of only 49,90 Euros, For the realme Watch S Pro with GPS and 50 m waterproofness, 129,90 euros are due.

For further information, please visit www.realme.com/eu

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Erik

It feels like a new Realme, Xiaomi,… smartphone comes out every 3 weeks. Who can still keep track?

hjkg

Nobody. That's the tactic behind it.

Frank

Hello, is it worth the € 20 more for the 8GB? Does it make it faster or what are the advantages?