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Realme 8 & Realme 8 Pro hands on: Budget phones or more than that? (Bonus giveaway)

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Realme has finally launched the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro today, and we were the first to get our hands on these two models. If you missed the launch, that’s okay. Let me quickly give you an overview of the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro, and show you what’s exactly updated on the new Realme 8 Series. Note that the one in black is the Realme 8 while the one in blue is the Realme 8 Pro.

Note that you can win one Realme 8 smartphone for free by participating in our giveaway.

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Both Realme 8 models come in the classic Realme Yellow box. Inside the box, the Realme 8 comes with a 30w charger while the Pro comes with a 65w charger. You’ll immediately feel how thin and light the two phones are when you hold them in your hands. The Realme 8 Pro weighs just 176g and is 8.1mm thick, which is a bit thinner than the Standard 8. As you can see from these figures alone, such a compact body on a smartphone is rare these days.Realme 8 vs 8 pro comparison 03

Both phones share the same style of the lens module on the back, with a rectangular Quad-Camera design in the top left corner. What really makes them different is their primary cameras. On the Realme 8 Pro,theres a 108MP sensor with an f/1.88 aperture. As for the Realme 8, the primary camera is pretty decent at 64MP resolution. And both of them come with an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro lens, and another 2MP Black & white lens.

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In the design department, the main difference between these two models distinguishing one from another is in the material and the processing of the back cover. The standard 8 model comes with a split design and a splicing process on the back. The area below the lens and the slogan on the Realme 8 shines a lot in different lights, while the rest of the back cover looks a bit low-profile.

Realme 8

Realme 8

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Realme 8 Pro

The Realme 8 Pro looks more aggressive. The lens module and the slogan are made of special fluorescent material, which allows them to glow in the dark. The rest of the back cover uses the AG-crystal Process, which is frosted with a larger grain and looks shiny.

It’s not common to see such intricate processing and unique design on other mid-range phones. Both the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro appear more youthful and vibrant. This is a really impressive improvement over the previous Realme models.

The processor used in the Realme 8 is the MTK Helio G95 and the Pro version features the Snapdragon 720G. Neither phone has a super strong processor and both are targeted at the mid-range segment.

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The main camera on the Realme 8 comes with a 64MP resolution, while the main camera on the Pro version is equipped with a 108MP HM2 sensor. The other three lenses are the same on both the phones, including an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro one, and another black&white lens. We’ll be putting up tests on performance and cameras in the following video and article, so don’t forget to stay tuned to our upcoming articles and videos.

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Realme 8 vs 8 pro screen comparison

The screen specs are identical on both the Realme 8 models. Both come with a 6.4-inch 1080P AMOLED display. The touch sampling rate is 180Hz and the peak brightness is 1000 nits. And thanks to the use of the AMOLED display, both of them come with an in-display fingerprint reader. Apart from the lack of a high refresh rate, this screen should be considered OK for a mid-range phone – After all, there are plenty of phones using LCD screens with higher power consumption and weaker color presentation and contrast.

The Realme 8 Pro comes with a 4500mAh battery while the Realme 8 features an even larger 5000mAh battery. Perhaps these battery capacities might not come as shocking to you. But consider that they weigh only 177g and it’s surprising that they can still cram in such a large battery with such constraints.

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The charging speed on the Realme 8 is 30w, but on the Realme 8 Pro it’s 50W. The included 65w charger for the Pro model is probably a nice touch to allow you to charge other devices.

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Realme 8 pro

There is only one single speaker, but we have also got good news in the audio department. A headphone jack is reserved and it is Hi-Res Audio Certified. Both of them come with the same 3-card slot for two sim cards and another SD card.

What’s disappointing about the two models is the lack of infrared and NFC.

As for their operation system, both of them are running the Android-based Realme UI, which has a close relationship with the Color OS developed by OPPO. The system runs pretty fluently and we could spot no obvious discomfort during our time with the devices.

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So that was our first impression of the Realme 8 and 8 Pro. Both of them look nice with a good feel in the hands. As mid-range phones, their design definitely makes them stand out from most rivals.

Don’t forget to join our giveaway to get a chance to win a Realme 8 for free!

How do you like the two models and what else do you want to know in our next comparison article and video? Please tell your thoughts and views down below.

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