Realme 8 Pro Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Realme launched its 8 collection not too long ago consisting of the Realme 8 and the Realme 8 Professional. These smartphones are successors to the Realme 7 and the Realme 7 Professional respectively and have some good {hardware} together with AMOLED shows. So is the Realme 8 Professional a worthy improve over the Realme 7 Professional, And do you have to decide it over the Redmi Notice 10 Professional? I put it to the take a look at to search out out.

Realme 8 Professional worth in India

The Realme 8 Pro begins at Rs 17,999 for the bottom variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, whereas the opposite variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 19,999. Realme affords the 8 Professional in three color choices: Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Illuminating Yellow. The latter has a glow-in-the-dark end, which is a really uncommon design aspect in the meanwhile.

Realme 8 Professional design

Realme has taken a brand new method to design, and the Realme 8 Professional has some daring styling. The corporate has plastered its tagline “Dare to Leap” throughout the again of the smartphone. The textual content has a shiny end which makes it pop towards the fine-textured end on the remainder of the again. Realme has additionally gone with vivid colors for this smartphone, referred to as Infinite Blue and Illuminating Yellow. If you happen to would favor one thing refined, the Infinite Black choice is the one for you.

The second spotlight of the Realme 8 Professional is its cameras. It has a quad-camera setup on the again that protrudes in a two-step design. Step one homes the flash whereas the second has 4 particular person digicam lenses. I discovered the Realme 8 Professional to be comparatively slim and straightforward to make use of. The again of the smartphone curves across the sides which makes it comfy to carry the system.

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The Realme 8 Professional has a 6.4-inch AMOLED show with a gap punch

From the entrance, the Realme 8 Professional appears like its predecessor, the Realme 7 Professional. It nonetheless has an enormous 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a hole-punch entrance digicam within the high left nook. The borders on the edges are acceptable although the chin is a tad greater compared. The body of the Realme 8 Professional is made out of plastic, and the facility and the quantity buttons are on the correct. These buttons are nicely positioned and have been simple to succeed in throughout one-handed use. The SIM tray is on the left facet, whereas all of the ports are on the backside.

You get a 4,500mAh battery which is about common for a smartphone today. This has helped Realme preserve the load of the 8 Professional all the way down to 176g, and thickness at 8.1mm. The battery is able to 50W quick charging and Realme has bundled a 65W charger within the field.

Realme 8 Professional specs and software program

Realme hasn’t fiddled round with the specs, and in comparison with the Realme 7 Pro (Review), it’s largely unchanged. The Realme 8 Professional nonetheless has a 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ decision and in-display fingerprint scanner. It is usually powered by the identical Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, and the RAM and storage combos stay unchanged as nicely at 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The battery capability can be the identical at 4,500mAh however charging pace is restricted to 50W whereas the Realme 7 Professional may cost at 65W.

The Realme 8 Professional is claimed to have a brighter show in comparison with the Realme 7 Professional, however this new mannequin misses out on stereo audio system and makes use of Asahi Dragontrail strengthened glass as an alternative of Corning Gorilla Glass. You will additionally must accept Bluetooth 5.0 as an alternative of Bluetooth 5.1. Then again, a number of the enhancements embody a greater major digicam, and Android 11 out of the field in comparison with Android 10, which the Realme 7 Professional provided.

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Realme’s tagline is plastered throughout the again

Realme affords its customized Realme UI 2.0 on high of Android 11 together with the February Android safety patch, which is barely dated at this level. The UI is customised however to not the purpose of confusion. It is possible for you to to search out the correct settings simply. The Settings app has a piece referred to as Realme Labs which has experimental beta options which you could strive earlier than they doubtlessly get launched in a software program replace.

The Realme 8 Professional has a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled. Aside from just a few Google apps, it has Flipkart, Amazon, Realme Group, Heyfun, Snapchat and some different apps. I bought just a few spammy notifications from the HeyFun, the Themes retailer, and the browser.

Realme 8 Professional efficiency

The Realme 8 Professional managed to ship good efficiency, and I didn’t face any points whereas utilizing it with on a regular basis apps. The show is crisp and it will get vivid sufficient open air, although I’d have preferred to have had stereo audio system. I discovered the in-display fingerprint scanner to be fast to unlock the smartphone.

The Realme 8 Professional ran Name of Obligation Cellular with none points, and it defaulted to the Excessive preset for graphics in addition to body price. The sport ran high-quality at these settings and I didn’t discover any lag or stutter. The Realme 8 Professional was barely heat to the contact after taking part in the sport for 20 minutes and registered a six % battery drop.

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The Realme 8 Professional has a 108-megapixel major digicam

I ran our whole suite of benchmarks to see how the Realme 8 Professional fares towards a number of the competitors. In AnTuTu, it managed to attain 2,87,443 factors, whereas it scored 852 in PCMark Work 2.0. In graphics benchmark GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automobile Chase scenes, the Realme 8 Professional scored 60fps and 16fps respectively. Surprisingly the scores are fairly just like these of its extra reasonably priced sibling, the Realme 8.

The battery on the Realme 8 Professional lasted me a couple of day and a half. In our HD video loop take a look at, the cellphone managed to go on for 26 hours and 14 minutes which is an excellent rating. The Realme 8 Professional fees at 50W and it was able to attending to 75 % in half-hour. Quick charging meant that I by no means needed to preserve the cellphone plugged in for too lengthy.

Realme 8 Professional cameras

One main change with the Realme 8 Professional in comparison with the Realme 7 Professional is its cameras. The Realme 8 Professional homes a 108-megapixel major rear digicam which is not quite common within the sub-Rs. 20,000 market. It additionally has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam, a 2-megapixel macro digicam, and a 2-megapixel B&W digicam. The digicam app UI is simple to make use of and I didn’t have any points discovering the correct setting. There’s a fast toggle to allow AI Scene enhancement, and when enabled, the cellphone is fast to detect any scene and arrange for it accordingly.

Daylight photographs taken with the Realme 8 Professional have been first rate. Objects at a distance have been recognisable however weren’t as sharp as I’d have preferred. I discovered the AI to be a tad aggressive, bumping up color saturation unnecessarily at instances. You do have the choice to shoot on the full 108-megapixel decision, and the cellphone takes barely longer to seize the shot. Pictures shot at this decision had higher particulars. If you wish to crop into a photograph after taking pictures, you’ll be higher off utilizing this decision.

Realme 8 Professional daylight digicam pattern with out AI (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme 8 Professional daylight digicam pattern with AI (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme 8 Professional ultra-wide-angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Shut-ups have been good, and the cellphone does handle a comfortable depth impact across the topic. Nevertheless, I observed that the Realme 8 Professional did not seize particulars very nicely when taking pictures vivid pink flowers. Portrait photographs have been higher, with good edge detection between the topic and the background. The cellphone additionally permits you to set the extent of blur earlier than taking the shot.

Realme 8 Professional close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme 8 Professional portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

The ultra-wide angle digicam produced softer photos which lacked particulars, so it is best to make use of it for panorama photographs. The macro digicam is restricted by way of decision but it surely does assist in delivering a pointy usable shot at shut vary.

Low-light photographs taken within the default mode appeared good, however particulars weren’t as sharp on zooming in. The Night time mode takes about 5 seconds to take a shot and produced sharper photos with higher particulars.

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Realme 8 Professional evening mode digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Selfies taken with the Realme 8 Professional have been crisp and the cellphone managed to seize sharp photographs in most lighting circumstances. It does supply the choice to take portrait selfies as nicely. These photographs had good edge detection and it may detect faces even with masks on.

Realme 8 Professional daylight selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Realme 8 Professional low-light portrait selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Video recording tops out at 4K for the first digicam but it surely lacks stabilisation at this decision. Footage shot at 1080p is not stabilised by default and you might want to allow Extremely Regular mode manually. There may be an Extremely Regular Max mode as nicely, which shoots footage utilizing the ultra-wide-angle digicam for higher stability. The method appears unnecessarily sophisticated, with an additional step for stabilisation. Video high quality was common total.


The Realme 8 collection will not be a major improve over the Realme 7 collection. We didn’t discover the Realme 8 to be considerably completely different than its predecessor, and the Realme 8 Professional is not an enormous leap both. Unusually, the record of function subtractions is so much longer than the record of additives on the Realme 8 Professional. Sure, the cellphone is priced decrease than the Realme 7 Professional, however I nonetheless do not assume it gives the identical form of worth for cash.

The Realme 7 Pro (Review) could be a greater decide over the Realme 8 Professional for most individuals, because you get quicker charging, stereo audio system, and higher total digicam efficiency, plus you may get it at a great worth when it goes on sale. Alternatively, you could possibly additionally avoid wasting cash and decide the Redmi Note 10 Pro as an alternative.


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