THE Realme it is not yet a popular brand in Brazil, but it has been looking for its place in the sun. To rival Samsung, Motorola and Xiaomi, the yellow Chinese bet on premium intermediaries that has been attracting attention this year 2021. Realme 8 Pro, launched globally recently, is the company’s new investment in our market and will have the mission of competing with the Redmi Note 10 Pro, the Motorola Moto G60 and the Poco X3 Pro.
The Realme 7 Pro’s successor arrives equipped with a new design, brings Snapdragon 720G processor, 8 RAM, four cameras with the main 108 megapixel camera and 4,500 mAh battery with fast charger. Does it make sense? I’ve tested Realme 8 Pro over the past few weeks and count my impressions in this review.
Realme 8 Pro review on video
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Let’s start by putting fuel to the fire. Realme is a company that likes to exalt its brand, that’s why you will find the phrase “Dare to Leap” or something similar in several of the Chinese products. And it was no different with Realme 8 Pro, which received the message in bold letters and shared opinions. At the global launch, I didn’t like this massive marketing on the device, but I managed to get used to it after a few days with the phone in hand.
Controversies aside, I must say that this device has an excellent footprint, this due to the thickness that is now 8.1 mm, against 8.7 mm in the last generation. Weight also contributes: now it’s 176 grams, against the 7 Pro’s 182 grams. That way, you have a phone with an ergonomic grip that’s very comfortable for typing, playing games and watching streaming video content.
Even so, it doesn’t have as much advantage when compared to other premium intermediates like Redmi Note 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A72, models that offer protection against water and dust. The 8 Pro’s finish is all plastic, both on the back and on the sides, the material appears to be of good quality and doesn’t scratch easily. The manufacturer sends a cover in the box that is enough to protect the sides and edges of the display.
Speaking of sides, they house the on/off buttons and the chip and memory card drawer (supporting two nano-SIM cards and a microSD). At the bottom are the standard headphone jack, speaker and a USB-C connection.
screen and sound
The mid-range is equipped with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels). Interestingly, the company chose not to follow the trend of offering a high refresh rate, which has been appearing more and more in devices in this category. Even so, the Realme 8 Pro manages to stand out among the competition — remember that the Moto G60 has no AMOLED and only earns points for 120 Hz.
In terms of quality, the Realme 8 Pro has what we’ve come to expect from an AMOLED. Just like the Redmi Note 10 Pro, the user will get strong brightness, vivid colors and decent viewing angles here. Mobile gamers will still benefit from a non-notch panel for good immersion. Still, it would be better if the company reduced the protruding chin.
The Chinese kept the fingerprint reader under the screen, which I’m honestly not a fan of. In addition to conveying a feeling of “false security”, the technology in this device is sometimes slower and has some reading errors during testing. The traditional reader built into the on/off button is missing.
The device’s sound is loud, but I was expecting stereo speakers that we’ve already found in competitors. But not only on rivals, it’s important to remember that the Realme 7 Pro has two speakers, shed light on the downgrade that this new generation has suffered.
Realme 7 and 7 Pro were launched in Brazil with Android 10. The good news is that 8 Pro already lands with Android 11 accompanied by Realme UI 2.0. If you’ve had contact with Oppo’s ColorOS, you’ll notice that both systems are similar and still resemble MIUI, but Xiaomi’s interface pleases me more. When turning on the phone for the first time, the user already finds some of the manufacturer’s own apps, such as Game Space, Realme Link and Soloop, which can be easily uninstalled.
On the home screen you will come across a mix of round and square icons. I honestly don’t see this as a problem, because the usability is still good, but I missed more spacing between the apps. Another highlight is customization: I can easily change the size of shortcuts, add dynamic wallpapers and change screen transitions.
However, it bothers me that the company is not so clear when it comes to updates. In the past generation, they even shared the period when the 7 Pro would receive Android 11. In the case of this phone, we still don’t know when the device will receive the big updates.
The rear cameras have gained some updates and make the Realme 8 Pro compete with the Moto G60 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro, important opponents in the category. Like them, the Chinese bring a 108 megapixel main camera, accompanied by an 8 megapixel ultrawide, 2 megapixel macro and a 2 megapixel depth sensor to aid in portrait mode. The selfie lens was downgraded from 32 to 16 megapixels of resolution.
When the lighting is favorable, the main one delivers photographs with excellent definition, controlled exposure and the colors are vibrant, but not as intense as on the Redmi Note 10 Pro. I could see that the images produced by Realme 8 Pro don’t have that washed-out look, with heavy sharpness, which bothered me in previous models.
The depth sensor tries to generate more natural blur, but the software has some difficulty handling a lot of information in the scene. The night mode of Realme 7 Pro already had a good response and I felt that the new generation kept that proposal. In low light, depending on the environment, the noises seem controlled, but if the place is too dark, the quality drops.
On a par with competitors, the ultrawide has a much lower quality. Practically the entire record is grainy and there is too much noise at the edges. Leftovers are darkened and the level of detail is completely degraded. The Samsung Galaxy A52’s ultrawide advantage over the 8 Pro’s. And with nothing new, the macro will disappoint and lose feat to rivals. The photo comes out with exaggerated saturation, the sharpness doesn’t exist and dark spots get darker.
The front, when beautification mode is off, takes quality selfies. The brightness is strong, the definition is decent and the subject in the foreground has a natural face. Beautification mode is turned on by default on the device, but luckily you can turn it off directly in the camera app so it doesn’t look like a wax doll.
Hardware and battery
Let’s talk about performance. The Snapdragon 720G that powers the Realme 8 Pro is a good chip, capable of processing the main tasks of everyday life. However, I must admit I was a little frustrated to see that the Chinese simply didn’t offer an upgrade — the 7 Pro has the 720G. At least it follows some competitors: Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have the same Snapdragon. Qualcomm’s chip in the reviewed unit works alongside 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal space.
The hardware is pretty generous and the phone will run Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Netflix with no signs of a hitch. Multitasking is good, and switching from one app to another remains satisfying. Heavy games like Asphalt 9, run with a certain ease when the details are reduced, but you can feel some punctual chokes, usually in complex scenes. Lighter titles work very fluidly.
The battery was parked at 4,500 mAh; I think the company could have moved to 5,000 mAh and be more aggressive. I tested the autonomy: I left the screen at maximum brightness, connected it to 5 GHz Wi-Fi and spent 2 hours on Netflix, 1 hour on YouTube, 1 hour on social networks and 15 minutes riding on Asphalt 9. The battery went from 100% to 60%, excellent result and that puts this Realme at an advantage over the models mentioned in this review. To power the cell, the company provides a 65 W SuperDart charger (that’s right, 65 watts), which is enough to make the intermediate go from 5% and reach 100% in 48 minutes, only.
Realme 8 Pro: is it worth it?
Costing R$ 2,600, the Realme 8 Pro is a mid-range device that has chances to win over a lot of people, especially those consumers looking to leave Samsung or Motorola. Even though it lags behind competitors for not offering a 90 or 120 Hz screen and for keeping the last generation processor, the device has not lost its competitiveness. After all, it has Super AMOLED, 108 megapixel main camera, a good Snapdragon and a fast charger.
Among the advances, I’ve noticed that cameras have gained attention and improved. The photographic set of the latest phones was a reason for criticism in my reviews, especially for the washed look. Even with the improvement, the macro should be better; both Xiaomi and Motorola have improved this lens in their intermediates, it is worth pointing out. Still on the cons, the digital reader on the screen I don’t like the constant failures throughout the tests. And let’s be honest: did you really need “Dare to Leap” on the back?
Today, the Realme 8 Pro would not be my first purchase option, especially considering that the Poco X3 Pro, with Snapdragon 860 and 120 Hz screen, sells for R$ 1,800 (even less in some stores) and can be a good alternative for the most demanding in games. Besides the Poco, the Redmi Note 10 Pro, the Galaxy A72 and the Galaxy S20 FE, with Snapdragon 865, are other devices for you to review before closing on Realme 8 Pro.
- Screen: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED with HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels) and 180Hz touch sampling rate;
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G;
- RAM: 8GB;
- Internal storage: 128 GB (UFS 2.1);
- Frontal camera: 108 megapixels (f/1.88);
- Rear Cameras:
- Main: 108 megapixels (f/1.88);
- Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f/2.25);
- Depth: 2 megapixels (f/2.4);
- Macro: 2 megapixels (f/2.4);
- Drums: 4,500 mAh with 65W fast charger;
- Connectivity: headphone jack (3.5mm), USB-C port, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and GPS;
- Dimensions: 160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm;
- Weight: 176 grams;
Realme 8 Pro
- Photo set has improved a lot
- 65 watt fast charger (!)
- Performs day-to-day tasks without difficulty
- Good Super AMOLED panel
- Device lost stereo speakers
- No hardware advances
- Lack of IP certification in controversial design
- Fingerprint reader under the screen does not please