Realme 5G review summary

Expert rating: 4/5

Design & Build

Display

Performance

Camera

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Pros

  • Appealing design
  • Dependable performance and 5G connectivity
  • 90Hz display
  • Decent software
  • Retains audio jack and SD card slot

Cons

  • Charging isn’t exactly fast
  • Mediocre camera performance

Realme 8 series phones that launched a while back relied on last-gen chips and lacked 5G connectivity. Realme today adds a 5G option for the base Realme 8. The idea here is to provide more choice to the consumers without increasing the price.

The Realme 8 5G includes a new MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset and 90Hz refresh rate display – things that were missing on the recently launched Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro. However, a few other compromises have been made to accommodate these trends at the same price.

So, does the Realme 8 5G succeeds as a future-ready alternative to the Realme 8? We have been putting the phone through the wringer for a while and are now equipped to answer all related questions that’ll help you make a purchase decision. Let’s talk specifications before we proceed to the interesting stuff.

Realme 8 5G Price and Specifications

Product Realme 8 5G
Display 6.5-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080), 90Hz refresh rate, Dragon trail glass
SoC Octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G (2x Cortex-A76 + 2x Cortex A55)
RAM 4GB/ 8GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128GB UFS2.1
Camera 48MP Ultra HD Main Camera, f/1.8
2MP Portrait lens, 2MP Macro camera
16MP selfie camera
Software Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0
Dimensions and weight 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5; 185g
Battery 5000mAh, 18W charging
Price 4 + 128GB – INR 14,999
8 + 128GB – INR 16,999

Contents:

Realme 8 5G Unboxing

All of the usual box accessories are included. Here’s what you do get:

  • Handset with pre-applied screen protector
  • TPU case cover
  • 18W charging adaptor
  • USB cable for data transfer
  • SIM ejector tool and documentation

Realme 8 5G Review: Design and Build


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Holding the 8 5G in hand, it’s quite clear that Realme is reissuing an existing phone in new garb. or a new phone in an existing garb. Anyways, we probably won’t have to dig very deep to find out, but it doesn’t really matter.

What matters is that the Realme 8 5G is reasonably slim and comfortable to hold. We also appreciate that there is no flashy gradient this time, which means that the 8 5G should appeal to a wider audience. Yes, the 4G variant is yet slimmer and lighter, but compared to what we usually see in the under 20K segment these days, the Realme 8 5G passes with flying colors.

The back panel and the side frame are both polycarbonates. Since the display is an IPS LCD panel, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor was a rational choice. Under-display fingerprint readers warrant an AMOLED panel and the rear-mounted capacitive sensors are no longer in trend. The sensor is fast and reliable; no issues.

Realme 8 5G further retains a dedicated card slot and the audio jack and has stereo speakers. So, overall, we are quite content with the Realme 8 design, even when it doesn’t transcend beyond the conventional.

Realme 8 5G Review: Display


























Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Price constraints make it difficult for OEMs to include both AMOLED display and High Refresh Rate for affordable phones, and thus a choice between the two is almost always involved.

The Realme 8 4G includes a 60Hz AMOLED panel, and the 5G variant gets 90Hz HRR on an IPS LCD panel. Realme has optimized the UI for 90Hz and the experience is pretty smooth. In practice, we didn’t realize much of a difference as compared to 120Hz HRR screens, say the one on Poco X3 Pro.

The panel is a tad reflective and visibility under direct sunlight is about average. The contrast is pretty decent and this is among the better IPS LCD panels in the affordable segment for watching multimedia content.

There is no support for HDR or wide color gamut, but that doesn’t really take away much at this price point. There are two color profiles under display settings – Vivid (DCI-P3) and Gentle (sRGB). Switching between the two doesn’t make much of a difference. The white point and color temperature appear similar in both settings, but the default Vivid profile has mildly oversaturated colors.

HD streaming is supported on popular apps like Netflix and Prime Videos out of the box.

Realme 8 5G Review: Performance and Software


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Realme 8 5G is the first phone powered by MediaTek Dimensity 700 to come our way. Our review unit further benefits generous helpings of LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage (8 + 128GB).

As usual, we relied on COD mobile and benchmarks to ferret out maximum performance under heavy loads. Call of Duty Mobile defaulted to medium graphics and medium frame rate, but at these settings, the game ran fine without any random performance stutters. The day-to-day usage is also very smooth as is also reflected in the PCMark Work 2.0 writing score.

Here’s how the Realme 8 5G performed at other benchmarks:

  • Geekbench 5.1 single core – 567
  • Geekbench 5.1 multi-core – 1731
  • PC Mark Work 2.0 – 10964
  • PC Mark Work 2.0 writing – 11437
  • 3DMark wild life – 1106
  • Androbench Random Read – 170.51 MB/s
  • Androbench Random write – 160.78 MB/s

We didn’t face any issues with connectivity or call quality. Options like carrier aggregation, VoLTE, and VoWi-Fi are all supported. Like most phones today, auto-call recording is not supported.

The Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 software is among the better ones available as of today. The interface has ample customization options and is pleasant to interact with. There are a few pain points too – like the multitasking is still aggressive, auto-fill doesn’t work as flawlessly as on stock Android phones, and there are pre-installed apps to deal with. Users can avoid the annoying bits by uninstalling unwanted third-party options and by disabling notifications for the rest.

Overall, the Realme 8 5G proved reliable on the performance front and the trait is becoming increasingly rare for affordable phones priced under INR 15,000.

Realme 8 5G Review: Camera Quality


























Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Realme 8 5G cuts back on the camera hardware compared to the regular 8. On the rear, there is a 48MP rear camera (Samsung GM1), a 2MP portrait camera, and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, there is a 16MP camera for selfies.

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