Realme 8 5G to review

We are in a period of transition - 5G is more and more common, but it is not yet the most popular option. This is why we often have both a 4G version and a 5G version of the phones at times and sometimes the difference between them is beyond the modem.

This is the case with Realme 8 5G and its 4G brother. Part is inevitable, most chipsets these days have modems built in, so if you want a 5G modem you have to upgrade to a 5G chipset.

The Realme 8 5G is coming to the office - an affordable phone that loves 5G above all else
The Realme 8 5G is coming to the office - an affordable phone that loves 5G above all else

The Realme 8 5G is coming to the office - an affordable phone that loves 5G above all else

Realme chose the Dimensity 700, MediaTek's most basic 5G chip. The modem is fine - it has a theoretical top speed of 2,77 Gbps, and since most next-gen networks are in their infancy, we don't think you'll need anything faster in the near future. next two years.

Speaking of which, this is the first Dimensity 700-powered phone in India, a country that has yet to launch its first 5G network. However, current expectations are that the first network will go live in late 2021 or early 2022. It's never too early to make your phone sustainable, we assume.

But this chip can make or break the Realme 8 5G. This is the first Dimensity 700 we've reviewed and while we reserve our judgment for the review, we doubt its GPU will make the most of the 90Hz display.

the 6.5
the 6.5

The 6,5 ”IPS LCD display has a 90Hz refresh rate, but is it a suitable replacement for the 60Hz Super AMOLED?

Speaking of which, the 90Hz panel is an IPS LCD screen instead of a Super AMOLED like on the 4G phone. As we said, the differences go way beyond the modem. The screen has three modes, 60Hz, 90Hz, and Auto, and at first glance it's not as bright as the AMOLED panel.

The camera is another concern. Without an ultra wide mod, we get a pretty basic setup with just a 48 MP camera (well, there are two 2 MP mods, but they barely count). Realme even arbitrarily removed some features like star mode and tilt-shift mode.

48 MP camera on the back badly needed an ultra-wide friend
48 MP camera on the back badly needed an ultra-wide friend

48 MP camera on the back badly needed an ultra-wide friend

We can live without them, of course, but it should be borne in mind that the Realme 8 and Realme 8 5G cost the same - ₹ 15000 in India and € 200 in Europe. It's pretty cheap for 5G phones, mind you.

Realme 8 Pro and Realme 8 5G side by side
Side fingerprint reader (LCD, remember?)

Side-by-side Realme 8 Pro and Realme 8 5G • Side-by-side fingerprint reader (LCD, remember?)

But even so, every downgrade makes our portfolios shudder. Even if you don't see the screen as a downgrade (we know some people prefer the LCD over AMOLED), the camera clearly is. And the same goes for the 5000 mAh battery, which only goes up to 18W of charge (against 30W on the 4G model).

We love Realme 8 5G. It has a sleek body and feels more rugged than Vanilla 8. The Supersonic Blue (the colorway we received) is pretty and seems immune to fingerprints. We're worried this might get scratched, but that's not that big of a deal since Realme included a case in the box. And an 18W charger too.

A well stocked retail package, although we would always have preferred a 30W charger
A well stocked retail package, although we would always have preferred a 30W charger

A well stocked retail package, although we would always have preferred a 30W charger

Still, do we love it more than its 4G sibling? Or one of the other 5G phones in this price range? The answer to this will come soon in the form of a full review, stay tuned!

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