Realme 8 Pro Review: Good cameras, but are they enough?

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Over the previous yr or so, we have seen nice democratization within the smartphone house, with telephones priced within the inexpensive segments now packing some high-end {hardware} and even supporting applied sciences beforehand restricted to those high-end telephones. The most recent within the listing of such units is the Realme 8 Pro. 

Plying its commerce within the sub Rs 20,000 section, this gadget from Realme brings quite a bit to love. Nonetheless, its most important purpose for existence is unquestionably its quad-camera set-up that is housed inside a square-shaped module. Particularly, it is a main 108-megapixel ISOCELL HM2 sensor that is beforehand been seen on flagships and extra just lately on one or two mid-range units — together with the Redmi Observe 10 Pro Max.

We have had the Realme 8 Pro with us for some time now, and over the previous couple of days, we have had the prospect to extensively take a look at the cameras of the telephone and even examine the outcomes to what seems to be its largest competitors, the Observe 10 Pro Max. But earlier than we begin speaking concerning the cameras, let’s not neglect there’s much more to the Realme 8 Pro than simply cameras. 

The telephone additionally brings with it a robust mid-range chip, respectable design, and show. So let’s get began with our evaluate of the Realme 8 Pro to seek out out if the telephone’s value your cash.

Realme 8 Pro: Cameras

To start with, probably the most attention-grabbing factor concerning the Realme 8 Pro is its cameras and that is the place we’ll begin our evaluate. The brand new Realme telephone goes large on optics, because the gadget comes flaunting a main 108-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor. This lens brings assist for ISOCELL Plus pixel isolation know-how — which claims to scale back the optics loss and ensures the next color constancy — and in addition gives 9-in-1 Pixel Binning for 108MP photographs and improved picture high quality underneath low mild circumstances. 

This lens is sat subsequent to a few extra cameras, together with a 119 ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel lens with an f/2.25 aperture. There’s additionally a 2-megapixel extremely macro lens and one other 2-megapixel B&W lens for serving to add particulars to portrait photographs. Actually, these specs look fairly good on paper, but how do the cameras carry out in actual life? Effectively, it is a blended bag actually.

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To start with, the first lens on the Realme 8 Pro performs on top of things in well-lit conditions, with the lens capturing photographs with a very good quantity of element, but on the software program finish, the post-processing ensures that colors are boosted but highlights and shadow data shouldn’t be misplaced to the attention. Whereas these resultant photographs are undoubtedly nice to have a look at, and in addition make for good social media photographs with vibrant and punchy colors, they nonetheless don’t finish being photographs that are probably the most color correct. 

The telephone may also click on high-resolution photographs utilizing the devoted 108MP mode, which as we discovered can churn out very nice, detailed photographs. These photographs are sharp throughout the board, with corners not dropping particulars. Taking a deeper have a look at these photographs exhibits little lack of element, and customarily crisp knowledge to boost the depth of the body. 



The 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens additionally does a good job. Element retention and hues are good in day-light footage. There’s little noise and the images look sharp. Nonetheless, these photographs present some signal of distortion in the direction of the sides. The telephone additionally comes with an extremely macro lens, that seems to be there simply to make up the numbers. Whereas the lens guarantees a 4cm taking pictures distance, the pictures clicked from shut up largely come out out of focus and never notably nice. The extent of element and bokeh impact within the extremely macro photographs are at finest respectable and nothing to essentially discuss residence about. 

Throughout our evaluate, we had been additionally impressed by the efficiency of the digital camera when it got here to portrait photographs. Underneath well-lit conditions, portrait mode photographs got here out with good particulars, and edge detection. The background blur in these photographs is aggressive by default, but it may well simply be adjusted by toggling the bokeh impact earlier than clicking photographs. 

The low mild efficiency of the telephone is above common at finest, with the first 108MP lens proving to be the most effective in relation to clicking photographs in low mild eventualities. The telephone does handle to seize sufficient highlights and shadows even at night time, but it does begin to lose particulars in some areas. 

Realme’s additionally added a Evening mode contained in the digital camera software program which works on each the first and ultrawide lens. The mode seems to jack up the brightness but not particulars, which is a transparent trace that behind the scenes, night time mode on the telephone is doing little extra than simply growing the publicity. 



Contemplating the telephone comes with the identical lens that is additionally discovered on the Redmi Observe 10 Pro Max, we additionally in contrast the digital camera outcomes of the Realme 8 Pro to these of the Redmi telephone and noticed just a few attention-grabbing issues. 

Whereas each telephones captured loads of particulars and managed to deal with colors properly, Realme 8 Pro managed to usher in extra particulars in shadows and in addition didn’t lose out on highlights. Evaluating the digital camera samples, the 108MP mode photographs clicked by the Realme 8 Pro additionally seemed to be simply barely extra detailed. 

Realme 8 Pro

Nonetheless, Observe 10 Pro Max appeared to click on higher low mild and undoubtedly significantly better macro photographs. Each telephones clicked good portrait photographs, the Redmi gadget received the race due to a greater depth impact. Edge detection, nevertheless, was good for each cameras.

To conclude, Realme’s finished a very good job with the Realme 8 Pro’s cameras, and general the quad-lens set-up manages to largely keep true to the claims made by the corporate. Sure, there are areas that the digital camera efficiency can nonetheless be improved in, but for many elements, the cameras on the Realme 8 Pro do reside as much as the billing and supply good worth for a telephone that is being offered at this value level.


Realme 8 Pro: Efficiency and battery 

Whereas the cameras are arguably the largest USP of the Realme 8 Pro, the core {hardware} of the telephone can also be value taking a very good have a look at. On the coronary heart of the gadget is the Snapdragon 720G SoC. Fabricated utilizing an 8nm course of, this chipset brings a Kryo 465 CPU with two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores at as much as 2.3GHz and 6 high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores at as much as 1.8GHz, together with a brand new Adreno 618 GPU, which is similar because the one discovered on the Snapdragon 732G. Compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 720G is claimed to supply 10 p.c enchancment in CPU efficiency and as much as 75 p.c enchancment in GPU efficiency. 

Relying in your variant of alternative, this chipset is paired with both 6GB or 8GB of RAM. As we came upon throughout our evaluate, this {hardware} ensures that the Realme 8 Pro’s efficiency is usually on top of things. From multi-tasking to gaming and firing in addition to utilizing heavy-duty apps, the expertise is sort of at all times buttery clean. As we talked about above, the telephone handles primary stuff like looking the net and apps corresponding to Instagram very properly, nevertheless, we did discover the odd stutter whereas taking part in graphics-intensive video games like Asphalt 9: Legends. But general, the efficiency remained as anticipated, with no purple flags noticed through the evaluate of the Realme 8 Pro. 

This was additionally one thing backed by the outcomes of the benchmarks we ran to check the telephone’s {hardware}. For reference, we received respectable scores for each AnTuTu and Geekbench on the gadget. For the previous, the telephone scored a good 288127 factors, whereas for Geekbench we acquired scores of 568 and 1677 factors on the one and multi-core exams respectively. One other CPU-centric take a look at, PCMark Work 2.0 additionally threw up a good rating of 8358 factors.



As for graphics, the benchmark scores weren’t the very best, with 3D Mark Wild Life and GFX Bench (Manhattan 3.1) throwing up common scores of 1047 and 1695 factors, respectively. Even whereas taking part in titles corresponding to Name of Obligation Cell and Asphalt 9 Legends, knowledge collected from Gamebench didn’t present the telephone in the most effective of sunshine. Whereas Asphalt 9 Legends ran at a median FPS of 30 frames at a stability of 98 per cent, Name of Obligation Cell confirmed a better drop in body charges because the median FPS for the sport emerged to be simply 53 FPS at stability of 98 per cent.



As for the battery, the telephone once more does properly. The Realme 8 Pro comes with a 4500mAh battery that takes about 50 minutes for an entire cost. Realme additionally claims that the pack can cost midway in simply 17 minutes, but throughout our exams, this quantity was near 22 minutes. As for battery drain, we are completely satisfied to report that the Realme 8 Pro’s battery is sluggish to empty and in our video loop take a look at, the telephone went on for about 17 hours earlier than being drained utterly. 


Realme 8 Pro: Design 

The design of the Realme 8 Pro is sort of primary, which contains a again panel with the corporate’s “Dare to Leap” branding message plastered throughout it. There’s additionally the extra subdued Realme emblem on the again. And these presumably are the one two components of the telephone’s design that I don’t like. This truthfully is saying quite a bit contemplating the again panel and the body are made out of plastic and never premium supplies corresponding to glass or metallic. 

Whereas the “Dare to Leap” emblem performs spoilsport, the again panel does look premium in any other case. The matte end panel has been given a relatively attention-grabbing look utilizing an AG-Crystal course of. In consequence, the Realme 8 Pro’s again panel when checked out from an angle, provides off a very nice shimmer impact that makes it look premium. The matte end panel additionally makes the telephone simple to carry within the hand, because it improves the grip of the gadget. Additional, the truth that Realme 8 Pro is sort of light-weight at 176 grams and is skinny at 8.1mm can also be one thing that is a particular tick within the design division. 

The opposite main component to be aware of is the square-shaped digital camera module that homes 4 round lenses inside it. The module additionally has a dual-tone end, which provides one other layer of sophistication to the design of the gadget. Holding the telephone collectively within the center is the plastic body of the gadget. It has the standard quantity rocker and the ability button on the correct, with the left of the body, left clear to boost the seems of the telephone. The three.5mm jack, the Sort-C port and the speaker grille all lie on the backside of the body. 


Realme 8 Pro: Show

For show, the Realme 8 Pro will get a 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED panel that the corporate claims makes use of a particular materials for bettering brightness ranges. The panel is rated to show textures at Full HD+ decision. The show doesn’t assist quick refresh charges and works at an ordinary 60Hz, nevertheless, it does assist a contact sampling fee of as much as 180Hz for improved responsiveness.

Other than this, the show additionally helps a DC-like Dimming operate and Eye Safety Mode for decreasing eye fatigue. Realme additionally claims the 8 Pro consists of daylight mode of as much as 1000 nits to make sure the display screen is seen even underneath harsh daylight circumstances. Whereas this declare is basically true, we discovered the show actually would not attain the height brightness ranges marketed by the corporate. In our exams, the Realme 8 Pro’s show managed to succeed in a peak luminance of 631 nits whereas on the decrease finish, the brightness was 3 nits. Though, it must be famous that these recorded numbers are for brightness throughout the panel, and never for remoted areas on the show whereas watching HDR content material for a restricted time.


Calman Final Color Checker (sRGB)


Calman Final Color Checker (sRGB)

We additionally received a significantly better understanding of the show once we ran it by way of our suite of Calman show exams. Whereas the Samsung panel used on the telephone is not unhealthy, it undoubtedly is not one of the crucial color correct ones we have examined within the latest previous. Within the sRGB mode, the show managed to carry out properly because it solely threw up a mean error fee of two.8 in matching colors. Nonetheless, when the show was set to DCI-P3 mode for displaying HDR content material, this common error fee jumped as much as 3.5, with the max error fee going as much as 9.3.

The show’s missing in color accuracy was additionally uncovered in Calman’s Color Quantity take a look at, with the panel solely managing to hit 87.69 p.c of the DCI-P3 color house when the show was set to HDR tuning. Once more, this is not unhealthy, but actually not the most effective within the section.


Calman Final Color Checker (sRGB)


Calman Final Color Checker (sRGB)

Realme 8 Pro evaluate: Conclusion

Make no mistake, the Realme 8 Pro is a typical Realme gadget. It is aggressively priced but doesn’t compromise on specs or for the matter headline-grabbing options. Within the case of the 8 Pro, one among these is the 108-megapixel-lens on the telephone’s again. Whereas the first lens’s high-megapixel rely may be discounted by some as a gimmick, its outcomes can’t be. Particularly in daylight when this lens can click on some actually well-detailed photographs. The one downside is that these excessive ranges of efficiency are not matched by the opposite lenses on the gadget. 

Aside from this, the Realme 8 Pro is a typical mid-ranger, which has its upsides and downside. But, for the value, there isn’t any denying that the Realme 8 Pro is an general whole lot.

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