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realme 8 Unboxing and First Impressions

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After several teasers, realme confirmed that the realme 8 will arrive alongside the realme 8 Pro in the Philippines.
realme 8 Unboxing and First Impressions
With a leap in performance?

The new realme 8 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an In-Display fingerprint scanner and punch hole. The display has a 2400 x 1080 resolution and a 180Hz touch sampling rate.

Inside is the MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor, Mali-G76 GPU, LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.1, and 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge via USB-C. At the back is a 64MP AI quad-camera while in front is a 16MP selfie shooter.

As of this article's writing, there is no price for the realme 8 and realme 8 Pro

Let's dive into the unboxing.

Unboxing/Accessories

realme 8 and realme 8 pro outer packaging
realme 8 and realme 8 pro outer packaging

Similar to their predecessors, the realme 8 and the realme 8 Pro come in a bright yellow box with realme branding and regulatory information.
Inside the box
Inside the box

Inside is the realme 8, 30W Dart wall charger, SIM ejector tool, USB Type-A to Type-C cable, documentation, and case. On the display of the phone is a pre-installed screen protector.

Unfortunately, there are no included wired earphones. 

Build Quality/Design

deep blacks
deep blacks

The new realme 8 is made of a combination of glass and polycarbonate. The front display has a glass panel while the inner frame and the back panel are made of polycarbonate. There is no mention of glass protection unlike the previous realme 6 and realme 7 from last year.

Attractive look?

What is surprising is when we removed the SIM tray, it does not have a rubber gasket for water resistance. The SIM tray can house two nano SIMs and one microSD card at the same time.

The phone measures 160.6 x 73.9 x 7.99 mm and weighs 177 grams. The curved back panel makes it easy to hold. It is surprisingly light but it feels durable. Unfortunately, we think the previous realme 6 series on paper was built tougher.

But to be honest, the realme 7 from last year is better on paper. We will really have to test the phone to see if there really is an improvement.

The back panel has a glossy texture but with a combination of a holographic back design and a dotted pattern design. On the holographic part is realme's "Dare to Leap" slogan.
Large display
Large display

In front is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 resolution, 180Hz touch sampling rate, and 1,000 nits peak brightness. Around the panel are super slim side and top bezels with a noticeably thicker chin bezel.

90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio!

On the top left side is the 16MP f/2.45 selfie shooter. Above the panel is a super-thin slit that houses the earpiece.
Top, bottom
Top, bottom

The frame has a chamfered finish that is surprisingly slippery. On top is a single microphone port while at the bottom is the speaker grill, USB-C port, microphone port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
left and right side
left and right side

On the left is the triple slot SIM tray (dual Nano-SIM + microSD card) while on the right is the volume rocker and the power button.
realme rear quad-cameras
realme rear quad-cameras

At the back is t 64MP f/1.79 main camera, 8MP f/2.25 119-degree ultra-wide camera, 2MP f/2.4 macro camera, 2MP f/2.4 monochrome camera with LED flash.

The camera bump doesn't protrude too much. When laid on its back, the phone only has a slight wobble.

realme is has loaded a ton of new camera modes to the camera app. These include 64MP, Starry Mode, Dual View video, Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse, Movie, Pro/Expert, Pano, Text scanner, Ultra-macro, portrait, Photo, Video, and Night.

We will check all of these camera modes for our full review.

realme 8 Specs

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D curved Super AMOLED w/ 60Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 405 ppi
CPU: 2.05GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G76 3EEMC4 (900MHz)
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.7 w/ PDAF, EIS + 8MP f/2.25 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX471
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 30W Dart Charge
OS: Android 11 w/ realme UI 2.0
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Dolby Atmos, dual-mic, USB-C, Colors: Cyber Silver, Cyber Black
Dimensions: 162.3 x 74.8 x 9.4 mm
Weight: 196.5 g
Price: TBC

As of the moment

The realme 8 is looking to be a good contender for the lower mid-range segment if you are looking for a stylish device with capable and versatile cameras. Our only concern with the phone is that even though the phone looks and feels durable, the phone isn't as well built as the realme 6.

We have to praise that it has a Super AMOLED panel, a massive 5,000mAh battery, 30W charging, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a triple-slot SIM tray.

Unfortunately, we can not make a proper evaluation without running our usual tests and without knowing the price of the phone. As of this phone's writing, the phone's price has yet to be revealed. Depending on the price, this phone could be or could not be a winner.

What do you guys think?

Stay tuned for our full review.
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