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realme 8 5G Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples!

Due to the recent efforts by global chipmakers like MediaTek, 5G-ready smartphones at more affordable price points have become possible.
realme 8 5G Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples!
Meet realme 8 5G

We are talking about the 7nm Dimensity 700 5G chipset—MediaTek's budget 5G chip, and one of the first to use it is realme—a fast-rising mobile and technology brand.

The story? To make the said next-generation connectivity technology more accessible to more Filipinos as 5G rapidly expands all over the country, realme is bringing a device with the said tech to the Philippine market, the realme 8 5G.

realme is boasting that this will be a "near-no-compromise" affordable offering with 5G connectivity.

We have the device now and here's what we initially think about it. Read on.


Everything inside the box
Everything inside the box

Similar to all modern realme handsets we tested, realme 8 5G arrived in a bright yellow box.

Inside, you will see the handset itself, flexible TPU translucent case, SIM ejector tool, paper documents, 18W power bright, USB-A to USB-C data/charging cable.

Upon a closer look at the handset, we noticed that it has a pre-installed screen protector as well.

What's missing? The earphones with a microphone that you can use for music or calls.

Build Quality/Design

in Supersonic Blue
Glossy back design in Supersonic Blue

realme used familiar materials on the realme 8 5G. At the back, you will see a glossy 3D curved glasstic material. The camera hump at the back boasts a combination of plastic and glass. The frame is plastic with chamfered edges for better grip and the front panel is 2.5D glass.

While realme 7 last September had Gorilla Glass, there is no mention of the said glass protection for this device. There is no rubber gasket found on a triple-slot tray as well, so don't expect this to be protected against water damage.

But in general, this is a well-crafted handset for its expected affordable price tag. It should last for quite as long as you will put the free case on it.
Slim bezels, vibrant display
Slim bezels, vibrant display

For design, this ranks among the nicest-looking mid-range phones.

It boasts a curved back design with a matte-like paint yet glossy finish in Supersonic Blue and Supersonic Black. The upper-left corner has a rectangular-shaped camera hump housing its triple-camera setup and the LED flash.

The frame is comfortable to hold. The back panel is just a bit slippery and quite prone to fingerprint smudges.
Top-left punch-hole
Top-left punch-hole

In front, it uses a 6.5-inch 2.5D curved big display with a top-left-aligned punch-hole housing the 16MP shooter. This display is quite immersive-looking due to its not that big punch-hole and reasonably slim top and side bezels. The chin bezel is a bit thick. But, despite that, it still has a 90.5 percent of screen-to-body ratio.

This screen also highlights a 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, and 1080p resolution. It may not have an AMOLED panel like the realme 8, but it is not like other mid-range Samsung 5G phones (probably more expensive than this) with low-resolution HD displays.
Top, bottom
Top, bottom

On top, there's nothing. Below, you will see the speaker grille, USB-C port, microphone hole, and the 3.5mm headphone jack slot.
Left, right
Left, right

You will find the volume rocker (up and down keys) and the SIM card tray slot on the left. This is a triple-slot tray where you can put a dual nano SIM card and microSD. On the right, you will see the power key/fingerprint reader in one.

Measuring at 162.5 x 74.8 mm for the body with an 8.5 mm slimness at just 185 grams, this is one of the slimmest affordable 5G phones with a big 5,000mAh battery capacity. 

First Camera Samples

Despite not using a higher-end 64MP shooter, the 48MP main camera that realme used in this handset is quite impressive so far. This shoots highly detailed images in daylight and even in some conditions with artificial lighting. The macro cam and bokeh cameras also work decently when needed.

We will be trying the Night mode tonight along with exclusive filters and we will also update this post with more camera samples. 

We understand that realme is trying to keep the cost of this 5G phone around, but we would like it better if they kept the ultra-wide shooter.

But so far, this is a respectable shooter.

realme 8 5G Specs

Display: 6.5-inch 2.5D curved LCD w/ 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 405 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G57 MC2 (950MHz)
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 1TB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF + 2MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.1
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 18W Quick Charge
OS: Android 11 w/ realme UI 2.0
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, OTG, FM Radio, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Dolby Atmos, dual-mic, USB-C, Colors: Supersonic Blue, Supersonic Black
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 185 g
Price: PHP 11,990

As of the moment

This is a promising mid-range smartphone with a  nice design, good display, strong battery life, and capable cameras. If it comes with a competitive price tag, this could be one of the phones to consider for those looking for a future-ready smartphone with next-generation 5G connectivity.

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