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Is the realme 8 a value for money gaming smartphone?

Months after its release, we share five of the best features of the realme 8 that make it great for mobile gaming.
Is the realme 8 a value for money gaming smartphone?
realme 8 in Cyber Silver

To recap, the realme 8 arrived in May 2021 for only PHP 13,990. It features a 6.4-inch curved Super AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 resolution, 180Hz touch sampling rate. Inside is the 12nm MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor, Mali-G76 GPU, LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1, and 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge.

5 reasons why the realme 8 is a value for money gaming powerhouse in 2021

Vibrant and sharp display
Vibrant and sharp display

1. Upgraded Display - Unlike the previous realme 7 with a 90Hz refresh rate display, the realme 8 has a 180Hz touch sampling rate. This means that the display registers touch inputs at a rate of 180Hz per second. This makes it beneficial for split-second precise touch inputs in fast-paced games. It would have been better if realme also managed to include a faster refresh rate panel though.

Aside from those gaming-focused features of the display, the panel itself produces sharp, detailed images with vibrant color and deep contrast.
Capable benchmark scores
Capable benchmark scores

2. More Powerful Processor and GPU - The new 12nm MediaTek Helio G95 processor and Mali-G76 GPU managed to score over 359,576 in AnTuTu, 536 in GeekBench Single-Core, 1704 in GeekBench Multi-Core, and an average score of 1,485 and 8.9 average fps at 3DMark Wild Life.

3. Large 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge - Inside the realme 8 is a massive 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge. This means that alongside the battery-efficient realme UI 2.0, the phone will be able to endure long gameplay sessions. And the battery does turn low, the user can charge phone to 100 percent in a little over an hour.
Call of Duty: Mobile

4. COD: Mobile Max Frame rate setting unlocked - In Call of Duty: Mobile, the phone is confirmed to have the "High" and "Very High" graphics quality and the Max Frame Rate setting unlocked. At its price point, very few phones even unlock these settings and actually run the game smoothly at decently cooled temperatures.
Genshin Impact 2.0
Genshin Impact 2.0

5. Runs Genshin Impact 2.0 at Medium (default)  - Before the Genshin Impact 2.0 update, only the latest flagship smartphones could run Genshin Impact at Medium graphics settings at 30fps. Now, even the PHP 13,990 realme 8 can run the game at Medium graphic settings at 30fps. Users can also opt to lower the graphics settings and push the frame rate to 60 fps. 

And the kicker is that even after an hour of play, the temperatures of the realme 8 in both the Call of Duty: Mobile and Genshin Impact 2.0 are maintained at decently warm temperatures. It never becomes uncomfortably hot.

These are the five reasons why we think the realme 8 is a value for money gaming powerhouse for the price.

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