Before the debut of Realme 8 and 8 Pro, there were rumors that a third 5G-enabled device would be launched alongside them. The Chinese phone giant has officially launched the Realme 8 5G nearly a month after the launch of the two Realme 8 series. It comes as no surprise that Realme has gone all out to promote this product as the cheapest 5G device. The Realme 8 5G, which is driven by the latest Dimensity 700 chipset, is certainly worth considering. The problem is whether the inclusion of 5G would make the device a suitable option to powerful rivals such as the Redmi Note 10 series or even its Realme 8 siblings.
Unlike the standard Realme 8, the 90 Hz panel is an IPS LCD rather than a Super AMOLED. As previously mentioned, variations extend well beyond the 5 G-enabled chipsets.
Besides that, each downgrade makes the Realme 5G, not a stronger contender. Even if you don’t consider the screen to be a downgrade, the camera is definitely a clear downgrade. Similarly, the 5,000 mAh battery is limited to 18W fast charging tech which is a huge downgrade from 30W on the standard model.
However, Realme 8 5G is one of our favorites. It has a slimmer body and a more premium look. The Supersonic black is attractive but we’re worried it’ll get scratched, but that’s not a big deal because Realme has a case in the box.
Is it, however, better than its Standard Realme 8 sibling? or any of the other 5G phones in this price range, for that matter? The response is yes and no. But you can find your answer by checking on the specs below.
Realme 8 5G Design
To begin with, the Realme 8 appears to be very distinct from its predecessor in terms of design. This time around Realme has chosen a glossy finish over a matt finish polycarbonate rear panel. Although that it can collect fingerprints and stains.
On the plus side, the company has chosen to drop the weird “Dare to Leap” slogan from the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro’s back panels. Rather, they’ve gone for a much better style with a simple Realme logo on the bottom right edge. SuperSonic Black and SuperSonic Blue are the two color options for the device. Although the design isn’t the most spectacular we’ve seen on a budget device, but the back panel has a colorful effect that makes it a little more pleasant when someone stares at it.
To be sincere, Realme has put a lot of effort into making the Realme 8 5G as sleek and light as possible. It weighs just 185 grams and is just 8.5 millimeters thick. But the standard Realme 8 seemed lighter and thinner than the 5G version, but to our understanding, adding 5G connectivity to a device tends to make it a little heavier, so this is still acceptable, and kudos to Realme for making this phone slim.
In terms of ports and keys, the Realme 8 5G has a right-hand power button that also serves as a fingerprint scanner.
The Realme sports a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels) resolution, 405PPI pixel density, 600 nits typical brightness, and a refresh rate of 90Hz.
The standard Realme 8, on the other hand, has a Super AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. As a result, several sacrifices have been made in order to keep the 5G-enabled Realme 8 affordable. Despite this, the panel has a 90Hz refresh rate, which allows for smooth scrolling.
The Realme 8 has a pleasing display, with brighter overall picture that one might expect from an LCD display. Overall, the display on the Realme 8 5G is of decent quality with good brightness levels and vibrant color.
The camera of Realme 8
The phone has three cameras on the back which consist s of a 48 MP (f/1.8) primary lens, an 2 MP (f/2.4) macro lens, and a 2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. There’s a 16 MP (f/2.1) front-facing camera for selfies and video calls.
The Realme 8 5G isn’t the best performer when it comes to the cameras of the phone. Even the regular Realme 8 includes an 8 MP ultrawide shooter.
You’ll note that there isn’t a telephoto lens. This is because zooming capabilities are not commonly seen on mid-range devices. And this is why most midrange devices have chosen to emphasize the camera’s ultra-wide sensor and color accuracy.
Performance & battery
The MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC on the Realme 8 5G is slightly better than the MediaTek Helio G95 on the Realme 8, at least according to benchmark rankings.
When it comes to performance, the Realme 8 5G is a decent device. Basic daily activities and multitasking can be handled without any issues, thanks in part to the 8 GB RAM. The Realme 8 5G smartphone is available in two storage configurations: 4GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB.
This chip has an octa-core processor with a max clock speed of 2.2GHz. It is also said to provide up to 30% more throughput layer coverage. Futhermore, Realme 8 5G is the first Android device to use the newly released MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, according to MediaTek.
The MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC has two ARM Cortex-A76 “Large” cores with a 2.2GHz max clock speed. There are also six ARM Cortex-A55 cores running up to 2GHz. The chipset is built using a 7nm manufacturing process that promises up to a 28 percent performance boost.
With this chipset, there will be no lags on this device at any time. We found that using the device on a regular basis would not be an issue. Routine activities such as surfing the internet, navigating through social media like Instagram or Snapchat, and even gaming are well-managed. To be honest, the Realme 8 5G is an excellent example of how MediaTek has improved its position in the microchip market, and it’s no wonder that several brands have chosen their chipsets now.
The software aspect is also not left behind, the device runs on the latest Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11. Realme’s insightful customization talents add another level of individuality to the equation, even if it is beginning to look more and more like Oppo’s software which many users like.
The phone comes with a 5000mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging, which is slightly underwhelming, especially since the Realme 8 came with 30W fast Charge support.
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|Announced Date||21st April 2021|
|Release Date||28th April 2021|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.5 inches IPS LCD|
90Hz refresh rate
Typ Brightness: 600nit
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Pixel Density||405 PPI|
|Software||Android 11, Realme UI 2.0|
|Chipset||MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm)|
|48 MP (f/1.8) main lens|
2 MP (f/2.4) Macro sensor
2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor
Supports [email protected]
|16 MP (f/2.1)|
Supports [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G, 5G|
Supports nano SIM + nano SIM
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi-Direct, BT 5.1|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 5,000 mAh|
-USB: Type-C 2.0, USB OTG
-Fast battery charging: Yes (18 W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Reverse charging: No
|Colors||Supersonic Blue, Supersonic Black|
|Price||Starts from $200|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Realme 8 5G price in Nigeria & availability
The latest Realme 8 was released with a starting price of $200.00 ~ 15,000rupees. Supersonic Blue and Supersonic Black color options are available for the device. There are no details as at the time of writing this post as to whether or not this phone will be released in Nigeria. However, we expect it to be available by May or June with a price range of N90,000 – N100,000 for the 4 GB variant, and N105,000 – N115,000 for the 8GB varaint. STAY TUNED AND SUBSCRIBE!!!
In most cases, the device performs admirably and outperforms its competitors in most benchmarks. Though MediaTek has a history of boosting cores for benchmarking purposes, however, the phone’s actual performance in terms of gaming, multitasking, and simple tasks did not disappoint. What did disappoint us, however, was the camera’s quality, which was mediocre and even less qualitative than the standard Realme 8. As depicted on the specs sheet above you can see that it lacks an ultrawide lens which is available in the standard Realme 8. Furthermore, Low-light and portrait photography, in particular, exhibited major flaws, and there are a bunch of great phones under $200 that have a good quality in these areas.
Realme has been on a path with low-cost device releases in 2021, and the company has been working really hard to revolutionize devices with appealing features and specifications. The Realme 8, a 5G-enabled smartphone in the sub-$200 price range is the company’s most recent offering. Although the Realme 8 5G may appear to be a straightforward 5G improvement over the standard Realme 8, this isn’t the case. The phone has drastically different specifications and hardware, including a different SoC, camera panel, and even display. In order to include 5G at a reasonable price, some sacrifices were made, which can be seen in the spec sheet when compared to the Realme 8.
Nonetheless, it is one of the most affordable 5G smartphones available, effectively bringing 5G for the general public despite the fact that Samsung (Galaxy A42 5G) has also done that. It provides an inexpensive choice for users who want to future-proof their devices.
Should you buy it?
To be clear. The device excludes several of the features found on Realme’s own rival devices, the Realme 8 in exchange for 5G connectivity. The camera setup is poor, charging is slow, and the screen, though adequate, is not an OLED screen. While these may not seem to be great qualities, there are alternatives like the Realme 8, Redmi Note 10 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy A42 5G that give a lot more value for money and even include extras like a great camera AMOLED screen (that’s a personal preference), and faster charging.
The Realme 8 5G makes too many sacrifices in order to be the cheapest 5G handset on the market. As 5G connectivity is yet to be actualized in Nigeria and it may take a little while, so being the cheapest 5G phone is of little significance.
We absolutely guarantee that by the time 5G becomes a reality, you’ll have a variety of budget phones to choose from, all of which will be superior in every way.
So, if you value camera above all else in a device and you are looking for a low-cost 5G device, the Realme 8 5G is just a big no.