realme 8 Pro Unboxed, Hands-On

A Great Pro?

This is the realme 8 Pro, its newest smartphone to land in the country later this month featuring a 108MP quad-rear camera setup, a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and 50W SuperDart Charge. Here’s what’s in the box and all our first impressions from the device.

realme 8 Pro (Philippines) specs:

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ sAMOLED display, 1080 x 2400px
    180Hz touch sampling rate, 60Hz refresh rate
  • 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
    Adreno 618 GPU
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
    with dedicated microSD card storage up to 512GB
  • Quad-rear cameras
    108MP f/1.88
    8MP f/2.25 ultrawide
    2MP f/2.4 macro
    2MP f/2.4 b&w
  • 16MP front camera
  • 4G LTEm Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1,
  • Fingerprint scanner (in-display), Face unlock
  • USB Type-C
  • realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
  • 4,500mAh batter
    50W SuperDart charge
  • Colors: Infinite Blue, Infinite Black

Inside the box are the usual set of goodies you’d get from a numbered-series realme smartphone. There’s the phone itself, the fast-charging capable USB Cable, papers for manual and warranty, a SIM/microSD tray ejector tool, and the 50W SuperDart wall charger. There’s also a grayish transparent TPU case included in the box for added protection.

I don’t have other Pro phones here with me, but the realme 8 Pro is one light and thin phone to hold. It’s not that hard to navigate with and offers quite a comfortable grip. At the front, we have the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a punch hole at the upper left for the 16MP selfie camera.

Looking closely, the display part is already pre-applied with a shiny screen protector to help protect the device on accidental scratches.

The chamfered edges provide a seamless transition in terms of feel, and also a visual divide between the display and the back parts. At the right side are the power/lock and volume keys.

The tray is located at the upper-left part near the rear camera, which can accommodate dedicated slots for two nano SIM cards and one microSD card.

The bottom part seems to be a realme signature design as it has not changed over the years. We have the 3.5mm audio jack, the microphone, the USB Type-C port, and the bottom-firing loudspeakers here.

Turn the device on its back and you’ll see a different design compared to its predecessors. Our unit is done in a colorway called Infinite Blue, which mimics the night sky filled with a multitude of tiny stars, making it dreamlike and futuristic.

The gradient white-blue part is quite the gem with lots of mineral, crystal-like shine, is matte, and does not leave much fingerprint and grime. The only shiny parts are the realme logo and “Dare to Leap” branding, which felt like they were embossed over as you swipe your fingers over those surfaces.

Finally, there’s a quad-rear camera setup here. This is the first mid-range realme smartphone to sport a Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 108-megapixel lens at the back. Not only it promises bigger, more detailed photos, but also touts nighttime capabilities such as Time-lapse Starry Mode which we’ve yet to try. Here are some first shots we’ve taken from the device, which we really like due to the rich colors and fast photo processing:

The device is also one of the first to be shipped out with Android 11 and their own realme UI 2.0 out of the box, which promises more performance enhancements and theme customizations, among other new features.

We’re bound to test the realme 8 Pro in the coming days and come up with our full review, so stay tuned.

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