realme 8 5G Review – Affordable 5G Device for All

realme 8 5G Review – Affordable 5G Device for All

5G connectivity isn’t limited to flagship devices anymore and is now available on midrange phones. And one of them is the realme 8 5G.

The 8 5G is realme’s first midrange device that features 5G support. And in this review, I’ll be checking how it performs and if it’s worth purchasing. First, of course, we’ll start with what accessories it comes with out of the box.

realme 8 5G Unboxing

Along with the device itself, you’ll also get a SIM Ejector Tool, a free Clear Jelly Case, User guide, Warranty Card, Powerbrick/Charger, and a USB to USB-C cable. You can watch my unboxing and first impression video below.

Design and Build Quality

The build of the device is pretty rigid. It has a glossy plastic back that doesn’t feel cheap at all. It is, however, a fingerprint magnet. I have sweaty hands so it does feel uncomfortable at times. It does come with a free jelly case, so I suggest to use it on the device rather than go caseless. It is lightweight and its dimensions are also pretty slim with curved corners which actually comfortable to hold.

Button layouts are the same like most realme phones. With the addition of a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which also acts as the power/wake button. It still retains the audio jack and has a USB-C port.

Display

realme 8 5G Display

The 8 5G’s screen actually looks pretty good. It is not AMOLED, but it does have a 90Hz smooth refresh rate and a maximum 180Hz sampling rate. This makes it a pleasure to use when scrolling and especially on gaming. Having 90Hz on all time will drain its battery faster though, so its best to just leave it on ‘Auto Select’. This will have the phone select the best refresh rate for the activity you are doing.

Audio Quality

Audio quality is actually just meh. There’s nothing special about it, but also, there’s nothing really particularly bad about it either. It has a single firing speaker, which is standard for devices on this price range.

Camera Quality

realme 8 5G

Having a 48MP main camera, you would expect it do take crisp photos, and it does. Its colors are not exaggerated and looks natural, which is what I would prefer. Objects are sharp, even on low light environments. It also has Night Mode for shooting amazing night photos, as well as stylized filters for the mode such as Astral, Flamingo, and my personal favorite, Cyberpunk.

The device also features a 16MP AI Beauty Selfie camera that let’s you take beautiful and sharp self-portraits. Below are some quick sample shots I took with the device.

Performance

I was looking forward to see how a mid-range, 5G capable device would perform. And it actually performed well. Apps are smooth, as well as the whole experience with the phone. The Dimensity 700 5G processor is also power-efficient, which consumes less power despite having high-performance thanks to its Smart 5G Power Saving.

realme 8 5G Gaming

Speaking of batteries, it sports a 5,000 mAh massive battery. This makes it sure that you have enough juice to last for more than a day. In my heavy use, with 5G data always on, as well as watching hi-res videos from time to time, it did last for more than a day. It is also capable of 18W quick charge, as well as a scheduled optimized night charging.

If you are interested on its benchmark results, you can check them below.

5G Connectivity

realme 8 5G speeds

The main feature of the device is that it is capable of 5G connectivity. This is important because most 5G devices have flagship prices. So, having a mid-range phone with 5G capability means more Filipinos can have access to 5G connectivity. I did test its speeds with SMART, and got an average speed of about 50mps. Note that 5G signals are a bit wonky here in my home office though. And I did get the speed up to 100mpd when I was downtown where 5G signals are strong.

realme 8 5G Specifications

Dimensions162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight185 g
ChipsetMediatek Dimensity 700 5G
CPU8 Octa-cores:
Arm Cortex A76
Arm Cortex A55
GPUMali G57 MC2
RAM8GB/4GB
Storage128GB
Display6.5-inch FHD+ 90Hz Ultra Smooth Display
2400×1080
Rear CameraTriple Rear Camera:
48MP Nightscape Camera, 80°, f/1.8
2MP B&W Portrait Lens, 89°, f/2.4
2MP 4cm Macro Lens, 89°, f/2.4
Front Camera16MP AI Beauty Selfie Camera, 79.3°, f/2.1
OS realme UI 2.0
Based on Android 11
Battery5000 mAh
Connectivity2.4GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth 5.1
Other Features18W Type-C Quick Charge
3-Card Slot (2 SIM Slot + 1 MicroSD Slot)
5G Dual SIM Dual Standby
Advanced Dual Network Acceleration
Smart 5G Power Saving
Super Power Saving Mode
Sleep Standby Optimization
App Quick Freeze
Screen Battery Optimization
ColorsSupersonic Blue
Supersonic Black

If you are interested in the realme 8 5G, you can get the 4+128GB variant for ₱10,990 SRP, and the 8+128GB variant for ₱11,990 SRP. You can purchase them on realme’s flagship store on Shopee and Lazada.

Josef Cagas
Geek-of-all-Trades, master of none, Josef is the founder of Davao Geek Hub. He has a passion for all things tech, and consumes all forms of media.