Realme 8 Pro preview: The competition is too damn hard

by Jeremy

Realme 8 Pro is a direct competitor to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (review). The USP of this device is its 108MP primary camera. But is it enough? Compared to the Redmi offering, what I miss the most on this phone is a high refresh rate. It sports an AMOLED display but is stuck at 60Hz. While the competitor offers a recent chipset, the Realme counterpart comes with a processor found on its predecessor.  The intro might give you an impression that there is not much going on for the Realme 8 Pro, but that’s not the case. It supports 50W fast charging and an in-hand feel that could shame some humongous flagships. Here are more details in our Realme 8 Pro preview.


The Realme 8 Pro features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The display doesn’t offer a 120Hz refresh rate like the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and isn’t the brightest out there but gets the job done. The colors are vibrant, but you are likely to experience some stutters in the UI. I enjoyed watching YouTube videos, and it is excellent for content consumption. 

One of the most comfortable devices to hold in the segment

The power and volume buttons are located on the right side, while the SIM tray with two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot lies on the left. Further, the buttons are easy to reach and clickable, like you’d expect from a device priced at INR 17,999. Plus, it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack that lies at the bottom alongside the primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker at the bottom, while the top only has the secondary microphone.

On the back lies a quad-camera setup that lies in a square camera module. It sports a textured finish with a “Dare to Leap” tag line plastered across the back in a glossy finish. You might or might not like the tagline imprint, but it does give the smartphone a unique look that distinguishes it from other devices. The Realme 8 Pro is one of the most comfortable one-hand smartphones in the segment. Plus, the textured back helps keep fingerprints at bay. This is one of the phones that I can recommend using without a case, even when supplied with the device in the box.

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