We’re seeing more and more budget 5G phones these days, steadily bringing this latest network standard to more people. This time, we have the Realme 8 5G.
From what it looks like, the company coming up with the Realme 8 5G was necessary as the initial model — the one that came with the Realme 8 Pro — was snubbed because it was stuck with 4G.
With that, this new model comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset. An upgrade over the Helio G95 carrying sub-6GHz 5G that can offer peak download speeds of 2.77Gbps.
It should also be more power-efficient with its 7nm process versus the 12nm of the former. Albeit being a gaming-centric CPU, the Helio G95 may offer better performance in gaming and day-to-day tasks.
Right on the front, we have a standard 6.5-inch FHD+ screen with a fast 90Hz refresh rate. It has a tougher Dragontrail glass, which the former lacks.
A punch-hole on the top left keeps the 16-megapixel selfie camera. While on the back, we have a 48-megapixel main shooter, monochrome, and macro lens. No more ultra-wide.
Realme also downgraded the charging speed to 18W from 30W. Since it kept the same 5,000mAh battery, expect slower charging speeds on this one.
The Realme 8 5G has a price of BHT9,999 (around Php15,500) for the 8GB/128GB and is now up for pre-order in Thailand until May 3 thru Lazada, Shopee, and other online retailers. The SRP for the base 4GB/128GB is yet to be known.
Realme 8 5G Specs
- Android 11, Realme UI 2.0
- Dual SIM, Dual standby
- 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, 405ppi
- 90Hz refresh rate, 600-nits
- 2.2GHz MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core processor
- 4GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- Mali-G57 GPU
- 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 16-megapixel front camera
- 48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF) + BnW + macro rear cameras, LED flash
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
- Single loudspeaker, Headphone jack
- HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- Bluetooth 5.1
- GPS, A-GPS, GALILEO, QZSS, GLONASS, BDS
- USB Type-C
- Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5mm
- Weight: 185g
- Colors: Supersonic Black, Supersonic Blue
- 5,000mAh non-removable battery, 18W fast charging