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Realme 8 Pro smartphone review - Lightweight 300-Euro-phone without 5G

In the megapixel frenzy. Realme installs a 108-megapixel camera in its 8 Pro and enables fancy photo effects like tilt-shift and pictures of the starry night sky. However, the latest cellular standard is missing, which limits the future viability somewhat.
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realme 8 Pro (8 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G 8 x 2.3 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
6.40 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 411 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, 180 Hz sampling rate, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 115 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, Card Reader: microSD bis 256 GB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 161 x 74 ( = 0.31 x 6.34 x 2.91 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Ion, 50 watt quick charge (Dart charge)
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix f/​1.88, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​30fps, Videos @720p/​960fps (Cam 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.25, wide angle lens (Cam 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Cam 3); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Cam 4)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.45, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, silicone bumper, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.91W/​kg (head), 1.107W/​kg (body) , fanless
Weight
176 g ( = 6.21 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 120 g ( = 4.23 oz / 0.26 pounds)
Price
299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Rating Version
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
82 %7
04/2021
realme 8 Pro
SD 720G, Adreno 618
176 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.40"2400x1080
79 %7
03/2021
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3
205 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720
81 %7
02/2021
Motorola Moto G 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
212 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
80 %7
01/2021
Vivo Y70
SD 665, Adreno 610
171 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.44"2400x1080

Case, features and operation - Lightweight and without fingerprints

The realme 8 Pro is available in three color variants. Exactly, you only have the choice between blue and black, but there are two black variants: One is decorated with the realme slogan "Dare to leap", the other does without it. The blue variant also comes with a slogan. The back is fancy designed and refracts the light with numerous small particles. Since the back is also matte, it is insensitive to fingerprints.

At 176 grams, the realme 8 Pro is quite a light smartphone and feels good in the hand due to rounded edges. The casing is averagely pressure-sensitive.

realme offers 2 storage variants, but they only differ in the working memory; the mass storage is always 128 GB UFS 2.1 memory. The price difference between the variants with 6 and 8 GB RAM is 20 Euros, we test the larger variant. 2 SIM slots and a dedicated microSD reader are found in the smartphone.

The realme 8 Pro supports Wi-Fi 5. According to our tests with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the speeds are good but slightly slower than comparable smartphones. The Motorola Moto G 5G shows that more speed is also possible.

There are a few 4G frequencies, but the realme 8 Pro is not a real world phone. It is somewhat surprising that the realme 8 Pro does not support 5G, since most other devices in this price range are now equipped with the latest mobile standard. Although the network coverage in Central Europe is still moderate, 5G is important for future viability.

Size comparison

166.1 mm / 6.54 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 176 g0.388 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 74.08 mm / 2.92 inch 7.83 mm / 0.3083 inch 171 g0.377 lbs
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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
628 (481min - 662max) MBit/s ∼100% +107%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
366 (347min - 374max) MBit/s ∼58% +20%
Vivo Y70
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (324min - 361max) MBit/s ∼55% +14%
realme 8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
304 (218min - 328max) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
665 (603min - 673max) MBit/s ∼100% +106%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (324min - 360max) MBit/s ∼52% +7%
realme 8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
323 (279min - 332max) MBit/s ∼49%
Vivo Y70
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
315 (264min - 355max) MBit/s ∼47% -2%
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Cameras - 108 megapixels, but mostly only 12

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The high-resolution 108-megapixel camera is realme's pride and joy; pictures in the full resolution can be recorded in a special mode. By default, pictures are recorded with 12 megapixels. We like the brightening and color reproduction quite well, but the detail sharpness could be a bit higher. The image is also decent in low light and high contrasts.

A wide-angle lens with 8 megapixels and a macro camera with 2 megapixels provide further shooting options. The macro camera is only used in ultra-macro mode, it is only possible to switch directly between the wide-angle and main camera, there is no zoom in several steps.

Tilt-shift is a photo technique that was actually invented to compensate for distortions in straight lines in architectural photography. Today, however, the effect is best known for making people and buildings look like miniatures. The realme 8 Pro mimics this effect by blurring the top and bottom of the camera, and it takes a bit of practice to really make the miniature effect work. We have collected tips gathered from the OnePlus 9 Pro, which also supports this mode. A star mode is also supported, which is supposed to guarantee a particularly good image of the starry sky via long exposures.

Videos can be recorded in 4K, but only with the main lens and at 30 fps. A tilt-shift effect can be added here as well.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
53.9 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
52.6 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
42.3 ∆E
27.9 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
47.9 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
75.9 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
76.7 ∆E
68.8 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 8 Pro: 45.93 ∆E min: 13.11 - max: 76.67 ∆E
ColorChecker
17.1 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
21.8 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 8 Pro: 9.75 ∆E min: 2.31 - max: 21.79 ∆E

Display - Bright screen with 60 Hz

Subpixel image
Subpixel image

An AMOLED screen is available in the realme 8 Pro, and the resolution is on par with the class with an expanded Full HD. With a refresh rate of only 60 Hz, the smartphone cannot distinguish itself from its similarly priced rivals. Already the cheaper OnePlus North N100 or the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro offer much snappier screens, which not only make the scrolling look better, but also improve the perceived speed of operation. After all, realme offers a sampling rate of 180 Hz for the touchscreen.

The screen is quite bright with an average of 563 cd/m², so you can also work with the realme 8 Pro outdoors. We measured the typical PWM flickering for OLED displays, which extends over almost the entire brightness. Colors and grayscale are displayed reasonably accurately. There are higher deviations than in some other smartphones, but as long as you do not want to use the screen for professional image editing, these are probably tolerable.

595
cd/m²
595
cd/m²
584
cd/m²
583
cd/m²
581
cd/m²
555
cd/m²
549
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
515
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 595 cd/m² Average: 563.2 cd/m² Minimum: 5.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 581 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.34 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.327
realme 8 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
TFT-LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto G 5G
LTPS LCD, 2400x1080, 6.70
Vivo Y70
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.44
Response Times
-658%
-212%
62%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8 (5, 3)
66.8 (32, 34.8)
-735%
42 (19, 23)
-425%
4.8 (2.8, 2)
40%
Response Time Black / White *
6 (3, 3)
40.8 (19.2, 21.6)
-580%
24 (9, 15)
-300%
4 (2, 2)
33%
PWM Frequency
114.7
217.4 (25)
90%
245.1 (99)
114%
Screen
-13%
24%
21%
Brightness middle
581
543
-7%
586
1%
573
-1%
Brightness
563
512
-9%
565
0%
572
2%
Brightness Distribution
86
85
-1%
88
2%
97
13%
Black Level *
0.63
0.61
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.34
4.9
-13%
1.74
60%
2.7
38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.15
8.6
-20%
4.09
43%
4.9
31%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.9
6.3
-29%
3
39%
2.9
41%
Gamma
2.327 95%
2.23 99%
2.244 98%
2.19 100%
CCT
7658 85%
8120 80%
6000 108%
6665 98%
Contrast
862
961
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-336% / -174%
-94% / -54%
42% / 35%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 114.7 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 114.7 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 114.7 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9679 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Sufficiently fast, but quite warm

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G is a good SoC in the mid-range smartphone and provides performance rates on par with the class. The Moto G 5G is a bit faster, but there is enough power for everyday tasks.

The UFS 2.1 memory is slightly slower than in the comparison devices. At 45 °C on the front, the device heats up considerably under prolonged load. However, the performance does not suffer from that. According to the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test, the smartphone still delivers the same power as at the beginning after 20 test runs.

The mono speaker on the bottom edge can get quite loud and delivers decent sound. However, trebles are emphasized a bit too much from time to time. A 3.5 mm port for headphones is available.

With 4,500 mAh, the smartphone is a bit below other devices in its price range, but the runtime of 16:46 hours in our WLAN test is not bad. Thanks to 50-watt fast charging, the battery is also full again in just under an hour.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1694 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1511 Points ∼76% -11%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1987 Points ∼100% +17%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1421 Points ∼72% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (1690 - 1798, n=5)
1742 Points ∼88% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4201, n=197, last 2 years)
1913 Points ∼96% +13%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
570 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
472 Points ∼72% -17%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
657 Points ∼100% +15%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
314 Points ∼48% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (559 - 570, n=5)
567 Points ∼86% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=197, last 2 years)
554 Points ∼84% -3%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
8463 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6145 Points ∼69% -27%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
8076 Points ∼91% -5%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
6297 Points ∼71% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (7673 - 10181, n=5)
8850 Points ∼100% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=268, last 2 years)
7674 Points ∼87% -9%
3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
99.6 % ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
98.9 (1240min - 1254max) % ∼99% -1%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
99.4 (1096min - 1088max) % ∼100% 0%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
99.7 (385min - 386max) % ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
 
99.6 % ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=54, last 2 years)
87.6 % ∼88% -12%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1052 Points ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1215 Points ∼39% +15%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1098 Points ∼36% +4%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
205 Points ∼7% -81%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (675 - 1052, n=2)
864 Points ∼28% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 8672, n=59, last 2 years)
3077 Points ∼100% +192%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1052 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1245 Points ∼34% +18%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3658 Points ∼100% +248%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
216 Points ∼6% -79%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (786 - 1052, n=2)
919 Points ∼25% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 7275, n=61, last 2 years)
2804 Points ∼77% +167%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3164 Points ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2901 Points ∼79% -8%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3659 Points ∼100% +16%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
2372 Points ∼65% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3067 - 3321, n=5)
3209 Points ∼88% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5780, n=267, last 2 years)
2883 Points ∼79% -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2642 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2597 Points ∼76% -2%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2762 Points ∼81% +5%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
996 Points ∼29% -62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2539 - 2642, n=5)
2568 Points ∼75% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12914, n=267, last 2 years)
3412 Points ∼100% +29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2743 Points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2659 Points ∼87% -3%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2956 Points ∼96% +8%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1143 Points ∼37% -58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2656 - 2743, n=5)
2687 Points ∼87% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=267, last 2 years)
3071 Points ∼100% +12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3160 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3018 Points ∼94% -4%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
2415 Points ∼75% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3125 - 3267, n=5)
3208 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5765, n=265, last 2 years)
2840 Points ∼89% -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
4008 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3975 Points ∼84% -1%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4211 Points ∼89% +5%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1677 Points ∼35% -58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3785 - 4008, n=5)
3848 Points ∼81% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=267, last 2 years)
4754 Points ∼100% +19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3782 Points ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3713 Points ∼91% -2%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4098 Points ∼100% +8%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1799 Points ∼44% -52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3645 - 3782, n=5)
3684 Points ∼90% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=267, last 2 years)
3783 Points ∼92% 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3168 Points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2765 Points ∼78% -13%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3566 Points ∼100% +13%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
2423 Points ∼68% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3083 - 3241, n=5)
3163 Points ∼89% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=258, last 2 years)
2769 Points ∼78% -13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2462 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2525 Points ∼90% +3%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2549 Points ∼91% +4%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
987 Points ∼35% -60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2356 - 2462, n=5)
2392 Points ∼85% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=258, last 2 years)
2804 Points ∼100% +14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2590 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2575 Points ∼92% -1%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2798 Points ∼100% +8%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1137 Points ∼41% -56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (2499 - 2590, n=5)
2529 Points ∼90% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=258, last 2 years)
2627 Points ∼94% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3208 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2730 Points ∼75% -15%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3657 Points ∼100% +14%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
2402 Points ∼66% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3070 - 3263, n=5)
3173 Points ∼87% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=258, last 2 years)
2728 Points ∼75% -15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3839 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3805 Points ∼93% -1%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4097 Points ∼100% +7%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1634 Points ∼40% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3620 - 3839, n=5)
3689 Points ∼90% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=258, last 2 years)
3949 Points ∼96% +3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3678 Points ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3499 Points ∼88% -5%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3998 Points ∼100% +9%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
1759 Points ∼44% -52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (3501 - 3678, n=5)
3559 Points ∼89% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=258, last 2 years)
3345 Points ∼84% -9%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
11 fps ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼100% +55%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
11 fps ∼65% 0%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
4.3 fps ∼25% -61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (11 - 11, n=5)
11 fps ∼65% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=268, last 2 years)
13.9 fps ∼82% +26%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
7 fps ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6.2 fps ∼65% -11%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.5 fps ∼79% +7%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
2.8 fps ∼29% -60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (6.9 - 7, n=5)
6.96 fps ∼73% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=267, last 2 years)
9.55 fps ∼100% +36%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
17 fps ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
30 fps ∼100% +76%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
17 fps ∼57% 0%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
7.3 fps ∼24% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (17 - 17, n=5)
17 fps ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 66, n=267, last 2 years)
20.9 fps ∼70% +23%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
19 fps ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼71% -11%
Motorola Moto G 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
19 fps ∼79% 0%
Vivo Y70
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 8192
8.2 fps ∼34% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  (18 - 19, n=4)
18.5 fps ∼77% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=267, last 2 years)
24 fps ∼100% +26%
realme 8 ProSamsung Galaxy A32 5GMotorola Moto G 5GVivo Y70Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
89%
63%
24%
45%
41%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
35.3 (Angelbird V60)
64.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84%
37.03 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
59.6 (8.4 - 72.4, n=43)
69%
58.4 (1.7 - 83.3, n=193, last 2 years)
65%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
62.74 (Angelbird V60)
86.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
38%
43.11 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-31%
76 (13.4 - 88.3, n=43)
21%
76.2 (13.4 - 154, n=193, last 2 years)
21%
Random Write 4KB
84.8
167.15
97%
167.8
98%
164.29
94%
116 (18.2 - 290, n=78)
37%
108 (4.78 - 319, n=274, last 2 years)
27%
Random Read 4KB
98.5
174.64
77%
157.8
60%
149.52
52%
144 (92.6 - 239, n=78)
46%
126 (13.5 - 325, n=274, last 2 years)
28%
Sequential Write 256KB
191.7
381.69
99%
243
27%
218.54
14%
257 (182 - 511, n=78)
34%
301 (11.9 - 1321, n=274, last 2 years)
57%
Sequential Read 256KB
474
858.19
81%
821.9
73%
508.65
7%
776 (427 - 999, n=78)
64%
711 (41.9 - 2037, n=274, last 2 years)
50%

Temperature

Max. Load
 45 °C
113 F
40.2 °C
104 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 44.7 °C
112 F
40.1 °C
104 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 43.6 °C
110 F
39.5 °C
103 F
37 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 45 °C = 113 F
Average: 40.4 °C = 105 F
37 °C
99 F
38.4 °C
101 F
40.5 °C
105 F
37 °C
99 F
38.5 °C
101 F
42.3 °C
108 F
35.3 °C
96 F
39.1 °C
102 F
41.7 °C
107 F
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 38.9 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.3 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.3 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.1 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back
Heatmap back

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.347.72536.545.23131.740.84032.434.55039386331.731.18022.121.710021.220.612515.822.916017.533.920014.540.625013.348.531512.453.840012.559.250014.3636301765.680022.169100020.270.3125014.970.4160014.675.4200014.576.425001576.2315016.874400018.369.350001969.7630019.671.9800020.173.41000020.869.61250020.260.11600021.158.3SPL30.384.7N1.258.4median 17median 69Delta2.69.435.537.432.63527.533.230.23432.333.525.52817.820.122.622.614.625.213.334.11138.89.743.78538.657.111.261.113.762.915.363.617.468.710.371.210.57210.673.911.268.512.565.914.369.715.263.11569.416.174.717.376.816.27016.951.268.126.182.521.50.752.1median 13.7median 63.62.810.7hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 8 ProMotorola Moto G 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 8 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme 8 Pro
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G 5G
5000 mAh
Vivo Y70
4100 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1006
1235
23%
1056
5%
819
-19%
889 (425 - 2000, n=283, last 2 years)
-12%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 46min

Pros

+ light, slim device
+ Back side umepfindlcih for fingerprints
+ flexible camera with many modes
+ lots of memory
+ fast charging

Cons

- no 5G
- only 60 Hz display
- relatively slow memory

Verdict - Portable, enduring and flexible

On test: realme 8 Pro. Test device provided by realme Germany.
On test: realme 8 Pro. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme 8 Pro is clearly something for fans of light, slim smartphones. You should not attach importance to 5G, and you also have to get used to the 60 Hz display. The device is cleanly manufactured and is insensitive to fingerprints on the back

However, there are even faster devices for the same money in many areas: This applies to the Wi-Fi, the storage, and the processor performance. The realme 8 Pro does not do a bad job here, but it is not in first place either.

The realme 8 Pro is a good mid-range smartphone with a light casing, good runtimes and a flexible camera. 5G is missing, though.

The main camera takes quite good pictures, is flexible and also offers a lot to try out with the tilt-shift and star modes.

Overall, realme offers a decent package with the 8 Pro, but it has to face strong competition that is slightly superior in some areas.

Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro is not yet available from many online retailers at the time of review. However, it is available on Amazon.

realme 8 Pro - 04/17/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 65%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
83%
Games Performance
33 / 64 → 51%
Application Performance
76 / 86 → 88%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 90 → 73%
Camera
63%
Average
75%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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