Realme leaps to 108MP cameras with Realme 8 Pro; launches Realme 8 series, Smart Scale, and Smart Bulb
Realme products are known for their high value for money while the brand itself is popular for releasing a new product nearly every month. After launching the semi-premium Realme X7 series in February, the company is now launching the Realme 8 and the Realme 8 Pro globally for more price-conscious users. The Realme 8 Pro is the star of the show, being the first 108MP camera smartphone by the company. The two smartphones also come with dazzling new designs, fast charging, and the latest Realme UI version based on Android 11.
Realme 8 and 8 Pro Specifications
|Specification||Realme 8||Realme 8 Pro|
|Build||Polycarbonate back and frame||Polycarbonate back and frame|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Front Camera(s)||16MP Sony IMX471 hole-punch selfie camera, f/2.45||16MP Sony IMX471 hole-punch selfie camera, f/2.45|
|Audio||Hi-Res Audio||Hi-Res Audio|
|Software||Realme UI 2.0 based on Andriod 11||Realme UI 2.0 based on Andriod 11|
|Colors||Cyber Silver and Cyber Black||Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Illuminating Yellow|
Realme 8 Pro
The Realme 8 Pro is the crowd puller launched by the OPPO spin-off. It is the company’s first smartphone to feature a 108MP camera, featuring the Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor. The sensor is intended for mid-rangers and has previously been seen on Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (China), Mi 10i, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (India). The 108MP sensor measures 1/1.52″ and has a pixel size of 0.7μm, i.e. 15% smaller as compared to ISOCELL HMX and HM1 sensors. Despite this shortcoming, the new sensor is supposed to capture more light, thanks to Samsung’s advanced ISOCELL Plus and Smart ISO technologies, as well as 9-in-1 pixel binning. Additional to this camera, the Realme 8 Pro features an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP monochrome sensor on the back in a square-shaped arrangement.
The Realme 8 Pro uses a polycarbonate back and frame with what Realme calls a silver crystal finish. It comes in three color options — Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Illuminating Yellow. On the front, there is a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a hole-punch cutout for a 16MP selfie camera. This display has a 60Hz refresh rate and features an optical in-display fingerprint scanner. It features an Asahi Dragontrail glass for protection against scratches.
In terms of battery, the Realme 8 Pro reiterates the 4500mAh battery from its predecessor and comes with slower 50W SuperDart fast charging support instead of 65W fast charging on the latter. However, you do get a 65W charger in the box so that you can fast-charge other Realme — and most other OPPO, OnePlus, Vivo, and iQOO phones.
For audio output, the Realme 8 Pro also comes 3.5mm headphone jack and is certified for Hi-Res Audio standard.
The vanilla Realme 8 is identical to the Pro variant in most of the aspects. The different elements include a glossy back design, a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset instead of Snapdragon 720G, 64MP quad cameras, and 30W fast charging instead of 50W.
Despite a bigger 5000mAh battery, the Realme 8 is slimmer than the Pro and weighs nearly the same. The smartphone is available in Cyber Silver and Cyber Black color variants.
Realme Smart Scale and Smart Bulb
Apart from the two smartphones, Realme has also launched two IoT devices — a smart scale and a Wi-Fi-enabled smart bulb — in India. Both of these devices appear to be brazen replicas of similar smart products from Xiaomi.
The Realme Smart Scale is available in white and blue color variants. It supports basic measurement functions such as body composition and BMI other than measuring weight.
The Realme smart bulb is a smart RGB bulb that supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It comes in two variants — 9W and 12W — and it features a 2 year warranty. Both of these devices can be controlled using the Realme Link app.
Pricing & Availability
The Realme 8 and 8 Pro will be available in India starting March 25th via Realme’s website and Flipkart. The Realme 8 Pro will be available for purchase in Europe starting March 31st.
The prices of the different variant are:
|Realme 8 Pro 6GB + 128GB||€279||₹17,999|
|Realme 8 Pro 8GB + 128GB||€299||₹19,999|
|Realme 8 4GB + 128GB||–||₹14,999|
|Realme 8 6GB + 128GB||–||₹15,999|
|Realme 8 8GB + 128GB||–||₹16,999|
The Realme Smart Scale is priced at ₹1,999 while the smart bulb will be available for ₹799 and ₹999 for the 9W and 12W variants, respectively. Both the devices will go on sale starting March 30th via Realme’s website, Amazon, and Flipkart.