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    realme 8 Pro Impressions | Making the jump to 108MP

    Does realme's new mid-ranger have what it takes?


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    We’re now on the 5th month of 2021, and realme has already released several devices, including the budget-friendly C25 and narzo 30A. Now, realme is gearing up to launch another smartphone, this time a mid-range device–the realme 8 Pro. This new phone is the latest in realme’s mid-range series, and it is the follow-up to last year’s realme 7 Pro, which was quite a good smartphone for its price.

    So, what about the realme 8 Pro? Well, it shares a lot of similarities with its predecessors, but also some key differences.

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    One of the biggest changes with the 8 Pro compared to the 7 Pro is in design. Unlike the 7 Pro which has a two-tone style back, the 8 Pro went with a bolder design choice. While most of the back is fairly understated with its matte finish, the phone has a large “DARE TO LEAP” logo on the right side. Along with this, the back also features a refreshed camera module design that looks ever so slightly iPhone inspired.

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    The large “DARE TO LEAP” on the back is definitely an unusual design choice, and while it’s personally not for me, some users might like this unique look; or maybe some will be inspired by the words.

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    Moving to the front, we have the phone’s 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. This screen is the same size as the one in the 7 Pro, and it shares the same holepunch notch placement on the upper left (a design I much prefer over having the notch right on the middle). Though it’s not exactly the same screen as the 8 Pro’s display only has a 60Hz refresh rate; this is unlike the 7 Pro’s 90Hz screen.

    Moving on to the cameras, the realme 8 Pro has a 108MP F/1.9 main + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP portrait + 2MP macro quad-rear camera setup, as well as a 16MP F/2.1 front shooter. For the most part, these cameras are the same as its predecessor, but the main camera got a major upgrade from 64 to 108MP. With the camera now having a higher megapixel count, the 8 Pro promises even better photos. Of course, we’ll have to test it out fully before we can give a final verdict.

    Powering the realme 8 Pro is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G–the same processor used in the 7 Pro and even the 6 Pro. It’s now realme’s third consecutive pro device to be powered by the 720G, and while it should still have enough power to run most of today’s popular games, it is a bit unusual to see that we’re still not getting a processor upgrade. Though there is a chance that the 720G was used because of the ongoing global silicon shortage, so at least the 8 Pro did not get a downgraded chipset because of it.

    Other features of the realme 8 Pro include a USB C port, a 4500mAh battery w/ 50w fast charging, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and Android 11 with realme UI. While the battery capacity is the same as its predecessor, the 8 Pro does have upgrades in the form of a more premium fingerprint scanner and more up-to-date software.

    While the realme 8 Pro may not have a high refresh rate display and an upgraded processor, it sill has quite a number of upgrades over last year’s 7 Pro. These upgrades include a 108MP main camera, a more premium fingerpint scanner, and newer software. Plus, the phone comes with a more daring design that definitely dares to leap.

    But should you take a leap and get the 8 Pro? For our full recommendation, watch out for our review which should release soon!

    Realme 8 Pro Specs:

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor
    • 8GB RAM
    • 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display (w/ holepunch notch)
    • 128GB storage (expandable via microSD)
    • 108MP F/1.9 main + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP portrait + 2MP macro quad-rear cameras
    • 16MP F/2.1 front camera
    • 3G, LTE, Dual SIM
    • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, fingerprint scanner (in display)
    • 4500mAh battery w/ 50w fast charging
    • Android 11 with realmeUI
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    Nicolo Manaloto
    Nicolo Manaloto
    UnGeek's resident editor who is obsessed with anything and everything Death Stranding. He is also a big fan of the Yakuza series, and is a weaboo in denial.


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