Realme 8 Pro review: Awe-inspiring 108MP camera

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The 8 Pro is the most affordable 108MP camera-toting phone on the Indian market today, priced at Rs 17,999.

The 108MP primary camera is the most significant new feature. It seems that everything else revolves around it.

Realme has returned to being, well, Realme with the 8 Pro. With the brand’s “dare to jump” slogan practically plastered on its back, the new phone is unapologetically bold, even courageous. Since it is so big and shiny, it stands out even more than the Realme branding.

The 8 Pro’s 108-megapixel camera can also shoot 3x lossless zoom images. The 8 Pro’s razor-sharp profile is another major highlight, in addition to its “trippy” design scheme. It is much smaller and lighter than the 7 Pro, weighing 176 grams and measuring 8.1mm. It is most definitely one of the thinnest and lightest phones available today. Regardless, there is no strange flex. The 8 Pro’s 108MP camera can also shoot 3x lossless zoom images, which works surprisingly well given the lack of a dedicated telephoto camera.

The 8 Pro also has three other cameras, including an 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 2MP macro, and another 2MP B&W depth camera, all of which are carried over from the 7 Pro. These aren’t even close to being usable.

 UIS Video Stabilisation and UIS Max Video Stabilisation are two levels of gyro-based stabilization that mimic a “gimbal-effect,” though switching between them can be tedious since not every setting is available at every resolution. The 8 Pro will film in 4K at 30 frames per second, but there is no stabilization at this resolution.

The 8 Pro’s 16MP front camera captures good-quality selfies in a variety of lighting conditions, but at the expense of resolved detail.

The monitor is the same 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED as the 7 Pro, but Realme says it has been brightened to 1000nits (there is no HDR support). The display becomes bright and vivid, with vibrant colors and decent viewing angles.

Although it may not seem like a big deal, the fact that Realme has used the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor for three generations in a row (the 6 Pro also had the same chipset) when it could have tweaked things a bit is a bummer. A 4,500mAh battery with 50W quick charging completes the kit. Realme still holds the title of the fastest charging phone under Rs 20,000, although the 8 Pro does not charge as quickly as the 7 Pro (65W).

The 8 Pro is a 4G phone that accepts two SIM cards. Realme intends to release a 5G version shortly.

The 8 Pro is a fine product, but it’s first and foremost a phone with a high-resolution 108MP camera, and everything else comes second.

Pros: Excellent battery life with 50W fast charging, capable 108MP camera, Super AMOLED display, good performance, up-to-date apps

Cons: The Redmi Note 10 Pro/Pro Max is more expensive.

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