Realme 8 5G leak hints at a Dimensity 700-powered 5G phone

Realme is all set to announce its 5G series smartphones in the Realme 8 series. To recall, it recently launched the Realme 8 and 8 Pro in India. However, those were 4G variants The company will now be launching the Realme 8 5G and Realme 8 5G Pro. A microsite for the upcoming devices is live on Flipkart. While it doesn’t mention the name of the upcoming 5G smartphone, it is likely to be the Realme 8 5G.

To recall, the company announced its Realme V13 5G with Dimensity 700 SoC in China. And, it is said that the upcoming Realme 8 5G is a rebadged version of the V13 5G. If true, the Realme 8 5G will feature a 6.5-inch IPS FullHD+ display. However, it will drop AMOLED in favor of an LCD panel. The device is likely to have support for a 90Hz refresh rate. It is touted to be the first smartphone in India to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset.

The Realme 8 5G is said to offer up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. It is likely to run Android 11 out of the box. On the optics front, it could sport a 48MP primary camera, which could be accompanied by two more cameras of 2MP each. These might be depth and macro sensors. Hence, making it a triple camera system. On the front, you might get an 8MP selfie shooter. Further, it could pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

Looking at the specifications, it is likely that we’ll get an affordable 5G smartphone. For reference, the company already sells more high-end 5G smartphones in its X-series that includes the Realme X7 5G and X7 Pro 5G. The company will be announcing its Realme 8 5G in India on April 22.

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Realme’s flagship GT series could go global in early May

Realme GT is the Chinese manufacturer’s flagship smartphone series. The device was launched in China recently, and it offers the Snapdragon 888 SoC under CNY 2,800, which is roughly USD 428. The smartphone has top-notch features including an AMOLED display with a high refresh rate, three rear cameras, and more. Now, the smartphone is touted to go global soon. The news comes from Realme itself.

Realme has revealed that it is prepping to launch its flagship Realme GT series in India soon. In a series called ‘Know your Realmers’, Francis Wong, Realme’s Chief Marketing Officer hosted a question and answer session for the community. He talked about the future plans of the company and more. Further, he shared some details regarding the upcoming flagship device launch in India.

When asked which phone he is using these days, the official replied, “I wish I could tell you the device I am using, it is our next flagship and it will launch as part of our 3rd-anniversary celebration. Just wait for it.” As TechRadar reports, Realme started its operations on May 4, 2018, in India. Hence, we are likely less than one month away from the launch of the Realme GT series in India. However, we do not know if the company will launch the Realme GT, the Realme GT Neo, or both.

For context, the Realme GT features a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch response rate. It also offers 100% DCI-P3 coverage. As mentioned above, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It also comes with a complex vapor chamber for cooling. As for the optics, it sports a triple rear camera setup, which is led by a 64MP primary camera. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro camera. You also get a 16MP selfie shooter. The flagship Realme GT packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging.

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Realme 8 Pro preview: The competition is too damn hard

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Realme 8 Pro is here as a direct competitor to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (review). The USP of this device is its 108MP primary camera. But is it enough? When compared to the Redmi offering, what I miss the most on this phone is a high refresh rate. It sports an AMOLED display but is stuck at 60Hz. While the competitor offers a recent chipset, the Realme counterpart comes with a processor that can be found on its predecessor.

The intro might give you an impression that there is not much going on for the Realme 8 Pro, but that’s not the case. It supports 50W fast charging and an in-hand feel that could shame some humongous flagships. Here are more details in our Realme 8 Pro preview.

120Hz is dearly missed

The Realme 8 Pro features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The display doesn’t offer a 120Hz refresh rate like the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, and isn’t the brightest out there but gets the job done. The colors are vibrant but you are likely to experience some stutters in the UI. I enjoyed watching YouTube videos, and it is perfectly fine for content consumption. 

Realme 8 Pro cameras

One of the most comfortable devices to hold in the segment

The power and volume buttons are located on the right side, while the SIM tray with two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot lies on the left. Further, the buttons are easy to reach and clickable like you’d expect from a device priced at INR 17,999. Plus, it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack that lies at the bottom alongside the primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker at the bottom, while the top only has the secondary microphone.

On the back lies a quad camera setup that lies in a square camera module. It sports a textured finish with “Dare to Leap” tag line plastered across the back in glossy finish. You might or might not like the tagline imprint but it does give the smartphone a unique look that distinguishes it from other devices. The Realme 8 Pro is one of the most comfortable one-hand smartphones in the segment. Plus, the textured back helps keep fingerprints at bay. This is one of the phones that I can recommend using without a case – even when it is supplied with the device in the box. 

Realme 8 Pro in sunlight

The smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 50W fast charging. I like the presence of faster-than-usual fast charging that helps in a quick top-up. I’ve been using it for four days and it lasts me a day with my use case – mostly social media browsing. While some brands are excluding chargers from the box, Realme is providing a 65W charger for a device that supports 65W fast charging. 

Realme 8 Pro preview

Coming to the USP of the smartphone, you get a 108MP primary camera that captures detailed images in bright daylight. The dynamic range is satisfactory as well. You also get an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera that captures colors that are slightly different from the ones captured on the primary camera. Then there is a 2MP macro camera, which captures vibrant images but lacks details, especially when compared to the 5MP camera sensor on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which I called “the best in the segment” in the review. There is also a 2MP back and white sensor. You can check out the samples below:

108MP
primary
Macro
Night mode with filter
Night mode with filter
ultra-wide-angle

The Realme 8 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 720G SoC, which seems dated in 2021. While the daily life performance is fine, you do come across some stutters in the UI. Further, it comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM options with 128GB of storage. The smartphone runs Realme UI 2.0 with Android 11. It is clean and simple to use. I like the usability on offer here.

To conclude, the Realme 8 Pro isn’t a bad device but the competition is too damn hard. It sports a 108MP primary sensor, the fast charging on offer is great, plus, it is comfortable to hold. But is it enough to compete? Time will tell.

Realme 8 Pro display

What do you think of the smartphone? And, what would you like to see in our full Realme 8 Pro review? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Realme 8 Pro is a yet another affordable phone with 108MP camera

Realme has announced the launch of its Realme 8 series smartphones. The lineup consists of Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro. The Pro variant goes up against the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (review) as it comes with an AMOLED display and a 108MP primary camera. However, it misses out on a couple of features like the 120Hz high refresh rate, which can be found on the Xiaomi offering.

Realme 8 Pro display

The Realme 8 Pro features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 90.8 percent screen to body ratio. It supports 1,000 nits peak brightness, and a 180Hz touch sampling rate but the refresh rate remains at 60Hz. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC with Adreno 618 GPU. Interestingly, it is the same chipset that was used on the predecessor. The smartphone comes equipped with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage that is expandable via dedicated miroSD card slot.

Realme 8 Pro camera module

In the optics department, the Realme 8 Pro sports a quad rear camera setup that is led by a 108MP camera sensor. It is the Samsung ISOCELL HM2, which comes with an f/1.88 lens. It is accompanied by an 8MP an ultra-wide-angle f/2.25 lens and a 119-degree field-of-view (FoV) camera. Further, you get two 2MP shooters in the form of macro camera and a black and white sensor. On the front lies a 16MP selfie shooter, which is the Sony IMX471 sensor.

Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. Sensors on board the Realme 8 Pro include ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetic induction sensor, accelerometer, and gyro-meter sensor. The smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 50W SuperDart Charge fast charging technology. However, you get a 65W fast charger in the box. The smartphone measures 160.6×73.9×8.1mm and weighs 176 grams.

The smartphone is priced at INR 17,999 for 6GB + 128GB variant. On the other hand, the 8GB + 128GB model costs INR 19,999.  It comes in Infinite Black and Infinite Blue color options.

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Realme 8 Pro seems plenty similar to the Realme 7 Pro as per leaked specs

Realme is gearing up to launch its 8 series. The Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro are all set to be launched on March 24. Ahead of the official unveiling, key specifications of the Realme 8 Pro have appeared online. While it is confirmed to sport a 108MP primary camera, other specifications seem to remain modest.

YouTuber Tech Spurt released an unboxing video of the Realme 8 Pro launch on March 24. It revealed a a yellow rectangular box, which comes with a 65W SuperDart charger, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, a clear silicone phone case, a SIM ejector tool, documentation, and the phone itself. The phone seems to have ‘Dare to Leap’ tagline embossed in big letters. Physically, you can also note a 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom.

On the other hand, specs of the device have been leaked on Twitter. A tipster with the username @Gadgetsdata tweeted key details of the upcoming smartphone. As per the tweet, the Realme 8 Pro will feature a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate. It could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Both of these specs are same as the Realme 7 Pro. The only big difference in this generation seems to be coming in the form of a 108MP primary camera. Other two sensors are tipped to be of 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP + 2MP.

As per the tipster, the Realme 8 Pro will pack a 4,500mAh battery and support 50W fast charging – despite packing an alleged 65W fast charger in the box. Further, it is expected to be a 4G phone – much like its competitor, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India. 

While the Realme 8 Pro is tipped to feature a Super AMOLED display, it seems to be missing out on a high refresh rate. However, these are just leaked specifications, and the company hasn’t revealed anything yet apart from the 108MP sensor.

 

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Realme GT 5G flagship with AMOLED display, SD 888, 65W fast charging goes official

Realme has released its first smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The launch took place in China, and the device is available in the country now. However, we expect it to go global soon. The flagship phone features an AMOLED display, a 64MP primary camera, 65W fast charging and more – all under $500.

The Realme GT 5G comes in leather and glass back versions. It features a 6.43-inch S-AMOLED E4 display with a punch-hole design. You get a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels with a 120Hz refresh rate. The company claims it can offer a 100 precent P3 color gamut. The smartphone has a screen-to-body ratio of 91.7 percent. Further, you get a 360Hz touch sampling rate as well.

Realme GT 5G

The Realme GT 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. It comes with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB / 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. However, there is no microSD card slot. The smartphone runs Android 11 based on Realme UI 2.0. Moreover, it offers Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio certified dual speakers. It also comes with 3D tempered liquid cooling technology for better heat dissipation. The smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging, which is claimed to charge the phone within 35 minutes.

On the optics front, the Realme GT 5G sports a triple rear camera setup led by a 64MP camera with an f/1.89 aperture. It is accompanied by a 119-degree 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front lies a 16MP selfie shooter. There is support for 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-frequency GPS, NFC, GPS, USB-C, and 3.5mm audio jack in the connectivity department.

The Realme GT 5G price starts at 2,899 Yuan (~$448) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model, while the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant costs 3,399 Yuan (~$525). It will be made available in Dawn (Vegan leather back), Deep Sea Airship (blue), and Galacticos (blue) color options.

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Realme adds a 108MP camera to its upcoming mid-ranger with new tricks in tow

In the past couple of years, Oppo spin-off Realme has launched some competitively-priced phones across a wide spectrum, and has really taken the fight to Xiaomi when it comes to offering high-end features on a budget. Now, the company has announced that it will equip the upcoming Realme 8 Pro with a 108MP primary camera, which is quite an achievement considering the price segment it will fall under. In addition to the massive camera resolution bump, the company is also supporting it with neat photography tricks too.\

The 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor performs 9-in-1 Pixel binning

Starting with the hardware, Realme says it is going to use the 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 camera sensor with a 1/1.52-inch sensor which was launched in September last year. Armed with 0.7μm-sized pixels, this one employs Nonacell (9-in-1) pixel-binning, merging nine 0.7μm pixels into one large 2.1μm super-pixel to capture a brighter and more detailed image.

Realme 108MP

This sensor is also capable of combining three images taken at different exposure levels to produce mote detailed HDR images in real-time. It supports 4K video capture at 120FPS and even 8K video recording at a cinematic 24fps. While the camera sensor in itself is quite impressive, Realme is offering more tricks on top of it to make the budget Realme 8 Pro stand out for its photography prowess.

The company says that the Realme 8 Pro will be the first phone in the world to offer what it calls tilt-shift time-lapse photography on smartphones, complete with a 10x faster playback experience. The tilt-shift mode converts real-world scenes into what looks like a miniaturized landscape. The Starry Mode for night-time sky photography has also been upgraded, and it is now said to be capable of brightening the stars as well for a more crisp picture.

Realme 108MP announcement

Additionally, the 108MP camera on Realme 8 Pro will also introduce three new Portrait mode effects viz. Neo, Dynamic Bokeh, and AI Color portrait. Check out the camera samples in the tweet below to see what these new modes are all about. Looking over at the competition, rival-in-chief Xiaomi has also promised to launch a budget Redmi Note 10 series phone packing a 108MP camera later this week.

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Realme GT could be the cheapest Snapdragon 888-powered phone at under $500

Realme recently revealed that its upcoming “Race” flagship smartphone will be named Realme GT. It will launch the device on March 4. Ahead of the official unveiling, the company has already revealed the rear design through teaser posters. Now, the company has posted another teaser, which claims that the device could be the cheapest Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone. The teaser says it will be priced under 2,999 Yuan (~$465) in the home market.

The teaser poster also reveals that Realme GT will feature a 120Hz refresh rate on its AMOLED display. It will be paired with enhanced versions of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The smartphone is seen sporting a triple rear camera setup housed in a vertically-aligned rectangular camera module in teaser posters. It seems like the rear of the device has stripes on it for better grip. Furthermore, we get a look at the bottom where you can see a headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speakers. Another poster has revealed that the Realme GT will come equipped with a 64MP primary camera.

The Realme GT will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It is said to feature an OLED display a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. There could be a 64MP primary rear camera. The other two cameras on the back are tipped to be 13MP each. The device could have 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Realme GT might be launched in three storage versions like 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It is said to pack a 5,000mAh battery, which might have support for 125W fast charging. It is likely to run Realme UI 2.0 based Android 11 OS.

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Realme GT specs and design teased ahead of launch

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Realme recently revealed that its upcoming “Race” flagship smartphone will be named Realme GT. It is all set to go official on March 4. However, ahead of the launch, the company has revealed official posters for the smartphone. These tease the flagship features and its design, which is different from the previously leaked images of Realme Race. It showcases a more straightforward design language.

Realme has released two posters to give a first look at the rear build of the Realme GT. The smartphone is seen sporting a triple rear camera setup housed in a vertically-aligned rectangular camera module. It seems like the rear of the smartphone has stripes on it for better grip. Furthermore, we get a look at the bottom where you can see a headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speakers. Another poster has revealed that the Realme GT will come equipped with a 64MP primary camera.

Realme GT

The Realme GT will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It is said to feature an OLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. It could have a 160Hz refresh rate. The other two cameras on the back are tipped to be 13MP each.

The device could have 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Realme GT might be launched in three storage versions like 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It is said to pack a 5,000mAh battery, which might have support for 125W fast charging. It is likely to run Realme UI 2.0 based Android 11 OS.

The Realme GT is all set to be launched in China on March 4. It is expected to go global soon after. The company will showcase its upcoming smartphone at MWC Shanghai 2021.

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