{Disarmed} Realme 8i review

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The Realme 8i is another model from the manufacturer from China that has now been presented and will be available in Germany. I got the model for testing before it even started and I want to tell you whether it is worth buying - or not.

The Realme 8i was kindly provided to me directly by the manufacturer in the color Stallar Purple with 128 GB. Thanks a lot for this! However, this has no influence on the test result.

scope of delivery

The Realme 8i comes in a striking, elongated yellow Realme packaging. This is very high quality, made of sturdy cardboard. The most important key specs of the device can be found on the back of the two boxes.

Inside, in addition to the actual device, we also find a transparent silicone cover, a USB C cable, the SIM eject tool and the 18 watt charger and some pieces of paper. There are no headphones.

Realme 8i

Technical specifications

  • 6.6 ″ IPS FullHD + display (2,412 x 1,080 pixels), dynamic 120 Hz, touch sampling rate
  • Android 11 with realme UI 2.0
  • Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm) Octa-Core (2 × 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6xX, X GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Mali-G57 MC2 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.1 memory, expandable up to 256 GB
  • Main camera: 50 MP (wide angle, f / 1.8) + 2 MP (portrait lens, f / 2.4, B&W) + 2 MP (macro, f / 2.4)
  • Front camera: 16 MP (wide angle, f / 2.5)
  • 5,000 mAh battery with 18 watt fast charging
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB Type C, dual SIM
  • Dimensions / weight: 164.1 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm / 194 g
  • Special features: fingerprint sensor on the side in the power button, Face-ID
Realme 8i

Processing & haptics

Realme has experience making great looking phones, and the Realme 8i is another example of that. On the front we find a flat display, the back is slightly curved and has a cool color gradient to offer. The model in Stellar Purple looks really really good with the uneven transition from purple tones to silver shimmer.

The model is equipped with a frame made of plastic in which the color gradient continues. Otherwise there is nothing to complain about, the rest of the workmanship is on a standard for its class with no outliers up or down. The Realme 8i has no IP68 certification, so you should be a little more careful with water or rain.

Realme 8i

Display

The Realme 8i has a 6.6 ″ IPS LCD display with 2,412 x 1,080 pixels. It supports a dynamic refresh rate of 120 Hz and can switch between 30 Hz, 48 Hz, 50 Hz, 60 Hz, 90 Hz and 120 Hz. The touch sensors work with a sampling rate of 180 Hz. There is no HDR support.

The display has a tiny recess in the upper left corner for the selfie camera and is protected by Gorilla Glass. Realme promises 600 nits of peak brightness for the screen, which is not particularly bright now. So there could be problems with readability in direct sunlight.

Realme 8i

The display offers sufficiently deep black levels and a contrast ratio of around 1250: 1. Of course, due to the design, it does not come close to an OLED display. It supports the DCI-P3 color space. There are three settings for the refresh rate: Standard (60 Hz), Auto and High (120 Hz). Auto and high are adaptive, which means that the levels 30 Hz, 48 Hz, 50 Hz, 60 Hz, 90 Hz and 120 Hz are used depending on the application scenario.

Last but not least, the display also supports Widevine L1 DRM, so using Netflix in FullHD resolution is no problem. In conclusion, one can say that Realme has built a really good IPS display into the 8i.

camera

The Realme 8i has three cameras installed on the back - a 50 MP main camera with wide-angle lens, a 2 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP monochrome depth sensor. There is also a 16 MP selfie camera on the front of the device. None of the sensors are the very latest and greatest, but don't forget that we have a wallet-friendly model here.

The main camera has the 50 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5KJN1 1 / 2.76 inch sensor with Tetracell filter and 0.64 µm pixels with aperture f / 1.8 and PDAF installed. The 2 MP macro sensor is the GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor with 1.75 µm pixels and an aperture of f / 2.4 and has no autofocus. Finally there is the 2 MP OmniVision OV02B1 monochrome depth sensor. The selfie camera uses a 16 MP SK Hynix Hi-1364Q 1/3 ″ sensor with 1.0 µm pixels. It has an aperture of f / 2.05 and a fixed focus.

Realme 8i

The camera app is the well-known Realme app with a few improvements. There are fewer menus - most modes are now in the main menu.

The camera takes good pictures in daylight, so there is nothing to complain about for this price range. Thanks to AI and HDR, some really nice photos come out. You can also directly select the 50 MP mode in the camera app, but you should only use this in daylight. Otherwise, the camera takes pictures with 12.5 MP by default and HDR is also activated by default.

The zoom can be selected up to 5x, but leave it alone. The digital zoom is not really nice to look at and the images lose sharpness, contrast and dynamics. What is also missing is an ultra-wide-angle lens. That's a shame, because you should have done without the macro sensor, which is basically superfluous, just like the 2 MP depth sensor. The latter two are actually just a gimmick.

At night, the photos are effective, but it was to be assumed that they would no longer be quite as beautiful. Shooting without night mode is a bad idea. The images appear slightly washed out and noisy. On the other hand, the exposure is quite good and the colors also look strong.

If you really want to take photos with the Realme 8i at night or in the dark, you should use the built-in night mode. Because this works well. Now not as good as the flagships, but the results are good for this price range. After about 2 seconds, the picture is finished and then you get good-looking pictures - if you use a tripod.

Software & performance

The Realme 8i runs on Android 11 and the Realme UI 2.0 on top. The second version of the Realme Launcher offers more extensive customization options, some additional Dark Mode styles, and improved security. Otherwise you already know the software from other current Realme smartphones. Everything is a bit reminiscent of Stock Android, is just a little more colorful, but still quite fast.

There are no stutters in operation, everything runs smoothly and quickly. Thanks to the built-in 120 Hz display, everything seems a little faster. Apps start and close very quickly. Similar to Samsung, the Realme UI offers a smart sidebar on the edge of the screen - there you can adjust and create actions and app links.

The Realme 8i also supports the Dynamic RAM Expansion (DRE) function. As the name suggests, with DRE you can expand the working memory of the smartphone - even if only virtually - by using the internal memory of the phone. You can add between 7 GB of virtual memory, which shouldn't hurt the power (only for the model with 128 GB of memory).

speaker

The Realme 8i has a single speaker built into the bottom. So there is no stereo sound here. The loudspeaker is appropriate for the price, you can't expect a high-quality sound here. The sound quality and volume of the loudspeaker are rather average. The high notes play well, but there's no bass, and the middle notes aren't particularly convincing.

Realme 8i

battery pack

The Realme 8i is powered by a large 5,000 mAh battery that supports charging with 18 watts. With this very large battery, the model has an excellent battery life of easily 1 day or more. With normal use, the device only has to be plugged in again after 2 days.

The Realme 8i is delivered with an 18 watt power supply. It is a 5V / 2A, 9V / 2A charger with which the device is now not charged in half an hour - but only to 30 percent. It takes 1.5 hours to fully charge from 0 to 100 percent. Wireless charging is not possible.

Conclusion

My conclusion on the Realme 8i? In the end, you can say that Realme really tried hard to get a good & cheap smartphone up and running. And they succeeded. The look, feel and also the main camera are really successful, which is not a matter of course in this price range.

In addition, the large 5,000 mAh battery, which lets you get by for up to 2 days, and then also a fast OS - what more could you want? The Realme 8i can be described as a successful all-round package with a clear purchase recommendation!

The Realme 8i review first appeared on xiaomist's blog .

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