Lots of oomph, but does this pretty boy pack a punch?

by Emma

If there’s one brand that has lately been making waves in the Indian market and growing steadily, it has to be Realme. The OPPO spin-off has been churning out new phones at a really aggressive rate – and despite occasionally starting chatter about some questionable marketing – it has emerged as the biggest threat to the Xiaomi juggernaut in the price-sensitive Indian market. The brand’s latest offering is the Realme 8, which offers some neat specs such as a 64MP quad rear camera hardware, an AMOLED panel, 30W fast charging, and a flashy design that is a tad divisive too. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty:

The design of Realme 8 will stir some debate

pretty boy pack a punch

You’ll either dig this design. Or you’ll despise it. There’s no middle ground.

.Realme 8 has gone with some bold aesthetic choices to make a statement. And I’m not going to mince words here – it’s a hit or miss. If you want a phone that stands out from the crowd, the gaudy Cyber Silver is the one you should go for. There is also a Cyber Black color on the table, which I prefer for its stealthy looks.

That vast ‘DARE TO LEAP’ banner? Realme calls it a bold design move. I kinda equate it with turning the phone into a miniature billboard in my mind. But hey, the design is fresh. And in a world where people buy neon green hoodies and bright yellow sneakers to catch a few eyeballs, the Realme 8 blends in really well. 

Looks gaudy but feels slim and sturdy

Coming to the build quality, the Realme 8 is solid. No weird flex on the rear panel to be seen here. The frame, as well as the back panel, are made out of polycarbonate. Even though the phone is almost 8mm thick, the sloping design makes it feel thinner than it actually is. The rear panel, especially on the silver variant, gets smudged easily, though. Also, the plastic gets scratched easily, especially if you carry keys or coins in your jeans pocket. Thankfully, the retail package comes bundled with a transparent silicone case that is of decent quality. 

Interestingly, the top and bottom edges of Realme 8 have a slightly recessed profile instead of being flat or bulging outside. This makes the edges feel a bit sharper in the hands. The volume and power buttons are comfortably within reach, but the volume rocker was a tad too tight for my liking. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice dual-SIM functionality for storage expansion, as the phone comes with a triple card slot.

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