Realme 8i Review: All-Rounder on a Budget?


Realme 8i was launched in India because the successor of the Realme 7i and a extra inexpensive possibility than the Realme 8. This new smartphone’s headlining options are its 120Hz show, MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, and 5,000mAh battery. What can also be fascinating is the Realme 8i’s beginning worth of Rs. 13,999, which places it in one of the crucial aggressive segments available in the market. Can the Realme 8i outshine the competitors, or do you have to think about different choices? I put the Realme 8i to the take a look at to seek out out.

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The Realme 8i packs in a 5,000mAh battery and helps 18W quick charging


Realme 8i worth in India

The Realme 8i is obtainable in two variants. The base variant, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, is priced at Rs. 13,999 in India, whereas the upper variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 15,999. You have two color choices to select from, Space Black and Space Purple. I had the top-end variant in Space Purple for this evaluation.

Realme 8i design

The Realme 8i has grown barely in comparison with its predecessor. It sports activities a larger show with a gap for the digicam within the top-left nook. The borders are skinny on the sides however comparatively thicker on the high and the underside. There’s a fingerprint scanner mounted on the facility button on the precise, whereas the amount buttons are on the left. I discovered the button positioning to be excellent as I may attain them without having to stretch. The left of the body additionally has the SIM tray. The body is flat on the high and backside, and whereas the highest is clean, the underside appears to be like busy with a 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone, USB Type-C port, and loudspeaker.

The physique of the Realme 8i is product of plastic and the rear panel has an “arc beam” texture that pops when gentle falls on it. This panel is shiny and picks up fingerprints moderately simply. The gentle color of my evaluation unit made smudges seen very simply. The digicam module is within the higher left nook and protrudes barely. It may appear to be there’s a quad-camera setup at first look however this cellphone solely has three cameras. One of the areas has a flash positioned in it.

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Realme 8i has a plastic again panel that picks up smudges moderately simply


Realme has stored the thickness of this cellphone in verify, and it measures simply 8.5mm, however the weight, at 194g, is noticeable. The Realme 8i has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with an 18W quick charger within the field.

Realme 8i specs

The Realme 8i has a 6.6-inch LCD show with a full-HD+ decision and 120Hz refresh charge. This is an improve over the 90Hz 720p panel on the Realme 7i. The Realme 8i has a dynamic refresh charge characteristic which switches between six preset body charges (30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz,120Hz) relying on what you’re doing on the smartphone. It additionally has a 180Hz contact sampling charge and a peak brightness of 600 nits.

Powering the Realme 8i is the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, making it the primary smartphone to sport this {hardware} within the nation. There are two RAM and storage choices: the bottom variant has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, whereas the upper priced one has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Realme presents a Virtual RAM characteristic that permits the smartphone to make use of some space for storing as RAM. You can assign as much as 5GB of Virtual RAM with the highest variant.

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Realme presents a 120Hz refresh charge show on the 8i, which is unusual at this worth level


Storage on the Realme 8i is expandable utilizing the devoted microSD card slot. It additionally has two Nano-SIM slots and helps 4G in addition to VoLTE on each. There’s additionally dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5, and three satellite tv for pc navigation programs.

In phrases of software program, the Realme 8i runs Realme UI 2.0 on high of Android 11. My unit had the September Android safety patch. The smartphone got here with a truthful quantity of bloatware preinstalled, equivalent to Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, Dailyhunt, Moj, Josh, and a few others. You can uninstall all these apps, however there are additionally some Realme first-party ones. During use, I did obtain push notifications from the Themes and Realme Store app.

Realme 8i efficiency

The Realme 8i didn’t really feel sluggish at any level, and UI navigation felt easy due to the 120Hz refresh charge. The system may hold app load instances underneath acceptable limits, and multitasking was simple. Virtual RAM was enabled and set to 2GB by default on my unit, and that may be bumped as much as 3GB or 5GB. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is fast to unlock the smartphone. I preferred the large show on the Realme 8i, which might get vivid sufficient outdoor. There are two color modes, vivid and mild. You may also tweak the color temperature of this panel. I discovered the speaker to be adequately loud. However, at full quantity, sound was tinny.

I ran our customary benchmarks on the Realme 8i to see the way it stands towards the competitors. In AnTuTu, the Realme 8i scored 337,297 factors, whereas in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks it managed 538 and 1,714 factors respectively. In PCMark Work 3.0 it scored 8,477 factors. These scores are barely greater than these of the Redmi Note 10S (Review), which I’ve examined beforehand. As for graphics benchmarks, the Realme 8i managed to attain 3,332 in 3DMark SlingShot, and in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chases checks, it scored 55fps and 12fps respectively.

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The triple digicam digicam setup is designed to appear to be 4 cameras


I did play BGMI on the Realme 8i, and it defaulted to the HD setting for graphics and High body charge. The recreation was playable at these settings with none challenge. I performed for 28 minutes and seen an 8 p.c drop within the battery stage. The cellphone did get barely heat to the contact after that lengthy.

Battery life on the Realme 8i was good. This cellphone may final me about 2 days with my utilization. Even in our HD video loop take a look at, the cellphone went on for 21 hours and 17 minutes. This is best than a few of the different smartphones on this worth section. Realme provides an 18W charger within the field, which is able to charging the battery to 30 p.c in half-hour and 56 p.c in an hour.

Realme 8i cameras

While it appears to be like as if the Realme 8i has a quad-camera setup, it solely has three sensors. The main one is a 50-megapixel Samsung sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The different two are a 2-megapixel B&W digicam and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. The Realme digicam app feels acquainted. It has all of the completely different taking pictures modes laid out on the backside of the viewfinder making it simple to modify between them. There is an AI toggle on the high, and when enabled, the AI can detect what you’re taking pictures and make changes accordingly.

The Realme 8i makes use of pixel binning to ship 12.5-megapixel output from its 50-megapixel sensor. Daylight images taken with the Realme 8i had been common. Objects at a distance didn’t have a lot element. The cellphone additionally sharpens photos barely. You do not get an ultra-wide-angle digicam on the Realme 8i, however you possibly can shoot on the full 50-megapixel decision. Photos shot at full decision did have higher element, particularly in objects at a distance.

Realme 8i daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Close-ups taken with the Realme 8i had been good. The cellphone managed colors properly and added a mushy depth to the background. You can shoot portraits with the Realme 8i and it lets you choose the extent of background blur earlier than you are taking a shot. I discovered edge detection to be good and the topic was sharp as properly. The macro digicam enables you to go tremendous near your topic and does handle first rate outcomes, however the output is proscribed to 2 megapixels in decision.

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Realme 8i portrait pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Realme 8i macro digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Low-light digicam efficiency was not the perfect I’ve seen on this worth section. The output didn’t have noise however it was low on element. The cellphone additionally didn’t seize darker areas of the body correctly. Using Night mode helped seize particulars within the shadows higher, and pictures had been brighter as properly. It additionally had some enchancment in particulars and objects had been sharper.

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Realme 8i Night mode pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Selfies taken with the Realme 8i in daylight in addition to low gentle had been first rate. Portrait selfies had good separation between the topic and the background, although beautification is in by default.

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Video recording tops out at 1080p for the first in addition to the selfie digicam. Footage is not stabilised by default, and shakes are seen. There is an Ultra Steady mode however that does not assist stabilise footage to a nice extent.


The Realme 8i has been launched within the super-competitive sub-Rs. 15,000 section in India, and has to fend off a lot of competitors. What’s extra, that is not restricted to different producers, since Realme itself sells a number of smartphones on this worth section.

The energy of the Realme 8i is efficiency. Its MediaTek Helio G96 SoC and 120Hz show assist ship a easy consumer expertise. Battery life is nice too, however the bundled 18W charger feels insufficient, particularly after we’ve seen telephones such because the Realme Narzo 20 Pro (Review) bundled with as much as 65W chargers.

The Realme 8i is just not a good all-rounder, and its cameras fell wanting my expectations. If picture and video high quality aren’t all that necessary to you, you could possibly think about shopping for this cellphone, however in the event you would like one thing that does all of it at this worth stage you could possibly additionally think about the Realme 7 (Review) which is an older mannequin however one step up in Realme’s hierarchy.