Realme 8 Pro review

Hristo Zlatanov, 29 March 2021.

Android 11 and Realme UI 2.0

The Realme 8 Pro is the first phone we meet running on Android 11 and Realme UI 2.0. The new version of Realme's launcher offers richer customization options, more AOD themes, a couple of extra Dark Mode styles, refined floating and mini windows, and enhanced security.

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The phone supports fingerprint unlock, and the optical sensor works very well - it's fast and with high accuracy. You can also add a face for an even speedier unlock - though this is not as secure.

The launcher has no-nonsense homescreens, a simplistic and now cleaner notification/toggles area, and an easy-to-use task switcher. An App drawer is available, too, and it is as clutter-free as one could hope for. You can opt-out of the app drawer if that's your thing.

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Realme UI 2.0

Always-on screen is available (called Screen Off), and it can show the usual content - clock, date, notifications icons, battery. The Realme UI 2.0 is supposed to bring many new AOD themes, but they are not present on the Realme 8 Pro just yet. Maybe they'll arrive via a software update later on.

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Realme UI supports different icon packs, so if you are not happy with the default one, you can opt for material style, pebbles, or you can even fully customize them by your liking. Thanks to Realme UI 2.0, you can also change the system colors, the fingerprint scanner animation, the notification drawer icons, even the system font.

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AOD • Customization options

Dark Mode is available, too, and it's been enhanced with Realme UI 2.0 with support for three different dark styles - black, dark gray or light gray. It can be manual or scheduled. You can also opt to force it on third-party apps, though this doesn't always end well.

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Dark Mode

There are many powerful tools within the settings menu if you want full control over your Android OS. Or you can leave everything as is and enjoy a hassle-free Android experience optimized by Realme's AI algorithms and machine learning.

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Settings

You can also minimize an app to a mini-windows or a floating window from within the Task Manager. If an app is compatible, you can do either of these or use the familiar Split Screen.

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Task Manager • Mini app • Floating window • Split screen

Similar to the recent Galaxies, the Realme UI offers a Smart Sidebar on the edge of the screen - you can customize the actions and app shortcuts that appear there.

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Smart Sidebar

The multimedia apps such as Gallery, Music, and Videos - are provided by Realme. There is also a redesigned File Manager and even a Phone Manager app. This completes the non-Google app list.

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Gallery • Music • Videos • Phone Manager • File Manager

We are fond of the Realme UI, and we like the new direction. The interface is snappy, clutter-free and easy to use. Yet, it retains plenty of powerful tools should you choose to dig deeper and use them.

Performance and benchmarks

The Realme 8 Pro is based on the Snapdragon 720G chipset, the same one employed by the Realme 7 Pro. And the Realme 6 Pro before that. It offers an octa-core processor in a 2+6 configuration - 2x2.3GHz Kryo 465 Gold (A76-derivative) cores and 6x1.8GHz Kryo 465 Silver (A55-derivative) cores. The Adreno 618 is the GPU in charge of all things graphics.

There are two available configuration for the Realme 8 Pro - 6GB RAM with 128GB UFS2.1 storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB UFS2.1 storage.

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The CPU performance is on par with the rest of the Snapdragon 7xx-featuring smartphones, including the Redmi Note 10 Pro, but trailing behind Poco X3 Pro's Snapdragon 860 processor.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    2574
  • Huawei P40 Lite
    1862
  • Realme 7 Pro
    1811
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max)
    1785
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    1780
  • Poco X3 NFC
    1777
  • Realme 8 Pro
    1678
  • Realme 6 Pro
    1666
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
    1599
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
    1577

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    735
  • Huawei P40 Lite
    591
  • Realme 7 Pro
    576
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max)
    571
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    569
  • Poco X3 NFC
    568
  • Realme 8 Pro
    566
  • Realme 6 Pro
    565
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
    534
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
    525

The same goes for the raw graphics power - the Realme 8 Pro is as good as the 7 Pro and the recent Redmi Note 10 Pro but is no match for the recent Poco.

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    45
  • Huawei P40 Lite
    21
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    19
  • Poco X3 NFC
    19
  • Realme 8 Pro
    18
  • Realme 7 Pro
    18
  • Realme 6 Pro
    18
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max)
    18
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
    17
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
    9.3

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    38
  • Huawei P40 Lite
    18
  • Realme 8 Pro
    16
  • Realme 6 Pro
    16
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    16
  • Poco X3 NFC
    16
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max)
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
    15
  • Realme 7 Pro
    14
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
    7.9

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    3401
  • Realme 8 Pro
    1051
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
    1040
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
    482

The overall AnTuTu score also says the Realme 8 Pro is as powerful as many of its mid-range peers, but there are better phones on the same price, too.

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    453223
  • Huawei P40 Lite
    325777
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    295442
  • Realme 8 Pro
    286666
  • Poco X3 NFC
    283750
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max)
    279625
  • Realme 7 Pro
    278414
  • Realme 6 Pro
    268785
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
    261282
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
    218788

The Realme 8 Pro packs good enough hardware for this class and can handle well games and heavy apps; it can do multi-tasking, too. There is no UI lag, and we did not notice any stutter whatsoever. The cooling is great, too, and helps for 99.6% stability score on the stress test we use - 3D Mark Wild Life Stress Test.

But this is the third Realme in a row with the same processor and it seems like the company is in some sort of stalemate. It just cannot produce a better midranger, whether it's the chip crisis to blame and/or the pandemic, we don't know. We sure hope the 108MP camera is worth it. Otherwise, the competition's extra features would easily score a win over this phone.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

Adding to that yet another reason to get it over the Note 10 Pro... The presence of an actual, functioning proximity sensor

Actually, there is one reason to go for Realme 8 Pro over Redmi note 10 pro, same reason to go for Oneplus Nord 2 over Poco F3. The Compact Size!!!

  • Raj bayar

Realme 8pro how bettery life?