Realme 8 5G review: a 5G smartphone at an unbelievable low price

The Realme 8 5G delivers best-in-class 5G and 16MP selfies for £199 (or less)!

Realme 8 5G review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Low-cost 5G phones are niche; after all, a 5G phone contract or plan is seldom cheap. That said, with coverage improving in cities, and some networks offering 5G at no extra cost now, the world might just be ready for the Realme 8 5G and its fantastically fast data speeds. While its camera performance is anything but best-in-class, and the phone’s design is uninspiring, day-to-day performance is snappy, its battery is stellar, and its display looks on-point for the price.


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    Best-in-class mobile data speeds

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    Impressive 90Hz screen

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    Stellar battery life


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    Macro camera is weak

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    No ultra-wide camera

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    Fingerprint-loving design

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The Realme 8 5G is the most affordable 5G phone you can buy in certain markets. This affordability is made possible by a slew of budget 5G processors hitting the scene of late, and it’s the MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G that powers Realme’s new smartphone. 5G is starting to reach further than just city centers in the US and UK, reaching homes in more rural areas. For the first time, therefore, as the world comes out of lockdown, the high-speed tech is a real selling point, and a treat on a budget phone like the Realme 8 5G. 

With its 6.5-inch display, plastic finish, and single focal length camera system, there’s no doubt about it – the Realme 8 5G isn’t gunning for the best camera phone of 2021 spot. That said, what it does do is balance a host of features that make for a respectable phone without a bank-breaking price, so is a low-cost contender for best budget camera phone and best 5G phone

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.