Realme 8 Pro review: 108 megapixel camera phone at a budget price

The Realme 8 Pro brings 108MP resolution and a quad-camera photography at a bargain price

Realme 8 Pro
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If Xiaomi hadn’t launched the Redmi Note 10 Pro just a few weeks before Realme’s 8 Pro launched, the 108MP budget phone would have had an easy run of things, and won our best-in-class badge of honor. That said, it did, and in many respects, Xiaomi’s smartphone is better. That said, Realme’s 8 Pro is still a budget champ, adding things like an in-display fingerprint scanner and fantastically fast charging to the mix, not to mention a more stable UI. If you can handle its design, therefore and don’t mind a slower refresh rate screen than the competition, there could be enough about the Realme 8 Pro to win your cash.


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    Impressive main camera

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    In-display fingerprint scanner

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    Mighty-fast charging


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    Design won’t appeal to all

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    60Hz refresh rate screen

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    Similar/inferior to predecessor

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Before the Realme 8 Pro was announced, Realme took the budget mobile world by storm, with a string of low-cost, high-performance phones, including the Realme X2 Pro and X50 5G.  Realme X2 Pro and X50 Pro 5G. In 2020, Realme announced the 7 Pro, a fantastic handset that brought OLED display tech and an in-display fingerprint scanner to the world. Now, its adding a 108MP camera to the low-cost smartphone series.

That said, Realme’s new star player isn’t without competition. Xiaomi’s sub-brand — Redmi, recently launched the seemingly indomitable Note 10 Pro, another 108MP camera phone with a low price matched with a mind-bogglingly good spec-sheet. On paper, despite the fact Realme’s new Pro-phone beats virtually everything else in its price range, its Achilles’s heel could well be Xiaomi’s five-star alternative. 

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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.