Realme 8 5G first impressions, price, and specs via Revu Philippines

Realme 8 5G coming to PH June 24. Read our first impressions

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Now, it can be said: The lone 5G model of the Realme 8 series is coming to the Philippines.

(Update, July 1: Our Realme 8 5G review is up!)

(Update, June 24: The Realme 8 5G is official in the Philippines with a P1,500 [$31] introductory discount. Details here!)

The brand, currently the No. 1 in the local smartphone space, has confirmed that the Realme 8 5G will be launched in the country June 24. The event will be livestreamed at 6 p.m. on that day on Realme‘s Facebook page and YouTube channel. So stay tuned to see how much the phone is going to be and if there are any special limited-time offers. In Thailand, though, the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at ฿9,999 (roughly P15,476 or $319 converted sans taxes).

Philippine launch teaser for the Realme 8 5G, endorsed by Filipino celebrities Kathryn Bernardo and Alodia Gosiengfiao

We’ve been using the Realme 8 5G for some time now. We’re holding off publishing our review until after the device is launched, but there are some things we’d like to point out now:

  1. Just like other, mostly premium 5G-ready handsets we reviewed in the past, it’s easy to connect to a 5G network provided you’re in an area with 5G coverage. We can already get Smart Communications’ 5G signal in our room. And it was such a blessing to have a smartphone like the MediaTek Dimensity 700-powered Realme 8 5G during the three times we were affected by power interruption this month. With this Realme, we consistently achieved download speeds of around 250Mbps — higher than what our home connection offers. It has two SIM-card slots, along with one more slot for SD cards up to 1TB, and you can use both to be able to connect to two different 5G networks.
  2. Navigating the Realme 8 5G’s user interface is a smooth experience, thanks to the smartphone’s 90Hz screen. Once we got a taste of 90Hz and above, it was hard to use devices whose display don’t have high refresh rates. More and more budget-friendly units already have that feature, so our advice? Don’t compromise on this.
  3. Our problem with 5G devices usually has something to do with the battery. But thanks to the power-efficient Dimensity 700 chip and the LCD screen (one of those times we’re okay with having this type of panel), battery drain when on 5G is more acceptable.
  4. While we still prefer the bold design of the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro, we like that the Realme 8 5G is slim and light even with a 5,000mAh battery. But no, it’s not so light that it already feels cheap; there’s still a certain heft to it, making it feel more expensive than it is.

Again, those are just some of our initial impressions of the Realme 8 5G. We’ll share the whole shebang — speed tests, benchmarks, camera samples… everything — as soon as Realme announces the price of the unit. Till then.

Realme 8 5G specs

  • 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, 2,400 x 1,080 (FHD+) resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, 90.5% screen-body ratio, up to 600 nits brightness
  • 7nm octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor with 5G
  • Mali-G57 MC2 GPU
  • 4GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB storage, expandable up to 1TB
  • Triple rear cameras: 48-megapixel main; 2-megapixel black and white; and 2-megapixel macro
  • 16-megapixel front camera
  • Fingerprint reader (side-mounted)
  • 5,000mAh battery with 18-watt USB-C charging
  • Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11
  • Color options: Supersonic Blue and Supersonic Black

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.