At a livestreamed event today, Realme unveiled a set of new products, including its latest affordable smartphone. The Realme 8 Pro boasts Samsung's new 108MP camera sensor for high-resolution photos, while other innovative features such as tilt-shift time-lapse video are also on board. At the same time, Realme announced the launch of two new wearable accessories in European markets: the Watch S Pro and Buds Air 2.
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G|
|Storage||128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card|
|Display||6.4-inch OLED panel, FHD+ (2400x1080), 60Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate|
|Rear cameras||108MP f/1.9 ISOCELL HM2, 8MP ultrawide 119° FoV, 2MP macro sensor, 2MP depth sensor|
|Front camera||16MP f/2.45|
|Battery||4,500mAh, 65W charging|
|Software||Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Other||USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Hi-Res Audio, In-display fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions||160.6mm x 73.9mm x 8.1mm, 176g|
|Colors||Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, Punk Black|
|Price||6GB/128GB - €279, ₹17,999,
8GB/128GB - €299, ₹19,999, £279
The 1/1.52-inch large camera sensor in the Realme 8 Pro uses 9-in-1 pixel binning to produce sharp photos that should still look good when taken in low light. In-sensor zoom is also taken advantage of for the equivalent of 3x zoom that Realme says can go toe-to-toe with optical zoom lenses. In addition to the fancy new tilt-shift time-lapse mode, there's also a 1-second time-lapse function for use on starry night skies.
In terms of hardware, we're looking at a 6.4-inch full HD AMOLED display with a 180Hz touch sampling rate and up to 1000 nits of brightness. A punch-hole cutout houses a 16MP selfie cam. The rear of the phone sports the unfortunate "DARE TO LEAP" slogan along with a busy-looking camera module that includes an 8MP ultra-wide as well as less useful 2MP macro and B&W lenses.
Battery life should be solid thanks to a 4,500mAh cell, and 50W SuperDart charging means a full charge from 0-100% takes just 47 minutes. The Realme 8 Pro also boasts an in-display fingerprint sensor, DualSIM support, and a microSD card slot. On the software side, Realme UI 2.0 is essentially a modified version of Oppo's ColorOS — which has come on a great deal in recent years — on top of Android 11.
In the UK, the Realme 8 Pro will come only in an 8/128GB configuration for £279 — on sale from March 31 on realme.com/uk and Amazon. That same variant will cost €299 in Europe, while a 6/128GB model will be available for €279. There is an early-bird deal that knocks €20 off those prices until March 30, though. In India, the pricing comes out as ₹17,999 or ₹19,999. It will be available in Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, and Punk Black.
To accessorize, Realme is also offering up a new smartwatch and some new true wireless earbuds. The Watch S Pro is made from stainless steel with a 1.39-inch AMOLED always-on display. It's water-resistant up to 5 ATM and has 15 sports modes. It'll set you back £119 (or £99 as an early-bird special) in the UK, or €129 elsewhere in Europe. The Buds Air 2 comes with ANC and 25 hours of battery life for £47 (early-bird £37), or €49.