The Realme 8i is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, which does not assist 5G.

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Realme sub-divides its smartphone strains into a number of configurations to cater to totally different market segments. For instance, the Realme 8 is available in 4 flavours: the 6.4-inch Realme 8 (£169) on the entry degree; Those that need 5G ought to take a look at the 6.5-inch Realme 8 5G (£199); And the top-end specs are discovered within the 6.4-inch Realme 8 Professional (£279). All these handsets can be found on to UK patrons. The 6.6-inch Realme 8i with its 5000mAh battery and 120Hz display just isn’t a direct buy within the UK on the time of writing, however is promoting throughout Europe for €199 (4GB/64GB) or €219 (4GB/128GB).

The instantly eye-catching factor about my Realme 8i evaluate unit was its gentle lavender-colored backplate with a silver tint. This color, which Realme calls Area Purple, might not attraction to everybody, however it’s positively distinctive. Extra conservative patrons can go for the Area Black possibility.

The backplate is a fingerprint attractor and can be fairly slippery within the hand. Realme features a clear bumper with the cellphone, which can remedy these points, whereas offering further safety for the plastic backplate. Nonetheless, the light-reflecting means of the again shall be misplaced beneath the bumper.


  • reasonably priced
  • 120Hz IPS Display screen
  • Twin SIM and microSD slot
  • superb battery life


  • no 5G assist
  • poor speaker
  • 18W Charging

The oblong bump on the rear homes three cameras and an LED flash unit. Its place has the acquainted impact of elevating the highest proper nook of the handset when it is face-up on a desk, in order that any strain utilized within the higher left quadrant will spin the cellphone round. It is annoying, if hardly novel, however in case you use the bumper, which is flattened on the rear, it is resolved.

Realme features a 3.5mm headset jack on the underside fringe of the cellphone, which additionally homes a USB-C port and a speaker grille. The left edge homes two quantity buttons and a caddy that holds two SIMs and a microSD card. Notice that this isn’t a 5G handset. There is a small indent for the ability button on the fitting, which homes a fingerprint reader.


The 6.6-inch IPS display of the Realme 8i has a decision of 1080 x 2412 pixels (401ppi) and a most refresh fee of 120Hz. The primary rear digicam on the again is a 50MP unit, complemented by 2MP macro and depth cameras.

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The scale of the Realme 8i at 75.5mm broad by 164.1mm deep by 8.5mm thick and weighing 194 grams are unremarkable for a 6.6-inch cellphone. There’s a giant bezel on the backside of the display, which accounts for a reasonable screen-to-body ratio of 84.7%. Nonetheless, the display has a most refresh fee of 120Hz, and you’ll have it run at this fee on a regular basis or set it to range dynamically primarily based on the content material being displayed.

The display’s FHD+ decision (1080 x 2412 pixels, 401ppi) ensures that textual content is extremely legible and graphics look sharp. Whereas the IPS panel is not fairly as vibrant as OLED, its most brightness of 600 nits helps with outside use on sunny days. I used the handset to learn e-books, do social media, and watch some movies, and I did not have any issues.

Sadly, the identical can’t be stated for the speaker, which is above common at finest. Quantity turns up fairly excessive, however bass is missing, whereas a pointy, treble overtone is constantly current. There are few issues to pay for at this worth, and on this case the speaker is a type of issues.

The funds worth of this handset is clear within the on-board storage, with solely 128GB put in. Out of this, 18GB is used, leaving 110GB free. Luckily, the microSD card slot permits for storage enlargement.

The Realme 8i is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, which is backed by 6GB of RAM in my evaluate handset. The platform clocked in at Geekbench 5 CPU scores of 536 (single core) and 1885 (multi core), placing it roughly in the identical efficiency camp because the Sony Xperia 10 III (548 and 1601, Snapdragon 690 5G/6GB) and the rugged Nokia Gave. XR20 (507 and 1675, Snapdragon 480 5G/6GB).


You may populate the Good Sidebar – a part of Realme UI 2.0 – with ceaselessly used apps and instruments.

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The Realme 8i runs Android 11 with the producer’s Realme UI 2.0 on prime. There are some neat utility options, together with the Good Sidebar, a pop-out launcher that is referred to as up by sweeping inward from the fitting aspect of the display. You should utilize the Good Sidebar from any app to entry favourite apps or instruments, and it is easy to personalize. There’s additionally a split-screen mode that’s invoked by swiping up with three fingers.

If you wish to change the feel and appear of your cellphone, you possibly can customise icon kinds, system colours, system fonts and extra. It is much more doable to regulate darkish mode, by deciding on three darkish settings (superior, medium, and delicate), and deciding whether or not or not the wallpaper and icons ought to observe swimsuit.


There’s a vary of UI customizations out there in Realme UI 2.0, together with varied darkish mode settings.

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The Realme 8i is generously provided with apps over and above the Android staple, together with photograph, music and video apps, in addition to a file supervisor. Then there are third occasion apps, together with the same old social media suspects. There’s lots to cope with, and a few customers simply wish to throw what they do not want right into a folder or hit the uninstall button the place doable.

The 16MP f/2.1 selfie digicam did a superb job of capturing me at varied factors throughout testing, however the triple digicam array on the again is not as spectacular because it first appears, contemplating that two of them are 2MP units – one f /2.4 macro digicam and f/2.4 depth sensor.

The macro lens is mounted focus, and it’s endorsed that you just shoot from a distance of 4 cm. In case you do, it takes a correct photograph. The depth sensor does nothing by itself, however acts as a background blurring sensor for portraits taken with the primary digicam, and works nice.

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Contemplating the value of this handset, the primary 50MP f/1.8 digicam does a greater job than I anticipated as a point-and-shoot gadget. Nonetheless, my restricted night time time taking pictures expertise reveals that this isn’t its robust swimsuit.

It appears cheap to count on first rate longevity from the Realme 8i with the on-board 5000mAh battery, and it does not disappoint. The PCMark 3.0 Battery Life take a look at for Android Duties lasted a powerful 18 hours and 56 minutes. And when requested to stream YouTube movies, the handset misplaced 19% from a full cost over a three-hour interval, suggesting a battery lifetime of about 16 hours (on a linear extrapolation).

One draw back is that the handset doesn’t assist super-fast charging. With the battery at 20% and utilizing the offered 18W adapter and cable, it rose to 37% in quarter-hour, 53% in half-hour, and 68% in 45 minutes.


Realme 8i in Area Black.

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The Realme 8i is a blended bag. On the plus aspect are reasonably priced pricing, 120Hz display refresh fee, spectacular battery life, twin SIM assist plus microSD storage enlargement, a succesful most important digicam, and a particular purple chassis colour (out there with black if that is to not your style). On the minus aspect there’s comparatively gradual 18W battery charging, a disappointing speaker, and no 5G assist.

In case your funds is tight and you do not want 5G, the Realme 8i is certainly price contemplating.

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