Realme 8i Review: All-Rounder on a Budget

The Realme 8i was launched in India as the successor to the Realme 7i and is a cheaper option than the Realme 8. The main features of this new smartphone are the 120 Hz display, MediaTek Helio G96 SoC and 5000 mAh battery.

The most interesting thing is that the Realme 8i starts at Rs. 13,999 which makes it one of the most competitive segments in the market. Can the Realme 8i outperform the competition or should you consider other options? To find out, I tested the Realme 8i.

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Realme 8i has a 5000 mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging

Realme 8i price in India
Realme 8i is available in two versions. The base version with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage costs Rs 13,999 in India, while the higher version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage costs Rs. 15,999. You have two color options, Space Black and Space Purple. I have the tallest man in Space Purple for this review.

realme 8i design
The Realme 8i is slightly larger than its predecessor. Rotating large screen with the camera hole in the upper left corner. The edges are thin on the sides but relatively thick on the top and bottom. The power button has the fingerprint scanner on the right, while the volume buttons are on the left.

I find the position of the buttons very good because I can reach them without stretching. There is also a SIM card slot to the left of the frame. The bezel is flat at the top and bottom, and while the top is empty, the bottom looks studded with a 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone, USB Type-C port, and speakers.

The main body of the Realme 8i is made of plastic and the back has an “arc ray” texture that appears when exposed to light. The panel is glossy and easily captures fingerprints. Thanks to the light color of my test kit, the smudges are very easy to see.

The camera module is located in the upper left corner and is slightly protruding. At first glance it looks like it has a four-camera setup, but this phone only has three cameras. Lightning is in one of the rooms.

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Realme 8i has a smudge-absorbing plastic back panel

Realme controls the thickness of this phone and it measures just 8.5mm, but the weight of 194 grams is quite large. The Realme 8i has a 5000 mAh battery and comes with an 18 W fast charger in the box.

function of realme 8i
The Realme 8i has a 6.6-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, which is an improvement over the 90Hz 720p panel of the Realme 7i.

The Realme 8i has a dynamic refresh rate function that switches between six preset frame rates (30 Hz, 48 Hz, 50 Hz, 60 Hz, 90 Hz, 120 Hz) depending on what you’re doing with the smartphone. In addition, it has a sampling rate of 180 Hz and a peak brightness of 600 nits.

Realme 8i has a MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, which makes this hardware the first smartphone in the country. There are two options for RAM and storage: the base version has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the more expensive one has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Realme offers a virtual RAM function that allows the smartphone to be used as RAM for storage. The options above let you set up to 5GB of virtual RAM.

Realme 8i offers a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is unusual for the price

The storage of the Realme 8i can be expanded with a dedicated microSD card slot. It also has two nano SIM slots and supports 4G and VoLTE. There’s also dual-band AC WiFi and Bluetooth 5 as well as three satellite navigation systems.

On the software side, the Realme 8i runs on Realme UI 2.0 on Android 11. My device had the Android security patch in September. This smartphone comes in just the right amount of pre-installed software like Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, DailyHunt, Moz, Josh and a few others. You can uninstall all of these apps, but there are a few realms first. While using it, I receive push notifications from Realmy Store themes and apps.

realme 8i performance
The Realme 8i never feels slow, and the 120Hz refresh rate makes navigating the user interface easy. The device can keep app loading times within acceptable limits and multitasking is made easy. Virtual memory is enabled by default on my device and is set to 2 GB and can be added up to 3 GB or 5 GB. The side fingerprint scanner unlocks the smartphone quickly.

I like the Realme 8i’s large screen, which is bright enough outdoors. There are two color modes, light and soft. You can also change the color temperature of this panel. I found the speakers quite large. However, at full volume the sound is weak.

I ran our standard Realme 8i benchmark to see how it held up against the competition. It hit 337,297 points on the AnTuTu Realme 8i, while it scored 538 and 1,714 points, respectively, in the single-core and multi-core Geekbench 5 tests. PCMark Work 3.0 scored 8477 points. These points are few