I have always appreciated the Realme for their value for money, which now seemed a guarantee, but I must say that I have not found it in this 8i. Display not beautiful even if at 120Hz, little oleophobicity and disappointing performances .. but if you are looking for autonomy then it gives its best!
Weight and size
164.1 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm
Android 11, Realme UI 2.0
1080 x 241
50 max f / 1.8
Front 16 mpx
SOC and RAM
Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm)
RAM 4 GB
HSPA 42.2 / 5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
Packaging and content
In the package, we find a well-made silicone cover, the 18W power supply, and the USB-A to USB-C cable.
Design and touch-and-feel materials
It is constructed of plastic, with a thickness of 8.5mm, and weighs 194 grams. Its defect, however, is the lack of oleophobicity both in front and behind, too many footprints remain.
Regarding connectivity, we find Bluetooth 5.1, 4G, dual. band WiFi and GPS. No NFC.
The display is a 6.6 “FHD + IPS with a pixel density of 400PPI and refreshes at 120Hz. The automatic brightness is a bit lazy to adapt to the ambient light and in any case, the maximum brightness is low. Colors, blacks, and viewing angles are from LCD so not very good.
Processor and memory
The processor is a MediaTek Helio G96 with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. We find 4GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of expandable internal memory.
The battery is 5000mAh with an 18W charge and no wireless charging. The autonomy is practically infinite, after 4 hours of the screen and stress use I still have 54%!
Software and ecosystem
Android 11 updated to the November patches and the RealmeOS 2 interface.
There is a triple slot to put two SIMs in addition to the MicroSD but no 5G. Here too I found bugs, once I ran out of network and had to reboot.
Photo and video
The camera compartment consists of a main 50MP f / 1.8 and two 2MP modules for macro and depth effect quite unnecessary. The internal camera is a 16MP f / 2.1. The videos are not the best, I also played you if you want to understand how it turns. On the photos, on the other hand, it takes a little bit, maybe not so much in particular conditions, but when there is light the main room behaves well.
There is a headphone jack!
Apps and gaming
This 12nm G96 did not convince me. Initially, it does not seem very fast but still usable, albeit with some lag. Problems arise with continued use. In this case, the processor starts to heat up, goes into thermal throttling and the performance drops further. I did not like the vibration feed, not accurate at all. Typing quickly results in an almost unique vibe.
Real Racing opens in 20 seconds.
Its list price is € 199 for the 4 / 64GB version and € 219 for the 4 / 128GB and I would say that it just doesn’t make sense. Even staying at Realme there are phones that are much better like Realme 8. For now, however, it is in the promo at 169 € and 179 € even if beyond the price. I was not convinced.
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