realme 8i Unboxing and First Impressions

This week, realme launched the realme 8i smartphone in India, along with the realme 8s. The successor to the realme 7i features a 6.6-inch FHD+ 120Hz LCD variable refresh rate screen, is powered by the latest MediaTek Helio G96 SoC compared to Snapdragon 662 SoC in the realme 7i. We got hold of the phone, and here is our unboxing.

Box Contents

  • realme 8i smartphone 6GB + 128GB in Space Black color
  • 2-pin 18W charger
  • USB Type C Cable
  • SIM Ejector tool
  • Clear protective case
  • User Guide and Warranty information

The realme 8i has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD punch-hole screen with a pixel resolution of 2412 × 1080 pixels 2.5D curved glass screen with gentle rounded corners. The display is bright, and the sunlight legibility is good as well, thanks to 600 nits peak brightness. It has 120Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate, but the highlight is the adaptive refresh rate feature that can automatically switch between 6 different refresh rates -30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz to save the battery life.

It has the punch-hole that houses a 16-megapixel camera, which has been in a standard in most realme mid-range phones. The earpiece is present on the top edge. Powered by Helio G96 12nm SoC with up to 6GB of RAM, the performance is good. It also has Dynamic RAM Expansion (DRE) technology, which can add up to 5GB to the existing 6GB RAM. The 4GB RAM version doesn’t have this feature.

Coming to the button placements, the power button which includes the fingerprint scanner is present on the right side. The dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots are on the left, along with the volume rockers. 3.5 mm audio jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker grill are present on the bottom. It doesn’t have a secondary microphone. Audio from the mono speakers are decent.

Coming to the camera, this is the first realme phone to feature the 50-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and Samsung JN1 Sensor. It has a 2-megapixel 4cm macro camera and a 2-megapixel B&W portrait camera  with f/2.4 aperture. It supports up to 1080p 30 fps video recording. There is also bokeh flare AI portrait, AI color portrait and dynamic portrait features for images that is not available in realme 8s 5G. Check out some camera samples below.

Coming to the design, the phone has a  flowing design concept. An arc
beam texture gives the phone a shinier, smoother appearance that makes the black look eye-catching. The Space Black has a 5% brown finish, says realme. Unlike the frosted finish in the 8s 5G, this has a glossy finish that attracts fingerprints. The phone packs a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

Priced starting at Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM with 648GB storage version, the phone will be available from Flipkart, and offline stores from September 14. HDFC and ICICI card users get Rs. 1000 flat discount.

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram