For a starting price of ₹14,999 and ₹17,999 Realme has brought in two devices and their variants that update the 8 series for 2021 and both these smartphones come with a set of few high-end features and specifications that makes it both powerful additions to the Realme 8 series. Both Realme 8 series smartphones have a plastic back. For the plain Realme 8 we got this in a metallic look, giving it the feel of two-tone chrome. It also catches light and reflects rainbow colors. I wouldn’t mind the look at all were it not for the Dare to Leap splashed from one end to the other. On the Realme 8 Pro, the plastic is textured and matte and doesn’t pretend to be anything other than plastic. It doesn’t look bad.

Both phones are slim and light and easily graspable because of their just-right width. Both also have a 6.4-inch AMOLED 1080x2400 display. AMOLED screens, with their color strength and brightness, are a treat to see in phones under ₹20,000, which is happily beginning to happen more commonly now. Neither of these screens has a specially high refresh rate. But both are nice and do Android’s dark mode quite well. They both have a little front camera dot, thin bezels with the bottom bezel a little thicker, and support for always-on.

The difference between these two series 8 phones comes into play when we come to the processor. The 8 Pro runs on the Snapdragon 720G with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. There’s a dedicated memory slot. Browsing and navigation is obviously not so fast as to make each progression invisible. The regular Realme 8 works with the Mediatek Hélio G95 with 4GB and 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and a dedicated memory slot. I would here recommend the latter with the MediaTek chipset.

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