Since its launch in 2018, Realme has joined the ranks of younger brands from the Chinese market that are causing more established names to look over their shoulders. Its blend of solid components and low pricing has already seen Realme phones sell in impressive quantities, especially in markets like India.
We were very impressed with the Realme 6 and Realme 7 when we reviewed them in 2020, and now the company looks set to unveil its latest price friendly handset: the Realme 8. We take a look at the news and rumours surrounding this upcoming release.
When will the Realme 8 be released?
Looking at the past two models in this range, it seems that Realme has adopted the roughly 6-month upgrade cycle that we’ve seen from brands such as OnePlus (who has the same parent company – BBK Electronics). Here’s how the previous handsets have lined up:
Realme 6 – released March 2020
Realme 7 – released October 2020
Realme has announced an event set for 2 March that may be related to the Realme 8 series, teasing that it will unveil a 108Mp camera module – which would be a coup for the budget phone line. If the event is for the Realme 8, then we may be seeing the new phone very soon.
How much will the Realme 8 cost?
Pricing has always been aggressive in this sector of the smartphone market, with Realme delivering some real bargains with its past offerings. You can see how much they cost in the list below:
Realme 6 – £219
Realme 7 – £179
While the Realme 7 actually saw a drop in price from its predecessor, we don’t expect things to go much lower than the £179 mark when the Realme 8 arrives. Even if it middles out at £199, you should still be getting a great deal.
Realme does also have other models in its main range, with the Realme 6 coming in both i and Pro versions, offering cheaper or more premium products. The 7 series was slightly different in that it had the standard, Pro and 5G models, but no i version. We’re not sure yet whether the 8 series will follow the 6 or 7 pattern but hopefully we shouldn’t have long to wait. They all tend to release around the same time and here’s how much the previous models cost:
Realme 6i – £189
Realme 6 – £219
Realme 6 Pro – £299
Realme 7 – £179
Realme 7 Pro – £279
Realme 7 5G – £279
To see how the models were differentiated, take a look at Realme 6i vs Realme 6 vs Realme 6 Pro.
What specs and features will we see in the Realme 8?
There’s not a lot we know for certain about the Realme 8 at the time of writing. There have been some teaser posts on Twitter though from Madhav Sheth, Realme CEO, who posted images and links to an event on 2 March that appears to tease a 108Mp camera for the Realme 8.
A great breakthrough ahead!
Do you guys know what 108 stands for?Stay tuned, unveiling tomorrow.#InfiniteLeapWith8 #DareToLeap pic.twitter.com/fD8B3WFHOd
— Madhav FutureX (@MadhavSheth1)
February 25, 2021
As well as providing a link where you can watch the event live on YouTube, the posts definitely give the impression that the Realme 8 could arrive with a 108MP main camera, mainly due to the accompanying InfiniteLeapWith8 hashtag.
GizmoChina reported that Bollywood star Salman Khan was photographed out and about with a Realme device that could well be the Realme 8 Pro, which suggests that the device will arrive imminently. Khan has helped promote the Series 6 and 7 phones, so it does seem credible that he would get an early version of the new hardware.
Aside from the camera, there is a surprising lack of rumours or leaks about the Realme 8, aside from unconfirmed reports that the company may opt to use a MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G processor paired with 8GB of RAM, due to a couple of unknown Realme devices appearing on the Geekbench site.
Realme uses a mixture of MediaTek and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors across its range, with the Realme 7 coming with a MediaTek Helio G95, the Realme 7 Pro opting for a MediaTek Dimensity 800U, while the Realme X50 5G sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G, so one of the devices spotted on Geekbench could well be the Realme 8.
With the reveal event so close to hand, we should know everything about the Realme 8 in the coming days and be able to pick one up pretty soon. Look out for our full review once the device is available, but in the meantime read our best budget smartphone and best budget Chinese smartphone roundups to see what the Realme 8 will be up against – or check out our round-up of all the latest Realme GT news for the company’s other imminent phone launch.