Realme 8i is the first sub-€200 smartphone with a 120Hz display

This morning, Realme announced the launch of the €199 Realme 8i, with a 120Hz Full HD display, 5,000mAh battery and 50-megapixel camera.

Realme 8i

The base model in the Realme 8 series family (which includes the Realme 8, 8 5G and 8 Pro) is a 4G phone, powered by MediaTek’s 12nm Helio G96 SoC that was jointly developed with Realme and MediaTek, being the first G9 series chip able to work with a 120Hz display.

And the Realme 8i also comes with a huge 6.6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2412×1080 pixels, 600 nits of brightness (which can drop to just 1 nit at night), and a 180Hz touch sampling rate.

The phone also offers Dynamic RAM expansion to boost available RAM by using storage space as virtual memory.

Powering the phone is a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast-charging via USB-PD (0-50% charging in 36 minutes). Realme’s labs demonstrated that the phone can last as long as 28 days in standby mode.

On the camera side, the phone is equipped with a 50-megapixel, f/1.8, image sensor with PDAF for rapid focus times. Two more cameras consist of a 2-megapixel sensor for black and white imaging, and another for a macro shooter. On the front you’ll find a 16-megapixel selfie-camera.

The Realme 8i will be available in Space Black or Stellar Purple, with the phone measuring just 164.1 x 75.5 x 8.55mm (194g) and coming with a side-mounted combined fingerprint sensor and power button.

Android 11 is installed out of the box, upgradeable to Android 12, and the phone comes with two SIM card slots and a third slot for a memory card (microSDXC).

I will have a full review in the coming weeks.

More information

Press Release

The realme 8i Brings the First 120Hz smartphone at €199, promising Ultra Smooth Experience in the price segment
With a powerful Helio G96 processor, 120Hz ultra smooth display and up to 7GB Dynamic RAM, the realme 8i indulges you in the greatest smooth experience priced at €199.

14th October, 2021 – London, UK – Building upon the success and maintaining the momentum of the overwhelmingly favoured realme 8 series, today, realme will launch one more best-seller candidate: realme 8i. Since its inception, realme has been carrying out the mission of democratising tech for all, by providing cutting edge technology at an affordable price.

This time, the realme 8i brings the first 120Hz ultra smooth experience with a never before seen affordable price. Equipped with a powerful G96 processor, 120Hz display, and up to 7GB Dynamic RAM while also featuring a massive 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charge, realme 8i is poised to be the ultimate smooth superhero.

realme 8i comes with Helio G96’s debut in Europe. The Helio G96 possesses two large A75 cores and 6 small A55 cores, and its main frequency reaches up to 2.05GHz.

The Helio G96 processor is jointly overseen and launched by realme and Mediatek, demonstrating realme’s determination in ensuring quality control and product development. Seven senior engineers were assigned to guide the whole process. Over the course of 106 days, they had technically optimised 3 major performance features, making the realme G96 the only G9 series chip that can power 120Hz displays for updated smooth gaming performance. This is also realme’s first screen in which the brightness can reach as low as 1 nit.

Combined with high-quality performance, the realme 8i also offers the ultimate immersive viewing experience with its 120Hz refresh rate, 6.6inch full screen with a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, allowing more people to enjoy the ultra-smooth experience together.

Apart from processor and screen display, realme also upgrades the smooth experience with DRE technology, Dynamic RAM Expansion, where 4GB RAM can be upgraded to 7GB RAM (only 4GB+128GB version). The DRE technology is originally derived from computers and is now applied to smartphones for comprehensive uplift in overall smoothness. Not only do apps open faster, but background processes also move faster.

The realme 8i not only delivers a smooth experience but the 5000mAh Battery has also been optimised for ultimate, long-lasting performance that doesn’t affect the day-to-day experience. With just a single charge, this device lets you talk to your friends for 40 hours straight, listen to 1,200 songs or watch 18 movies.

Prices for realme 8i will be €199 immediately after the official launch on 14th October and will be available on all channels.


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