The Realme 8 Pro is yet another promising handset to join the list of new phones this year, announced in the same week as launches from OnePlus and Xiaomi. One week on from launch and as of 31 March, the phone is now available to buy.
Realme unveiled the 8 Pro during its 24 March virtual event, alongside the Realme 8 and 8 5G. The standard Realme 8 phones were available only in India to start – one of the brand’s most prominent markets – but that’s about to change.
On 22 April, Realme confirmed the Realme 8 and 8 5G will also arrive in Europe and the UK in May. While there isn’t a specific date set for the 5G variant, the non-5G variant will go on sale on 12 May.
Here’s what you need to know about the Realme 8 range’s pricing in the UK, along with where you can buy one today.
How much do the Realme 8, 8 5G, and 8 Pro cost?
Realme 8 Pro pricing
The Realme 8 Pro, which is 4G only, is available with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for £279, matching the price of its predecessor – the Realme 7 Pro.
The phone is available in Infinite Black, Punk Black and Infinite Blue (the ‘Infinite’ colourways feature a textured back, while Punk Black is a glossy finish). Realme also ships the phone with a 65W charger (despite the phone’s maximum charging speed of 50W – actually slower than that of its predecessor).
Realme 8 & 8 5G pricing
UK pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed for the standard Realme 8 and 8 5G but we do know each handset will start at €199.
The 5G variant will be available with 128GB storage and with 4GB RAM or 8GB RAM. The standard Realme 8 will also offer 128GB of storage but 4GB, 6GB or 8G of RAM.
Where to buy the Realme 8 phones in the UK
UK shoppers can now buy the Realme 8 Pro directly from Realme, complete with free shipping. The handset should arrive within 7-10 working days. Students also get 5% off. Customers can also purchase the phone from Amazon for the same price. It’s available on Amazon Prime, with same-day delivery in many places.
The Realme 8 5G will also be available to buy directly from Realme and from Amazon from 12 May. We suspect availability will be the same for the standard Realme 8.
We’ve previously seen the Realme 7 available at Laptop’s Direct, so it’s possible we might see stock emerge there soon too, though it hasn’t been confirmed.
We’ll update this article if we see any other retailers offering the Realme 8 phones. We breakdown our review of the 8 Pro and the launch of the Realme 8 series as a whole in our weekly podcast, Fast Charge:
It’s unlikely the Realme 8 phones will be available on contract in the UK, as other Realme phones haven’t been available on UK networks previously. We’re looking at the best SIM-only deals here. Keep in mind, the Realme 8 Pro is a 4G phone.
To see how the Realme 8 Pro compares to other top budget handsets see our round-up of the best budget phones.
What to expect from the Realme 8 range
Realme 8 Pro
There are a few things UK shoppers can look forward to in the Realme 8 Pro (see our full review). The phone headlines with a massive 108Mp main camera that uses 9-in-1 pixel binning to produce high-quality 12Mp final images. You also get an 8Mp ultrawide sensor, a 2Mp macro, and a 2Mp black-and-white/depth sensor.
Read more about the Realme 8 Pro’s camera and features.
Under the hood, Realme preserves the Snapdragon 720G chip, which you might recognise from the Realme 7 Pro. The 8 Pro’s 6.4in Full HD+ AMOLED display also delivers a standard 60Hz display, but with a 180Hz touch sampling rate for more responsive gaming. You also get 50W fast charging, which Realme claims will charge 50% of the phone’s 4500mAh battery in 17 mins.
Realme 8 & 8 5G
The Realme 8 features a MediaTek Helio G95 chip instead of the 8 Pro’s Snapdragon. It also offers a larger 5000mAh battery though the main camera caps at 64Mp. Fast charging speeds on the Realme 8 also drops to 30W. As for the display, the Realme 8 features a 6.4in AMOLED with Full HD+ (2400×1080) resolution, although a 60Hz refresh rate.
Alternatively, the 8 5G is built on a MediaTek 700 5G chip. It improves on the standard Realme 8’s feature set with added NFC connectivity, and greater RAM and storage configurations. The 5000mAh battery remains the same, however, although fast charging speeds drop to 18W. The 8 5G also features a 48Mp main camera, though both phones feature 16Mp selfie cams.
Realme also claims that the 5G variant is the thinnest 5G smartphone around with an 8.5mm body. Our Consumer Tech Editor Alex Walker-Todd dives into the specifics of each phone if you want to learn more about the series.
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