Meet the realme 8i – India’s first smartphone with MediaTek Helio G96 chipset

The realme 8i has arrived on the scene as India’s first smartphone with the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset. This high-end SoC launched in July, and it provides OEMs with plenty of scope in terms of equipping their mainstream handsets with top-class features. The chipset focuses on delivering cutting-edge display and photography capabilities, and that’s exactly what the realme 8i brings to the table. Let us give you a brief overview of its offerings.

Ultra smooth 120Hz display

Support for 120Hz panels is one of the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset’s biggest attributes that the realme 8i has rightfully exploited. Despite its low price, the realme 8i comes with a big and beautiful 120Hz display. Its 6.6-inch FHD+ panel promises remarkably smooth scrolling of webpages and apps. You will feel as if you are gliding through the interface. It’s also set to give a big boost to the phone’s gaming experience. It will support high FPS games and give you an edge during those intensive battles when playing online shooters.

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And just in case you are worried about the battery consumption this will cause, note that this high refresh rate panel is adaptive in nature. It has six different settings for its refresh rate. It hovers between 90Hz to 120Hz while scrolling and navigating the interface and 60Hz to 90Hz while gaming. When watching TV shows, the refresh rate sets itself at 50Hz, whereas watching movies brings it down to 48Hz. And when the screen is static, the phone saves battery by switching the refresh rate to just 30Hz. This ensures that users are getting the best possible experience without sacrificing battery life.

Incredible performance with MediaTek Helio G96

The MediaTek Helio G96 chipset is equipped with two ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked up to 2.05GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores. This setup should be able to handle your daily usage without any hiccups. It is powerful enough to even run high-end online games, which are all the rage today. These games will also benefit from the MediaTek Helio G96’s Mali-G57 GPU, which bears a newer generation core upgrade over its predecessor.

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This CPU and GPU combination is accompanied by support for 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory. And speaking about memory, the virtual RAM expansion technology of realme 8i is excellent. It allows you to expand the existing RAM of your smartphone using onboard storage. Up to 5GB of RAM can be harnessed by this method, and this should do wonders for the multitasking experience. Note that this feature is not available on the 4GB+64GB model of the phone.

MediaTek HyperEngine

Thanks to the presence of the MediaTek Helio G96, the realme 8i benefits from the MediaTek HyperEngine technology. In case you’re unaware, this suite of features is aimed at offering an uninterrupted gaming experience by optimising the phone’s resources. It does that in two main ways. The first one is by using an Intelligent Resource Management Engine, which optimises CPU, GPU, and memory when a game is launched, making sure that the gameplay is always smooth and free of lag. The second one is the Networking Engine manages connectivity, which ensures that you don’t lose network for even a single second. Note that realme 8i is a 4G device and can support up to 4G network standards.

Stunning 50MP AI triple camera setup

Here’s another thing that the MediaTek Helio G96 has made possible. It’s the 50MP triple camera setup. The chipset’s support for a multi-camera setup has allowed realme to give photography enthusiasts an excellent camera experience. The triple camera setup includes a 50MP primary sensor with f/1.8 Aperture, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP black and white portrait camera. There’s a 16MP front camera present on the device to take care of all your selfie needs. The presence of the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset means that the phone also receives hardware-level help in photography. You get features like Night Mode, Timelapse, AI Scene Recognition, AI Beauty, Dual-view Video, and more. Moreover, the SoC has HEVC encoding acceleration, which results in reduced power consumption while shooting videos on the phone.

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Long battery life with 5,000mAh battery

The realme 8i comes with a substantial 5,000mAh battery. Also, this powerful unit is assisted by 18W fast charging support. Those who want reliable battery backup can trust the realme 8i fully. The phone even comes with a Super Power Saving Mode, and more power-saving technologies are used at the hardware level to extend the battery life. The MediaTek Helio G96 is equipped with several power-saving attributes that result in the slow discharge of the battery. These hardware-level optimisations make a big difference to the phone’s battery life.

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The realme 8i has entered the market ahead of the festive season, which is a good thing for consumers, as they now have an excellent reason to upgrade their smartphones this festive season. This MediaTek Helio G96-powered handset promises great performance, excellent photography features, and a top-end display. All this is packed inside a body that’s silky to touch and shines brightly in the sunlight. Other features to note include a fast side-mounted fingerprint sensor and three-card slot that lets you use two SIM cards and a micro SD card for storage expansion. The realme 8i is available to purchase from September 14th onwards in Space Black and Space Purple colours. The model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will cost Rs. 13,999, while the one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will cost you Rs. 15,999. You will be able to buy it through realme website,, and major retail outlets across the country.