Realme’s latest entry into the list is the standard Realme 9. Compared to the 5G version, this phone comes with an AMOLED display, a camera with 108MP resolution, and a weaker processor. With all it has to offer, this Realme 9 is worth it, or do you have better alternatives on the market. This is an overview of the Realme 9 Review.
Realme 9 is the most attractive budget smartphone that has walked into our showrooms in 2022 to be reviewed. In my review, this Stargaze White variant features a “ripple tide thing” going on. And, depending on how you hold the phone, the back panel is smoky with reflections. This is pretty cool if you are interested in me.
Let me be clear: it’s still made of plastic. This, however, can work to its advantage. The reason is that the build made of plastic aids Realme create an ultra-light and slim device.
One thing I’ve observed during the test is that the curving rear panel allows Realme 9 to have slimmer frames and a more compact shape.
In addition, all of the buttons are easily within reach. However, I was shocked to learn that Realme 9 has a single down-firing speaker. Oddly, Realme provided stereo speakers with the less expensive Realme 9i, but this is not the case.
It’s a shame as this phone had the possibility of being a great multimedia phone, especially for the cost. Although an AMOLED screen isn’t new in this price range, I found the Super AMOLED screen somewhat superior to similar-priced phones such as those from the Redmi Note 11S in terms of color and detail.
In addition, its bezels are pretty thin. The tiny camera cutout on the left side doesn’t detract from fully immersing yourself in the content you stream.
It also has an optical fingerprint scanner, which is not something you’ll often find on other phones with budget prices. It works pretty well if you can get your finger wet otherwise.
The fingerprint sensor doubles as an alarm for your heart rate. I suppose this isn’t the most accurate read I’ve seen, but it’s fantastic to include this feature. However, it’s also a 90Hz monitor, which isn’t significant because 120Hz displays are standard in this price bracket.
Realme 9 also supports adaptive refresh rates. However, it’s not as effective as intended (at the moment the review was published). For instance, Facebook runs at 60Hz in the auto-select setting. However, it runs smoothly at 90Hz.
When it comes to cameras are concerned, it’s the realme 9 with 4G at the rear has a one-megapixel 108-megapixel (f/1.75) primary camera, 8-megapixel (f/2.2) camera as well as a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) camera. It also has 16-megapixel cameras on the front to take selfies, with an f/2.45 aperture.
The underside of the phone runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680. I don’t believe this chip needs an introduction as it’s been a regular feature in low-cost phones this year. The cheaper Realme 9i has the same processor. If you’re not aware, the 680’s design is based on a highly efficient 6nm process that is also its most important selling feature.
With a battery of 5000mAh, I was able to get all day’s worth of battery life with a full charge of Realme 9 during the review time. The phone also can be charged at 33W, and Realme has also included an adapter power brick in the box that takes approximately 70-75 minutes to fill up.
A fascinating feature is “Optimized Night Charging”, which slows down charging speed overnight. Hence, you have a fully charged smartphone by the time you get up and without affecting the battery’s health or any other aspect.
Realme 9 is among the few budget phones with the most recent Realme UI 3 on top of Android 12 right out of the box. In addition, the company hasn’t made any commitments to any upgrade plan, so there’s no.
Realme’s custom Android skin comes with a handful of bloatware applications that could annoy users by sending you notifications. However, It can remove the majority of them. Also, I haven’t discovered any major software issues in my daily use except for the refresh rate.
In addition to the long battery life, there’s nothing to be smitten with regarding the Snapdragon 680. Sadly, it is not an excellent choice for gamers. Regular use and light gaming aren’t at all wrong; however, this chip is weak for mobile gaming by 2022.
In particular, you’ll be dissatisfied with how the phone plays popular contemporary games such as PUBG because the phone is rated at smooth graphics and high frame rates. That’s 30 fps gameplay and nothing more.
It’s also not designed to play games with high frame rates, such as Critical Ops at 90 fps. Short version: don’t purchase Realme 9 or any other Snapdragon 680-powered smartphone if gaming is your top priority. In that case, older chipsets such as Helio G96 or the latest ones such as Snapdragon 695 are more efficient!
Realme 9 Review Pros and Cons
- A sleek and slim style
- Super AMOLED display
- Android 12 out of the box
- Good cameras at a reasonable price.
- Fantastic battery life
- Unoptimized 90Hz experience
- There are no stereo speakers
- Not suitable for gaming.