Realme 9 5G Performance and specs review

Introduction

The Realme 9 5G is currently exclusive in India. The company’s is confusing lineup is admittedly pretty hard to keep track, but the technically it is sort of a successor of the Realme 8s 5G and the Realme 8 5G before that. Though, technically, specs-wise, it kind of sits nestled in between the two.

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The one of the major distinguishing factor between the new Realme 9 5G and the Realme 8 5G that came out over a year ago is the chipset – a MediaTek Dimensity 810 compared to a Dimensity 700. A weird and kind of a bold choice, considering that this makes the older Realme 8s 5G was technically better. It is a very similar device to those two as well, both physically and in terms of specs, but it does bump up the main camera to a 64MP unit, has 33W fast charging and a better chipset on board.

Realme 9 5G specs

Body: 162.6×74.8×8.5mm, 188 grams; Glass Front, plastic.

Display: 6.50″IPS LCD, 90Hz, 480 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.

Chipset: MediaTek MT6833P Dimensity 810 (6nm): Octa-core (2×2.4GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); mail-G57 MC2.

Memory: 64GB 4GbB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).

OS/Software: Android 11,Realme UI 2.0.

Rear camera: Wide (main): 48MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2, 0.8 my, PDAF; macro: 2MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2MP, f/2.4.

Front camera: 16MP, f/2.1,26mm (wide), 1/3.09″, 1.0mm.

Video capture : Rear camera: [email protected]; Front camera: [email protected]

Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 18W.

Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); 3.5mm Jack or audio Jack.

This is essentially makes the new Realme 9 5G a “middle-ground” offer between the Realme 8 5G and Realme 8s 5G. Not exactly a major upgrade like its higher model number might Suggest. Still, that’s all reflected in its price as well. It sits at a competitive INR 15,000 (EUR 183/$192). That could very well be enough to make it a popular budget choice like its sibling. Plus, the Dimensity 810 is a tough chipset to fit into this sort a tight budget, providing again that Realme is aggressively pursuing a, competitive edge through the best value proposition.

Unboxing

Before we go deeper in this review, let’s see what the Realme 9 5G offers in retail box for users. Even though the Realme 9 5G has what is essentially the standard accessory pack for the current Realme devices, it would be technically considered as a rich retail box and packaging by Modern standards. it ships in a sturdy bright-yellow box. Which is eye-catching and gets the job done when it comes protecting it’s content.

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Speaking mod content beyond the phone it self Realme Also bundles in an 18W charger u the retail box so you can use the full 18W fast charging the phone is capable. There is a thick USB Type-A to type- C cable alongside it. Unfortunately, you have to move upto the Realme 9 5G speed edition or a Realme 8s 5G to get the faster 30W charging.

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Realme Is also nice enough to throw in a thick and solid transparent TPU protection case in the box. It’s a great little addition that let’s you start using the phone worry-free immediately.

Design

The Realme 9 5G is available in either stargaze white or meteor Black. The design itself is pretty good, due to the finish and the color on the backside. Realme says that this particular coating process was quite challenging and required different coating thickness upto 10 times to the ordinary amount. This “super coating process ” it ripple holographic gradient coating process required investment in machines and processes ringer it just right.

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In person, the Realme 9 5G changes colors depending on the light and how it hits the surface. It looks cool, and we can appreciate the extra attention to detail. The surface isn’t glossy limiting the fingerprints and grease it accumulates.

Since we are already discussing about the surface, the ones on the Realme 9 5G has a plastic back. That’s not a criticism in itself, thouh, since plastic has its benefits-it is a lightweight and sturdy material. And though a plastic build might be a downer for some, the Realme 9 5G neither looks nor feels cheap in hand.

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The Realme 9 uses a standard three-piece “sandwich” build style with a plastic back and a plastic frame. The front is made of glass, but there is no official information on exactly what kind. There is practically no flex to the chassis. It feels strong and sturdy while remaining relatively light at 188 grams.

With a footprint of 162.6 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm, the Realme 9 5G is nearly identical to the older Realme 8s and Realme 8 and is pretty comfortable to hold and use. Though, some extra curvature would have been appreciated for an easier grip.

Design-wise, there isn’t much that actually sets these three phones apart. We would even go as far as to say that perhaps Realme reused some molds. Even the camera island on the Realme 9 5G has that familiar overall shape and layout.

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It protrudes from the body quite a bit. Enough to make it wobble when placed on a flat surface. The bundled plast6case doesn’t fix that issue either.

There is nothing particularly noteworthy about the control layout on the Realme 9 5G. You get a power button/fingerprint reader combo on the right side of the device.

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It feels great with excellent tactile feedback and is easy enough to feel out since it sits in a big recess the fingerprint parts is a traditional capacitive reader that works great and is accurate and speedy. We have no complaints about it.

The phone’s lift side house a volume rocker and nano SIM slot. The cradle here has a total of three slots – two dedicated nano SIM and a separate one for expandable micro SD card storage, up to 1TB.

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And the top of the phone is empty, while the bottom houses the primary microphone, 3.5mm Jack or a audio Jack and a single bottom-firing speaker’s. The Realme 9 5G lack of stero speakers and no hybrid stero speakers setup, which is a bummer. Especially since its cheaper Realme 9i sibling dose have the feature.

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The USB type-C port is also here. It can charge the phone at 18W, is weird for USB 2.0 data speed and has USB Host functionality.

Display

The Realme 9 5G offers is rocking a familiar display. IPS LCD, FullHD+, 6.5 inches in diameter and with a 90Hz refresh rate, we are pretty sure that this is the same panel as seen in both the older Realme 8s 5G and the Realme 8.

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It’s not a chart-topping unit by any stretch of the imagination but has proven to get the job done in the past. With an advertised typical brightness of 480nits and a maximum one of 600 nits it is usable outdoor.

In terms of the settings, the Realme 9 5G has quite a few tweaks and options available for the display. There are two colors profiles to choose from – Vivid, which targets the wider DCI-P3 color space and gentle, which aims for sRGB instead. Also there are plenty of fonts options to explore.

The Realme 8s 5G has a 90Hz refresh rate and a trio of settings to control the display mode under display setting : auto, 90Hz, 60Hz. One would instantly assume that the auto mode tries to do some clever switching to conserve battery, whereas the 90Hz and 60Hz modes are just fixed toggles.

Unfortunately ,that is not entirely true. That auto mode seems to run most apps in 60Hz more overall, like the phone or messages apps, both of which the 90Hz mode ran in 90Hz. In fact, we rarely sat any thing pushes past 60Hz in auto mode. 90Hz mode runs most things at 90Hz with auto switching down to 60Hz when the phone is idle for a bit. So if you want to go, with no immediately apparent battery downside. Realme needs to make this menu and it’s options a bit clearer.

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None of our standard high refresh rate test games managed to run at anything past 60Hz in any refresh rate mode, which is not surprising in a Realme device but still just as disappointed .

On a more positive note, we are happy to see that the Realme 9 5G has the highest possible Widevine L1 certification, allowing streaming service like Netflix to provide it with 1080p content at saturate the display resolution fully.

software

The Realme 9 5G runs Realme UI 2.0 out of the box, which is familiar sight. Unfortunately, it sits on the too of the older android 11 which is not deal.

The overall UI has a particularly distinctive look and feel to it but all the while doesn’t stray too far away from the AOSP look. Clean usable and straightforward.

That doesn’t mean that it’s light on customization though. The themes ,icons, colors, notifications shapes, layout, texts don’t, and size are all freely customuzable.

Behavior is also deeply customizable and cinfigurable-everything from a simple choice of button or gesture navigation to advanced motion shortcuts and gestures.

Realme UI 2.0 has no shortage of what it seems convenience tools.

Performance

The Realme has always been about offering the best possible value. Which is particularly hard to do in the budget price segment where the Realme 9 5G resides. Arguably one of the best features of the Realme 9 5G is how it combines desirable specs with an aggressive price point. Notably the mediaTek Dimensity 810 chipset, which Realme managed to fit into an INR 15,000 MSRP.

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Looking at the competition, the Realme 9 5G deserves praise for that alone, since the Dimensity 810 is about as good of a chipset you can get for that price. The efficient 6nm chip pack a 2×2.4 GHz cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz cortex-A55 CPU configuration and a mail-G57 MC2.

Also, it excels in the connectivity department with SA/NSA 5G support on both SIM Slot, dualc-band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5.1 with LE and aptX HD, and GPS with A-GPS ,GLONASS, GALILOE, BDS, QZSS name just a highlights.

The Realme 9 5G comabines the Dimensity 810 with either 4GB of LPDDR4X dual-Channel RAM and 64GB of UFS2.1 expandable storage or a higher-tier 6GB/128GB variant.

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The Realme 9 5G also supports RAM expansion or virtual RAM of either 2GB, 3GB, or a 5GB. It is Bobby default and set at 2GB, making for total of 8GB of RAM IN OUR unit.

Let’s kick things off with the Geekbench and some CPU testing where the Dimensity 810 excels and mostly towers above the competition the MediaTek G96 is prohibited it’s closest competitor when it comes to pure CPU powers, but that chip Can’t compete with the reset of the feature set on the Dimensity 810.

The ANTUTU SCORE is 302136 Is a more compound benchmark that cinsiders6thing like memory performance and incorporates graphical tests. The Realme 9 5G is almost leading the pack here as well. While the Realme 8s 5G is outpacing it even at current, depreciated pricing, the newer Realme 9 5G seems to have it bear for value.

The Realme 9 5G and its Mail-G57 MC2, GPU clearly hold their ground very well in all of these tests. If you are after the best possible GPU performance with no regard for other additional features, though, the older vanilla Realme 8 might just be slightly better. Its MediaTek Helio G95 chipset is well known for having a beefier GPU in the Mali-G76 MC4.

Finally, 3D Mark paints a very similar picture with the Dimensity 810 outperforming other competitors in the price bracket, sans for the Helio G95 in the older Realme 8.

Battery life and Charging

the Realme 9 5G ships with a 5,000 mAh battery, which should easily last most people through the day on moderate usage, Wi-Fi connection and a 90Hz screen refresh rate. according to Realme, the battery vis good for 34 hours of call time , 22 hours of video playback, 143 hours of music and 728 hours of standby on a single charge it also has smart 5G power saving which promises up to 30% lower battery consumption by automatically dropping to LTE as needed.

It can charge at a maximum rate of 18W. With the include charger and cable, we were able to get the phone from dead to full in 2 hours and 51 minutes. That’s a pretty long time. Faster charging would have definitely been appreciated, but we understand that this is a budget device and a well-equipped one at that, and something has to give.

Camera

The Realme 9 5G is part of the current wave of BBK device that go a bit light on the camera department. What we mean by that is that there is no ultra-wide nor a dedicated telephoto on the device. Once you dive into the specs, you’d realize the Realme 9 5G has single 48MP main camera on its back. The other two 2MP snapper are supplementary at best.

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This can be interpreted as a deficiency or simple practicality, though since one could argue that no ultra-wide at all is better than a basic one that diverts budgets away from other bits of the phone. However, we can’t fail to note that older and similar overall Realme 8s 5G has a higher-resolution 64MP main camera. That’s one of the noteworthy downgrades introduced with the Realme 9 5G.

The camera app and it’s UI are a familiar affair. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about them.

We managed to go out and capture a few quick shots with the Realme 9 5G. Here are some from the primary camera in its default 12MP mode.

And also, the very same scenes capture in the full-resolution 48MP mode.

we’ll leave the judgment on the quality up to you for the purposes of this hands-on.

Wrap-up

The Realme 9 5G looks great with an eye-catching exterior and feels good to the touch. It’s well-made both physically and in terms of specs. It’s just a bit too close to its Realme 8s 5G and Realme 8 5G sibling to really be anything more than an incremental variation on the same formula. So you can understand our lack of excitement abut this one.

That value formula, however, is undoubtedly highly appealing, and with a current price tag of just under INR 15,000 (EUR 185/$192), the Realme 9 5G manages to Puch the value envelope even further. It delivers a well-balanced specs sheet with plenty of features, including 5G connectivity and the slick Realme UI 2.0, without breaking the bank.

In fact, it even goes one step beyond by including a MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G chipset in the mix, which is about as good as hardware gets in this price bracket. A generous and aggressive offer, evenore attractivey-priced than the Realme 8s 5G and the Realme 8 5G.

Pros

  • attractive, eye catching design.
  • MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G chipset is top choice in the segment.
  • Solid overall camera quality.
  • Dedicated micro slot, 3.5mm Jack.

Cons

  • pretty slow charging.
  • Single Loud speaker.
  • Launches with the older android 11 OS.
  • High Refresh rate doesn’t apply to gaming.
  • Rather Basic camera setup: no ultra-wide or telephoto.
  • No Ingress protection.

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