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RealMe 9 Pro+ 5G Review with Pros and Cons – Overpriced?

RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G Review
RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G

RealMe 9 Series is here with upgraded pricing, the newly launched RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G price in India starts from Rs 24,999 and this is not the perfect price but it’s also not very pricey.

I would have been very happy if RealMe have priced RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G at 22k but that didn’t happen, so now, we have to pay 25k.

RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G Price in India

  • 6GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 24,999
  • 8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 26,999
  • 8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 28,999

The device is available in Sunrise Blue Midnight Black and Aurora Green color options and it will go for sale on 21st February 2022 at noon via Flipkart and RealMe.com/in.

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RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G Review

Yes, RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G is worth buying because it has great cameras, superfast 60W charging support, premium design, 13 5G Bands, 90Hz AMOLED display, and it comes with Android 12 out of the box.

I get it, the price is not that aggressive, RealMe could have launched this smartphone at 22k or even 23k but they didn’t happen.

So now, if you want the best cameras under 25k in India then this could be a good option otherwise, this is not the only smartphone available in India.

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Xiaomi has also launched the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge (Review) and this phone was marketed as the fastest charging phone because of its 120W charging speed.

The same is happing with the RealMe 9 Pro Plus, this is marketed as the best camera smartphone because of the flagship Sony IMX766 sensor which we have seen in the OnePlus 9RT 5G (Review) and even in Vivo V70 Pro 5G (Review).

Overall, if you want the best cameras and if you can pay 25k for it then this is a good smartphone, again, this is not the best option for gaming but it’s an overall balanced smartphone.

RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
sAMOLED DisplayNo SD-Card Slot
60W Fast Charging SupportPlastic Frame
13 5G BandsBit Pricey
Android 12 Out of the BoxOnly 90Hz Refresh rate
Great CamerasOIS Needs Improvement
Powerful ProcessorSmall Battery Size
Stereo SpeakersGlossy Back
Widevibe L1 SupportPre-Installed Bloteware
Carrier Aggregation

Display Quality

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When we go above 20k, we expect a 120Hz refresh rate because most of the smartphones are offering the same but the same can’t be said for the RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G because it only has a 90Hz screen refresh rate.

The device comes with 6.40-inches sAMOLED 90Hz refresh rate with 480 typical brightness and 240 touch sampling rate.

On the front side, it has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 while on the rear side too, it has glass but RealMe didn’t mention which kind of protection they have used. The frame is made out of plastic.

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Keep in mind, the back has glossy glass which means, it will catch fingerprints very easily, also, this is a mirror back.

Talking about myself, I don’t like the design.

RealMe is also added Widevine L1 support which means you will be able to stream FHD+ content on OTT apps like Netflix and Prime Videos.

Also, as this smartphone has an AMOLED panel, RealMe has added an in-display fingerprint sensor which works fine as usual.

Overall, it would have been better, if RealMe went with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, so looks like Realme did a little bit of cost-cutting but nevertheless, the RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G has a good display.

Performance

We have recently seen MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor in Xiaomi 11i 5G and now, RealMe has added the same chipset in the newly launched RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G.

The good thing is, that the device runs on RealMe UI 3.0 based on Android 12. Realme has also promised two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.

The MediaTek Dimensity 920 is a powerful processor and it can handle almost all mobile games without any problem but this is not a gaming chipset.

That means, if you’re a gamer then you should skip the RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G and take look at POCO F3 GT 5G.

The RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G is a combination of a good camera and a good processor, you can call this a balanced smartphone.

Here comes the confusing part,

Flipkart is showing that RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G has only 5 5G bands while RealMe’s official website is showing 13 5G bands, so here, I’m going with Realme’s website.

Still, if I get any confirmation about that, I will update you right here.

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By the way, BGMI Mobile Game supports max HDR at an Extreme frame rate.

Now, keep in mind, if you play BGMI at the highest graphics, the game does lag a little bit, so I would recommend you to play at smooth at an Extreme frame rate for better gameplay.

Overall, for day-to-day use, you won’t face any kind of problem, the phone will work like butter but as I have said, this is not a gaming smartphone, so don’t expect that.

Cameras

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The RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G comes with a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor (OIS) + 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro lens while there is a 16MP selfie shooter on the front.

The rear cameras can shoot videos at [email protected], [email protected]/60fps while the front can shoot at only [email protected]

The Sony IMX766 flagship sensor and we’re getting the same sensor at a mid-budget price which good thing.

Also, RealMe has added OIS support which is another plus point and at this movement, under 30k, only OnePlus Nord 2 5G has the OIS, and now, Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G also has the same.

Now, the OIS does work, it takes a good image compared to any other smartphone under 30k but still, I feel, Realme needs to work on that OIS.

If they’re marketing the OIS then it should work the best and not good.

The videos also come out very good because of the OIS, even if you’re vlogging or taking random videos, the footage will come out stable.

OIS also helps a lot in photography too, so when you’re taking images, the hands will shake a little bit and this is where, OIS helps, it will remove that shakiness and capture a good quality image.

There is no doubt about that 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, it takes good images even at night and RealMe has also optimized the good.

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Now, you won’t get the natural colors, Realme is trying to boost the colors a little bit, so yes, the image will come out brighter and more vibrant.

This is the case with most of RealMe smartphones, so there is nothing new.

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The 8MP ultra-wide lens is decent and it takes good images. Again, the ultra-wide lens needs a little bit of improvement.

Also, ignore that 2MP macro sensor, it’s useless.

Coming to 16MP front camera. We have seen this same sensor in many Realme phones, so there is nothing new to say.

The selfies are useable and you can post them on social media.

Overall, RealMe has done a great job with cameras, and now, I can say, the RealMe 9 Pro Plus has the best cameras under Rs 25,000 in India.

Now, if you can go above 25k then it’s better to go with OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Review) but if you don’t want to spend more than 25k then I feel, RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G is also a good option to look at.

Again I will this, this is not a gaming smartphone, so don’t expect the gaming to be great.

Audio Quality

RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G Review

The RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G has a stereo speaker which works fine, no issues there. Its dual speakers, so can’t complain much.

It also has a secondary noise cancellation microphone. The RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G does have carrier aggregation support.

As this is a budget smartphone, Realme has added a 3.5mm audio jack.

Overall, the sound quality is good and there are no issues with call quality too.

Battery Life

The RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G comes with a 4,500mAh battery with 60fast charging support. The 66W charger will take about 44 minutes to charge from 0 to 100%.

Overall, the battery should last for the day because of the processor but in the end, it depends on you, and how you use your smartphone every day.

Now, if you’re a heavy user then you will need to charge this smartphone two times a day.

You can also use the 60W charger, so even if the battery doesn’t last for a day then they will be charged in 44 minutes.

Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G has a 3.5mm Audio jack?

A: Yes.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G has NFC Support?

A: No.

Q: How many OS updates will Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G will get?

A:  RealMe has promised two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.

Q: What is the screen refresh rate of the Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G?

A: It has a 90Hz refresh rate sAMOLED panel.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G has stereo speakers?

A: Yes.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G has Widevine L1 support??

A: Yes.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G has a camera2api enabled?

A: Yes

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G has 5G Support?

A: Yes.

Q: How many 5G bands does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G have?

A: It has 13 5G Bands which include n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78, and n79.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G have fast charging support?

A: Yes, it has a 60W wired fast charging support.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G have carrier aggregation?

A: Yes.

Q: Does Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G have a compass sensor?

A: Yes.

Q: Where to buy Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G in India

A: The Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G is available on Flipkart.

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Verdict

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RealMe Note series suppose to be budget-centric series but now, after the launch of the Realme 9 Series, things are changing. RealMe Note Series is no longer budget series, it has been moved to mid-budget series.

There is no doubt, RealMe is charging a little bit of extra money for RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G and that could be because of chip shortage and GST but again, even after that, it’s a bit pricey.

I feel, if you want a balanced smartphone then you can take look at RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G and you will be more than happy with the cameras, performance, battery life, build, and even with speakers too.

Also, don’t expect the smartphone prices to be cheap, phones are about to get expensive because of the chipset shortage and the Indian Government has also increased the GST too.

So I won’t be surprised if, RealMe increases the RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G smartphone price letter.

RealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G Full Specifications

Launch Date16 February 2022
First Sale21st February 2022 via Flipkart at noon
Display6.40-inches FHD+ sAMOLED
Touch sampling rate Up to 240Hz
411ppi density
480 nits pick the brightness
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels resolution
Dimensions160.2 x 73.3 x 8 mm
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Heart rate monitor feature
Screen Refresh Rate90Hz Refresh Rate
BuildGlass front
Plastic frame,
Glass back
OSAndroid 12 – RealMe UI 3.0
ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6 nm)
GPUMali-G68 MC4
CPUOcta-core (2×2.5 GHz Cortex-A78
& 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
Storage6GB Ram + 128GB Storage
8GB Ram + 128GB Storage
8GB Ram + 256GB Storage

– LPDDR4 Ram
UFS 2.2 Storage
Card SlotNo
Rear Cameras50MP Primary Sensor (OIS)
8 MP Ultra-Wide
2 MP Macro

*Sony IMX766 Primary sensor
Video[email protected]
[email protected]/60fps
Front Camera16MP Selfie Shooter
(Sony IMX471)
Video[email protected]
3.5mm JackYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
Carrier AggregationYes
Bluetooth Version5.2
5G SupportYes
5G Bandsn1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28,
n38, n40, n41, n77, n78, and n66
NFCNo
IR BlasterNo
SensorsMagnetic Induction Sensor,
Light Sensor,
Proximity Sensor,
Gyrometer,
Acceleration Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display
Battery4,500 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Speed60W wired fast Charging
Charging Time0% to 100% in 44 Minutes
USB Power Delivery 3.0
ColorsSunrise Blue
Midnight Black and
Aurora Green
SAR ValueHead: 1.188 W/kg,
Body: 0.727 W/kg
Model NumberRMX3392
Weight182 Gram
Benchmark Score
Price6GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 24,999
8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 26,999
8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 28,999
In the boxRealMe 9 Pro Plus 5G

60W Adapter
USB Type-C cable
Guide papers
SIM tool
Protective case
Available atFlipkart

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