Realme 9 Pro review

Realme 9 Pro review

Realme 9 Pro reviews

Realme 9 Pro review


Realme 9 Pro review: This year, Realme is returning with its 9 series, which includes three smartphones: the 9i, 9 Pro, and 9 Pro+. In this review, we'll look at everything from the dazzling design and 120Hz display to the 5000mAh battery and respectable performance of the midrange tier.

So, how does it stack up against its siblings and other phones in its pricing range? Let's have a look.

Design & Build 

  • Design with a rounded edge.
  • Fingerprint sensor on the side.
  • There is no IP rating.
  • Back and frame are made of plastic.
The Realme 9 Pro is a budget Android phone that outperforms its price tag in terms of appearance. A plastic back with a dazzling Light Shift Chameleon paint job in Aurora Green, Midnight Black, or Sunrise Blue distinguishes this. This means that when it catches light from different angles, it changes color and tone, giving it a phosphorescent sheen.

Aside from the striking back, the Realme 9 Pro has an edge-to-edge 6.6-inch touchscreen with slim bezels and a punch-hole selfie camera in the top-right corner. The phone's volume keys are on the left, while the power button and fingerprint sensor are on the right.

Realme 9 Pro review

Unlike iPhones and certain more current Android phones, the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is located on the left-hand side of the phone's bottom edge, next to the USB-C connector.

The Realme 9 Pro is 164 x 76 x 8.5mm, which is larger than the Realme 9 Pro+ but smaller than the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ or the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

It weights 195 grams, which is 13 grams more than the 9 Pro+. It is, however, notably lighter than many other smartphones in its class, and despite being a huge phone, it never seemed awkward or unwieldy in my medium-sized hands.

Despite its attractive look and sturdy construction, the phone is not particularly durable. Because it lacks an official IP rating, owners should avoid using it near water, sand, or dust.

Screen & Speakers

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD panel
  • Resolution: Full HD+
  • Refresh rate of 120Hz.
The 6.6-inch display on the Realme 9 Pro has a 20:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 2412 x 1080 pixels. The LCD IPS display stands out in comparison to the Super AMOLED screens found in the Realme 9 and Realme 9 Pro+ (though they are both 90Hz).

Despite having merely an LCD panel, the display of the 9 Pro is adequate but not amazing. Videos and graphics are sharp, and the option for a 120Hz refresh rate makes scrolling more fluid, though not as fluid as other 120Hz Androids with more powerful processors.

Realme 9 Pro camera

The brightness of the display is a similar story. It's bright enough for a cheap Android handset, averaging approximately 430 nits, but most users will find themselves needing to manually adjust the screen to make graphics or movies more legible.

The auto-brightness feature is often sensitive to changes in ambient light, and the Eye Comfort option - which filters out blue light - also contributes to a good overall visual experience for the price.

If you don't turn up the volume too loudly, the speaker sounds quite decent for music and movies. Sure, it can't compete with stereo phones, but if you don't have any earbuds, the phone can fill in for you on occasion.

Specs & Performance

  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 695 5G processor.
  • RAM of up to 8GB.
  • 128 GB of memory (expandable up to 1TB).
The Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G processor powers the Realme 9 Pro, which is also found in the Redmi Note 11 Pro, OnePlus Nord N20 5G, and Poco X4 Pro 5G. Qualcomm built the 695 using a 6nm manufacturing process, which allows it can pack more transistors into a smaller space, making it speedier than prior generations of chips that employed 7nm and 8nm processes.

realme 9 pro review

The phone comes with 6GB of RAM as usual, but my review device has 8GB, which will cost a little more (although 8GB appears to be the only option in the UK).

It also comes with 128GB of internal UFS 2.2 storage, with no choice for a little more expensive model with 256GB or 512GB. Fortunately, the SIM card cavity has a microSD card slot, allowing users to keep more data and apps.

Overall, the performance is adequate but not extraordinary. Most apps load rapidly, and most phones can support many apps running at the same time. In terms of games, the Realme 9 Pro handles PUBG Mobile and Need for Speed No Limits with ease, however I did notice some slowness when playing Need for Speed.

As a result, gamers who want to play the latest, most intensive games should consider upgrading to a more powerful model.

Realme 9 Pro benchmarks

The benchmarks for the Realme 9 Pro are adequate for a phone in this price range, but not outstanding. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, and Poco X4 Pro all outperform it in almost every category.

It is, however, speedier than the inexpensive Redmi Note 11 and the Realme 9i, as one would assume.

Cameras

Main camera: 64Mp f/1.8
Ultrawide 8MP f/2.2
2MP macro f/2.4
16MP front camera with f/2.1 aperture.

The Realme 9 Pro has a 64-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture (the popular Sony IMX766 we've seen on a lot of phones), an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens on the back. It also has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.1 aperture.

This kind of triple-lens arrangement is common in the mid-range Android market right now, but the Realme 9 Pro falls short of the majority of its competitors. While its 64Mp main lens can capture some very rich and colorful images in natural light, its quality suffers in practically all other situations.

Realme 9 Pro review

On overcast days, for example, clouds might appear oppressive and dark, disrupting the overall balance of photographs. As the evenings go, the camera struggles to cope with low light and darker situations, with noise and a loss of detail penetrating shots.

Even when utilizing the designated Night Mode, this is especially true at night. You may still create some satisfying photos if you know how to frame your photographs and find the correct locations.

The 8-megapixel ultrawide lens is great for creating panoramic shots of landscapes and natural settings. Again, if you have enough patience, you can take beautiful photos, but with fewer megapixels, you won't get as much detail or clarity.

There are a few unique camera modes on the Realme 9 Pro, including Ultra Macro and Starry Mode. Ultra Macro, as the name implies, is a close-up lens that works with the 2MP macro lens. Unfortunately, most of the close-ups I shot with the normal 64Mp lens were substantially more accomplished and shareable than those I captured with Ultra Macro, thus most people are unlikely to use it.

realme 9 pro camera


Starry Mode does something similar, using AI to make images of the night sky look more, well, starry. It's a pleasant enough feature, but it requires you to hold the camera motionless for just over four minutes, so it's not for everyone.

Overall, the Realme 9 Pro is an excellent phone for taking simple images that can be shared on social media and saved as memories. Its 16-megapixel front-facing camera is also good for taking appealing photos, especially when used with Portrait Mode. If you want to do more with it, however, you could be dissatisfied.

When it comes to video, the phone's maximum resolution is 1080p at 60 frames per second, so no 4K or 8K cinematography for movie fans. Videos filmed with the phone still look good, albeit there's no optical image stabilization (OIS), so if you're serious about what you're capturing, you'll need a steady hand or a tripod.

Battery Life & Charging

  • Battery capacity: 5000mAh
  • Fast charging at 33W.
  • The adapter is also provided.
One of the phone's greatest selling points is its 5000mAh battery, which allows it to last for lengthy periods of time without needing to be recharged. Very light users can go two or three days without charging, but heavier users can easily go 24 hours without needing to charge.

Even with the display set to 120Hz, the phone lasted 18 hours and 30 minutes in the PCMark Work 3.0 battery test. This is largely due to the Snapdragon 6nm chipset's efficiency.

realme 9 pro battery

The phone also comes with a 33W wall charger that can charge the phone quickly. While it doesn't match the super-fast chargers found on OnePlus and Xiaomi phones, it can charge from zero to 100 percent in around an hour and a half.

The Realme 9 Pro reached a respectable 50% charge in our 30-minute test, so while it isn't the fastest, its charging capabilities should satisfy all but the most impatient or time-pressed customers.

Fans of wireless charging may be disappointed, as the 9 Pro does not support it. Nonetheless, with a large battery and a quick enough mains charger, it represents excellent value for money.

Software & Apps

  • Android 12 .
  • 3.0 Realme UI
  • Two years of operating system upgrades.
Unlike other low-cost Android phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series, the Realme 9 Pro runs Android 12 out of the box, with Realme UI 3.0 on top. Although it isn't one of the most exciting Android skins currently available, it does have the virtue of being straightforward to use, with a clean and uncomplicated interface.

The benefit of having a simple operating system is that it usually runs easily, with little in the way of slow loading times or unresponsiveness. From opening programs to altering settings, everything is lightning fast.

realme 9 pro settings

An unexpected plus was that I rarely had any unwelcome freezes or hiccups, with Wi-Fi connections being stable and notifications arriving on time.

Realme UI 3.0, while its relative simplicity, allows for customization and personalization. Its color palette and typefaces can be customized to the user's preferences, and icons can be resized to give the OS a new look.

Aside from that, there are a few unique features, such as floating windows, a Kid Space for limiting your child's phone usage, and a Simple Mode for simplifying things even further.

Realme appears to be providing only two years of core software upgrades for the 9 Pro, which is a drawback. This means that customers will only be able to get as far as Android 14, after which they will need to upgrade to keep current. They will, however, receive two further years of security updates, ensuring that the phone will stay fully functional after the final core upgrade.

Price & Availability 


The Realme 9 Pro is available in the UK for £299, which includes an 8GB RAM variant as well as the normal 128GB of internal storage. Realme's 6GB model costs €319.99 in Europe, while the 8GB variant costs €349.99.

It's available from both the Realme and Amazon stores.

The phone isn't accessible in the United States or the rest of the Americas, however it is available in India for Rs. 18,999 and throughout Asia.

The Realme 9 Pro has a lot of competition in the mid-range and budget Android market. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (£319), Poco X4 Pro 5G (£259), and OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (£299) are among these devices.

Our articles on the best Realme phones and the best mid-range phones have further viable possibilities.

Verdict 


Given that its camera and performance aren't always up to professional standards, the Realme 9 Pro may have a misleading label.

Nonetheless, it wins a spot among other affordable mid-range Androids for a variety of reasons, with its long-lasting battery, attractive display, and simple software arguably enough to sway customers who value practicality over cutting-edge performance.

Just make sure to look at the competition because there are a lot of amazing phones in this price range.

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