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realme 9 Pro Plus 5G Review

realme 9 Pro Plus

realme Philippines officially launches the new realme 9 Pro Series. Which includes the realme 9 Pro+ 5G is the latest number series of realme that packs with Pro camera systems supercharge with ProLight Technology.



The realme 9 Pro+ is a new addition to the brand’s extensive and diverse smartphone lineup. It features an all-new Light Shift Design that changes the color of the sunrise Blue variant to red when exposed to sunlight. It also packs a ProLight Imaging Technology paired with a Sony IMX766 imaging sensor a fast 5G MediaTek chipset, and fast charging capability.

We had the unboxing here, now time to share our hands-on review of this latest realme midrange smartphone.

realme 9 Pro+ Specs:

Android 12, Realme UI 3.0
6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, 411ppi
90Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling
2.5GHz MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G octa-core processor
Vapor Chamber Cooling System
Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
6GB/8GB RAM
128GB/256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage
50MP, f/1.8 IMX766, OIS + 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide + 2MP macro rear cameras, LED flash
16MP selfie camera
In-display fingerprint scanner, Heart-rate sensor
Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
Headphone jack, Hi-Res audio
X-Axis linear motor
Dual SIM, Dual standby
4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB Type-C
4,500mAh battery, 60W SuperDart charge
Colors: Sunrise Blue, Aurora Green, Midnight Black
182g

realme Design and Built
The realme 9 Pro+ is available in three color options: Sunrise Blue, Midnight Black, and Aurora Green, which is the color of our review unit. Sunrise Blue is the most popular color since features the Light Shift Design that changes color to red when exposed to sunlight.



The realme 9 Pro+ design framed by sheets of glass features a polycarbonate frame with rounded corners. Given its slim profile (7.99mm) and lightweight (184g), this phone is easy to carry and quite comfortable to use. The glossy back panel is a big-time fingerprint/smudge magnet, but it’s worth it for the stunning Aurora Green color and attention-getting design of this phone.



There is a triple-lens camera system on the realme 9 Pro+, with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), and electronic image stabilization (EIS). Its paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. Despite the camera’s apparent hump, it comes with a protective case that protects the lens and keeps it stable when placed on its back on a table.



The power button is strategically placed on the right side, while the volume rocker is on the opposite side. Both perform quite well and have a very pleasant tactile feel while in use. The SIM card slot is also on the left, although it’s a dual nano-SIM tray without a micro SD card slot, rather than the triple tray which is normally found on realme smartphones. But this is a minor issue given the device’s large internal storage capacity which is 256GB.



The Type-C port, headphone jack, microphone, and speaker, which is a pair of dual speakers backed by Dolby Atmos and High-Resolution audio, are all located on the bottom.

All things considered, the realme 9 Pro+ is a beautifully designed smartphone with a slim profile and a lightweight design that makes it comfortable to hold and use.

AMOLE Display
The mid-range phone flaunts a vibrant 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and a pixel density of 411ppi. The Samsung-made OLED is vivid and produces rich colors making the Realme 9 Pro+ a good device for multimedia consumption. Videos and games look immersive and reading text or performing day-to-day operations under direct sunlight isn’t a problem, thanks to HDR10 support and high brightness levels.



The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display on this midrange phone has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a pixel density of 411 pixels per inch. The Samsung-made OLED is vivid and produces vibrant and deep colors, making it an excellent multimedia device.

Games and movies look more realistic, while HDR10 compatibility and high brightness levels make it possible to use it outside even in bright sunlight. Also, the minimum brightness, which is 1.9 nits, is also quite impressive. This means that the phone will be easier on the eyes when used in a low-light situation



At the top of the display, there is a punched hole for the front-facing camera. Additionally, there is an in-display fingerprint reader that can also measure heart rate, but realme notes it’s still an experimental feature. This can be activated in the Settings section of the realme Lab.



Swiping and scrolling over the screen is fluid, thanks to the display’s 90Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touchscreen sampling rate. The display also supports HDR10 and DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiatives – Protocol 3) color spaces. It offers three different color profiles: Vivid, Natural, and Pro, which includes settings for Cinematic and Brilliant. The cinematic option provides the most accurate color reproduction.

Hardware Performance
This midrange smartphone is powered by a 6nm octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset with an integrated 5G modem. It also includes an Arm Mali-G68 MC4 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of UFS2.2 storage.



There are two Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.5GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.0GHz octa-core processor. It also has the latest connectivity standards – a dual 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and dual-band GPS.

Compared to other processors in this class, the Dimensity 920 is an absolute powerhouse. the Cortex-A78 cores handily outperform the competition. With the combination of 8GB + up 5GB virtual ram and 256GB storage, it smoothly runs any apps you install on this phone.



On benchmark apps, the realme 9 Pro+ has competitive performance across the board.

Benchmark App Score

AnTuTu 9 – 508,671
3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 – 2,299
GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 – 44
GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 – 29
GeekBench 5 (single-core) – 834
GeekBench 5 (multi-core) – 2,435

When it comes to everyday activities such as using social media apps, watching Netflix and YouTube videos, playing games, shooting photos and 4K videos the realme 9 Pro+ did not disappoint and never slowed down.



Thermals are also effectively managed the heating, as the phone never got too hot specially when playing games, like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, and other popular latest games.

In addition, there were no issues when playing Call of Duty: Mobile at the default ‘Medium’ graphics and “Very High” frame rate. There was also no noticeable difference in performance when the graphics settings maxed out. On Asphalt 9: Legends and it runs smoothly and playtime went without a hitch or any hiccups.



The display supports 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates. When playing games, the refresh rate stays at 60Hz, even when the game is set to a higher refresh rate. However, when browsing via the phone’s UI, the frequency increases to 90 Hz. On YouTube, the screen refresh rate seems to be stuck at 60Hz even while the video was playing at 30 frames per second. So it looks like the highest possible refresh rate is only available when interacting with the realme Iu 3.0 software, not when playing games.

realme IU 3.0
Out of the box, this phone runs on the latest realme IU 3.0 which is based on the latest version of Android 12 OS. In comparison to earlier versions, realme UI 3.0 offers a wider range of customization options across the entire system and is enhanced by Android 12. Additionally, it features an improved privacy dashboard and privacy indicators, a better floating window, and more.



In terms of security, it supports the usual PIN, password, face recognition, and the in-display fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint unlocking on the in-display scanner performs admirably, it’s lightning-fast. Additionally, the face unlocks even faster in unlocking the phone. although this method is not really secure.

It features a dynamic theme system, which applies the wallpaper’s colors to interface elements such as notification tray toggles and Settings menu icons. Additionally, the wallpaper can be used to complement the color scheme. A minor flaw is that the Google app widgets and Google keyboard do not appear to change color with the rest of the UI, but this may easily be fixed by software updates.

The realme 3.0 has a lot to offer in terms of customization and personalization allowing it to be tailored specifically to each individual user’s preferences.

realme Cameras
Its main highlight is a triple camera system at the back with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. Each image shot with the primary camera is processed using the integrated AI Noise Reduction Engine 3.0.



With Street Photography 2.0, it features a Smart Long Exposure function, that can easily create long-exposure photographs with a variety of creative options in a single tap. The new 90’s Pop Filter that replicates retro hues from 90’s photos, a new Peak and Zoom control and a new metering mode are all included in this new feature, which is designed for street photography.



A few tweaks have been made to the camera app, most notably the addition of a timer for photos and a frame rate option for movies in the three-dot menu. Additionally, there is a green dot light in the top right corner of the screen next to the status icon; this is a privacy-protection feature that is available on all Android 12 devices to indicate when the camera is active.



The camera app has a range of shooting modes, including Night and Street, which features filters such as 90’s PopStreet, B&W Plus, Dramatic, Modern-gold, Cyberpunk, Flamingo, Astral, and Dazzle. Additionally, there are 50MP, Dual-view, Starry, Time-lapse, Slow-mo, Ultra-macro, Pro, and Tilt-shift camera modes.


Street Photography with Filter


Night Mode with Filter


Macro shot


50MP mode


Wide Angle

Check out the rest of the sample pictures taken using the realme 9 Pro Plus camera here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzFDUZ

Battery with Fast Charger
The realme 9 Pro is equipped with a typical 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W SuperDart Charge which is the same as the 7 Pro and 8 Pro. Charging the battery is fast using the supplier USB cable and 65W charger.

realme 9 Pro+

The realme 9 Pro is equipped with a standard 4,500mAh battery with 65W SuperDart Charge capability, Just like the realme 7 Pro and 8 Pro. The battery charges fast when paired to the supplied USB cable and 65W charger.

realme 9 Pro+

On a typical use, the battery can last for a day and a half, this involves a lot of social media browsing and updates, using the camera to snap pictures as well as some gaming, and watching Netflix and YouTube. But when used on playing games for an extended period of time, you can expect the battery to drain faster.

Charging the realme 9 Pro+ battery takes 30 minutes to reach % capacity and 50 minutes to reach full capacity when using the included 60-watt charger, which is quite excellent in terms of charging speed.

realme 9 Pro+

realme 9 Pro + is undoubtedly a midrange smartphone to beat this year, with its main highlight the 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 camera with (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS), backed with realme Street Photography 2.0. In addition to the Super AMOLED display, a powerful Dimensity 920 5G processor, a 4,500mAh battery, and a fast 60W SuperDart charge, makes it an impressive package.

Pros
Slim and light Profile design
Nice color design
Sharp AMOLED display
Loud stereo speakers
Excellent battery life and fast charging
Impressive low-light camera performance
Fast and quick realme UI 3.0

Cons
Loaded with bloatware
Smudge magnet back

Final Thought
The Realme 9 Pro+ retails for ₱23,990 with 8GB+256GB, it's a midrange smartphone pack with flagship features such as the AMOLED display with deeper blacks that look amazing, a 60W impressive fast charging, a more advanced primary camera sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS). With its OIS technology and flagship-grade sensor, the primary camera provides excellent performance in both daylight and low-light conditions, something that most smartphones with its price segment are unable to do. The realme 9 Pro+ high touch sampling rate and fast refresh rate will excite mobile gamers, while the camera’s advanced capabilities will amaze mobile photography enthusiasts.

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