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realme 9 Review: Premium Look, All-Around Smartphone

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realme Philippines officially launched the latest member of its midrange number series the realme 9, it's a 4G smartphone that boasts attractive features such as a 90Hz AMOLED display, a flagship-level 108MP ProLight camera, and a large battery capacity.
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The realme 9 with 6GB+128GB variant retails for only ₱14,999 and its now available on Lazada and in all realme stores nationwide.realme 9 4G 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
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core processor
Adreno 610 GPU
6GB/8GB RAM
128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
108MP, f/1.7 (HM6) + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro rear cameras, LED flash
16MP selfie camera
In-display fingerprint scanner with heart-rate sensor, Face unlock
Single loudspeaker, Headphone jack
Hi-Res audio
Dual SIM, Dual standby
HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
USB Type-C
5,000mAh battery, 33W dart charger
Colors: Sunburst Gold, Meteor Black, Stargaze White
179g

realme Design
The realme 9 boasts a dynamic 3D ripple texture design. There are three color options available: Sunburst Gold, Stargaze White, and Meteor Black. The Sunburst Gold looks impressive and when it's hit by the light it shimmers and the color looks more premium. However, the other two hues also look fantastic.

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Its one of realme's slimmest devices to date, weighing only 178 grams and having a 7.99mm profile which makes it comfortable and easy to hold.

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The triple camera system on the back is encased along with the LED flashlight and has a noticeable camera lens bump. Thankfully, it comes with a free soft case to protect the camera lens from scratches, and it stands level when placed on its back on the table.

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The power button is placed on the right side while the volume rocker is on the left side together with the SIM slot, and just like any other realme smartphone, it has a triple-slot tray that supports two nano-SIM (4G capable) and one microSD card that support up to 256GB storage capacity.

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The 3.5 mm audio connector, primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and the loudspeaker grill are located at the bottom of the device. A secondary microphone is on top, and mono speakers produce loud, decent audio quality.

AMOLED Display
Just like the realme 9 Pro+, the realme 9 also boasts a 6.4-inches Full HD+ AMOLED punch-hole display with 2400 × 1080 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved glass screen, and 1000 nits peak brightness.

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 The bezels on the screen are visible but not intrusive. With a refresh rate of 90Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360Hz, the display provides a fluid user interface interaction, and the high touch sampling rate makes gaming more enjoyable.

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With its 10,240-level auto brightness adjustment, the display provides a comfortable viewing experience for social media surfing, gaming, and media consumption. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which prevents it from easily getting scratched.

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realme incorporates a nice heart sensor on the in-display fingerprint scanner that can read and record heart rate, that app is still in beta testing but it's still nice to try this cool feature and be able to monitor your heartbeats whenever you want.

Prolight Camera
realme 9 triple camera systems consist of the 108-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL main sensor, complemented by an 8-megapixel 120° ultra-wide camera and a 2MP 4cm macro camera. While the selfie camera sports a 16-megapixel sensor. For taking selfies, it got a 16-megapixel camera sensor.

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The Samsung HM6 sensor's Nonapixel Plus technology, 9-sum Pixel Binning, combines nine pixels into one big pixel to absorb more light in low-light conditions. This allows for more pixel output and reduces noise, resulting in photos that are brighter and clearer, making them ideal for posting it on social media.


In terms of camera features, it has the usual camera modes that includes the Night mode (no pro mode), Street Photography Mode 2.0 with its cool filters. It also has the dedicated 108MP mode. Other camera modes are Night Mode, Panoramic view, Expert, Portrait Mode,HDR,Ultra wide, Ultra macro, AI Scene Recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Bokeh Effect Control,Street Mode,Text Scanner, Tilt-Shift, Photo Mode.


Even if the images captured at night using the 108MP mode or the night mode are less sharp than those captured during the day, its still worthy of being shared on social media platforms.

Below are more samples taken using the realme 9 camera features:


In terms of the quality of the videos that can be recorded, it only supports 720p and 1080p video recording, and it features a super steady mode that helps keep videos stable even if you have shaky hands.

Sample of video recorded


Hardware and Performance
The realme 9 utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset clocked up to 2.4GHz. This mobile platform utilizes a 6nm process and is supported by the Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU and Qualcomm Kryo 265 CPU, all of which are designed to provide excellent performance while conserving power.

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It has 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM Expansion technology, enabling an additional 5GB of virtual RAM giving an extra boost of performance in terms of multitasking. It also has 128GB of internal storage. In addition to its 128GB of internal storage, it supports microSD cards with up to 256GB capacities.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC can provide a smooth experience when using the realme 9 on a daily basis, and multitasking won't be a problem because it has plenty of RAM with support for Virtual dynamic RAM for fast performance and optimal thermal efficiency; so you can be confident that the realme 9 will run smoothly no matter what apps you throw at it.

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Playing games on realme 9 is excellent, the latest MMORPG games run smoothly on high graphics settings. Te tested its gaming performance by playing some of the most popular games today including Mobile Legends, Call of Duty Mobile, and Genshin Impact, and measuring the average framerate using GameBench Pro.

GameBench Pro FPS Test Results

Mobile Legends / High Graphics Quality / 57 fps
Call of Duty / Hight graphics quality / 55 fps
Genshin Impact / Medium graphics quality / 26 fps
Mortal Kombat / High graphics quality / 57 fps

This simply indicates that realme is more than capable of running any of the most popular and highly popular games that are available on Google Play.

It also runs the realme UI 3.0, which has a dynamic new appearance with fluid space design and Sketchpad AOD, with new features to help safeguard user privacy, and system-wide enhancements to make the realme 9 faster and more fluid.

Battery
In terms of battery power, the realme 9 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Dart Charge capability, this translates to a whole day of battery life for most users. During our time with this phone, we were able to get over eight hours of screen time, primarily while playing games with high brightness, listening to music, and streaming videos while being constantly connected to the internet via WiFi or mobile data, whichever was available.

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In terms of charging, the 33W fast-charging capability is pretty much good, since the phone is aimed at the mid-budget price segment. compared to the Realme 9 Pro+, which has a much faster 65W fast-charging capability. Sadly, it still does not support wireless charging.

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The 33W charger can charge the battery from 0% to 55% in 30 minutes and from 0% to 100% in approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes, which is excellent for this price range.

Pros
Good Built quality
Nice design
Impressive 90Hz AMOLED display
Premium look and feel
Very capable camera
Good performance
Impressive battery
Fast charging

Cons
Only 4G
No wireless charging
Lowlight camera performance could be improved

Final Thoughts
Compared to its 5G sibling, the realme 9 4G comes with standout features like the AMOLED display, slim profile, attractive ripple holographic design, and large battery with fast charging support. It's a good all-around smartphone that is capable of handling any task that you can throw at it, and it also comes with a very capable 108MP camera for taking great photos and videos.

The realme 9 with 6GB+ 28GB variant retails for only ₱14,999 and it's now available on Lazada and in all realme stores nationwide.

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