Before we start with the ultimate review of this smartphone there are a lot of things that you need to know, usually the realme number series used to come under Rs. 20K usually, but this Realme 9 pro Plus is overpriced according to me, there was never a plus variant, but this one has it. They have compared the camera of this smartphone to the flagship phones like Samsung’s S21 Ultra, OnePlus 9RT etc. I will tell you everything about it in this blog.
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I think with this phone Realme is trying to shift their strategy, this looks more like their X series smartphones which were discontinued.
What do you get in the box?
- The box is in yellow colour, you get to see a big Realme 9 pro Plus printed on it.
- Back case is provided inside the box which I felt was of a good premium quality.
- Inside the box there’s a sim ejector tool, user guide, private policy etc.
- Underneath the documents you get to see the phone itself. When I held it in my hand it felt like it was one of the lightest and thinnest smartphones I’ve ever used.
- It’s very cool that realme is providing a 65W fast charger inside the box, but the phone supports only 60W fast charging. With the charger you get a USB type C cable.
The smartphone looks a lot shiny, personally I don’t like smartphones having a shiny back because they are literally fingerprint magnets. It has sparkles at the back, it’s actually plays along with the light.
This smartphone comes in black and blue colours, in those two my favourite would be black because, it looks kind of premium and classy.
One thing I noticed was that the case provided in the box fits perfectly tight, which is good because tight cases often protect your smartphone if you drop it by mistake. We tried dropping the phone with the case on, I felt the case is very protective. After putting on the case on the blue variant of this smartphone I could see a grey case with a reduced jazzy look.
PORTS AND BUTTONS
If we look for ports and buttons, the buttons are not metallic but they are plastic.
There is a glass at the back there is a 3.5mm jack noise- cancelling microphone at the top and on off button at the right.
This phone has a in-display fingerprint scanner, at left we have the volume rockers and a sim card tray. This phone has a dual Nano sim card, there’s no SD card slot, the base variant comes with 6GB + 128GB and the top variant is 8GB + 256GB.
The in hand feel is very good, the sides are a bit curved and I have been saying it from the beginning that realme phones feel good in hand.
This phone weighs 182 grams approximately.
CAMERA – Photos and Videos
At the back it has a 50MP SONY IMX 776 primary camera, this same camera was there in the OnePlus 9RT also if you recall. The ultrawide is 8MP and 2MP macro sensor and a punch hole design 16MP selfie camera. The main 50MP sensor supports OIS, this is the first Realme number series phone to have OIS.
There are four cameras out of which three are Sony except the micro camera.
Following are some of the sample shots taken with the Realme 9 pro Plus rear-facing camera & front facing camera.
I was impressed with the photos, and when they claim that the camera will compete with the flagship level cameras, I didn’t think it would ever come close, but I’ll tell you what comes close, very close.
The colours and the dynamic range are brilliant. Generally there is a colour shift in the ultrawide camera but not in this. The primary camera colour sense and the ultrawide sensor colour sense are almost the same . The photos are a bit soft but the dynamic range is good, but the macro sensor doesn’t make any sense, it’s average.
For testing I compared the photos with my friend’s Google Pixel 6 and Samsung’s S21 Ultra, it was very close in colours and the dynamic range and the photos not only looked good in normal conditions but also in low light. If you ask me it’s a photo under Rs. 25K with a good camera, in fact it’s a camera centric smartphone I would say. I would suggest it to anyone who wants a good camera phone in the budget range.
The dynamic range of the selfie camera is very good, the skin tones are near to perfect.
The video can be captured at [email protected] and you get 1080p at front performance of the OIS is very good, the slow motion video capture is also available at 960fps.
Number of filters are available in the Pro mode which you can make use of.
This has a 6.4 inch full HD plus AMOLED display, which I consider to be a compact display with 90Hz maximum refresh rate, and it has got 360Hz touch sampling rate, the screen to body ratio is 90.8% and it has the Gorilla glass 5 protection.
If you are looking for a phone to enjoy the best multimedia experience, you can go for it.
You will enjoy the video viewing experience in this phone, the stereo speakers are quite loud as well.
This is one of the most important aspects of the smartphone.
It is powered by a Dimensity 920 processor, which is an efficient processor. It has LPDDR4X RAM type and a UFS 2.2 storage type, a 3.1 would’ve been better and it has a 4500 mAh battery. The phone’s thickness is 7.9mm so they had to keep the battery small, you get a screen on time of 7 to 8 hours, you can easily use it for a day.
With 60W fast charging which charges the phone in 30 to 40 mins, battery shouldn’t be a problem on this phone.
I played Battle Ground Mobile India (BGMI) on HD and Ultra settings and the performance was smooth, the antutu score was above 5 lakhs on paper. Processor is very good, it gives a sustained performance. We couldn’t play Call Of Duty Mobile on highest settings but we played it on high and very high settings.
It comes with a REALME UI 3.0 which is based on Android 12.
There are lots of pre-installed apps which you have to uninstall and the colour OS works very well, it allows a lot of customisation. You get a always on display options and an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock since it’s a Amoled display.
The new thing I noticed on this smartphone was you can check your heart rate, you can place your thumb on the fingerprint sensor area. You get to see this feature in the settings.
I tried doing it but it isn’t very accurate, they are all gimmicks just to attract people.
Haptic feedback of this smartphone impressed me because, while gaming I noticed that the haptic feedback was very good. I felt like I was using some high-end flagship phone. Yeah you’ll feel the same when you try it.
The processor supports 5G, which supports 5 bands of 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, dual 4G VoLTE WiFi calling
It supports widevine L1 but it does not have HDR playback, notification light, IP certification and FM radio as well.
When I found out the Realme 9 pro Plus was priced around Rs.25000, I had doubts about it because every other older series used to be priced below Rs.20K, but when I tested this phone personally the phone was worth it.
I feel like if this wasn’t a number series and it would’ve come as a GT series lite it would have been digestible. A lot of people might find it hard to digest this number series costing around 25K. The main pillars like camera and performance are really good for sure.
- 6+128GB – Rs.24,999
- 8+128GB – Rs.26,999
- 8+256GB – Rs.28,999
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"Thanks to Gowtham Wodeyar for providing Realme 9 pro plus to review it".
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