Realme 9 Pro+ review - a monster in the budget segment?
Hi friends! Today, a very interesting model came to our review - this is realme 9 Pro +, which promises to become a bestseller and win the love of millions of users. What are the main features of this smartphone? First, the cool main camera with Sony's flagship IMX766 lens. Secondly, quite a good MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor. Thirdly, a high-quality AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. And at the same time - an affordable price of about 300 dollars. Is everything so rosy and is it true that realme has released the real king of the budget segment - let's figure it out.
Realme 9 pro+ review - a monster in the budget segment?
Additional display options:
Refresh rate - 90 Hz, pixel density - 409 ppi, base brightness - 430 nits, peak brightness - 1000 nits
Glass lid and plastic edges
Midnight Black (black), Aurora Green (green), Sunrise Blue (chameleon)
6nm MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G with Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
Two Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.5GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores @ 2.0GHz
6/128 GB, 8/128 GB, 8/256 GB
Main wide-angle module: Sony IMX766 sensor, 50 MP, f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS);
Ultra wide-angle module: Sony IMX355 sensor, 8 MP, aperture f/2.3, viewing angle 119˚, matrix size 1/4.0", pixel size 1.12µm;
Additional module: 2 MP, f/2.4 aperture;
Video recording in maximum quality 4K@30fps
16 MP, aperture f/2.5, matrix size 1/3.0", pixel size 1.0µm;
Video recording at maximum quality 1080p@/120fps
4500 mAh, 60W fast charging
6/128 GB - $335, 8/128 GB - $360, 8/256 GB - $385
On paper, the realme 9 Pro+ is a beauty. Yes, these are not top-end characteristics, but they correspond exactly to the pre-flagship level. Agree that in the budget segment it is impossible to find a phone with such cool parameters. If we take the price segment of about $ 400, then there are already competitors, such as OnePlus Nord 2 and Realme GT Neo 2. But let's talk about everything in order.
The Realme 9 Pro+ comes in standard bright yellow packaging with black accents. This is a familiar box for realme smartphones, so we will not dwell on this for a long time. The delivery set is also familiar: the review hero himself, a USB Type-C cable, a 60 W power supply, documentation, a clip to open the SIM tray, and a transparent silicone case. The protective film is already pasted on the screen.
I would like to say a few words about the case: it is of normal quality, and the corners are darkened so that yellowing is not visible, which all transparent cases undergo over time. Realme branded case can be used on a regular basis and not feel discomfort. For comparison, Xiaomi completes their smartphones with disgusting pencil cases, which become unusable after a month or two. There is nothing more interesting in the package, so let's proceed to the appearance of the phone and the screen.
During the realme advertising campaign, special attention was paid to the Sunrise Blue color scheme. The trick is that under direct sunlight, the back panel of the smartphone changes color from light blue to hot pink. Additional glamor is added by the glossy shining surface of the case. This design is called Light Shift. All this, of course, is a matter of taste, but it is unlikely that adults will play with colors and generally pay much attention to it. This feature is more suitable for young people. If you use a case, then in general the effect of "wow" is reduced to zero. In addition to this color scheme, there is also an interesting green version with tiny sparkles and the standard black, which looks the most boring.
Otherwise, the design of realme 9 Pro + is the most common. A small front camera module is located in the upper left corner, the main camera block is neatly made.
There are no additional elements and inscriptions on the back panel, except for the company logo. But the lower frame (“chin”) is directly very wide and noticeable.
The fingerprint scanner is located under the display, but the sensor is too low, so unlocking the device is not very convenient.
The back panel is glass, for which a separate plus. Usually state employees get just glossy plastic.
The realme 9 Pro+ is slightly smaller than the GT Neo 2, but it's still not a compact model even by today's standards. At the same time, the 9 Pro Plus is sleeker and lighter than the Poco X3 Pro, which has a questionable design.
Realme 9 Pro + received a 6.43-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 by 2400 pixels. The refresh rate is 90Hz, which is quite good considering the AMOLED matrix. If they added 120 Hz, then they would most likely install an IPS screen, and this is not so cool anymore. Peak brightness reaches 1000 nits, which is more than enough. In sunny weather, using a smartphone is comfortable, everything is perfectly visible. The screen is colorful, the color reproduction is pleasant, so there is simply nothing to complain about.
But what about the notorious PWM , you ask. But realme is doing well here as well, because they brought DC Dimming. Here are the parameters we get with the DC function enabled (brightness on the left, flicker level on the right):
- 100% - 10%;
- 75% - 10%;
- 50% - 18%;
- 35% - 20%;
- 25% - 20%;
- 15% - 22%;
- 0% - 16%.
PWM does not exceed 22 percent, which is cool. Even people who are very sensitive to pulse-width modulation should not feel any deterioration in well-being.
We are moving smoothly to the filling of realme 9 Pro +, namely the MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor. It's clear that this is not a flagship chip, otherwise it simply would not be installed in a smartphone for $ 300. But the performance of the Dimensity 920 5G is also solid. And what's the point of the top Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is terribly hot and throttling? We all already know that mid-range processors are capable of producing results no worse than flagship ones. This is especially true for games where the heating, in fact, is felt.
By tradition, we tested two popular and resource-intensive games - Shadowgun Legends and Genshin Impact. In Shadowgun Legends, the frame rate was approximately 56 FPS, which is an excellent result. Things are a little worse in Genshin Impact, averaging 35 FPS. These figures were obtained after 30 minutes of play. We agree that the frame rate is not impressive, it's just a normal level. But the most important thing is adequate heating! Even after half an hour of continuous play, realme 9 Pro+ did not heat up to the level of a blazing stove. It was comfortable to play, overheating was not felt at all.
In terms of gaming, the Dimensity 920 5G is clearly better than the hyped eighth Dragon of the first generation. If you want to know what the Snapdragon 8 did in terms of heating and throttling, welcome to the Xiaomi 12 review . So the conclusion is this: you can comfortably play on realme 9 Pro + without fear of burning your hands.
Realmi 9 Pro Plus received three modifications: basic 6/128 GB, medium 8/128 GB and top 8/256 GB. The flash memory is UFS 2.2 standard. Everything is fine here, no complaints. Although no, there is one minus - you can not put an SD card. The slot is designed for only two SIM cards. Therefore, if you are going to actively use your smartphone, immediately take the 256 gigabyte version and don’t worry.
Realme 9 Pro+ runs on Android 12 and realme UI 3.0 out of the box. Considering that the twelfth Android is still damp, we expected some lags and other minor problems. But realme surprised again, as their hot new product functions almost perfectly. No bugs, freezes or crashes. Everything is stable, smooth and beautiful.
Realmi Ui 3.0 has a stylish interface. The design of the firmware was redrawn, and now everything looks very nice. Changed application shortcuts, added new wallpapers and the ability to create your own, the main settings menu and icons were also redesigned. The general colors of the system can be chosen independently. In general, everything is done in a single attractive style.
In terms of functionality, they didn’t add much new chips, but the previous version already had everything you need. If we compare the stability of work with MIUI, then it's just heaven and earth. That's why realme gets a huge fat like.
As we said, one of the strengths of the realme 9 Pro + should be the main camera. The phone received the main Sony IMX766 sensor, which is found in full-fledged flagships, for example, Xiaomi 12. It is somehow impractical to compare Realme 9 Pro Plus with flagship devices, so for comparison, we will take models from about the same price category - realme GT Neo 2 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.
During the day, in good light conditions, smartphones shoot almost the same, and realme 9 Pro + definitely does not “graze the rear”. Photos on it are bright, saturated and contrast. Realme GT Neo 2 draws shadows better, but these are trifles.
Realme 9 Pro Plus shows its full power at night. The pictures are really high quality, with clear detail and correct color reproduction. Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and Realme GT Neo 2 are clearly losing. So in the dark, the expensive Sony IMX766 module justifies itself.
But the ultra-wide lens rather disappointed. It's not bad, but it loses a little to the GT Neo 2, and certainly worse than the more expensive devices. You will take pictures with a wide viewing angle, they will be of normal quality, but do not expect miracles.
This also applies to the front 16-megapixel camera: it creates just ordinary selfies that are not ashamed to post on social networks. But in the technology market, there are many options with a cooler front camera.
We figured out the photos, now the next step is to evaluate the video. And everything is great here. The sound writes well, there is a working noise reduction and optical stabilization. The colors are pleasant and saturated, there is practically no noise. The maximum video quality is 4K at 30fps. This is more than enough for an inexpensive smartphone. Let's take the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G as an example again: the maximum it can do is 1080p. It's sad, don't you agree?
So in terms of photography and video shooting, the realme 9 Pro+ did not disappoint. Photos are excellent both during the day and at night. This also applies to videos. Listen, we really have some kind of national flagship coming out: the display is cool, the processor is normal, the shell is simply gorgeous, the cameras are also on the level. Let's move on and find out what other interesting things this hot new product will bring us.
Let's immediately announce the next feature of realme 9 Pro + - an excellent vibration motor. The vibration is so high quality and distinct that you feel a real buzz. Perhaps not all users pay attention to vibration, and some simply turn it off. But those for whom it is important will definitely be delighted. Moreover, the system menu provides a separate item with vibration settings: you can choose both the intensity of the vibration response and additional parameters. The vibration motor works no worse than the top $1,000 flagships.
Stereo sound has also been delivered, and it lives up to all expectations. Good quality, loud and pleasant. This is not the best sound on the market, but remember the low price of the smartphone and understand that things could be much worse.
The fingerprint scanner works instantly, no glitches were noticed. But, as mentioned earlier, it is the location of the scanner that is specific, so there may be some slight inconvenience at first. I almost forgot to say: the fingerprint scanner will allow you to measure the heart rate. We all understand perfectly well that this is just a marketing ploy and no one will seriously measure the pulse through a fingerprint on the phone. Even fitness bracelets do not always cope with this task. But for show, let it be.
For other characteristics, everything is standard: Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, 5G, and even an audio jack. So let's move on.
Realme 9 Pro + received a 4500 mAh battery. It would seem that nothing supernatural, but in terms of autonomy, the phone again stands out. In our proprietary test , the smartphone lasted 9 and a half hours. This is a good result. In reality, with active use, you will definitely have enough for a day.
And if you do not hang out in your smartphone for a long time, then you can easily achieve two days of battery life. Add here another 60-watt fast charge and you get just sweetie.
Realmi 9 Pro Plus will soon appear in our countries, but it will be much faster to purchase a smartphone on AliExpress. There sales will start from February 21. The price tag is:
- 6/128 GB - $335;
- 8/128 GB - $360;
- 8/256 GB - $385.
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realme really managed to create a great smartphone at an affordable price. Realme 9 Pro + can easily be called the king of the budget segment, but on the condition that the phone is purchased on sale, with maximum discounts and coupons. For $300, this is a good purchase. If you take the price tag of 350-400 bucks, then you should already pay attention to realme GT Neo 2, which has a better display and processor.
But we will not compare these devices again now and just say that realme 9 Pro + fully met all expectations. This smartphone has practically no weaknesses and frank jambs for which it could be scolded. Realmi managed to make a balanced affordable smartphone with optimal performance. For most users, this will be enough.
- high-quality AMOLED screen;
- low PWM with DC on;
- moderate heating in games;
- glass back panel;
- interesting colors;
- excellent main camera;
- 4K video recording;
- royal vibration motor;
- 5G support;
- the presence of a 3.5 mm jack;
- stable operation of the system and smart firmware;
- fast 60-watt charging;
- long battery life.
- you can not put a memory card;
- wide bottom frame;
- inconvenient location of the fingerprint scanner;
- medium ultrawide and front camera.
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