Introduction:

The Realme 9 5G and Realme 9 SE 5G are the latest additions to Chinese smartphone maker Realme’s. As of now, the business has introduced a total of six phones over the course of three months, which is astounding, to say the least. But, more importantly, the Realme 9 5G is the direct successor to last year’s Realme 8 5G. The gadget is priced at Rs 39,999 in Pakistan. That goes up against the Narzo 50 and Realme 9i from Realme’s own line of phones.
The phone aims to upset the Redmi Note 11, which, while somewhat more costly, falls into the same price range. So, let’s take a closer look at the Realme 9 5G today and see if it can hold its own in the crowded budget market.

Verdict:

The Realme 9 5G has all of the characteristics of a good budget phone. However, a more powerful camera stack and dual speaker system would have been beneficial to the gadget.

Design:

When it comes to inexpensive gadgets, design innovation frequently takes a backseat, with firms concentrating more on the phone’s internals to appeal to spec-heads. Take, for example, Realme, which is guilty of applying the same design approach to stylize its budget-friendly competitors. In fact, the Realme 9 5G resembles the Narzo 50 in appearance, although with a more polished rear panel. Although the handset’s unibody polycarbonate structure does not feel as expensive, it is definitely more resistant to accidental drops.

can be found on any ordinary Android phone as well. The rear of the phone dubbed the ‘Ripple Holographic Design,’ changes color when light hits it from different angles. Furthermore, the phone feels pretty light in the hand, which is notable given the phone’s hefty 5,000mAh battery. Furthermore, the unit’s curved rear provides a superior grip. The phone has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a speaker grille on the bottom. The phone’s volume rocker is on the side, next to the power toggle, which, by default, is on the right.
Overall, the Realme 9 5G has a solid design, which is a positive for anybody seeking a low-cost smartphone. However, I would have preferred to see a little more creativity in the design aspect. For the time being, the Realme 9 5G’s design is – for lack of a better description – utilitarian.

Display:


The Realme 9 5G features a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 90Hz refresh rate. A punch-hole in the top-left corner of the panel displays indications of backlight bleeding, which is a typical problem with LCD panels. The same can be said for the screen’s viewing experience, with sufficient color fidelity and limited viewing angles provided by the display. I was pleased with the display’s smoothness, and the unit’s 90Hz refresh rate reduces jitteriness to a minimum while navigating.
On the other hand, I had to squint a little when gazing at the screen heat because the display’s peak brightness could’ve been better. In terms of OTT content, Realme has given the phone WideVine L1 certification, which means you can watch your favorite TV series and movies in HD quality on OTT services like Netflix.

Cameras:

The camera specifications of a smartphone are frequently prominently shown in promotional materials and for good cause. With the rise of social media platforms, shoppers looking for a new phone need a camera that can take passable, shareable photos.

To that end, the Realme 9 5G features a 48-megapixel primary sensor, as well as a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera. So, how good are the sensors? Daytime shots, on the other hand, have sharp details and an above-average dynamic range. However, the primary sensor’s focusing speed is a little slower than I had anticipated. In fact, I had to touch the shutter button many times to get a shot to take.
To the company’s credit, there might be a one-off problem with my item. But I hope the brand investigates it anyhow. Moving on, the sensor’s exposure control was mediocre at best, with the unit overexposing objects when the sun was directly overhead.

enhanced street lights, the gadget had trouble focusing on the subjects. To be honest, without pressing on the viewfinder, the sensor searches for focus in the picture, resulting in a foggy image. Even with perfect focus, there was evidence of oversharpening in regions where there was less light. The designated Night mode didn’t help much. The macro sensor is a touch excessive with colors, but if you utilize it correctly, you can get away with some creative images for your social network handles.
The handset’s 2MP depth sensor can capture superb monochrome portrait images. We can easily compare this with the Instagram effect To be honest, I think the phone would have been better off with a wide-angle or telephoto lens.

Finally, there’s the 16MP selfie camera hidden behind the punch-hole, which has all of the characteristics of prior Realme phones. The selfie camera’s skills are summed up by crisp face oversharpening, adequately matching skin tones, and somewhat off-kilter exposure control behind my head.

Specs and performance :

The MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC powers the Realme 9 5G. Now, I’m not going to mince words: the Realme 9 5G is a great everyday driver, and its performance only suffers while playing GPU-intensive games like BGMI. In fact, I was really pleased with the device’s multitasking capabilities.

It could easily handle a few resource-intensive applications like Instagram, Snapchat, and Chrome. Now, the SoC slowed down when I tried to edit a Reel on Instagram, but the smartphone was generally quite responsive. In terms of benchmark data, Geekbench 5’s multi-core score was 1,833, while Antutu V9.3.2’s total result was 371,676 points, both of which are excellent for the price.

The smartphone comes with up to 6GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. Thankfully, the phone comes with a microSD card slot, allowing owners to expand the phone’s capacity by up to 1TB. Realme also allows you to borrow a partition from the handset’s internal storage to practically increase the RAM by up to 5GB.

In terms of gaming, the device supports BGMI with Balanced graphics and Ultra (45fps) frame rates. I didn’t notice any serious heating concerns while gaming on the phone throughout my time with it. In reality, the game operated as well as it could for approximately an hour before experiencing frame dips which are great

Speakers:

The gadget comes with a single speaker on the bottom that sounds about as well as you’d expect from a low-cost phone. Thankfully, the device has a 3.5mm headphone socket that provides a static-free audio experience when using wired earbuds to transmit media. Furthermore, the phone is 5G-ready, so you may be able to use super-fast internet connections on it in the future. However, for the time being, you may utilize 4G LTE services with the Realme 9 5G, which performed admirably. I’d also want to mention that the authentication rates from the unit’s side-mounted fingerprint sensor were satisfactory, but the face recognition is a bit hit-or-miss.

Software:

Realme’s proprietary RealmeUI 2.0 skin is based on Android 11 and runs on the phone. To keep a long tale short, Realme UI offers a lot of customizability, but it could use a little less bloatware. I am hoping that the phone will be updated to Android 12 shortly.

Battery:

The device’s battery life isn’t very impressive. Most, if not all, inexpensive phones come with a 5,000mAh battery. The handset’s 18W charging speed, on the other hand, pales in contrast to the competition. Regardless, the tablet lasted over 16 hours in PCMark’s Battery 3.0 test, implying that users should be able to get a full day out of a single charge. To give you a better idea, I averaged roughly 5-6 hours of screen time each day with the device, with my usage consisting of checking social media accounts and viewing a few 40-minute Netflix episodes.
The Mobile takes a long time to charge entirely, and you’ll have to leave it plugged in for around two hours to fully recharge it.

Final verdict:

With its latest competitor, the Realme 9 5G, Realme has taken a safe bet. In truth, the device’s features are nothing to write home about yet despite that, the handset is still a strong contender in the cheap market. While I would have preferred a more powerful camera array and a nicer look, consumers who choose the Realme 9 5G will find the phone’s performance, display quality, and software experience. It would be interesting to see how Xiaomi and POCO respond to Realme’s constant barrage of devices priced sub Rs 39,999. Let us know what you think of Realme’s latest in the comments section below. Stay connected to our site for all things tech.

Our rating:

4/5

Key Specs:

RAM 4 GB
Processor MediaTek Density 810
Rear Camera 48 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP
Front Camera 16 MP
Battery 5000 mAh
Display 6.5 inches