Realme has just launched a lot of relatively affordable phones in India – Realme C35, Realme 9 5G and Realme 9 5G Speed Edition. The company also has Realme 9i (Review) and several older models still for sale at about the same price level. Today we have a quick look at the new Realme 9 5G. It is meant to be an affordable multifunction, but what does that mean in 2022 and offers all the features and capabilities you would expect at this price level?
Realme 9 5G is priced at Rs. 14,999 in India for the basic version, which is 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage space (introductory offer) and Rs. 17,499 for the second variant with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage space. SBI and ICICI Bank cardholders can get instant discounts of Rs. 1,500. It will go on sale for the first time on March 14th. The more powerful Realme 9 5G Speed Edition is priced at Rs. 19,999 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and reaches up to Rs. 22,999 for 8 GB of RAM and the same 128 GB of storage.
As the name suggests, this is a 5G capable phone, which is interesting because not all the competition at or around Rs. 15,000 will allow you to connect to 5G networks as they become operational in India, possibly later this year. However, does that mean you have to make compromises in other areas? Let’s find out.
Realme opted for a 6.5-inch full-HD + 90Hz panel. The processor is a MediaTek Dimensity 810, which supports 5G. There is a 5000 mAh battery, but the charging speed only reaches 18 W, and the charger you receive in the box is quite bulky. This phone also supports Wi-Fi needle, Bluetooth 5.1 and all the usual location services.
While the basic specs are slightly weaker than the higher-priced Realme 9 Speed Edition, both models seem to share the same camera configuration. You get a 48-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and what the company calls a “black and white portrait lens” on the back. There is no ultra-wide room, which is a bit disappointing. There is a 16 megapixel front camera for selfies.
Realme 9 5G is made of plastic and, although the quality of the construction is good, it is not particularly impressive at first sight. Unlike previous models, there is no eye-catching design here. The phone is available in Stargaze White and Meteor Black. The first finish, which is what I have for me, catches light from certain angles and refracts yellow-pink tones, while the second is simple and straightforward. This phone is 8.5 mm thick and has a reasonable weight of 188 g.
The back panel is curved on the sides to meet the plastic frame, making this phone relatively comfortable to hold and use. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into a built-in power button, which is handy. You’ll find volume buttons and the SIM tray on the left (with two Nano-SIM slots and a microSD card slot). The bottom has a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and speakerphone.
Realme 9 5G will not turn its head when it comes to design. It also does not have the kind of specifications that will immediately attract people. However, it could be a solid 5G-capable workhorse for those who just want to use everyday apps and aren’t paying much attention to games or photo quality. We’ll be reviewing this phone soon through our complete review process to check its performance, cameras, software, battery life, ease of use, and more, so stay tuned to Gadgets 360.