Realme 9 5G e Realme 9 5G Speed Edition are new additions in the 9 series. These versions come as a bit of a surprise that the company has released three more smartphones of the same series in the last two months. The Realme 9 series is more affordable than prior generations, with a greater selection of options. This is a wonderful thing, but it may cause some confusion among potential purchasers. IIn this review, I’ll mostly focus on the vanilla Realme 9 5G to evaluate how it stacks up against other smartphones in the same price range.
Realme 9 5G costs 16,990 BDT in Bangladesh per variable base with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory. The other variant with 6 GB of RAM e 128 GB of storage costs 18,990 BDT. This smartphone è available in two colors, Stargaze White e Meteor Black and I have chosen the former for this test.
The Realme 9 5G has a familiar appearance that reminds me of other Realme phones I’ve used. The large screen has a camera hole in the top left corner. It has thin edges on the top and sides, while the chin is wider. It’s not distracting and acceptable for a phone at this price point. Realme’s frame and back are made of plastic, which contributes to the device’s 188g weight.
The power button on the right has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, while the volume buttons are on the opposite side. All buttons are positioned in the middle of the frame and are easy to reach even with one hand. The phone is remarkably thin at 8.55mm thick.
Below, the Realme 9 5G has a 3.5mm headphone jack, the main microphone, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker. The phone’s top is fully empty. The Realme 9 5G has a flat back with curved sides that make it easy to grasp. It has three cameras housed in a slightly protruding rectangular module. It rocks the phone on a flat surface, which I didn’t like.
The back of the Stargaze White coating contains patterns that change color when exposed to light. The back panel collects stains, but they aren’t easily visible. In the packaging, Realme adds a transparent sleeve.
The Realme 9 5G has a 6.5-inch LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. This phone packs a 5mAh battery and supports 000W fast charging also included a compatible charger. The Realme 18 9G tray features two Nano-SIM slots and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. This phone also supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, and six satellite navigation systems.
In software, Realme UI 2.0 runs su Android 11.The Android security patch for March 2022 has been installed on my device. You can navigate using either the standard three-button layout or swipe gestures. A smart sidebar, which is a floating carousel of shortcuts to your favorite apps and actions, is also included.
Realme UI 2.0 includes customization options to change icon style, color scheme, fonts e icon layout. In the Settings app, the Realme Lab section offers Experiments features to try. Sleep Capsule is one such function, which prevents you from utilizing apps after a particular length of time, allowing you to sleep uninterrupted.
I found a lot of bloatware preinstalled on the device. Some of these apps, come FinShell Pay e Theme Store, sent spam notifications during the review period. Uninstall Ulteriori Informazioni sulla app di third parties to reclaim disk space.
With regular use, the Realme 9 5G provides adequate performance, and I have never seen any latency. Depending on what you’re doing, the screen alternates between 60 and 90 Hertz. You can also set it to 90Hz to ensure smooth scrolling. You can choose between bright and soft color modes, depending on your preferences.
Watching videos was nice, but the single speaker didn’t sound very engaging. At this price point, the Redmi Note 11 is a direct competitor with an AMOLED screen and two speakers, therefore the Realme 9 5G is missing out. was a bit disappointing. The side-mounted fingerprint reader on the Realme 9 5G recognized fingerprints quickly and didn’t require numerous attempts to unlock the phone. Facial recognition was also fast. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button and is easily accessible
My review device had 6GB of RAM, and I was able to use up to 5GB of storage as RAM. Multitasking was a breeze, and I was able to switch between apps without background apps having to reload. App load times were also decent.
The phone performed well in synthetic benchmarks, scoring 372 points in AnTuTu. In Geekbench 099 single-core and multi-core tests, it scored 5 and 609 points. In 1DMark’s Sling Shot test, the phone scored 830 points.
Casual games ran smoothly without any issues. Even Call Of Duty: Mobile ran on “medium” graphics and “medium” frame rate settings by default, and was playable without stuttering. I played the game for 15 minutes which caused the battery level to drop by 4% and after that, the phone barely got warm to the touch.
The battery life on the Realme 9 5G is excellent, and you can comfortably use it for a day and a half on a single charge. The phone lasted 16 hours and 38 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is an impressive amount of time. The included 18W charger is capable of charging it up to around 27% in 30 minutes and around 52% in an hour. It takes a little over two hours to fully charge the phone.
The Realme 9 5G has a 48-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture that drops pixel photos to 12-megapixel by default. The Realme 9 5G lacks an ultra-wide camera, which I believe is a major flaw. The other two are a black and white portrait camera and a macro camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel camera. The camera app is fairly comprehensive, with a wide range of shooting options. It has HDR and AI scene recognition rapid toggles. There’s a new Street Mode filter that applies a high-contrast, high-saturation look to the photos you take.
The camera performance in daylight was decent. The phone was able to correctly measure light and automatically enable HDR in bright scenes. I found the AI to be too aggressive with greens, making plants and trees look artificial. The output from the main camera was fine if seen as-is, but zooming in on these shots revealed quite a bit of missing detail. An ultra-wide camera would have given this phone more versatility.
Close-up photos were good, and the phone managed sharp photos as long as it was at a suitable distance. It also managed a decent background blur. Portraits were sharp and featured excellent edge recognition, as well as a sufficient background blur that could be adjusted before the photo was taken. Macro shots were average and only had a resolution of 2 megapixels.
The camera’s low-light performance was strictly average when shot in normal “Photo” mode. Photos looked soft, and objects in the distance had a watercolor effect. The output was unaffected by switching to night mode. It improved detail in darker sections of an image marginally, but the output had a yellowish hue and appeared to have been filtered. The phone also failed to stabilize the shots, so movement caused the unwanted blur.