Realme 9i: First impression | Deccan Herald

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Emerging tech company Realme launched the new Realme 9i series of smartphones in India on Tuesday, January 18.

Realme 9i is available in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – for Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,999, respectively.

DH received the review unit and here are our first thoughts on the new Realme 9i.

Design and display

The design language of the new phone is very refreshing and visually appealing compared to its predecessor. It features a glossy shell and our Prism Blue model looks beautiful in sunlight and has a smooth surface. Moreover, the curved rectangular camera module resembles the GT Neo 2 series.

Additionally, the device has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which doubles as a power button. So far it has been able to work without any issues.

The weight is a bit heavy though and we can understand that as the device comes with a huge 5000mAh battery inside.

Realme 9i. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

On the front, it sports a 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2412 x 1080p) LCD screen and can deliver peak brightness of up to 480 nits.

Also, it is one of the most affordable phones to support 90Hz adaptive refresh rate. Thanks to this, the phone will be able to provide better web browsing and viewing experience. multimedia. I spent a few hours with the phone and the screen was bright enough to view content in direct sunlight and I need to see how the eye comfort mode works at night to read content on the screen .

photography equipment


Sample camera from Realme 9i. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

On the back, it houses a triple camera module – 50MP main (with Samsung JN1 sensor, f/1.8) supported by a 2MP(f/2.4) B&W portrait camera and a 2MP (f/2.4) 4cm macro with LED flash. Also, it has a 16MP (f/2.1) snapper on the front for selfies.


Sample camera from Realme 9i. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

In the afternoon sun, Realme 9i was able to take good photos. The colors look natural and the camera captured plenty of subject detail. But, I’m very keen to muffle how the camera behaves in night mode. Be sure to come back for the full review next week.


Realme 9i series. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

CPU configuration

The new Realme 9i features a 6nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 with Adreno 610 GPU. It is backed by 4GB/6GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 64GB/128GB storage (UFS 2.1). It also supports expandable memory up to 1TB.

The device worked smoothly and I didn’t notice any pressing issues while using the camera and switching between multiple apps. But, it takes time to evaluate its performance while playing games.

It comes with a 5000mAh battery and it is said that the device can last more than a day under normal usage conditions. But, we have to test if it can really live up to the hype. Additionally, the company offers a 33W dart charger. It is capable of charging the phone from zero to 100% in less than 70 minutes.

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