realme 9 has been my primary smartphone for almost two weeks. It has just been put on sale in Poland. In this review I will try to explain who and why should buy it.
On paper true me 9 is a well-equipped carrier with a 108 MP camera. It has a 90Hz AMOLED display, 33W fast charging, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. During the tests, I checked whether it was worth buying.
During the entire test period, I did not know the actual Polish price 9. My variant has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB for user data. Today we know that in Poland you will pay 1399 PLN for it. You can check availability dates at individual stores and carriers below.
realme 9 with Super AMOLED and 108 MP went to Poland. What are you pre-ordering?
Realme 9 4G Specification
- Processor: Snapdragon 680.
- Display: 6.4″ Super AMOLED, FullHD, 90Hz.
- Battery: 5000mAh, 33W charger.
- Camera: 108 MP main, 8 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro.
realme 9 is a very beautiful medium
Mid-size Realme smartphones may not be the most original smartphones on the market, but there’s no denying their beauty. The front end is fairly typical and the lower frame isn’t the thinnest. It’s a bit surprising with the AMOLED screen which – for a change – is very good. Despite the large chin, the phone can be easily operated with one hand.
I like my color version the most. Of course, not everyone has to like the orange gradient. Undoubtedly, however, the matte case does not collect fingerprints. During testing, I did not find any scratches on it. If you’re worried about that, you’ll find a case in the box. It is made of a pleasant to the touch plastic. It’s also ugly and messes up the reception of the device – realme has done it much better in the past.
The side frame is completely flat – just like the front. Due to the rounded back panel, the ergonomics of use are better than those of angular, Apple-inspired competitors. There’s a single speaker on the bottom edge and unfortunately it doesn’t sound good. For balance, there’s a 3.5mm jack connector next to it, so connecting your favorite headphones won’t be a problem.
Finally, we are left with the camera island. I don’t know if I like his design. It looks like a block of transparent plastic in which the lenses are embedded. It protrudes quite well above the outline of the case and without the case the phone wobbles considerably on the table. At the end of this section, we are left with vibrations. They are fine – that in itself is much better than the average realme. Unfortunately, there is a long way to go for Xiaomi.
The AMOLED screen deserves praise
realme 9 comes with a 6.43 inch AMOLED display. It’s refreshed at 90Hz, has FullHD resolution, and you can’t have any particular reservations about it. Of course, you can find 120Hz OLED panels for such a price. Machine colors are boosted and intense. However, nothing prevents you from choosing a mode instead Naturalor play around with the color temperature yourself.
The matrix has a good maximum brightness, and in the machine it reaches a level that even the strong sun is not afraid of. Then, unfortunately, the colors are already very exaggerated, but that’s the charm of AMOLED in cheap smartphones. I didn’t notice any responsiveness issues, and playing on the realme 9 screen is pure fun.
A fingerprint reader is integrated into the panel. In most cases it is fast and accurate, only going wrong with a dirty finger. In my opinion, however, it is placed a little too low, as it is not a natural position for the thumb. Alternatively, we can use facial recognition. It’s instantaneous, but obviously not so sure.
The performance is bearable and the realme 9 battery is excellent
The Snapdragon 680 is responsible for the performance of realme 9. We know this, for example, from the Redmi Note 11. I just had the opportunity to compare them side by side and there can only be one winner. Considering the price, however, realme 9’s victory comes as no surprise here. It can also be influenced by faster and largest memory – 8 GB of RAM. It really is a phone that is not afraid of multitasking.
In line with my expectations, there is also no scenario where the housing gets even hotter. Pokemon Go while charging (not with a dedicated charger), GPS running in the background and an active hotspot can “fry” most high-end models. Here, we can at most speak of a decrease in the fluidity of the animation. It points to strangulation. However, I prefer these few frames less than a hot case.
The work culture beyond the game deserves nothing but praise. Throughout the test period, they did not happen to me crash application and all went well. The only thing that takes a bit longer is taking pictures in night mode. However, considering the price of the device and the processor, this should come as no surprise to anyone.
realme 9’s battery has a capacity of 5000 mAh, which is one of its biggest advantages. In parallel, I tested the realme C35 and in direct comparison, the realme 9 is even better. More than 7 hours of SoT is not a challenge for him. Less demanding users will forget about the charger for two good days.
I mentioned the load. Here we are doomed to a solution from realme, because charging with a standard 33W PD charger will be useless. The one in the box also has 33W and you can fully charge them in just over an hour. At 5000 mAh, it’s a very solid result. Too bad there is still no compatibility with the solutions of the competition.
realme 9 also has NFC for contactless payments. As in the case of the realme C35, I complain about the third-party apps installed from the start. Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, AliExpress, Shopee, Booking and Amazon are just a few of them. Fortunately, they can be uninstalled.
Is the 108MP camera the best choice for the price?
Realme 9’s photo setups are impressive on paper. Considering its predecessors, this should come as no surprise. The 108 MP camera on this shelf might not be unique, but it certainly makes big promises. If only it had OIS… We also have an 8 MP wide angle and a 2 MP macro sensor. This one can be summed up in one sentence – it is, but don’t rely on good telemacro photos.
The camera app itself is nice, simple, clear, and evokes associations with Oppo. In the modes, I was intrigued by the tab Streetbut it’s just a set of filters. It offers nothing more than what you can do yourself in a simple photo editor. There is of course a portrait, Ultra Night and full 108 MP. There’s nothing to achieve for the latter, as you can’t see better quality, and taking a picture takes a lot longer.
During the day, this is exactly what I expected from a stand with a 108 MP camera. The colors are vivid, there is a lot of detail. The wide angle – also as expected – has a different white balance, less detail and the colors are a bit faded. I have to praise the portrait mode, which is excellent for separating the background from the foreground. 3x zoom is culture of the main matrix, but quite acceptable and useful.
How is Realme 9 doing at night? Here, the smartphone has three faces. The first is the main lens without a night mode – that’s okay. The second is the main lens with night mode – it’s just awesome here and the low light photos taken by realme 9 are top notch in this shelf. Third is wide angle – which is just hopeless in low light.
Is Realme 9 worth buying?
In my opinion, the realme 9 is exactly what the Redmi Note 11 should be. Xiaomi has cut the budget a bit too much in the name of the low price. realme has approached the matter a little differently – it’s more expensive, but it’s a much more complete smartphone. In fact, during the testing period, I did not find any discriminatory flaws in it.
The working culture is excellent and the efficiency will easily satisfy the needs of even more demanding people. Newer games will of course require lowering the detail. At the same time, the large AMOLED display deserves a big plus. The 90 Hz refresh works, everything is very fluid, there is nothing to complain about.
Is the 108MP camera the reason to buy? Generally – yes. It’s definitely one of the best camera phones for the price. However, don’t count on it being able to match the realme 9 Pro+. Also, only the main lens shots are really good. Wide angle after dark and indoors fails.
And that’s how you should look at realme 9. For a phone with a good work culture, a nice camera and a great battery. If you want to spend 1399 PLN, you have my recommendation. You will be happy about it.
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