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Realme 9 Pro+ Review in under five minutes | A bold new leap for Realme's Number series

The Realme 9 Pro+ is the latest and most expensive addition to the Number series. But can it live up to expectations and the price?

February 16, 2022 / 04:29 PM IST
The Realme 9 Pro series has officially been unveiled in India. The Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+ are the latest additions to the company’s famous Number series. The Realme 9 Pro’s price in India is set at Rs 17,999, while the Realme 9 Pro+ will set you back Rs 24,999 for the base model. And while the Realme 9 Pro is nothing out of the ordinary for a ‘Number’ series phone, the Realme 9 Pro+ is where things get interesting and is thus the focus of this quick hands-on review.
Intro | The Realme 9 Pro series has officially been unveiled in India. The Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+ are the latest additions to the company’s famous Number series. The Realme 9 Pro’s price in India is set at Rs 17,999, while the Realme 9 Pro+ will set you back Rs 24,999 for the base model. And while the Realme 9 Pro is nothing out of the ordinary for a ‘Number’ series phone, the Realme 9 Pro+ is where things get interesting and is thus the focus of this quick hands-on review.
The design of the Realme 9 Pro+ can be summed up in two words ‘stylish’ and ‘sleek’. Measuring 7.99mm thick, the Realme 9 Pro+ is the slimmest smartphone in the ‘Number’ series to date. The slim design is complemented by a Light Shift Design (only available in Sunrise Blue), which can switch colours depending on the light that hits its surface.
Realme 9 Pro+ Design | The design of the Realme 9 Pro+ can be summed up in two words ‘stylish’ and ‘sleek’. Measuring 7.99mm thick, the Realme 9 Pro+ is the slimmest smartphone in the ‘Number’ series to date. The slim design is complemented by a Light Shift Design (only available in Sunrise Blue), which can switch colours depending on the light that hits its surface.
Realme notes; “Under normal sunlight or ultraviolet light, the back cover will become completely discolored from blue to red in about 3 seconds.” The effect fades away when the phone is not under direct sunlight. Additionally, there’s another component to this finish, which creates a stunning color-filled shine with a vibrant vertical beam. Additionally, the phone is available in two other finishes if you are not a fan of the flashy effects – Midnight Black and Aurora Green.
Realme 9 Pro+ Design | Realme notes; “Under normal sunlight or ultraviolet light, the back cover will become completely discolored from blue to red in about 3 seconds.” The effect fades away when the phone is not under direct sunlight. Additionally, there’s another component to this finish, which creates a stunning color-filled shine with a vibrant vertical beam. Additionally, the phone is available in two other finishes if you are not a fan of the flashy effects – Midnight Black and Aurora Green.
The overall build of the phone is pretty sturdy, with the phone opting for a glass back and a plastic frame. Additionally, you get a headphone jack and USB Type-C port at the bottom. The power button is located on the right, while the volume buttons are placed on the left. The Realme 9 Pro+ also features dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and a heart-rate monitor integrated into the fingerprint reader. It is worth noting that the sensor doesn’t track your heart rate every time you unlock the phone but can be manually utilized through Settings > Heart Rate Measurement.
Realme 9 Pro+ Design | The overall build of the phone is pretty sturdy, with the phone opting for a glass back and a plastic frame. Additionally, you get a headphone jack and USB Type-C port at the bottom. The power button is located on the right, while the volume buttons are placed on the left. The Realme 9 Pro+ also features dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and a heart-rate monitor integrated into the fingerprint reader. It is worth noting that the sensor doesn’t track your heart rate every time you unlock the phone but can be manually utilized through Settings > Heart Rate Measurement.
For the panel, the Realme 9 Pro+ uses a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a comfortable 20:9 aspect ratio. The panel boasts a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. Despite, its sub-25K price tag, the panel here is not the brightest around but doesn’t suffer that much under direct sunlight. I preferred the Natural colour mode over the Vivid mode. You can also scale the refresh rate between 60Hz and 90Hz. Still, the overall display experience was quite pleasant and served well for both gaming and watching videos.
Realme 9 Pro+ Display | For the panel, the Realme 9 Pro+ uses a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a comfortable 20:9 aspect ratio. The panel boasts a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. Despite, its sub-25K price tag, the panel here is not the brightest around but doesn’t suffer that much under direct sunlight. I preferred the Natural colour mode over the Vivid mode. You can also scale the refresh rate between 60Hz and 90Hz. Still, the overall display experience was quite pleasant and served well for both gaming and watching videos.
Realme has also compromised little on performance here, outfitting the Realme 9 Pro+ with a MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC, making it one of the fastest chips on a phone in the segment. Moreover, the 6nm chip is paired with 6GB/8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. The phone also features the virtual RAM extension and has an improved Vapor Chamber Cooling System that can cover 100 percent of core heat sources.
Realme 9 Pro+ Performance | Realme has also compromised little on performance here, outfitting the Realme 9 Pro+ with a MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC, making it one of the fastest chips on a phone in the segment. Moreover, the 6nm chip is paired with 6GB/8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. The phone also features virtual RAM extension and has an improved Vapor Chamber Cooling System that can cover 100 percent of core heat sources. This translated to some smooth performance in both gaming and multitasking. I was able to push the phone with a 30-minute session of Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. However, the Realme 9 Pro+ handled the tasks well, offering solid performance. I was able to run Call of Duty: Mobile on High graphics with Very High frame rates.  In Geekbench, the Realme 9 Pro+ scored 814 points in the single core test and 2333 points in the multi-core test. When it comes to performance, the price tag of the Realme 9 Pro+ is more than justified.
For optics, the Realme 9 Pro+ features a triple-camera setup, although the 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor was a refreshing change to the traditional 64 MP sensor we’re used to seeing on Realme ‘Number’ series devices. Additionally, you also get an 8 MP ultrawide shooter and a 2 MP macro unit. The main camera can record video 4K video at 30fps, but Realme has also included OIS on the primary sensor, which is a first for the ‘Number’ series.
Realme 9 Pro+ Cameras | For optics, the Realme 9 Pro+ features a triple-camera setup, although the 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor was a refreshing change to the traditional 64 MP sensor we’re used to seeing on Realme ‘Number’ series devices. Additionally, you also get an 8 MP ultrawide shooter and a 2 MP macro unit. The main camera can record video 4K video at 30fps, but Realme has also included OIS on the primary sensor, which is a first for the ‘Number’ series.
The main camera can take detailed shots in daylight and reproduces accurate colours for the most part. Photos taken in daylight also had good amounts of sharpness and dynamic range. Portrait shots are sharp and detailed, while edge detection was on point for the most part.
The main camera can take detailed shots in daylight and reproduce accurate colours for the most part. Photos taken in daylight also had good amounts of sharpness and dynamic range. Portrait shots are sharp and detailed, while edge detection on point for the most part.
In low light, camera performance doesn’t dip too much if you have enough ambient light, while the night mode serves to improve detail and reduce noise in shots.
In low light, camera performance doesn’t dip too much if you have enough ambient light, while the night mode serves to improve detail and reduce noise in shots.
With the ultrawide camera, picture quality is good enough in daylight but struggles in low light. And while photos are not as sharp as that on the main camera, the dynamic range is good. I didn’t test the macro camera yet, but I am no fan of macro cameras in general.
With the ultrawide camera, the picture quality is good enough in daylight but struggles in low light. And while photos are not as sharp as those on the main camera, the dynamic range is good. I didn’t test the macro camera yet, but I am no fan of macro cameras in general.
While the main camera seems like a major step up from the regular ‘Number’ series phones, the ultrawide shooter wasn’t that impressive. OIS also helps with video stabilization but colours and dynamic range could be better. We will provide an in-depth look at camera of the Realme 9 Pro Plus in our full review.
Realme 9 Pro+ Cameras | While the main camera seems like a major step up from the regular ‘Number’ series phones, the ultrawide shooter wasn’t that impressive. OIS also helps with video stabilization but colours and dynamic range could be better. We will provide an in-depth look at the camera of the Realme 9 Pro Plus in our full review.
Despite its slim form factor, Realme has equipped the 9 Pro+ with a 4,500 mAh battery, which easily gets you through a full day with a decent amount of gaming, camera usage, and video streaming. While the 4,500 mAh battery capacity is more-than sufficient to get you through a full day, you can always power up the phone in no-time with the aid of the 60W SuperDart Charge support and the included adapter. No compromises here!
Realme 9 Pro+ Battery | Despite its slim form factor, Realme has equipped the 9 Pro+ with a 4,500 mAh battery, which easily gets you through a full day with a decent amount of gaming, camera usage, and video streaming. While the 4,500 mAh battery capacity is more than sufficient to get you through a full day, you can always power up the phone in no time with the aid of the 60W SuperDart Charge support and the included adapter. No compromises here!
The Realme 9 Pro+ runs on Android 12 with the Realme UI 3.0 skin on top. Realme UI takes a lot of its inspiration from ColorOS and retains much of the same features. Realme UI 3.0’s overall interface is pretty clean, although the phone does come with pre-installed bloatware. Realme UI has a ton of wallpaper to choose from, while you also get an always-on display, and access to a floating window that can be accessed with a side swipe. I’ve just scratched the surface of Realme UI 3.0, but already the experience is getting better, although it could have done without some of the bloatware.
Realme 9 Pro+ Software | The Realme 9 Pro+ runs on Android 12 with the Realme UI 3.0 skin on top. Realme UI takes a lot of its inspiration from ColorOS and retains much of the same features. Realme UI 3.0’s overall interface is pretty clean, although the phone does come with pre-installed bloatware. Realme UI has a ton of wallpaper to choose from, while you also get an always-on display and access to a floating window that can be accessed with a sideswipe. I’ve just scratched the surface of Realme UI 3.0, but already the experience is getting better, although it could have done without some of the bloatware.
There’s no doubt that the new Rs 24,999 price tag is uncharted territory for the Realme ‘Number’ series. But the Realme 9 Pro+ does a pretty good job of navigating through this uncharted territory with its long list of upgrades. With the 9 Pro+, Realme has introduced several upgrades over the Realme 8 Pro, with both generational and quality of life improvements. The reliable camera performance, no-comprise gaming experience, sizeable battery coupled with super-fast charging, latest UI, and a vibrant display, all contribute to making the Realme 9 Pro+ an excellent addition to the sub-25K segment.
Should you buy the Realme 9 Pro+ | There’s no doubt that the new Rs 24,999 price tag is uncharted territory for the Realme ‘Number’ series. But the Realme 9 Pro+ does a pretty good job of navigating through this uncharted territory with its long list of upgrades. With the 9 Pro+, Realme has introduced several upgrades over the Realme 8 Pro, with both generational and quality of life improvements. The reliable camera performance, no-comprise gaming experience, sizeable battery coupled with super-fast charging, latest UI, and a vibrant display, all contribute to making the Realme 9 Pro+ an excellent addition to the sub-25K segment.
There’s no doubt that the new Rs 24,999 price tag is uncharted territory for the Realme ‘Number’ series. But the Realme 9 Pro+ does a pretty good job of navigating through this uncharted territory with its long list of upgrades. With the 9 Pro+, Realme has introduced several upgrades over the Realme 8 Pro, with both generational and quality of life improvements. The reliable camera performance, no-comprise gaming experience, sizeable battery coupled with super-fast charging, latest UI, and a vibrant display, all contribute to making the Realme 9 Pro+ an excellent addition to the sub-25K segment.
There’s no doubt that the new Rs 24,999 price tag is uncharted territory for the Realme ‘Number’ series. But the Realme 9 Pro+ does a pretty good job of navigating through this uncharted territory with its long list of upgrades. With the 9 Pro+, Realme has introduced several upgrades over the Realme 8 Pro, with both generational and quality of life improvements. The reliable camera performance, no-comprise gaming experience, sizeable battery coupled with super-fast charging, latest UI, and a vibrant display, all contribute to making the Realme 9 Pro+ an excellent addition to the sub-25K segment.
Carlsen Martin
first published: Feb 16, 2022 04:29 pm
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