Realme 9 Pro+ review


The Realme 9 Pro+ easily stands out with its photochromic design, fluid AMOLED screen, flagship-grade camera, and incredibly fast charging. Realme's specialty is offering powerful phones at bargain prices, and the Realme 9 Pro+ is indeed shaping as one of the best offers in the mid-range bracket right now.

The Realme 9 duo launches nearly one year after the Realme 8 series kicked off, and that's odd. The company had an established six-month release pattern up until now. Another different thing is the model naming - the Realme 9 Pro+ is a sequel to the Realme 8 Pro, while the 9 Pro seems to be taking a different spin on the Realme 8.

The timing and naming aside, the Realme 9 Pro+ seems like a worthy upgrade over the Realme 8 Pro, and it has enough to make quite a few people switch even before they read the reviews. The Realme 9 Pro+ is basically what the Realme 8 Pro should have been from the start - a proper continuation of the Realme 7 Pro with an HRR display, more powerful hardware, a better camera, and stereo speakers.

Indeed, the Realme 9 Pro+ now offers a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with an extended 1080p resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10 support. It also comes with an improved 360Hz touch sampling rate. Then there is the Sunrise version that features a photochromic glass panel on the back, which shifts from blue to pink-orange when exposed to sunlight.

Gaming performance is getting a major update with the MediaTek's Dimensity 920 5G chip. It has a more powerful processor and graphics than the dated Snapdragon 720G chipset used within the previous models and offers modern connectivity options like 5G and Wi-Fi 6. There were no promises for HRR gaming, though, so don't hold your breaths for that.

The rear camera gets an improved primary eye with a large 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor with an OIS lens. High-quality zoom, like the one on the Realme 8 Pro, should be possible, too. The 8MP ultrawide camera seems to be the same as on the previous phones, there is also a 2MP macro shooter. The depth sensor is gone, though.

The stereo speakers return on the Realme 9 Pro+ - one of the most notable omissions on the Realme 8 Pro. The fast charging is now 60W, up from 50W on the 8 Pro, while the battery stays the same - 4,500mAh.

Okay, enough with the teasing, here is the complete specs sheet.

Unboxing the Realme 9 Pro+

The Realme 9 Pro+ ships within Realme's signature yellow boxes with black labels. Inside, you will find a 65W SuperDart charger and a 6.5A-rated USB-C-to-A cable. You need to use both if you want to use the fastest possible charging, which is 60W in the case of the Realme 9 Pro+.

There is more, of course. Inside the yellow paper compartment, you will find a soft transparent case. It won't interfere with the color-changing nature of the photochromic rear panel, which is nice.


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