big screen, good headroom and decent camera

Some time ago, realme changed the position of its range of devices. Now the GT series is in charge of the top division and the number series has shifted to the brand’s preliminary category. The latter has been replaced with the fresh 9 Pro model, which we have been trying for a long time and we are finally ready to share our impressions.

Equipment and design

The realme 9 Pro smartphone comes in a box that has a recognizable color combination of yellow and black. Inside, in addition to the mobile device itself, there is a silicone case, a 33 W charging adapter, a USB-C cable and documentation.

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A black smartphone came to our review, which shimmers with dark gray gradients in the light. At the rear in the upper left corner in a rectangular space was housed the main camera system, consisting of three lenses. Their layout seems logical and concise.


At the top left there is a combined disc for two SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD memory card. Just below there are two volume keys. On the right side there is a lock button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. Separately, I would like to thank realme for the decision to place physical checks on different people. In my opinion, this solution is the most ergonomic.

At the bottom end, from left to right, there is a 3.5 mm socket for connecting wired headphones, a microphone hole, a USB-C port and a speaker mask.

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If we talk about design in general, the realme brand has already managed to establish itself in terms of quality and balanced devices in all price categories. So 9 Pro is no exception. All the elements of the case fit together, nothing oscillates or creaks.

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In terms of design, the realme 9 Pro is a fairly huge smartphone with a low profile appearance. Despite the size, it fits well in the hand due to the rounded edges of the back.

Screen

The realme 9 Pro comes with a 6.6 “IPS screen with a resolution of 2412×1080 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The front hole of the camera is integrated in its upper left corner. The speaker grille is located in a frame above the screen.

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The surface to surface ratio is 90.8%. The side panels are not thick, but the chin is noticeable. The screen brightness is up to 500 nits. Its stock is enough to use the smartphone in all conditions.

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The colors on the screen of the realme 9 Pro are nice and natural, but in my opinion, there is a slight deviation to cool shades. Despite my subjective comments, the screen settings allow you to adjust the color reproduction using the “Vivid colors” or “Natural” defaults, as well as adjust the color temperature.

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Among other screen settings, the realme 9 Pro also has options for eye protection and video color enhancement. Additionally, you can use three options to adjust the refresh rate of the screen:

  • Automatic selection – automatically selects the best refresh rate for applications
  • high – Refresh rate 120 Hz
  • Role model – 60 Hz refresh rate to save battery

Performance and autonomy

The Realme 9 Pro is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G 6nm chip with Adreno GPU 619 graphics. Our test kit has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS2.2 storage.

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At the AnTuTu benchmark, the smartphone scores 406996 points. During testing, we ran some of the most popular gaming hits on the realme 9 Pro, including PUBG Mobile, Genshin Impact and LOL: Wild Rift. In all cases, the device showed a stable FPS at the highest available settings. During long periods of play, the smartphone heats up slightly, but not significantly.

AnTuTu

Take a look at the test results in the CPU Throttling Test application. The graph clearly shows that the smartphone maintains the top performance with confidence and stability.

CPU strangulation test

We also introduced the 3DMark benchmark. You can see the results in the screenshots below.

The Realme 9 Pro is powered by a 5000 mAh battery. This is a decent percentage, given the screen size of 120 Hz. It takes about an hour to fully charge the battery from 0 to 100%. With such a margin of autonomy, the smartphone fits into the daily scenario by charging once a day without any problems. If necessary, this number can be significantly increased by reducing the screen refresh rate.

The smartphone is equipped with an NFC module. It can be used for contactless payments using the MIR Pay service.

camera

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The realme 9 Pro is equipped with a familiar main camera system of these lenses, which includes:

  • 64 MP main with focal length 25.18 mm, 79 ° FOV, aperture f / 1.79
  • 8 MP wide angle with 15.62 mm focal length, 119 ° viewing angle and F / 2.2 aperture
  • Macro with 21.88 mm focal length, 88.8 ° viewing angle and F / 2.4 aperture

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In daylight, the 64MP main lens delivers pleasing results. We note a high level of detail throughout the frame, natural color reproduction and fairly good white balance. There is support for night mode.

The wide-angle lens is also commendable. With good lighting, the images are well detailed. The image is not a vignette and the level of detail is not lost on the edges.

For high quality shots from a 2 MP macromodule, very good lighting is required. Otherwise, the image starts to make noise. With this resolution, I would not seriously consider this lens – it’s more for entertainment.

As for video, the main camera can record videos at a maximum resolution of 1080P at 30 frames per second. There is electrode stabilization. To record videos smoothly at 60 FPS, you need to reduce the resolution to 720p.

The stock camera application has a large set of different functions:

  • Night
  • Street – Optimized for street photography at 24 mm
  • Portrait
  • PRO – allows you to manually adjust various shooting parameters, such as shutter speed, white balance and more
  • Panoramic
  • ULTRA MACRO – for shooting macro scenes
  • Slow motion
  • Accelerated – allows you to create time-lapses
  • Dual window mode – takes photos on both the main and front camera
  • Astro mode – to capture the starry night sky

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The resolution of the selfie camera is 16 MP. When shooting it in portrait mode, the foreground is properly separated from the background. As with the main camera, the blur level can be adjusted manually.

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Standards

  • Processor: 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, eight cores, frequency up to 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 8/128 GB
  • Display: IPS, 6,6 “, 2412×1080, 120Hz
  • Battery: 5000mAh with Dart Charge 33W support
  • Main camera: 64 + 8 + 2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • OS: Android 12 with skin realme UI 3.0
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm
  • The weight: 195 gr

Impression

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The realme brand once again demonstrates its logical approach to creating balanced devices. However, there are some things that need to be improved, namely the design of the front panel. I would like to see the most uniform frames and the rejection of the “chin”.

In the benefits I will note a good margin of return. It is commendable that realme does not chase the latest indexes in the name of the processor. Instead, the brand has taken a smart approach to stability and efficiency.

Not to mention a large and smooth screen, as well as a 5000 mAh battery. So, we have another interesting player from the realme “in the field” of mid-range smartphones.

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