The Chinese firm realme has been establishing itself over time through mobile phones of all kinds and ranges. We have been lucky enough to try many different models, recently it was the Realme Narzo 50, with which we were quite satisfied. Today we are going to analyze another device from Realme’s mid-low range, specifically the Realme 9 5G. Is this phone worth it? Read on to discover everything it has to offer in its different sections.
An attractive but uncomfortable design
The design of this model has seemed to us, in short, a go for visual appeal very big on the part of Realme, leaving comfort a little aside. It cannot be denied that it is a very beautiful mobile, with a reflective plastic that will delight most, but which also has a large part of the problem in handling. It is very slippery, since all the materials are very smooth plastics that will make us have to use the silicone cover. The size is not excessively high either, with 164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5mm and a weight of 188 gramsbut grasping it, especially with one hand, has been difficult for us due to the ease of sliding.
Everything is distributed in the most usual way, a stereo microphone above, with another below accompanied by a speaker and the type C and Jack connectors, on the left the volume up and down and the SIM holes, and on the right the unlock button to also act as a fingerprint reader, something that we always prefer on the screen itself. The rear camera is in a joint module that stands out, like the vast majority of devices, while the front camera is in the upper left part of the screen in a very discreet way.
In general, it is a correct design, but in which excessive thought will be given to its security, something that should not be a concern. At least the plastic, despite being slippery, is not very dirty. You must be careful in handling and enjoy one of the most beautiful phones in this range.
Other IPS LCD Screen
The Realme 9 5G opts for technology again IPS-LCD for its screen, a classic in lower range mobiles due to the price of implementation. This is not a major problem, we have already told you many times that we prefer Amoled technology, but both have pros and cons. What is most noticeable in the LCDs and that we appreciate in this mobile, is in the increase in weight that they represent for the whole device.
The 6.6-inch screen with a resolution Full HD+ 2400 x 1080 pixels looks great. In fact, the reproduction of colors has been surprising to us. Although there is a clearly negative aspect to be highlighted, and that is the difficulty of viewing in the face of large light exposures.
But if there is something that we must highlight, it is an addition that we rarely see in models of this type, and it is the 120Hz refresh rate. It is an extra that is noticeable, especially when playing, and that will make the experience using the device much better.
Cam game that delivers
Realme has once again opted for a high-power main camera accompanied by support sensors that do not measure up. We thus have a 50 MP primary target that achieves general images of a very high quality, something that is undeniable. They are accompanied by a 2MP macro that is supposed to be aimed at detail but does not achieve optimal results. In addition, a sensor monochrome also 2 MP that supports whites and blacks but is not the most useful in the world. A good angle is missing that increases the focal image and that is already very common within market standards
The front camera is 16 MP, a sensor with which to take selfies with good quality as long as the light conditions are good. We usually insist on this, but the lower range models with selfie cameras of this type, somewhat low in power, require that the light allows the image to be captured at the correct quality, without saw teeth or loss of information.
The recording and photography modes have also been cut compared to previous models of the firm, but the important thing is and the gameplay with the camera is still available. It has time lapse, slow motion, cinema mode and other extras that we have seen before but that we still like. Here is a gallery of images that we have taken with the Realme 9 5G.
Clear cuts in performance
The general analysis of the performance of the Realme 9 5G is simple, it shows that they have cut in this aspect. It seems logical to us that the bet on components is not that of other models and that the brand has chosen to make the mobile work correctly, without much fanfare. It has a processor. Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 and one 4GB RAM, with the option to add another 3 GB virtual using internal memory. An internal memory that in our case is not very high either, with 64 GB.
It does not work badly, and that is what is really important in this price range. Overheating has not been excessive either and it shows that they have worked to ensure that this is not a problem. However, comparisons weigh heavily and it is normal that if you are used to somewhat more powerful models you notice some kind of slowness in processes.
Use the customization layer Realme UI 3.0and the latest Android operating system, with android 12. This makes use much more comfortable, in addition to implementing a series of additions that represent a leap in quality compared to previous models.
Realme 9 5G connectivity and battery
The connections of this mobile are the usual ones, both by cable and wirelessly. We have the USB Type C and 3.5mm Jack such as wired connections. On the other hand, the WIFI 5, Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS as wireless options, none of them in their latest versions, but supported by a 5G that is very efficient. A correct connectivity, in which we do miss the very useful NFC, but whose absence we understand.
The battery is always a success when choosing a Realme. They surprise us again with a fairly large battery, with 5000 mAh, and a fast charge of 18 W. It is not the best recharge on the market, but it speeds up the process a lot and allows us to enjoy the mobile constantly. We always tell you, bet on fast charges.
Features of the Realme 9 5G
|Realme 9 5G|
|Dimensions||164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5mm|
|Colors||black and white|
|Technologies / Bands||5G|
|RAM||4GB + 3GB virtual|
|Resolution||50MP + 2MP + 2MP|
|Fast charge||Yes 18W|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Box contents||Phone, silicone case, full charger and instructions|
Availability and price of Realme 9 5G
In conclusion, the Realme 9 5G It is a mobile with light and dark, although our final feeling is that the Chinese brand has made a lot of effort to produce a competent mobile within a very low price range. There are very good extras, such as fast charging or the refresh rate on the screen, although it also suffers from some nuances such as a slippery design or poor performance. However, we believe that the value for money is very good and for this reason we give it the Silver Giz Award with a big note.
- Very visually appealing
- Big screen
- good main camera
- Fast charging and large battery
- Correct connectivity with 5G
- slippery design
- Not very powerful in performance