It’s amazing how far Realme has come. In addition to offering entry-level smartphones and high-end devices, it is challenging Samsung and Xiaomi for smartphone dominance. Among India’s top five smartphone manufacturers, Realme is the fastest-growing 5G brand, according to a Counterpoint report. Originally a budget challenger, its signature number series has evolved into a mid-priced leader in recent years. In their latest attempt to topple the competition, Realme released the 9 Pro series. This series does not conform to the affordable mantra that has been a foundation for Realme’s success. As part of the series, the Realme 9 Pro+ is the company’s most expensive smartphone yet, and with its starting price of Rs 24,999, it falls into the mid-range segment. MediaTek’s Dimensity 920 5G processor and a flagship 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor round out the device’s specs. In the crowded mid-range market, does the Realme 9 Pro+ have the oomph it needs to survive? Let’s investigate. For staying update with the latest and upcoming mobiles reviews keep visiting our website.
Design and display
There isn’t much flash in the design of the Realme 9 Pro+. Despite being heavy to hold, and having curved edges, it is not an easy grip. The 9 Pro+ is a functional, but unremarkable phone with a matte-finished back and rails. I received a color variant of Aurora Green that looked more like Indigo Blue and had specks of glitter scattered across it that shimmered in the light. In my opinion, the Sunrise Blue version of Realme’s smartphone, which changes colors when exposed to sunlight, could be a head-turner. In addition, Realme has made the device one of the thinnest smartphones it produces in its number series at just eight millimeters. As with the Realme 9i, the housing of the 9 Pro+ has a triple camera arrangement. Despite the lack of a headphone jack, Realme is keeping a USB C port located at the bottom of the handset, along with a speaker grille. There is a second speaker in the earpiece, while the power button and volume rockers are found on the right. Generally speaking, the Realme 9 Pro+ isn’t going to win a lot of style points. However, for those who do not prefer flashy phones, that may not really be a bad thing.
Software and performance
I think that the Dimensity 920 5G SoC could use some improvement in terms of processing abilities and in that regard, the phone is equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC. Nevertheless, the words I have written should not be misconstrued to suggest that the 9 Pro+ is inadequate for handling the day-to-day requirements of average smartphone users. With Antutu scores of 505,838 and Geekbench 5 scores of 2,326 both reflecting ample performance, the device has a solid performance rating. At this price point, I did expect a Dimensity 1200 to be part of the 9 Pro+, given Realme’s history with value-for-money hardware. During intense games and video editing for social media, it is easy to see the benefit. It is possible to play BGMI at 60 frames-per-second, but you must pair it with the lowest graphics settings, or you will experience continuous frame drops after prolonged use. The CPU didn’t overheat as a result of sustained load and was able to maintain a good deal of its maximum performance.
The device runs an Android 12 operating system with RealmeUI 3.0. This version of the software features colorful icons with a more spacious interface. New tools for customizing Always-on-Display and easy access via floating windows are also included. In Simple Mode, all the utility apps are brought to the forefront and unnecessary apps are closed out. It’s a good option for more technophobic users. It’s impressive how intuitive the RealmeUI is, but again, I wish it would be free of any bloatware.
Even with a standard 4,500mAh battery inside, the Realme 9 Pro+ offers excellent battery life. So far, I have only needed to charge my phone four times in a week. Last but not least, the battery can be fully charged by 60W in just under 30 minutes.
A mid-range smartphone with a superior camera experience would be the Realme 9 Pro+. This device surely deserves a second look because of its stellar display and lasting battery life. The experience is somewhat hampered by the unappealing facade and persistent bloatware issue.