Realme 9i hands-on review

Welcome to Realme 9i, the entry-level variant in the manufacturer’s new 9 series. It may be smaller than the 9 Pro and Pro+, but it shares DNA with both devices and even the GT2 Pro. A quick look at the back of the stereo prism design, as Realme calls the 9i, looks really good.

Realme 9i is not the only direct successor to its predecessor. on the other hand It has a smarter design. much better chipset and faster boot time. However, the display is slower. same battery size camera unchanged.

Prices are unchanged – Realme 9i starts at INR 13,999 for the 4/64GB model and goes up to INR 15,999 for the 6/128GB model, which is the same as the current Realme 8i such as screen and chipset issues. Camera and battery are more or less the same. and the finished design for the new phone

The screen in question is a 90Hz device, which is less than 120Hz in the 8i, and the chipset is a respectable Snapdragon 680 with a 6nm node – much better than the 12nm Helio G96. The Realme 9i also delivers sound by adding a working second speaker. magically when watching videos on the device

Here is a full description of Realme 9i as a package.

Realme 9i specs at a glance:

  • Body: 164.4×75.7×8.4mm, 190g; Glass front (Dragontrail Pro), plastic frame, plastic back.
  • Display: 6.60″ IPS LCD, 90Hz, 480 nits (typ), 1080x2412px resolution, 20.1:9 aspect ratio, 400ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm): Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.
  • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; ; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected]Front camera: [email protected]
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 33W, 100% in 70 min (advertised).
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); 3.5mm jack.


judging by its own merits Not just as a successor to other devices, Realme 9i is a balanced and sensible package. The size is good – not too small, not too big, it fits a 6.6 inch screen. On the other hand, it has a large capacity battery – 5000 mAh, which guarantees a long working time.

It may have a nearly useless 2MP camera, but the 50MP main camera delivers our favorite 12.5MP images on the Realme 8i, even at night.

Unboxing the Realme 9i

Realme 9i comes with a 33W charging USB cable and a case. This is the same range as the 8i except for a difference in charging power – 33W and 18W.

Design and ergonomics

Realme 9i is by design, available in Prism Blue or Prism Black, with a 9i back cover that took hours to build before absorbing light. The back plate is called 8-layer optical coating, through precision 5-axis CNC machining. The resulting surface consists of prisms and 3,000 wide lines. The coating is designed to create a layered and transparent appearance.

when it hits the light with precision A vertical line will appear on the back panel. Starting from the top of the device, our Prism Blue model is particularly shiny.

While the Realme 8i is a good phone Especially in the purple we tested. The shiny back cover does not look pleasant to the touch and look. Realme 9i is not fingerprint resistant. But it works better and looks cleaner. Washing is also easier than varnishing.

The camera module is mounted under a glossy plate that absorbs oil easily. The island’s position also makes the Realme 9i wobble when used on a flat surface. (Even if you’re crazy)

Realme 9i is slightly smaller than its predecessor. Although there was no noticeable difference: 4g lighter and 0.1mm thinner.

In a vacuum, the Realme 9i is thin and light. And we find it comfortable to hold and use. The rounded edges do not sink into the palm like the flat side.

The yield is good, it is much brighter and remains readable even in direct sunlight. The colors are bright and the contrast is very good. Excellent viewing angles thanks to the IPS matrix.

A few words about the refresh processing Realme claims that the screen can dynamically update depending on the situation since 30Hz-48Hz-50Hz-60Hz to 90Hz in automatic mode Home screen will accelerate to 60 fps and 90 fps when scrolling starts. when watching video The screen will go to 30 frames per second, otherwise the phone will display at 60 frames per second. As is the 60Hz refresh rate – only on YouTube, video playback drops below 60fps, there’s no noticeable difference between Auto mode and 90 Hz mode.

The Realme 9i’s controls are the same as on the 8i – there’s USB-C on the floor, a 3.5mm headphone jack next to it, and in this case one of the two speakers. On the left is the volume knob. Next to the dual SIM card slot and microSD card on the other side is a fingerprint scanner. We found it very interesting and easy to use. Unlike the 8i, the 9i has a second speaker in the headphones.


The Realme 9i has a 6.6-inch 1080x2412px IPS LCD of 90Hz refresh rate and a maximum brightness of 480 nits. The display has a 20:9 aspect ratio and is covered by Dragontail Pro Glass.

Realme has kept the 5,000mAh battery of the 8i but added faster 33W charging. The maker promises 995 hours of standby, 48 hours of calling, 20 hours of WhatsApp, or up to 116 hours of music playback. Using the 36% faster 33W Dart Charge, the Realme 9i can go from 0% to 100% in 70 minutes.

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