When you think about budget or mid-range, Realme devices should be at the top of your list of options. The company has built a reputation for releasing phones that provide some pretty incredible bang for the buck. Realme is trying to keep that trend continuing with the all-new Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+.
Starting off with the Realme 9 Pro, this device features a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display, complete with a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s a single hole-punch cutout in the top left corner for the selfie camera, which makes use of a 16MP wide-angle sensor. Moving to the back, there’s a triple camera array headlined by a 64MP “Nightscape” wide-angle lens while being accompanied by a macro lens and an ultra-wide sensor with a 119-degree Field of View.
Under the hood, Realme is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, which has recently been found in the likes of the Redmi Note 11 Pro and Honor X30, plus this is the same chipset rumored to be available in the upcoming OnePlus Nord N20. Battery life measures at 5,000mAh and when it comes to charging speeds, you’ll enjoy 33W of power courtesy of Realme’s Dart Charge technology.
Moving over to the Realme 9 Pro+, there are enough differences here to warrant you possibly wanting to think twice before making an impulse decision. The 9 Pro+ is slightly smaller than its counterpart, thanks to the 6.4-inch display complete with a slower 90Hz refresh rate panel. For biometrics, Realme has integrated an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is still pretty impressive when you consider the price of these devices.
Under the hood, Realme switches from Qualcomm over to MediaTek with the Dimensity 900 chipset, marking the first time that a Dimensity 900-powered phone will be made available in Europe. Built on the 6nm process, the Realme 9 Pro+ is said to bring up to 9% better gaming performance, 4% better single-core performance, and can produce up to 35% better details in photos compared to previous Dimensity chipsets.
Speaking of the cameras, that’s pretty much the main highlight of the Realme 9 Pro+, as this is the first “mid-range” device to use Sony’s 50MP IMX766 wide-angle lens. This is the same camera sensor found in the likes of the Xiaomi 12, and even last year’s Oppo Find X3 Pro which was highly touted as one of the best cameras of 2021. Accompanying the IMX766 lens is a 119-degree “Super Wide” camera, along with the same macro lens found on the standard 9 Pro.
Realme didn’t stop there, however, as the 9 Pro+ also launches Street Photography Mode 2.0. This includes features such as Smart Long Exposure, a unique 90s “Pop Filter”, and just better image quality overall compared to many other devices in this segment. And when it comes to snapping a bunch of pictures or playing your favorite games for a long time, you don’t want to run into any overheating issues. That’s where Realme’s new Vapor Chamber Cooling System comes in, which is comprised of a heat sink that can cover “100% of core heat sources”.
Other features of the Realme 9 Pro+ include dual 5G SIM cards, along with a respectable 4,500mAh battery. Where the fun really comes in, at least with the battery, is with the 60W charging speeds offered by Realme’s SuperDart Charge technology. This ensures that your phone will easily get you through the day, even if you need to quickly top off before you leave the office.
Now for the real debacle. Pricing for the Realme 9 Pro starts at just $319 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. And if you want to take advantage of the Sony IMX766 lens with the Realme 9 Pro+, you’ll be looking at just $379 for the entry-level version with the same amount of RAM and storage. We’ll be sure to update this post once we have more information surrounding availability.