Just a few weeks ago we entered 2022, realme 9 Pro + offers an important proposal in the mid-range category – θήκες κινητών -. Specifically, the company promises a camera that competes with the top flagships as well as a powerful processor, with 5G support to complete an impressive package.
In the past, indeed, realme devices have largely performed better than expected and the data in their class, at least in certain areas. With that in mind, the realme 9 Pro + seems ready to continue the “tradition”, so let’s look at it in more detail.
Design – Screen
We start by taking the phone out of the box, which includes a silicone case for the back, a 60W charger and a USB-C cable. The realme 9 Pro + is available in three colors: Sunrise Blue, Midnight Black, Aurora Green. As realme is used to, the design of the back is always special in a way and here things become very interesting without any exaggeration – something that happened in some older models.
The reason for the color Sunrise Blue, which is a beautiful light blue, but when exposed to light it acquires golden notes until -after a few minutes- it turns completely pale red, mimicking the colors of the sunrise as betrayed by its title. It may sound excessive, but in practice it looks beautiful and really original. The only downside here is that the part of the camera does not change color like the rest of the back, so there is a light blue part in all red.
Speaking of which, the camera is the only element that stands out on the back, which otherwise remains perfectly clean, pleasant change compared to previous models – the logo is discreet and the pattern is not at all intense. There is glass on the back so it does not slip on the hand, while its special color makes it look a little more special than the usual construction material.
With a thickness of 7.99mm, it is 0.02mm thinner than its predecessor, it is extremely thin and its overall size makes it comfortable in the hand, however as usual, it is a bit difficult to handle with one hand due to the size of the screen.
On the left side you will find the two volume keys and on the right a power button that protrudes slightly, since the fingerprint sensor is integrated below the screen. Upstairs is a microphone and dual SIM card slot (with extra microSDXC card slot), with the bottom housing the USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone port and one of the two speakers, with the handset acting as a speaker .
In front we will find the 6.4 ”screen with a discreet punch-hole selfie camera in the upper left corner. The panel is Super AMOLED technology with Full HD resolution (1080×2400) and density 409ppi. As in previous realme devices, so here the image quality is impeccable due to the technology of the panel, with rich colors and depth in black that make it ideal for any type of content.
It is legible even in sunlight, with a standard brightness of 430nits and a maximum of 1000nits, able to reach very high or very low and remain relaxing to the eyes. There are no complaints in any area and it is a really flawless display.
Where flagship levels approach but stop one step ahead, is the rate of renewal. It supports up to 90Hz with dynamic switching based on the content displayed on the screen – 30Hz for still images, 48Hz / 50Hz for movies and series, and 60 / 90Hz for games and navigation. The automatic switching worked smoothly during our tests and did not appear to consume a tremendous amount of battery life, at least to our expectations.
Finally, although 120Hz is becoming an increasingly common feature on mobile phones, here the “ceiling” is 90Hz which although offers a very smooth motion but the experience could be even better.
Performance – Battery
The realme 9 Pro + is offered in three versions: 6GB / 128GB, 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB. All versions support 5G connectivity so the final choice is due to RAM or storage and RAM – and of course price.
Initially, the realme 9 Pro + is the first phone to come with the new SoC MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G, with an octa-core processor and the Mali-G68 MC4 GPU.
In terms of performance, we tested the smartphone in various scenarios. Our daily routine with it included using Outlook, Gmail, Slack, Google Docs / Word, Google Sheets / Excel, browser and various small applications along with a bit of Netflix or Spotify. Many times, several of the above worked in parallel in the background. In an otherwise excellent experience, the only downside was that sometimes when we closed or opened an application, there was a momentary jam – something subtle, but somewhat annoying. It may be a problem of the realme UI and not the hardware, of course, as these are not demanding applications and during use there were no similar issues.
In general, this is a mid-range mobile phone with some impressive features. It may not have the best processor, but it has no performance issues. Its battery may not last long, but it charges surprisingly fast. But unquestionably, its camera is of high standard and since in other areas it does not have a significant problem, it can easily be recommended for most users since the camera is now such an important purchase criterion for many.
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