Realme 9i Review: A Step in the Right Direction?

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It’s 2022 and almost each smartphone launched outdoors the price range section has assist for 5G, regardless of there nonetheless being no signal of 5G networks in India but. Realme has been pushing loads of 5G telephones for over a 12 months now, however oddly, it is newest providing, the Realme 9i, is a 4G-only mannequin. It’s an entry-level providing in the model new Realme 9 series, and can quickly be accompanied by the upcoming Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+. While a 4G-only cellphone may nonetheless be related if it delivers in different areas, the Realme 9i appears to have just a few omissions in comparison with its predecessor, the Realme 8i.
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So do you have to think about the Realme 9i as your subsequent buy, or does the competitors provide higher worth? I put the Realme 9i to the check to search out out.

Realme 9i value in India

The Realme 9i is obtainable with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 13,999, or with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 15,999 in India. This smartphone is obtainable in two colors, Prism Black and Prism Blue. I had the higher-end configuration in Prism Blue for this evaluation.

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Realme 9i design

Realme’s newest launch in India, the Realme 9i has a brand new ‘Stereo Prism’ design. It sports activities a 6.6-inch show with skinny bezels on the prime and sides, whereas the chin is thicker. You get a cutout in the prime left nook of the display screen for the selfie digital camera. The cellphone has a plastic body with the energy button on the proper and the quantity buttons on the left. A capacitive fingerprint scanner is built-in into the energy button which makes it handy to unlock the smartphone. The sides and corners are rounded, so the body doesn’t dig into your palms whenever you maintain this cellphone.

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The Realme 9i packs in a 5,000mAh battery

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The Realme 9i has a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker, and first microphone at the backside. The prime solely has the secondary microphone. The earpiece doubles up as the second speaker for stereo sound. The SIM tray is on the left and helps two Nano-SIM playing cards in addition to a microSD card. The Realme 9i has a 5,000mAh battery and weighs 190g which is manageable. You get a 33W charger in the field.

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On the again, the Realme 9i packs a triple digital camera setup. The digital camera module appears to be like much like the one on the Realme GT Neo 2 (Review). The again panel has a sample which is seen solely when gentle hits it at sure angles.

Realme 9i specs and software program

The Realme 9i has a 6.6-inch full-HD+ show with a 90Hz peak refresh price, and this could change dynamically primarily based on the content material you might be viewing. This panel is nonetheless a step down contemplating the Realme 8i (Review)’s display screen has a 120Hz refresh price. The Realme 9i is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC. Realme has carried out its DRE (Dynamic RAM Expansion) function which allocates as much as 5GB of storage for use as RAM, however solely out there on the greater storage variant.

The Realme 9i is a 4G smartphone providing twin VoLTE. Since 5G networks have not rolled out in India but, the lack of assist should not actually deter you from contemplating this cellphone. This cellphone additionally has assist for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, and 4 GPS requirements.

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The Realme 9i has a 90Hz refresh price show with a gap punch

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The Relame 9i runs Realme UI 2.0 primarily based on Android 11. My unit of the 9i was operating the January 2022 Android safety patch. The UI was straightforward to make use of and I didn’t have any points discovering my approach round. I discovered the cellphone to have numerous preinstalled apps, a few of which did push spammy notifications after being launched. Thankfully, you may uninstall most of them. You can customise the color mode of the show and even set it to 60Hz. There are completely different options that may be triggered utilizing gestures, if enabled. Realme has additionally added a Game Mode that means that you can mute incoming calls and notifications for interruption-free gaming.

Realme 9i efficiency and battery life

The Realme 9i provided good efficiency and didn’t present any indicators of slowing down with my use throughout the evaluation interval. I discovered the show’s brightness to be satisfactory most of the time, however I needed to defend it from direct daylight in order to see content material clearly when open air. The 90Hz refresh price made scrolling seem very clean. The audio system aren’t balanced, and the bottom-firing one sounded louder. With 8GB of RAM in my evaluation unit, multitasking was a breeze. Realme had enabled the DRE function by default, which bumped the usable RAM capability as much as 11GB. While utilizing the cellphone, I by no means wanted greater than a single try and unlock it utilizing the fingerprint scanner, and face recognition was additionally dependable.

In the AnTuTu, the Realme 9i managed to attain 280,907 factors. It scored 383 factors and 1554 factors respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks. In PCMark’s Work 3.0 check, it managed 8101 factors. Graphics benchmark GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase scenes ran at 36fps and seven.2fps respectively. These scores have been barely decrease than these of the Realme 8i, which is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC.

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The Realme 9i has a triple digital camera setup.


To check the Realme 9i’s gaming efficiency, I performed Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), which defaulted to the ‘Smooth’ graphics and ‘Medium’ body price. It was playable at these settings with none lag. After enjoying the sport for about 21 minutes, the cellphone was barely heat to the contact. I additionally seen a 4 % drop in the battery stage.

The Realme 9i may be very power-efficient, and lasted me about two days on a full cost. Idle battery drain was additionally very low. In our HD video loop check, it managed to run for 22 hours and 42 minutes. Wguke the Realme 8i had 18W quick charging assist, the Realme 9i helps 33W quick charging. The equipped 33W charger was in a position to get the cellphone to 51 % in half-hour and 91 % in an hour. If you’re a gentle consumer, you will not have to cost the Realme 9i fairly often.

Realme 9i cameras

The Realme 9i sports activities a triple digital camera setup consisting of a 50-megapixel major digital camera, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel black-and-white digital camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel entrance digital camera. Realme’s digital camera app is straightforward to make use of. You get fast toggles for HDR and AI scene enhancement. The cellphone was fast to lock focus and set the publicity proper.

Photos taken with the major digital camera have been pixel-binned to 12.5-megapixels by default. Daylight photographs had common dynamic vary and appeared good as is, however magnifying revealed poorer element particularly in the shadows. When capturing photographs in vibrant environments, the cellphone enabled HDR robotically and managed publicity nicely. An ultra-wide-angle digital camera would have improved the setup, however sadly, that function is lacking.

Realme 9i daylight picture pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Close-up photographs have been crisp and had good element. Portraits had good edge detection and the cellphone helps you to select the stage of background blur earlier than taking a picture. Macros taken with the Realme 9i had respectable element however the output wasn’t of a excessive decision.

Realme 9i close-up picture pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Realme 9i portrait pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Low-light photographs taken with the Realme 9i appeared hazy and objects at a distance have been barely recognisable. Objects in the shadows additionally appeared grainy. With Night mode there was a slight enchancment in particulars in the shadows.

Realme 9i low-light digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Realme 9i Night mode pattern (faucet to see full dimension)


Selfies taken with the Realme 9i in daylight have been respectable. The Portrait mode created good separation from the background. Low-light selfies have been strictly common.

Realme 9i daylight portrait selfie


Video recording topped out at 1080p for the major in addition to the selfie digital camera. There is not any stabilisation, which meant that footage was shaky. Low-light footage was barely grainy too.


The beginning value of the Realme 9i in India is Rs. 13,999 and this might make it interesting to these on a price range. However, the costlier variant competes with different smartphones that provide higher efficiency together with 5G connectivity, which the 9i lacks. This new mannequin presents stereo audio system and quicker 33W charging, that are upgrades over its predecessor. However, the 90Hz refresh price is a downgrade in comparison with the 120Hz show on the Realme 8i (Review).

The Realme 9i’s digital camera efficiency can also be sub-par which makes all of it the tougher to advocate the greater priced variant to these on the lookout for an all-rounder. Surprisingly, the Realme 8i presents higher options and digital camera high quality for the identical form of cash. If you might be on the lookout for a future-proof smartphone with 5G connectivity, you may think about the Moto G51 (Review) or the Redmi Note 11T 5G (Review) as a substitute.

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