Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and Realme 9 Pro 5G – launched this week in India – are designed to appeal to young smartphone users, with their color-changing back panel that shifts from sky blue to red under direct sunlight or ultraviolet light. In addition, it has three rear cameras, one of which has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). That is very rare in the under Rs. 30,000 segments. In addition, the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G has a 90Hz AMOLED display, 60W fast charging, and stereo speakers – all very well under Rs. 30,000. In contrast, phones like the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge and OnePlus Nord 2 dominate the market.
On this week’s Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital episode, host Akhil Arora speaks with Senior Reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy to talk about the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and Realme 9 Pro 5G – and to understand what the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G has to offer. Has against the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G and the OnePlus Nord 2.
Realme 9 Pro+ price in India starts at Rs. 24,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone also comes in an 8GB+128GB model priced at Rs. 26,999 and the top-end 8GB + 256GB option at Rs. 28,999. On the other hand, the Realme 9 Pro 5G starts at Rs. 17,999 (introduction price) for the 6GB+128GB model and goes up to Rs. 20,999 for the 8GB+128GB option.
Both phones come with a “Light Shift Design” exclusive to their Sunrise Blue color option, which is responsible for offering the color-shifting back panel. However, it is not as valuable if you prefer to cover the phone with a case. Naturally.
Realme is also not the first brand to change color as its brother Vivo – under the same parent company BBK Electronics – offered a similar experience on the Vivo V23 Pro 5G launched last month. That said, it sets both models apart from the competition in design.
Realme 9 Pro+ Review: Excellent Value for Money
The Realme 9 Pro+ 5G also features an improved camera setup with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. As I mentioned, the primary sensor is also equipped with OIS for better stability. Furthermore, it is coupled with a patented lightning technology called ProLight Imaging and AI Noise Reduction Engine 3.0, both touted to provide an enhanced camera experience, especially in low-light photography.
Aside from the camera side, the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G has a heart rate sensor in its in-display fingerprint sensor to help detect and record heart rate. The technology is not medically approved, although it could help Realme be unique from the competition.
However, the feature is not enabled by default, as users have to enable it by going to the Realme Lab from their phones. It also takes a few seconds to detect your heartbeat and isn’t as instantaneous as recognizing your fingerprints.
The latest Android v ands a list of software features you wouldn’t get on the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge and OnePlus Nord 2 – because both currently run on Android 11. However, both phones can be upgraded to Android 12 in the future. The Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and the Realme 9 Pro 5G are also available with Android 12 out-of-the-box, with Realme UI 3.0 at the top.
That said, Realme’s fast charging on the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G isn’t quite as fast as the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, which supports a whopping 120W charging. 60W support is good, as Apple and Samsung don’t use more than 45W on their flagship phones.
We also discuss how the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and Realme 9 Pro 5G perform against models like the Vivo T1 5G and Google Pixel 4a. This is to find out if the new Realme phones might be your preference if you want to buy one of those models.
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