Realme 9 5G SE (Speed Edition): Specifications, Pros and Cons

Realme has launched the Realme 9 5G SE. Here, SE refers to Speed Edition. The device becomes the first phone from Realme to feature 144Hz Refresh Rate.

The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Processor, 144Hz FHD+ IPS LCD Display, and more.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, and price of the Realme 9 5G SE. We have also listed the Pros and Cons of the device along with some FAQs. Read on to check all the details.

Price of Realme 9 5G SE

The device launched in two different variants – 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage. It comes in two color options – Azure Glow and Starry Glow.

The 6GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 19,999 (~USD 265) and the 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs Rs 22,999 (~USD 305).

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Realme 9 5G SE Pros and Cons

ProsCons
144Hz Refresh RateIPS LCD Display
Snapdragon 778G ProcessorDecent Rear Cameras
Dedicated SD Card SlotNo ultrawide angle lens
Good Looking DesignStill Android 11 (no Android 12 out of the box)
4k@30fps video recordingOnly 30W Fast Charging
Plastic Body (Frame and Body)
Single Speaker

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the Realme 9 5G SE, now let’s see the full features and specifications of the device.

Realme 9 5G Speed Edition Review

Realme 9 5G SE has its Pros from Snapdragon 778G Processor to 144Hz Refresh Rate but Realme has done some compromises by providing 5G connectivity on it which can be a huge letdown for some users who are not looking just for a 5G smartphone.

Let’s go deeper and see what Realme has offered in its Realme 9 5G Speed Edition smartphone.

Display

The Realme 9 5G SE features a 6.6-inches FHD+ IPS LCD Display with 2412 x 1080 pixels screen resolution and 144Hz Refresh Rate. The device further has a 20.1:9 Aspect Ratio, 600 nits Peak Brightness, and a 90.8% Screen-to-body ratio.

The device has Panda Glass Protection on the top while the back and frame are made out of plastic.

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Now, here, Realme should provide an AMOLED Panel but they didn’t, instead of that Realme went with an IPS LCD Display. So, yes Realme has done cost-cutting in that.

Further, Realme has added the support for Widevine L1 which means you will be able to watch only FHD+ videos on OTT apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos.

Realme 9 5G SE (Speed Edition) Display

So, yes Realme has done compromises in the display by providing 144Hz Refresh Rate which is not useful for most of the users. I feel that Realme should have gone with an AMOLED panel rather than LCD, even 90Hz AMOLED would have been a better option.

Overall, the Realme 9 5G SE has a decent quality display and is not the best display considering the price of the device. So, if you want a phone with a good display then you can take look at any other device and not on this one.

Cameras

Realme has also compromised in the camera department and that’s the reason why the smartphone is priced at Rs 19,999 and not at Rs 25k.

The Realme 9 5G SE comes with a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 2MP portrait sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

There is a 16MP Selfie Camera Lens with f/2.1 aperture in the punch-hole design display. The rear camera can record up to 4k videos at 30fps while the front camera can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps.

The device does not support OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), so it relies on EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization).

Just like every single budget Realme smartphone, the video quality is not that great, Realme tries to boost the colors and in between, it losses out on details.

For most of the users who have already used the Realme smartphone, this is not a big issue but for those who are buying a Realme smartphone for the first time or wanted the best camera smartphone under Rs 20k (~USD 265) will be disappointed with Realme 9 5G SE.

The selfie camera captures some good shots and the images will come out more white.

Realme 9 5G SE (Speed Edition) Cameras

The 48MP primary sensor is fine too, it doesn’t take a good image, it’s missed or hit. There is some issue with the dynamic range. Sometimes, the image comes out very good, and sometimes, it’s not even useable.

Realme needs to work on camera otherwise, this is a smartphone with a powerful processor only, cameras are just there.

Now, forget those 2MP+2MP sensors as they are added just for numbers.

Overall, Realme 9 5G SE has below-average cameras and one should not buy this smartphone for a camera, it’s a good smartphone for gaming only at a good price, nothing else.

Performance

The Realme 9 5G SE is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Processor coupled with Adreno 642L GPU. It comes with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 Storage.

The device runs on Android 11-based RealmeUI 2.0 skin out of the box. Here, Realme should have provided the Android 12 OS out of the box but they didn’t.

It also has 5G support and it has five 5G bands including n1, n28, n41, nn77, and n78.

Realme 9 5G SE (Speed Edition) Performance

The device also has extended or Virtual RAM availability. However, the Virtual RAM is a gimmick and used only for marketing purposes and has no use in real-life, so forget about that.

Overall, the Snapdragon 778G Chipset will give you better performance under Rs 20k (~USD 265), so there will not be any issues while playing games or even using smartphones in day-to-day life.

Battery

The Realme 9 5G Speed Edition packs a 5,000 mAh Battery with 30W Fast Charging Support. Realme has also included the 30W Fast Charger inside the box of the device.

Overall, the battery should last for the day because of the processor but in the end, it depends on you, how you use your device every day.

If you are a heavy user then you need to charge the device two times a day, but if you are a normal user, the device will last for a day without any problem.

Audio

The Realme 9 5G SE does not have stereo speakers, instead of that, it has a single speaker at the bottom.

It also has a secondary noise cancellation microphone which helps you during calls. The device also has a 3.5 mm headphone jack to plug in your wired earphones or headphones.

Overall, the sound quality of the device is decent and there are no issues with call quality too.

Realme 9 5G SE Full Specifications

Display6.6-inches FHD+ IPS LCD
20.1:9 Aspect Ratio
90.8% Screen-to-body ratio
600 nits Peak Brightness
Resolution2412 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionPanda Glass Protection
Refresh Rate144Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight164.4 x 75.8 x 8.5 mm, 199 grams
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Plastic Back
Operating SystemRealme UI 2.0 Based on Android 11
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 778G Processor
GPU – Adreno 642L
CPU – Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Cortex A78, 3×2.2 GHz Cortex A78 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex A55)
StorageLPDDR4x RAM + UFS 2.2 Storage
6GB+128GB
8GB+128GB
Card SlotDedicated Slot (2+1 MicroSD card)
Rear Camera48MP primary sensor
2MP portrait sensor
2MP macro sensor
Video (Rear)4k@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps
Front Camera16MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery5000 mAh Battery
Charging30W Fast Charging
Headphone JackYes (3.5 mm)
SpeakersSingle Speaker
Bluetooth Versionv5.2
NFCNo
5G Bandsn1, n28, n41, n77, n78
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintSide-mounted Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsMagnetic Induction Sensor
Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gyro-meter
Acceleration Sensor
NavigationGPS, Beidou, Glonass, QZSS, Galileo
ColorsAzure Glow, Starry Glow

Some FAQs

Does the device have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

Yes, the smartphone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones or headphones.

How many 5G bands are there in the device?

The device has a total of five 5G bands which include n1, n28, n41, n77, and n78.

Does the Realme 9 5G SE has dual speakers?

No, the device does not have dual stereo speakers. Instead of that, Realme has added a single speaker at the bottom side.

Is there an AMOLED Display?

No, the device does not have an AMOLED Display. Instead of that, Realme has added an IPS LCD Display.

Does the device support Widevine L1?

Yes, the Realme 9 SE 5G has Widevine L1 Support. which means you can stream FHD+ videos on OTT Platforms like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix.

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