Realme 9i 5G Review, Pros and Cons

Realme has expanded its Realme 9 Series by launching the 5G variant of Realme 9i, named Realme 9i 5G. The device comes as the successor to the Realme 8i which was launched previously.

The smartphone features a Mediatek Dimensity Processor, a Triple rear camera setup, a Selfie Camera Lens in the waterdrop notch design display, and more.

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

Price of Realme 9i 5G

The device launched in two different variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage. It comes in two color options – Metallica Gold and Rocking Black.

The 4GB+64GB model is priced at Rs 14,999 (~USD 195) and the high-end 6GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 16,999 (~USD 220).

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Realme 9i 5G Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Mediatek Dimensity 810 SoCPlastic Build (Frame & Back)
Dedicated SD Card SlotWaterdrop notch design display
90Hz Refresh RateIPS LCD Panel
Android 12 OS Out of the boxAverage Rear Cameras
3.5 mm Headphone JackOnly 8MP Selfie Camera
No 4K video recording
18W Charging Support
Single Speaker
No Gyroscope Sensor
Bit Expensive

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the Realme 9i 5G, now take a look at the full features, specifications, and review of the handset.

Realme 9i 5G Review

Realme 9i 5G has its Pros but the brand has done many compromises in the phone smartphone which can be a huge letdown for many users.

Also, Realme 9i 5G is worth buying if you only want a Realme smartphone otherwise you can skip this phone as considering the price, it’s not up to the mark and it’s an overpriced phone.

Let’s go deeper and see what Realme has offered in its Realme 9i 5G handset.

Display

The device has a 6.6-inches FHD+ IPS LCD Display with 2408 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 90Hz Refresh Rate, and 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate. It further has a 90.4% Screen-to-body ratio and 400 nits Brightness.

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The phone also has Widevine L1 support which means you can play FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix.

The device has glass protection on the front, while the frame and back panel of the phone are made out of plastic. However, Realme has disclosed which glass protection they have used on the front.

As the device has an IPS LCD Panel, hence it has a Side-mounted fingerprint scanner by which you can unlock the device using fingerprints.

Now, Realme should have provided the AMOLED panel but they didn’t, they went with a 90Hz IPS LCD Panel which is not good considering the price.

Realme-9i-5G-Display

Overall, we can say that the phone has a good display and is not great at this price point.

Cameras

The Realme 9i 5G has a triple rear camera setup that houses a 50MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 2MP portrait lens with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture.

There is an 8MP Selfie Camera Lens with f/2.0 aperture in the waterdrop notch design display. Both the front and rear cameras can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps.

The 50MP primary sensor takes some good shots with good detailing and there are also no dynamic range issues too. However, the primary camera suffers in the low lighting or at night, and sometimes it also losses details.

Also, forget that 2MP+2MP sensors as it was added just for numbers and have no use in the real life. Here, Realme should have included an ultrawide angle sensor but they didn’t, they went with a 2MP sensor which is not acceptable considering the price.

Coming to the selfies, the 8MP sensor takes some decent photos but it’s not that great. Here, Realme should have at least provided a 13MP or 16MP selfie camera but they didn’t, they went with 8MP only which is not good compared to what other brands are offering at the same price. Also, they need to optimize the selfie camera.

Cameras

Overall, only the primary camera of the phone is good and the rest are not okay and does not justify the pricing of the phone. So, if you are looking for a camera-centric device, you can skip this phone.

Performance

The Realme 9i 5G features an octa-core Mediatek Dimensity 810 Processor which is coupled with Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU for graphics. The device runs on Android 12-based RealmeUI 3.0 skin out of the box.

It comes with up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 Storage. There is also a dedicated SD card slot for storage expansion of up to 1TB.

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

Coming to the performance, the chipset of the phone is good but Realme should have provided a great Snapdragon Processor instead of a good chipset.

Realme-9i-5G-Performance

However, the Mediatek Dimensity 810 is a powerful processor and can run every single game available in the market without any issue, you will also not face any issues in the day-to-day tasks but at this price point, the performance is compromised.

Overall, the performance of the device is decent and you will face any kind of issues.

Battery

The device packs a 5,000 mAh Battery with 18W Fast Charging Support. Realme has also provided an 18W Charger in the box.

If you are a heavy user who plays a lot of games then you need to charge the device twice a day, but if you are a normal user, it will last for a day.

Realme-9i-5G-Battery

Overall, the battery of the phone is decent but Realme should have included 33W Charging support at least.

Audio

The phone does not have stereo speakers, instead of that, Realme has provided a single speaker on the bottom side without any stereo support.

It has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones or headphones without any issues.

Overall, the phone has a good audio quality and it’s not the best considering the price.

Realme 9i 5G Full Specifications

Display6.6-inches FHD+ IPS LCD
180Hz Touch Sampling Rate
20:9 Aspect Ratio
90.4% Screen-to-body ratio
Resolution2408 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionPanda Glass
Refresh Rate90Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight164.4 x 75.1 x 8.1 mm, 187 grams
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Plastic Back
Operating SystemAndroid 12-based RealmeUI 3.0
ProcessorMediatek Dimensity 810 SoC
GPU – Arm Mali-G57 MC2
CPU – Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
StorageLPDDR4x RAM + UFS 2.2 Storage
4GB+64GB
6GB+128GB
Card SlotDedicated Slot (2+1 microSD)
Rear Camera50MP primary sensor
2MP portrait sensor
2MP macro sensor
Video (Rear)1080p@30fps
Front Camera8MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery5,000 mAh Battery
Charging18W Fast Charging
Headphone JackYes
SpeakersSingle Speaker
Bluetooth Versionv5.2
NFCNo
5G Bandsn1, n5, n8, n28A, n41, n77, n78
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintSide-mounted Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsMagnetic Induction Sensor
Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Acceleration Sensor
NavigationGPS, A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass
ColorsMetallica Gold, Rocking Black

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a dedicated SD card slot?

Yes, the device has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion which means you can insert two SIM cards and one SD card at the same time to expand the storage.

Does the phone has an AMOLED Panel?

No, the Realme 9i 5G does not have an AMOLED Display. Instead, Realme has provided a 90Hz FHD+ IPS LCD Display.

Is there a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

Yes, the phone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack to plug your wired earphones or headphones without any issues.

Does the device have stereo speakers?

No, the phone does not have dual stereo speakers. Instead, it has a single speaker on the bottom side.

Is there an In-Display Fingerprint?

No, the device does not have an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner as it does not have an AMOLED Display. Instead of that, Realme has provided a Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner.

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