The Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and Realme 9 Pro 5G – launched in India this week – are designed to appeal to young smartphone users, with their color-changing back panel that changes from sky blue to red in direct sunlight or ultraviolet light. In addition, it has triple rear cameras, one of which has optical image stabilization (OIS). This is very rare at less than Rs. 30,000 segments. Furthermore, the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G has a 90Hz AMOLED display, 60W fast charging and stereo speakers – all very good for less than Rs. 30,000, where phones like the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge and the OnePlus Nord 2 mostly dominate the market.
In this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 Orbital podcast, presenter 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 offers 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 that costs Rs. 26,999 and the high-end 8GB + 256GB option for Rs. 28,999. The Realme 9 Pro 5G, on the other hand, starts at Rs. 17,999 (starting price) for the 6GB + 128GB model and goes up to Rs. 20,999 for the 8GB + 128GB option.
Both phones come with a unique “Light Shift Design” Sunrise Blue color option and is responsible for offering the color shifting back panel. However, it’s not that valuable if you prefer to cover your phone with a case. Naturally.
Realme isn’t the first brand to offer the color change either, as its sibling Vivo – under the same parent company BBK Electronics – offered a similar experience on the Vivo V23 Pro 5G launched last month. That said, it makes both models stand out in the competition’s design.
Realme 9 Pro+ review: Excellent value for money
The Realme 9 Pro+ 5G is also equipped with an updated camera setup that features a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. As I said earlier, the primary sensor is also equipped with OIS to provide better stability. Additionally, it is combined with a proprietary lighting technology called ProLight Imaging, as well as the AI Noise Reduction Engine 3.0, which are touted to help deliver an enhanced camera experience – especially in low-light photography.
In addition to the camera side, the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G carries a heart rate sensor on its in-display fingerprint sensor that supposedly helps provide heart rate detection and recording. The technology has not been medically approved, although it could help Realme offer some exclusivity over the competition.
However, the feature is not enabled by default as users need to enable it by accessing Realme Lab from their phone. Also, it takes a few seconds to detect your heart rate and is not as instantaneous as recognizing your fingerprints.
The Realme 9 Pro + 5G as well as the Realme 9 Pro 5G are also available with Android 12 out of the box, with Realme UI 3.0 on top. The latest version of Android brings a list of software features that you wouldn’t get on the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge and OnePlus Nord 2 – due to the fact that both are currently running on Android 11. future.
That said, the Realme fast charging on the Realme 9 Pro + 5G is not as fast as the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge which supports massive 120W charging. However, 60W support is also good – given that Apple and Samsung don’t go over 45W on their flagship phones.
We also talk about the performance of the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and the Realme 9 Pro 5G in relation to models like the Vivo T1 5G and the Google Pixel 4a. This is to find out if the new Realme phones might be your go-to if you’re looking to buy any of these models.
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