The Realme 9i launched in India on Tuesday. The new Realme phone comes as the successor to the Realme 8i that debuted last year. The Realme 9i carries an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC and 33W fast charging as the two main distinctions over last year’s model. The smartphone also comes with dual stereo speakers and triple rear cameras. However, as a downgrade from last year’s model, the Realme 9i has a 90Hz display – the Realme 8i came with a 120Hz refresh rate display. The Realme 9i will compete against the likes of Redmi Note 10S and Samsung Galaxy M32. The taller variant of the phone will also compete with the Redmi Note 11T 5G.
Realme 9i price in India, availability
The price of Realme 9i in India has been set at Rs. 13,999 for the basic 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The phone also has a 6GB + 128GB model that costs Rs. 15,999. The phone comes in Prism Black and Prism Blue colors and will go on sale from January 25th. available for purchase through Flipkart, Realme.com and offline retailers in the country. Additionally, there will be an advance sale that will be held only on Flipkart and Realme.com on January 22nd.
Last year, Realme 8i was also launched at the same price of Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB option and Rs. 15,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant.
The Realme 9i also launched in Vietnam last week. It came with a price tag of VND 6,290,000 (approximately Rs. 20,500) for the single 6GB + 128GB model.
Realme 9i specs, features
The Realme 9i dual-SIM (Nano) runs on Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 and has a 6.6-inch (1,080×2,412 pixels) full-HD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 20.1:9 and a refresh rate of 90Hz . The screen also has a 180Hz touch sampling rate and is protected by Dragon Trail Pro glass. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core SoC, along with the Adreno 610 GPU and up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Realme has also promised to introduce its dynamic RAM expansion support on the Realme 9i via a software update. The proprietary technology uses the phone’s built-in storage to virtually expand the RAM by up to 5GB. This will help improve multitasking to some extent.
For photos and videos, the Realme 9i has the triple rear camera setup that houses a 50-megapixel primary Samsung sensor, with an f/1.8 lens. The camera setup also includes a 2-megapixel portrait camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera – both with an f/2.4 aperture.
The Realme 9i also carries a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 selfie camera sensor on the front, with an f/2.1 lens.
On the storage front, the Realme 9i comes with up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 1TB) via a dedicated slot. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, proximity sensor and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Realme 9i comes with dual stereo speakers. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W Dart Charge. Proprietary fast charging technology is claimed to provide zero to 100% charge in 70 minutes. The built-in battery is also rated to provide up to 48.4 hours of talk time or 995 hours of standby time on a single charge. The phone measures 164.4×75.7×8.4mm and weighs 190 grams.