Keeping it real with 9i

Published May 23, 2022, 8:17 AM

by Edgard Hilario

Folks, check out this particular smartphone on shelves and online buying sites. The name: realme 9i.

realme 9i is the newest entry-level option for consumers always on hunt for wise buys. From realme’s touted and newly unveiled 9 series the 9i is the lesser of the 9 Pro and Pro+, but hey, bloodline is the word.

To us who do not have the moolah, the realme 9i is affordable, but not the ugly duckling in the pond. No sir, we’re talking of a phone with a smart design selling with a no-nonsense chip set, and faster charging.

For its bargain price, the realme 9i sports a respectable Snapdragon 680 on a 6nm node, and a steal for gamers with its two speakers.

Go ahead, enjoy your videos with louder bang-bang with its dual Hi Res speakers. We did, and we loved it.

Realme 9i specs
Body: 164.4×75.7×8.4mm, 190g; Glass front (Dragontrail Pro), plastic frame, plastic back.
Display: 6.60″ IPS LCD, 90Hz, 480 nits (typ), 1080x2412px resolution, 20.1:9 aspect ratio, 400ppi.
Chipset: Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm): Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.
Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; ; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
OS/Software: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm.
Rear camera: [email protected]; Front camera: [email protected]
Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 33W, 100% in 70 min (advertised).
Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); 3.5mm jack.

Yeah, we had one unit at the TechLab, and we’re liking the package. It is quite handy-dandy with a 6.6-inch 90Hz Ultra Smooth display that supports five refresh rates (30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz) to help conserve energy depending on use.

The 9i was launched with the hashtag #CaptureMoreChargeLess, and we agree that it is an impressive follow-up to the earlier released realme 9 Pro+ and realme 9 Pro which catered to photography enthusiasts and content creators with its flagship-level camera features.

Still, you’ll score with the realme 9i’s 50MP AI Triple Camera, Dynamic RAM Expansion of up to 5GB and Ultra Fast Side Fingerprint Sensor. Donning its signature Stereo Prism Design, the realme 9i comes in two colors: Prism Black and Prism Blue.

We got the Prism Blue.

We’re liking it that realme focused more on developing battery, charging, and performance features for overall reliability. Again, don’t forget that the 9i rolls with With the power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 680, a 5,000mAh massive battery, 33W Dart Charge, a 50MP AI Triple Camera, and a 90Hz Ultra-smooth Display, among other notable features.

The 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor delivered fine, better than the standard 12nm processors usually found in products within the midrange segment. According to data from the realme Lab, this processor consumes 62% less power and affords 46% more performance than the 12nm processor.

That 5000mAh battery we tested and survived hard hours of audio playback, calls, 8.3, gaming, and messaging. It can also last up to 41 days on standby. By the way, realme 9i also features five software optimizations: Super Power Saving Mode, App Quick Freeze, Screen Battery Optimization, and Power Saving Mode to futher help regulate its power consumption for longer usage.

The realme 9i is also equipped with 33W Dart Charge technology that can charge up the device from 0% to 100% in just 70 minutes.

And we’re just leaving it here, #CaptureMoreChargeLess.