Realme’s ‘i’ series brings an interesting addition to the brand’s lower mid-range portfolio each year. From specifications to design and build quality, this series has offered excellent value-for-money propositions in the past. The latest version is the Realme 9i which aims to build on the success of its predecessor.
The Realme 9i is a good looking device. There’s a plastic frame but the device feels solidly built overall. The Prime Blue back looks great and doesn’t pick up dust and smudges as easily. The phone will relatively look clean without a case.
The Realme 9i comes with an LCD display and offers a big screen size of 6.6 inch. The 20:9 larger aspect ratio display has HD+ resolution and a pixel density of 399 PPI. I had an enjoyable viewing experience. The colour contrast and screen resolution appeared crisped and accurate.
The Realme 9i is offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 Octa Core 6nm chipset, supports Android 11 and runs on Realme UI 2.0. The phone comes with around 15 pre-installed applications, most of them can be uninstalled. Realme 9i is almost ad free while some of the pre-installed applications did give notification popups.
The rear cameras include- a 50MP main sensor paired with a 2MP portrait camera and a 2MP macro camera. The phone does not support an ultra-wide camera, which is a major miss for me and for those who love capturing wide angle pictures. Also, at a time when almost every phone is coming up with more megapixels, Realme 9i offering a 2MP camera sounds disappointing. While the front camera features a 16-megapixel selfie camera. The phone provides several camera modes like portrait, panorama, night vision, ultra macro, extra HD, among others.
This smartphone is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery and a 33W fast charger. Based on my usage on an average working day, i.e., almost an hour of social media browsing, some gaming and watching YouTube, Jio TV, Disney+ Hotstar for fairly long sessions of 3-4 hours, the phone provided me approximately 2 days of battery backup on single charge.