A Redmi Note 11 contender. Another midranger. Oh also, we threw in the Realme Book Prime since we haven’t made an article about it yet.
Realme has just launched the base version of the Realme 9. There are two versions of the phone. The Realme 9 4G and the Realme 9 5G. We will discuss the former in this article along with the GT2 Pro.
The phone has a ripple-like design and has the same camera arrangement as its siblings. The camera is of course, more aligned on midrangers as it is using a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM6 camera. This is paired with the pretty basic 2mp macro camera that does not have any practical uses. There’s also the basic 8mp 120° ultrawide camera. The main camera uses a 9-sum pixel binning technology and the camera also has 3x lossless zoom, omitting the need for a telephoto camera. The front camera is the familiar 16mp used on many other midrangers.
The display used here is a 6.5in. SAMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The display has a 360Hz touch sampling rate and can offer up to 1000nits peak brightness. The in-display fingerprint scanner has a gimmick that also scans your heart rate, much like the dedicated heart rate sensor on the Realme 9 Pro+.
It has a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging, much like its sibling, the Realme 9 5G. They also both use 6nm chips, although the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 inside the 4G phone uses older and less capable cores (Cortex-A73 and A53) and has no 5G capabilities. The processor inside is paired with 6 or 8GB RAM with 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage.
The phone comes in Meteor Black, Stargaze White, and Sunburst Gold which actually looks quite decent for the phone. It is now available in India for INR 15,999 (~Php 10.8K) for the 6/128 version and INR 16,999 (~Php 11.5K) for the 8/128 version. We’re expecting a Philippines launch sometime in the future, and we’ll list down the price as soon as we got it.
- 6.5in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) SAMOLED, 90Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, 1000nits peak brightness
- Quaclomm Snapdragon 680 (6nm)
- 108mp (main), f/1.75, Samsung ISOCELL HM6, 9-in-1 pixel binning, 3x lossless zoom
- 8mp (ultrawide), f/2.2, 120°
- 2mp (macro), f/2.4
- FRONT: 16mp (main), f/2.5
- 5000mAh, 33W fast charging
- In-display fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm jack, Heart Rate Sensor (embedded onto Fingerprint Scanner)
- 4G services, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1
- Stargaze White, Meteor Black, Sunburst Gold
- 6/128: INR 15,999 (~Php 10.8K)
- 8/128: INR 16,999 (~Php 11.5K)
Source: Realme India
Realme GT2 Pro
The Realme GT2 Pro has launched previously in Europe so we’re going to make it short here. The phone is the successor to the popular flagship killer Realme GT and like it, it has performance-level specs. This new phone combines the design language of the Realme GT Master and the specs of the original Realme GT.
It has a 6.7in. Flat LTPO AMOLED with a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Being LTPO, it has a higher resolution in comparison to other screens, as it is equivalent to QHD+ (1440x3216px). Inside the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor paired with 8 or 12GB RAM and up to 512GB internal storage.
It uses the flagship 50mp Sony IMX766 for its main camera. Alongiside it is another 50mp camera but for ultrawide and is strictly midranger (Samsung JN1). Instead of a macro camera, it uses a 3mp microscope camera with 40x magnification. It uses a Sony IMX615 32mp camera located on a dot notch.
It has a 5000mAh battery with 65W fast charging that Realme claims to charge your phone from flat to full in half an hour.
It has no headphone jack (those things are sold as DLCs now sadly) nor does it have any SD Card slot/ What it does have is Hi-Res Audio, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, 5G services and in-display fingerprint scanner.
The phone has two versions. The regular one uses an AG Glass back and comes in two colours: Steel Black and Titanium Black. The Master Edition with a Bio-Polymer design also comes in two colours: White and Green.
We’re still waiting for a Philippines launch. However, one of the products that did make it here from the launch event is the Realme Book Prime.
- 6.7in. Flat QHD+ (1440x3216px) LTPO AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 1400nits (peak)
- Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
- 1B colours, HDR10+
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4nm)
- 50mp (main), f/1.8, Sony IMX766, 24mm 1.156″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF
- 50mp (ultrawide), f/2.2, Samsung ISOCELL JN1, 15mm, 150° FoV
- 3mp (microscope), f/3.0, 40x magnification, AF
- FRONT: Sony IMX615 32mp f/2.4
- VIDEO: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps (main only), 1080p@30fps (front)
- 5000mAh, 65W fast charging
- no 3.5mm jack, no SD Card Slot, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, 5G services, Optical In-display fingerprint sensor
- Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos, Stereo Speakers
- Paper-like design, AG Glass, 8-layer heat dissipation system (Diamond Ice), 19% cooler temperature
- Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos, Stereo Speakers
- AG Glass: Steel Black, Titanium Blue
- Bio-grade Polymer: Paper White, Paper Green
- 8/128: INR 44,999 (~Php 30.4K)
- 12/256: INR 52,999 (~Php 35.9K)
Realme Book Prime
The Realme Book Prime was launched in the Philippines earlier here but only has been launched in India now. Prices here will be in Philippine Peso as it is available. The laptop boasts a 14in. 2K IPS LCD panel, its main selling point. It is a performance variant of the Realme Book although it does not appear to be like that at all.
It is powered by an 11th generation Intel Core i5-11320H processor. Surprised they used an overclocked version of it, as opposed to the usual power saver “U” variants. With that, it has no dedicated graphics card and instead uses the Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU. It is paired with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD.
It has a webcam obviously. It is meant for HD video calls and has a resolution of 720p. It carries a 54Whr battery with 65W fast charging and launches with Windows 10 Home. It is unknown if it could be upgraded with Windows 11.It has a backlit keyboard and its power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello. It charges via Thunderbolt port.
Inside it is a stereo speaker system modified by Harman-Kardon and also has DTS Surround sound. Inside it is a Vapour Chamber cooling system and dual fans. It has three colours: Real Blue, Real Green, and Real Grey. The laptop is built upon an aluminum frame.
When purchasing, it comes with Microsoft Office Home pre-installed. The laptop is available for Php 47,990. It is currently discounted to Php41,990. It comes with a FREE wireless mouse.
- 14in. 2K (2160x1440px) IPS LCD, 185ppi
- Intel Core i5-11320H (10nm)@4.5GHz
- Quad core, 8 threads
- Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics
- 8GB LPDDR4 RAM + 512GB PCIe SSD
- HD webcam
- 54Wh battery, 65W fast charging, USB Power Delivery
- Power button/fingerprint scanner combo, Backlit keyboard, VC Cooling
- Stereo Speakers modified by Harman-Kardon, DTS Surround Sound, Dual Mic
- Real Grey, Real Green, Real Blue