The design is a little different this time
Realme has released the Realme 9i 5G in India about 2 weeks ago. We know, we’re quite late for this news but we have a lot of reviews and events coming up that day.
The most notable feature you can see here is the design. Realme had a slight change in artistic vision. The camera humps at the back are large now instead of the usual tri-circle you see on their phones. It’s reminiscent to many Tecno phones and even some Huawei phones.
The 5G version of the Realme 9i has standout features that make it your not-so-ordinary budget 5G device. For instance, it uses the Dimensity 810 chipset instead of the usual 700. Unfortunately, it still rocks that dated waterdrop notch that should be facing extinction by now. The specs of the phone somewhat remind us of a locally-made phone here.
The phone uses a tall 6.6in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) IPS LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch response rate. The 8MP selfie camera is housed on the notch.
Speaking of cameras, there are “three” at the back. Three in the loosest sense because the main 50MP camera is supported by the useless 2MP depth assist and macro cameras which barely do anything to help with the photos.
The phone boasts a typical 5000mAh battery with an 18W fast charge. There are phones within its price and class with faster charging speeds. Even the 4G Realme 9i has 33W
As we mentioned earlier, it uses the MediaTek Dimensity 810 chipset with either 4GB or 6GB RAM and a choice between 64 or 128GB storage. It also features a MicroSD card slot up to 1TB in case Genshin Impact and Tower of Fantasy has eaten the 128GB storage that’s (theoretically) available. The RAM is expandable virtually and the phone can provide up to a total of 11GB by taking part of the phone’s actual storage.
Realme during the phone’s live event mainly highlighted the phone’s design which includes its slim 8.1mm thickness and 187g weight. It also features colours that are seen by the naked eye as “premium”. These include Metallica Gold and Rocking Black. Named rightfully so thanks to its tagline “The 5G Rockstar”.
It has 5G services, Wi-Fi 6, Dual-band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. It features a 3.5mm jack and USB-C port as well as a single bottom-firing speaker.
In India the phone is priced INR 14,999 (~Php 10.7K) for the 4/64 configuration and INR 16,999 (~Php 12.1K) for the 6/128 configuration. It’s highly likely the phone would be brought to the Philippines as well.
The phone has a 4G version called the C33. It retained the same gold colour scheme and large-humped rear cameras. This makes Realme’s lineup nearly as confusing as Xiaomi’s.
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