realme 9 Pro+ Unboxed, Hands-On

Inside this 50MP Sony sensor-equipped smartphone

Here is realme’s newest phone in town: meet the realme 9 Pro+, boasting a Sony IMX camera lens at the back, coupled with a 90Hz display and 66-watt charging. Here’s our unboxing and first hands-on at the device.

realme 9 Pro+ specs:

  • 6.4-inch Full HD AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080px
    90Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate
    Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.5GHz MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G
    Arm Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
  • 6GB, 8GB RAM
    plus 5GB virtual RAM
  • 128, 256GB internal storage
    no microSD card slot
  • Triple rear cameras with LED Flash:
    50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766
    8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultrawide
    2MP f/2.4 depth
  • 16MP f/2.05 selfie camera
  • Dual 5G, 4G LTE, Dual SIM (nano)
  • Dual band WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 SBC/AAC/APTX HD/LDAC, GPS/AGPS, Beidou, GLONASS
  • X-axis linear motor
  • USB Type-C, In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
    Dolby Atmos
  • realme UI 3.0 (Android 12)
  • 4500mAh battery
    60W SuperDart Charging
  • Colors: Sunrise Blue, Aurora Green, Midnight Black

We had an unusual package from realme that gives us a glimpse of a standard retail unit, which includes the phone itself, a USB-C cable, the 66-watt SuperDart charger, a TPU case, and the usual warranty notice and manual.

Our unit comes in an Aurora Green color, which emits a mineral shine with aurora-like refractions when swiveled onto its sides. The back part has the protruding rounded rectangular area with three camera lenses and an LED flash, and the realme logo is placed at the lower left part.

realme’s phones usually have the buttons placed at one side, but it differs in this case. The power and lock button is on the right side, while the volume keys join the dual-SIM card slot at the left.

This phone still has a 3.5mm audio jack for audio, along with the microphone, the USB-C port, and one of two speakers available in this phone.

Turn the phone to the front and you’ll see a 6.4-inch Full HD AMOLED display, with the 16-megapixel selfie camera cut out at the upper-left corner. The fingerprint scanner is also under the display similar to the realme 8 series, and the call speaker up atop the edge also doubles as a speaker to pair with the bottom-firing one.

The device feels a lot lighter thanks to its 4500mAh battery capacity, but my experience with realme phones is they last long enough — a day at moderate use. Fast charging also makes my experience a lot nicer, so I’m expecting that with this device as well.

Let’s talk about the cameras. realme touts the 9 Pro series to have nice cameras for photography, and the realme 9 Pro+ offers a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor that is capable of producing more light, especially for low-light scenarios.

While it’s not as huge as the 108MP sensor found in the realme 8 Pro, this camera system stands on its own as we’re surprised to find vibrant, well-detailed shots produced by the cameras, even if the AI boost is not turned on. Dark areas, like some tables at our house, are very dim with the naked eye but the camera was able to enhance the photo and add more light to make them visible. Here are some samples:

This is also one of the first to launch locally with realme UI 3.0 right out of the box, which is based on Android 12. The navigation, so far, feels smooth and fluid, also thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate on the display.

More can be said about this device, which will launch on realme’s official channels on March 15. We’re taking this device for a full spin in the coming days for a full review.

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