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Realme 9i
Realme 9i
Realme 9i
Realme 9i
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7.2/10
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The Realme 9i currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Phone company Realme has made a lot of advancements with its phones. Lately, their target market is budget phones that don’t feel cheap, and the Realme 9i definitely shines.

What's good

  • Great color for an LCD
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint scanner
  • Good battery life and charging speed
  • Does not overheat

What's bad

  • 90Hz refresh rate is less than the previous 8i
  • Too much bloatware
  • Dim display

The Realme 9i claims to be a budget phone that intends not to feel like one. Does it succeed? Or does it make poor compromises like so many budget phones in the past? Read on to see what reviewers have to say!

Design

The Realme 9i is very thin and relatively light. Reviewers stated the prism color for the backplate was clever and effective. The backplate has a pretty matte striped detail, but reviewers note it’s partial to picking up fingerprints and smudges.

However, the size of the phone leaves it inconvenient for one-handed use. The fingerprint scanner is located with the power button, a design choice some like and others do not.

Display

If it weren’t for the deep blacks giving it away, this LCD would almost pass for an OLED. The colors are bright, vivid, and accurate.

However, reviewers didn’t like that the screen couldn’t be toggled any brighter, claiming the highest option lacked the necessary brightness for use in sunlight.

Performance

Initially, reviewers were pleased with how the Realme 9i was performing. Unfortunately, as time went on, they noticed that severe amounts of bloatware and ads playing on the interface were slowing things down considerably. A lot of it could also not be uninstalled.

Reviewers went on to say if not for that, the phone would’ve performed excellently.

Software & Storage

Reviewers were disappointed that the device did not ship with Android 12 pre-installed, but that was rectified when it was apparent that it would get it in the next update.

The phone does offer a MicroSD expansion slot which is becoming increasingly rare and is nice to see. Otherwise, you have the option of 64GB or 128GB for baseline storage.

Cameras

The 50MP primary lens does a brilliant job capturing in broad daylight, even coming the closest to real color accuracy than many other budget phones.

But at night, that’s a different story. Unless one has an extremely stable hand, your pictures in low light will come out grainy and blurry with very little contrast to help.

Battery Life

Despite the bloatware problem with the phone, reviewers could still report multi-day battery life with casual use. When they put the phone to the test, running HD media at the highest frame rate, it still managed to clock about 22 hours on the battery—an impressive feat for any phone, especially a budget model.

Audio

There are dual speakers on the phone, one on top and the other at the bottom. Reviewers stated they were not balanced, and the speaker at the bottom was far louder than the one at the top.

While it got loud enough, the sound became screechy and nearly unintelligible at a certain point. Thankfully there’s the option of both Bluetooth and wired headphones as this phone has a headphone jack.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.6-inch LCD
  • Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 64/128GB of storage with MicroSD expansion possible
  • 50MP camera
  • 5000mAh battery

Bottom Line

If it weren’t for the bloatware on the Realme 9i, this phone would be a fantastic budget option. The rest of the specifications and reviews are stellar for something like this at such a price point. But because it causes the phone to show ads and have apps that cannot be uninstalled, it falls below being something to highly recommend to those on a budget.

Deccan Herald says, “Realme 9i is a decent value-for-money budget phone. It is a good option for people to gift children for online studies, as it can easily last long the entire session with a full charge. Also, the display is good for its asking price.”

Android Police states, “The Realme 9i is a capable phone, but the unsatisfactory camera performance and bloatware hold it back.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
2.4 GHz
Processor
Processor
2.4 GHz
6.6"
Screen Size
Screen Size
6.6"
50+ MP, f/1.8
Camera
Camera
50+ MP, f/1.8
5000 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


Deccan Herald
Deccan Herald

Realme 9i is a decent value-for-money budget phone. It is a good option for people to gift children for online studies, as it can easily last long the entire session with a full charge. Also, the display is good for its asking price. But, the photography, particularly at night, kinda takes the shine...

- Rohit KVN, Deccan Herald
Business Insider
Business Insider

The Realme 9i is a value for money smartphone as it ticks all the right boxes and delivers an almost-perfect performance for the price. You get a really good display, good cameras, fast performance, and strong battery life with the Realme 9i compared to the competitors in the segment. Even in compar...

- Marcia Sekhose, Business Insider
Gadgets Now
Gadgets Now

Realme 9i is an all-round performing budget smartphone. It comes with all the essential features that one would want in a budget smartphone. It has a big battery, full HD+ display, competent processor and not to forget the 50MP main camera. The smartphone comes with a starting price tag of Rs 13,999...

- Heena Gupta, Gadgets Now
Android Police
Android Police

The Realme 9i does offer good performance and battery life but, unfortunately, fails to deliver on the camera and display brightness fronts, both of which are key areas that cannot be brushed aside. Oh, and the camera. It's a problem. Most affordable phones these days take good daylight shots from t...

- Karandeep Singh, Android Police
The Indian Express
The Indian Express

For those who want a solid budget phone under Rs 15,000, without 5G or gaming requirements, the Realme 9i is an option to consider. But the phone becomes harder to justify as a good update given how little it changes things from its predecessor. The Realme 8i might still offer a little more value at...

- Chetan Nayak, The Indian Express


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Common Questions


Realme backs up the 9i with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your 9i has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Realme support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Realme's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.6"

The Realme 9i's screen size is 6.6 inches with 1080 x 2412 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery. Realme's performance ratings are 2904 minutes.

Realme 9i Specs

Overview
Release Date January 10, 2022
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
50+ Megapixels, f/1.8, Wide
2+ Megapixels, f/2.4, Macro
2+ Megapixels, f/2.4, Depth
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels, f/2.1
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2412 pixels
Pixel Density 400 pixels
Size 6.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Dragontrail Pro Glass, 90Hz refresh rate
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Up to 33 W
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 2904 minutes
Standby Time Up to 41.46 days
Mixed Usage Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Prism Blue, Prism Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.44 x 7.57 x 0.84 cm (6.5 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 190 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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