Realme 9 Pro + Review: Best Value for Money!

 Realme 9 Pro + Review: Best Value for Money!


Realme 9 Pro Plus has been launched to compete with mid-range smartphones like Xiaomi's Xiaomi 11 series and the OnePlus Nord series. Now, the question becomes, what is new in Realme 9 Pro+? Is it a premium smartphone as compared to the Realme 9 Pro? So without delay, know the answer to these questions in this review.

 




Realme 9 Pro+ price in India

Realme 9 Pro+ comes in three variants. Its base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs 24,999. The second variant comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, which costs Rs 26,999. Whereas the top variant comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and is priced at Rs 28,999. I have reviewed its top variant.

In terms of pricing, the new smartphone competes with Realme's own Realme GT Master Edition, as the GT Master Edition starts at Rs 25,999, which is only Rs 1000 more than the base variant of the 9 Pro+. The GT Master Edition has some specifications that are better than the 9 Pro+, such as its 120Hz refresh rate. But, the 9 Pro Plus has a better primary camera and optical image stabilization (OIS), which is not in the Master Edition. Having more options is a good thing, but that doesn't reduce the confusion among customers regarding the lineup. Your choice will ultimately depend on what you need... A good camera or display?


 



Realme 9 Pro+ design


Realme 9 Pro Plus also seems to be keeping pace with the trend of color-changing smartphones. The company has launched the phone in three finishes, which include Midnight Black, Aurora Green, and Sunrise Blue. Of these, only the Sunrise Blue finish is going to change color in sunlight, just like the Vivo V23 Pro. Its glossy sky blue color finish turns maroon in sunlight when indoors. However, I didn't find it as appealing as the V23 Pro's change from golden to green. Overall, the look of the phone does not look very premium, as its rear glass panel catches fingerprints very quickly.


Realme 9 Pro+ specifications and software

Realme has given the MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor in this phone, which was recently also seen in the Xiaomi 11i series. This processor runs at a maximum clock speed of 2.5GHz and is made through 6 nanometer fabrication process. The phone supports multiple 5G bands and comes with dual 5G standby. It has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and normal satellite navigation system. The phone is backed by a 4,500mAh battery, which charges quickly with the 60W quick charger that comes with the box. The Realme 9 Pro and 9 Pro+ are among the first smartphones to run on Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12. Many unwanted apps come pre-installed with the phone, which can be removed, but there are some native apps of Reality, which cannot be removed.
Unlike Vivo's Funtouch OS, the Realme UI 3.0 isn't much customized and offers a stock Android-like experience. This makes it seem to blend in with the new Material You design of Android 12. The UI widgets of Realme are very few compared to Vivo or Samsung, so the widgets of Android 12 do not look unusual on the home screen.


Verdict

Looking at Realme 9 Pro + and 9 Pro, you would think that the specifications of both are similar, but it is clear from their hardware that both fall in different categories here.

The price of Realme 9 Pro starts at Rs 17,999 and the refresh rate of the display is 120Hz. It packs a 5,000mAh battery and packs a 64-megapixel primary camera, which on paper looks better than the Realme 9 Pro Plus. Whereas Realme 9 Pro + has an AMOLED display, which shows Deep Black. This phone has 60W fast charging support and has a better primary camera sensor with OIS. In this sense, it can be said that both are made for different audiences. The Realme 9 Pro is designed to keep gamers in mind, while the 9 Pro+ is for photography enthusiasts.

At this price point, the Xiaomi 11i proves to be the best value for money, offering slightly better hardware. Apart from this, there is Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge, with which 120W charging is available. OnePlus Nord CE is another option that is in the same price range and offers a decent camera and clean software experience. OnePlus Nord CE 2 is soon going to be replaced by OnePlus Nord CE.

Even though Realme 9 Pro + does not get very aggressive specifications, in some areas this phone proves itself better. One of these is OIS as well as a flagship-level primary camera, which performs well in daylight as well as in low-light. The MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor given in the phone is also very powerful. The Realme UI 3.0 found with Android 12 gives a very smooth experience. The battery life of the phone is also good and keeping all these things in mind, the Realme 9 Pro+ proves to be a solid value for money device.

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