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Realme 9 5G SE

Realme 9 5G SE
Brand: Realme
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 6 GB, 8 GB / 128 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Kryo 670
  • Camera Back / Front: Triple (48, 2, 2 MP) / 16 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Po
  • Display: 6.6 inches, IPS LCD, 1080 x 2412 pixels
  • OS: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 8 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Camera 7 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Features 8 / 10
  • Price 8 / 10

Realme 9 5G SE was first announced on the 10th of March 2022 and released four days later. It comes in at a starting price of about €240 which approximately converts to $263. For colors, you get to choose between Starry Glow and Azure Glow. The phone has a matte finish on the back, which makes it stand out from other phones from the manufacturer. Similarly, the device has two variants. Thus, if you are looking for a mid-range phone that delivers great performance, Realme 9 5G SE, which stands for Speed Edition, deserves your consideration.

Speaking of performance, it is handled by the Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G processor. The Adreno 642L GPU looks after the phone’s gaming requirements. In the AnTuTu benchmark test, the phone has a score of 541,000 points. As for the software, the phone runs Android 11 out-of-the-box with Realme UI 2.0 on top. The fact it operates on Android 11 is a major letdown. Also, while the device is fun to use, it isn’t free from bloatware. Both variants have 128 GB of internal storage, with 6 GB and 8 GB of RAM. The device has a dedicated card slot that has room for two Nano-SIM cards and an SD card.

Realme 9 5G SE is sturdy, but it isn’t a lightweight device. It’s worth mentioning it weighs 199 grams and measures 6.47 by 2.98 by 0.33 inches. The device delivers an acceptable multimedia experience, but it could have been better. It has a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen protected by Panda Glass. The phone has a screen-to-body ratio and a PPI (pixels per inch) density of 84.1% and 400 respectively. It can go up to 600 nits of brightness, and you should have no issue using it outdoors. One of the biggest upsides of owning this phone is its 144 Hz refresh rate, which isn’t very common at this price range.

The device has a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is usually absent in mid-range devices. On the negative side, the device lacks stereo speakers. Realme 9 5G SE has all the usual sensors though. As for cameras, it has a 48 MP wide-angle, 2 MP macro, and depth sensor camera on the back. Its main camera performs well in good lighting conditions, but that’s not the case with the other two. The phone also has a 16 MP wide-angle camera for selfies and video calls. Its camera features include LED flash, HDR, and panorama.

The selfie camera can record videos in 1080p, while the rear camera setup can do so up to 4K. Moving to the battery, the phone has a 5000 mAh Li-Po removable battery that supports 30W fast charging. It should last you about one and a half days on average use. Even if you are a heavy user, the phone will still get you over the day. The device can go from 0 to 50% of charge in just 25 minutes, which is nice to see. For communication, the phone has dual-band Wi-Fi, Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, USB Type-C 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. NFC is absent on Realme 9 5G SE, which is surprising.



Announced Date 2022, March 10
Release Date 2022, March 14


Dimensions 164.4 x 75.8 x 8.5 mm (6.47 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight 199 g (7.02 oz)
Colors Starry Glow, Azure Glow


Display Type IPS LCD, 144Hz
Size 6.6 inches, 104.8 cm2 (~84.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2412 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~400 ppi density)
Display Features Panda Glass


Primary Triple (48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF | 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) | 2 MP, f/2.4, (deoth))
Secondary 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3.09", 1.0µm
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps
Camera Features LED flash, HDR, panorama


Chipset Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Kryo 670 & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo 670)
GPU Adreno 642L
RAM 6 GB / 8 GB


Card Type microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 128 GB


OS Android 11, Realme UI 2.0


Technology Used Li-Po
Capacity 5000 mAh
Fast Charging


3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go


Technology Used GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass



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