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Realme 9i

Realme 9i
Brand: Realme
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 4 GB, 6 GB / 64 GB, 128 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Kryo 265 Gold & Kryo 265 Silver
  • Camera Back / Front: Triple (50, 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 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Camera 8 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Features 8 / 10
  • Price 8 / 10

Realme 9i is the successor to Realme 8i, which is a popular budget mid-range smartphone. Much like its predecessor, Realme 9i is a great value-for-money smartphone and smart device in general. Speaking of value, the device comes at a starting price of about €170 which approximately converts to $192. The phone comes in Black and Blue and in three configurations. The first variant has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. The other two variants have 128 GB of ROM with 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM.

The device has a dedicated card slot, meaning you can use two Nano-SIM cards and an SD card simultaneously. As for connections, Realme 9i can support 2G, 3G, and 4G. While the phone does have a plastic frame and back, it doesn’t feel cheap. The phone is well-built, and it doesn’t attract a lot of fingerprints, which is nice to see. Coming to dimensions, it measures 6.47, 2.98, and 0.33 inches in height, width, and thickness respectively. The device weighs in at 190 grams, for which the company does deserve credit.

Realme 9i has a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen, which is one of its biggest advantages. The screen is Dragontrail Pro Glass protected instead of Corning Gorilla Glass. The device has a screen-to-body ratio of 84.2% and a PPI (pixels per inch) density of 400 ensuring a nice multimedia experience. The experience is further improved by high-resolution audio and stereo speakers. The phone’s overall performance should be pretty good as it uses the Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor.

The Adreno 610 GPU handles the phone’s gaming performance, which is boosted by the presence of the 90 Hz screen refresh rate. In the AnTuTu benchmark test, the phone has a score of 234188 points. Moving to the software, the device runs Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 on top. Speaking of which, the user interface is responsive and nice to look at. As far as the sensors are concerned, the device has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity, and compass. If you are a fan of taking pictures, the Realme 9i does a decent job in that department as well.

Realme 9i has a triple camera setup on the back. It has a 50 MP wide-angle, 2 MP macro, and 2 MP depth sensor camera. The phone has a 16 MP wide-angle camera on the front for selfies and video calls. The phone’s camera features include LED flash, HDR, and panorama. When it comes to video recording, both the front camera and the rear camera set-up can do so at 1080p@30fps. In the communication department, the device has a Wi-Fi dual-band, USB Type-C 2.0, Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, USB On-The-Go, and GPS.

It’s worth mentioning here that Realme 9i lacks both NFC and Radio, which is surprising. The device supports 33W fast charging. Therefore, the device can go from 0 to 100 percent of charge in 70 minutes, as per the ads. The device has a 5000 mAh lithium polymer non-removable battery. Post complete charge, the phone should last for around one and a half days.



Announced Date 2022, January 10
Release Date 2022, January 10


Dimensions 164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4 mm (6.47 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight 190 g (6.70 oz)
Colors Black, Blue


Display Type IPS LCD, 90Hz
Size 6.6 inches, 104.8 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2412 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~400 ppi density)
Display Features Dragontrail Pro Glass


Primary Triple (50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.76", 0.64µm, PDAF | 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) | 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth))
Secondary 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3.0", 1.0µm
Video 1080p@30fps
Camera Features LED flash, HDR, panorama


Chipset Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB / 6 GB


Card Type microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 64 GB / 128 GB


OS Android 11, Realme UI 2.0


Technology Used Li-Po
Capacity 5000 mAh
Fast Charging


3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker
Features Stereo Speakers


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go


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

Other Features

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



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