Following the launch of the Realme 9i is another smartphone in the same series that sports better specs and performance, the Realme 9 4G. Set to launch on June 14, 2022, this smartphone boasts flagship-level photography features enabling users to create content without breaking the bank. Here’s our unboxing and first impressions of the device.
|Display||6.4in. (2400 x 1080p) 90Hz IPS LCD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G | Adreno 610|
|Battery||5000 mAh; 33W Fast Charging|
|RAM||6GB | 8GB|
|Rear Camera||108MP f/1.8 Main Camera | 8MP f/2.2 Ultrawide | 2MP f/2.4 Macro|
|Front Camera||16MP f/2.5 Front Camera|
|Card Slot||2 Dual SIM + dedicated microSDXC|
|OS||Android 12 + Realme UI 3.0|
Realme 9 4G Unboxing and First Impressions
The Realme 9 4G has the same packaging as its younger brother, the Realme 9i.
Contents of the packaging are as follows
- Realme 9 Smartphone
- 33W Dart Charger
- USB Type-C Charging Cable
- Sim Ejector Tool
- Warranty and Manual
- Transparent Case
The Realme 9 4G has a similar look to the 9i albeit the display is smaller by 0.2 inches which in turn results in a lower resolution of 2400×1800 compared to the 9i’s 2412×1080 display. However, former sports a better screen quality overall as it has a Super AMOLED display as opposed to the latter’s IPS LCD, both of which have a 90Hz refresh rate.
There are three color options available on the Realme 9 4G: Meteor black, Stargaze White, and Sunburst Gold. Our specific unit for this article is the Sunburst Gold variant with a memory and storage configuration of 6GB+128GB. Realme uses a Ripple Holographic design inspired by Sandunes for its Stargaze White and Sunburst Gold. The design choice is refreshing as the market is flooded with smartphones having vibrant RGB-esque finishes.
The left side of the Realme 9i house the individual volume buttons, and the microSD and dual Simcard tray. The power/lock button is positioned on the right side of the device.
The Realme 9 4g uses a USB Type-C charging port as it supports 33W Dart Charge that can charge the 5000mAh battery from 0 to 100% in 75 minutes. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack which is a nice addition as most devices no longer have the 3.5mm port.
Realme 9 4G Camera
Photography is the key feature of the Realme 9 4G as it’s packed with a triple-camera setup. It uses a 108MP ProLight Camera powered by a Samsung HM6 Sensor as its main camera for crisp and vibrant photos. Paired with the 108MP sensor are an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide and a 2 MP f/2.4 macro camera.
The front camera is a 16MP f/2.5 sensor that supports video recording up to [email protected]
Here are some sample shots that were taken using the Realme 9 4G:
Main Camera vs Ultrawide Camera
Ultrawide vs Main vs Portrait vs Macro
Realme 9 4G Software and Bloatware
Unlike the recently launched Realme 9i, the Realme 9 4G uses the latest Realme UI 3.0 built under Android 12. Navigating through the settings and switching between apps is a smooth experience thanks to the responsive AMOLED 90Hz display, better software optimization, and Snapdragon 680 4G CPU.
While you do have a large 128GB expandable storage to start with the Realme 9 4G, the number of pre-installed applications takes up 10.53GB or around 18% if you include the system-reserved storage. Frankly, the improved UI and OS is overshadowed by the amount of bloatware – I would like to see a much cleaner software suite in future devices.
Initial Verdict – Built for Photography
The nits and grits of any device can be either amplified or ignored depending on its price. That said, local pricing for the Realme 9 4G isn’t available yet until the official launch at a later date. What we can say as early as now is that this device is indeed equipped for photography at a lower price thanks to its 108MP main camera. The Snapdragon 680 4G paired with a 6GB+128GB storage configuration makes taking photos snappier and smoother. Its build quality has considerably improved compared to previous generations and you’re definitely getting more value for your money considering this is a budget smartphone.
Stay tuned for our full review of the Realme 9 4G which we’ll tackle more about the camera and its performance.
Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.