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realme 9 5G review - Fast and affordable smartphone with 5G

Clone of the Pro-version. The realme 9 5G is a very interesting smartphone because it comes pretty close to the much more expensive Pro-model. So does it offer a better price-performance ratio? And what has changed compared to the predecessor? We will clarify that in the review.
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realme 9 4G
realme 9 4G
realme 9 5G (9 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G 8 x 1.7 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 660 Gold (Cortex-A77) / Silver (Cortex-A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2412 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, shared, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, magnetometer, gyroscope
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​2/3/4/​5/​7/​8/12/13/17/18/19/​20/26/​28/​38/​39/40/41/66), 5G (n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/77/78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 164.3 x 75.6 ( = 0.33 x 6.47 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 18 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/1.8, Samsung Isocell JN1, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/30fps (Camera 1), 2 MP, macro (Camera 2), 2 MP, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.05
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, silicone bumper, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.987 W/kg (head), 1.251 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
191 g ( = 6.74 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
260 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80.2 %
05/2022
realme 9 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
191 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2412x1080
80.5 %
03/2022
realme 9 Pro
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
195 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2412x1080
80.2 %
05/2021
realme 8 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
185 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
80.4 %
04/2022
Motorola Moto G41
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
178 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.40"2400x1080
78.4 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy M32
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
180 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.40"2400x1080

Case and equipment - More expensive than the predecessor

Realme's mid-range series is growing and now offers a total of 5 models with the models realme 9 and realme 9 5G, which cover the price range from 200 to 400 Euros.

The realme 9 5G, which we want to take a closer look at in this review, is exactly in the middle and stays well below 300 Euros (~$260) in both configuration variants with 4 GB working memory and 64 GB (~$280) or 128 GB mass storage (~$280). However, this also makes the smartphone considerably more expensive than the predecessor realme 8 5G, which was still available for less than 200 Euros.

For the plastic back, realme was inspired by dunes and designed it with a special coating that refracts the light and resembles lines in the desert sand. This looks very chic on our white test device. The back also has a pearl effect and refracts light in many colors. Fingerprints are not a major problem on this bright variant. Black is available as a second color option.

The casing's stability is normal, but pressure on the front quickly gets through to the liquid crystal display and the smartphone can also be twisted and then creaks quietly.

NFC is on board, as is Bluetooth 5.1. The SD card reader has to share a slot with the second SIM card, so you have to decide what you want to use. The card reader achieves quite good scores in the benchmarks with our reference microSD card Angelbird V60.

realme 9 5G
realme 9 5G
realme 9 5G
realme 9 5G
realme 9 5G
realme 9 5G

Size comparision

164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs162.5 mm / 6.4 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs159.3 mm / 6.27 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy M32
  (Angelbird V60)
40.7 MB/s ∼100% +55%
realme 9 Pro
  (Angelbird V60)
29.6 MB/s ∼73% +13%
realme 9 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
26.3 MB/s ∼65%
Average of class Smartphone
  (11.8 - 55.3, n=77, last 2 years)
25.7 MB/s ∼63% -2%
Motorola Moto G41
  (Angelbird V60)
24.3 MB/s ∼60% -8%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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realme 9 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø37.1 (26.6-49.6)
realme 9 Pro Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø37 (24.8-48)
realme 8 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø31.7 (15.9-47.1)
Motorola Moto G41 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø29.1 (18.9-42.3)
Samsung Galaxy M32 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø34.7 (25-43.4)
realme 9 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø74.6 (34.7-88)
realme 9 Pro Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø37.9 (17.6-80.6)
realme 8 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø73.4 (16.5-76.7)
Motorola Moto G41 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø67.9 (19.3-81.6)
Samsung Galaxy M32 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø60.7 (30.5-64.9)

Communication, software and operation - 5G as a special feature in the price segment

The realme 8 5G already offered WiFi 5, and nothing has changed in the successor. The speeds in our test with the reference router Asus GT-AXE11000 are also quite similar and on the usual level for the price range. The transmission is quite stable according to our test.

What has changed compared to the last generation, however, is the availability of more 4G frequencies, so you are even more flexible when traveling. 5G is on board again, as the name suggests. During our test period, we check the reception quality every now and then compared to high-end smartphones in the same place. The realme 9 5G does not do badly here and at times can offer similarly strong signal quality as higher-end phones.

Android 12 and the overlying realme UI 3.0 are preinstalled, the security patches are from March 2022 at the time of testing and should thus be updated once again.

The fingerprint sensor in the standby button on the casing's right unlocks the phone almost immediately when you put your finger on it. There are occasional problems when recognizing the finger, but overall the sensor works reliably. Face recognition is also possible, but only as a software solution via the front-facing camera and thus not as secure as hardware-based recognition.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
realme 8 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (332min - 353max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy M32
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (327min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
realme 8 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 (335min - 367max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy M32
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
335 (259min - 351max) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000
Motorola Moto G41
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
367 (350min - 381max) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
realme 9 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 (329min - 376max) MBit/s ∼99%
realme 9 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
358 (339min - 370max) MBit/s ∼98% -1%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000
realme 9 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
341 (330min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100%
realme 9 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
333 (320min - 345max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Motorola Moto G41
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
332 (302min - 340max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø341 (330-352)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø362 (329-376)

Cameras - No wide-angle lens

This shows a clear difference to the realme 9 Pro - the realme 9 5G does not have an ultra-wide-angle lens next to the main camera. Instead, there is a macro lens and a ToF camera that supports portrait shots and does not take photos itself.

The Samsung Isocell JN1 is used as the sensor for the main camera. It offers a resolution of 50 megapixels, but usually only uses a quarter, i.e. 12.5 megapixels, for pictures with a higher light yield. The pictures are decently exposed but lack details and there is also room for improvement in terms of sharpness.

Videos can be recorded in a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps; 60 fps is also possible in 720p. It is pleasing that the autofocus works quite precisely and without visible pulsing. Likewise, the exposure is adjusted quickly.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels and takes usable selfies in good light. However, you should not enlarge it too much or details will be lost quickly.

The camera equipment is overall similar to that of the realme 8 5G and is typical for the price range. However, an additional wide-angle lens for more flexibility is also possible for little money, for example on the Samsung Galaxy M32.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow Light
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ColorChecker
26.3 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
21 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
14 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
21.5 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 9 5G: 16.81 ∆E min: 3.2 - max: 26.3 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
38.9 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
61.1 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
28 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
63 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
46.7 ∆E
35.8 ∆E
74.9 ∆E
42.8 ∆E
41.4 ∆E
87.1 ∆E
70.3 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 9 5G: 45.85 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 87.11 ∆E

Display - IPS screen with Full HD in the realme phone

The Full HD display of the realme 9 5G is based on IPS technology. There are also phones with an AMOLED screen in this price range, such as the Galaxy M32 or the Moto G41 but in both cases without 5G support.

It is nice that realme provides a panel with 120 Hz support so that movements look smoother and the operation feels more responsive.

In terms of brightness, the screen performs well, but cannot quite keep up with AMOLED screens. In the more detailed measurements with the software CalMAN, we ascertain quite similar readings as in the realme 9 Pro so we can assume that it is the same panel.

581
cd/m²
569
cd/m²
530
cd/m²
567
cd/m²
589
cd/m²
547
cd/m²
559
cd/m²
564
cd/m²
541
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 589 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 560.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2.13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 589 cd/m²
Contrast: 1178:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.33 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 5.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
97.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.063
realme 9 5G
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
realme 9 Pro
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
realme 8 5G
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Motorola Moto G41
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Samsung Galaxy M32
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Response Times
6%
10%
74%
68%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 ?(23, 25)
42
12%
33 ?(17, 16)
31%
9 ?(3, 6)
81%
10 ?(7, 3)
79%
Response Time Black / White *
18 ?(7, 11)
18
-0%
20 ?(9, 11)
-11%
6 ?(3, 3)
67%
8 ?(5, 3)
56%
PWM Frequency
240.4
362.3 ?(99)
Screen
0%
-5%
39%
36%
Brightness middle
589
541
-8%
576
-2%
713
21%
712
21%
Brightness
561
541
-4%
550
-2%
712
27%
720
28%
Brightness Distribution
90
96
7%
91
1%
91
1%
95
6%
Black Level *
0.5
0.44
12%
0.7
-40%
Contrast
1178
1230
4%
823
-30%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.33
4.42
-2%
3.58
17%
1.1
75%
1.94
55%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.39
8.77
-5%
6.95
17%
2.39
72%
5.81
31%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.9
6
-2%
5.7
3%
3.7
37%
1.5
75%
Gamma
2.063 107%
2.074 106%
2.141 103%
2.264 97%
2.089 105%
CCT
8021 81%
8049 81%
7922 82%
7373 88%
6593 99%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 1%
3% / -2%
57% / 48%
52% / 44%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 25 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21940 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - A lot of power in an inexpensive phone

In terms of performance, the realme 9 5G and the realme 9 Pro are both on par. No wonder, since both use the same SoC, the Snapdragon 695 from Qualcomm. Thus, they offer considerably more power than other smartphones in the price range and enable smooth operation. Users who switch from a high-end smartphone to the realme 9 5G might notice a slight delay here and there, but the overall performance is easily sufficient for everyday use and for averagely demanding games.

However, the realme 9 5G is a bit slower than the predecessor in terms of memory, which seems to be due to the SoC, since the realme 9 Pro has to live with the same limitation.

The heating is on a normal level and could at most become unpleasant only in very high ambient temperatures.

The mono speaker on the casing's lower edge emphasizes trebles very strongly and is thus a bit unpleasant for our ears at high volumes. Better sound can be achieved with external speakers or headphones, which can be connected via Bluetooth and all currently important codecs. A 3.5 mm port is also available if you still have classic wired headphones.

Like the predecessor, our test device has a charging technology with 18 watts and thus recharges in about 1:45 hours when the battery is completely empty. The 5,000 mAh battery enables runtimes of over 17 hours in our WLAN test, which should easily last a normal workday. And if you forget to charge the battery, you can even manage another day with the smartphone battery under a low load.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
692 Points ∼99%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
697 Points ∼100% +1%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
574 Points ∼82% -17%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
352 Points ∼51% -49%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
367 Points ∼53% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (692 - 697, n=2)
695 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=262, last 2 years)
653 Points ∼94% -6%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1914 Points ∼89%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2016 Points ∼94% +5%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1775 Points ∼83% -7%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1282 Points ∼60% -33%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1342 Points ∼62% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1914 - 2016, n=2)
1965 Points ∼91% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=262, last 2 years)
2151 Points ∼100% +12%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9776 Points ∼94%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
9585 Points ∼92% -2%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
10433 Points ∼100% +7%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
6749 Points ∼65% -31%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
6508 Points ∼62% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (9585 - 9776, n=2)
9681 Points ∼93% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=133, last 2 years)
10130 Points ∼97% +4%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2949 Points ∼100%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2930 Points ∼99% -1%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2343 Points ∼79% -21%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1411 Points ∼48% -52%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1319 Points ∼45% -55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2930 - 2949, n=2)
2940 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=194, last 2 years)
2565 Points ∼87% -13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2831 Points ∼100%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2817 Points ∼100% 0%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2206 Points ∼78% -22%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1238 Points ∼44% -56%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1165 Points ∼41% -59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2817 - 2831, n=2)
2824 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=194, last 2 years)
2675 Points ∼94% -6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3455 Points ∼100%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3410 Points ∼99% -1%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2991 Points ∼87% -13%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2558 Points ∼74% -26%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2462 Points ∼71% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3410 - 3455, n=2)
3433 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=194, last 2 years)
2860 Points ∼83% -17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3098 Points ∼79%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3085 Points ∼78% 0%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2453 Points ∼62% -21%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1434 Points ∼36% -54%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1367 Points ∼35% -56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3085 - 3098, n=2)
3092 Points ∼79% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=244, last 2 years)
3936 Points ∼100% +27%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3008 Points ∼62%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2980 Points ∼62% -1%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2295 Points ∼47% -24%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1269 Points ∼26% -58%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1204 Points ∼25% -60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2980 - 3008, n=2)
2994 Points ∼62% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=244, last 2 years)
4838 Points ∼100% +61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3462 Points ∼98%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3520 Points ∼100% +2%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3234 Points ∼92% -7%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2662 Points ∼76% -23%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2605 Points ∼74% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3462 - 3520, n=2)
3491 Points ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=244, last 2 years)
3212 Points ∼91% -7%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1197 Points ∼36%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1209 Points ∼37% +1%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1103 Points ∼34% -8%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
736 Points ∼22% -39%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
685 Points ∼21% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1197 - 1209, n=2)
1203 Points ∼37% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=172, last 2 years)
3282 Points ∼100% +174%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1197 Points ∼36%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1199 Points ∼36% 0%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1078 Points ∼32% -10%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
732 Points ∼22% -39%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
683 Points ∼20% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1197 - 1199, n=2)
1198 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=170, last 2 years)
3370 Points ∼100% +182%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
356 Points ∼36%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
360 Points ∼36% +1%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
182 Points ∼18% -49%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
173 Points ∼17% -51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (356 - 360, n=2)
358 Points ∼36% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=124, last 2 years)
1000 Points ∼100% +181%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
352 Points ∼36%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
353 Points ∼36% 0%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
178 Points ∼18% -49%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
172 Points ∼18% -51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (352 - 353, n=2)
353 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=121, last 2 years)
978 Points ∼100% +178%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
19 fps ∼68%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
19 fps ∼68% 0%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
14 fps ∼50% -26%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.5 fps ∼30% -55%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.1 fps ∼29% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (19 - 19, n=2)
19 fps ∼68% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=259, last 2 years)
27.9 fps ∼100% +47%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
21 fps ∼63%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
21 fps ∼63% 0%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
15 fps ∼45% -29%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
9.6 fps ∼29% -54%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
9.2 fps ∼28% -56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (21 - 21, n=2)
21 fps ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2 - 257, n=260, last 2 years)
33.4 fps ∼100% +59%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
12 fps ∼63%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
12 fps ∼63% 0%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
8.7 fps ∼46% -27%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
5.4 fps ∼28% -55%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
5.1 fps ∼27% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (12 - 12, n=2)
12 fps ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=260, last 2 years)
19.1 fps ∼100% +59%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.8 fps ∼60%
realme 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7.9 fps ∼61% +1%
realme 8 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
5.6 fps ∼43% -28%
Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
3.4 fps ∼26% -56%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
3.3 fps ∼26% -58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (7.8 - 7.9, n=2)
7.85 fps ∼61% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=260, last 2 years)
12.9 fps ∼100% +65%
realme 9 5Grealme 9 Prorealme 8 5GMotorola Moto G41Samsung Galaxy M32Average 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
20%
89%
-8%
-3%
47%
119%
Sequential Read 256KB
511
494
-3%
969
90%
298.5
-42%
297.3
-42%
709 ?(511 - 907, n=2)
39%
897 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=259, last 2 years)
76%
Sequential Write 256KB
120.6
105.3
-13%
201
67%
172.3
43%
178.7
48%
195.9 ?(120.6 - 271, n=2)
62%
435 ?(11.9 - 1465, n=259, last 2 years)
261%
Random Read 4KB
88.5
148.3
68%
192
117%
86.9
-2%
98
11%
113.2 ?(88.5 - 137.8, n=2)
28%
159.3 ?(13.5 - 325, n=259, last 2 years)
80%
Random Write 4KB
95.4
120.4
26%
175
83%
64.4
-32%
68.8
-28%
150.9 ?(95.4 - 206, n=2)
58%
151.6 ?(269 - 449, n=260, last 2 years)
59%

Temperature

Max. Load
 43.1 °C
110 F
40.1 °C
104 F
37.1 °C
99 F
 
 42.9 °C
109 F
40.1 °C
104 F
37.8 °C
100 F
 
 42 °C
108 F
39.9 °C
104 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 43.1 °C = 110 F
Average: 40.1 °C = 104 F
35.3 °C
96 F
38.2 °C
101 F
43.2 °C
110 F
36.7 °C
98 F
38.6 °C
101 F
43.8 °C
111 F
36.2 °C
97 F
39.8 °C
104 F
42.4 °C
108 F
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.9 °C = 98 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.1 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.8 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs205337.52544.542.53133.7354033.435.55035.839.26330.131.68021.3251002124.512516.321.816014.731.420012.94125014.348.53151351.340010.856.450012.363.963013.56680019.57010001576.4125014.176.2160014.973.4200011.970.6250012.866.5315015.463400016.569.4500016.776.2630017.27480001866.81000017.9651250017.667.91600018.350.9SPL2884.1N0.956.2median 15median 66Delta2.11041.54135.535.431.728.630.833.632.237.525.12819.421.720.920.817.621.415.834.41341.111.744.910.654.410.559.911.966.313.869.515.47412.774.8167812.472.911.668.413.169.113.17013.77114.271.814.769.115.369.615.967.416.566.817.155.826.1840.757.8median 13.8median 68.41.810hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 9 5Grealme 9 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 9 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 67% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

realme 9 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 26% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme 9 5G
5000 mAh
realme 9 Pro
5000 mAh
realme 8 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G41
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M32
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
1029
1047
2%
1104
7%
905
-12%
1098
7%
904 ?(438 - 1953, n=267, last 2 years)
-12%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
17h 9min

Pros

+ high performance
+ bright IPS screen without PWM
+ long battery life
+ 5G capable
+ many 4G frequencies

Cons

- partly inaccurate fingerprint sensor
- blurry camera pictures from time to time
- treble-heavy speaker

Verdict - Little money for a lot of performance and 5G

In review: realme 9 5G. Test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme 9 5G. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme's model naming scheme is a bit strange here: the realme 9 5G is significantly cheaper than the realme 9 Pro, however, apart from the exterior, the faster charging, and some details of the camera system, it is a very, very similar smartphone. Thus, you clearly get the better price-performance ratio here.

The SoC, in particular, makes the realme 9 5G an interesting smartphone for under 300 Euros: you hardly get that much performance in any other phone in the price range, and most of the competition does not even offer 5G. Sure, that might change in the next few months, but at the time of testing, the features of the realme 9 5G are very good for its price point.

However, some negative aspects remain: for example, the fingerprint sensor is partly inaccurate and the camera takes somewhat blurry pictures. The speaker also does not have a very good sound.

As an inexpensive smartphone with fast mobile Internet and a fast SoC, the realme 9 5G is a price-performance recommendation.

The price of the realme 9 5G is significantly higher than that of the predecessor realme 8 5G but it offers more performance and probably longer updates. If you buy the realme 8 5G it could even be a bigger bargain, since characteristics have not changed that much. 5G phones from other manufacturers for less than 300 Euros are rare, so you should look for alternatives if you want the OnePlus North CE 2 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G at a good price.

Price and availability

The realme 9 5G is available directly from the manufacturer starting from 260 euros.

realme 9 5G - 05/12/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
47 / 70 → 67%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
37 / 64 → 58%
Application Performance
71 / 86 → 83%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
55%
Average
74%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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