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realme 9 Pro Plus Smartphone Review - Lots of performance and decent low-light photography

Mid-range plus? The realme 9 Pro+ is the fastest and best-equipped model in the mid-range series. Thanks to 60-watt charging, fast storage and a fast processor, it does not have to hide, but it also has strong competition. We take a closer look at the smartphone in the test.
realme 9 Pro+
realme 9 Pro Plus (9 Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 920 8 x 2 - 2.5 GHz, Cortex-A78 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
6.40 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 411 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, 360Hz sampling rate, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 113 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, Heart Rate Monitor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 160.3 x 73.3 ( = 0.31 x 6.31 x 2.89 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 60W Realme SuperDart Charge
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, OIS, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.4, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, bumper, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.99 W/​kg (head), 1.22 W/​kg (body)
Weight
182 g ( = 6.42 oz / 0.4 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
380 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
83.8 %
03/2022
realme 9 Pro Plus
Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4
182 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.40"2400x1080
81.8 %
04/2021
realme 8 Pro
SD 720G, Adreno 618
176 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.40"2400x1080
82.9 %
07/2021
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
170 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.43"2400x1080
85.9 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Poco F3
SD 870, Adreno 650
196 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
84.9 %
09/2021
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
189 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080

Case and features - Unusual colors

The realme 9 series is supposed to offer good features for the money. The realme 9 Pro Plus is priced around 400 Euros (~$443) and is available in two configurations:

  • realme 9 Pro+ with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB mass storage: 380 Euro (~$420)
  • realme 9 Pro+ with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB mass storage: 430 Euro (~$476)

The manufacturer offers three colors for its smartphone: Aurora Green, a dark green, Midnight Black, a velvety blue shimmering black, and Sunrise Blue, a bright blue that is the most unusual color with a coating that fades under sunlight. You also only get the small memory variant in Sunrise Blue.

The case itself is made of plastic and the glossy back is very susceptible to fingerprints. The stability is convincing, even stronger finger pressure does not get through to the screen. The workmanship is also clean and without noticeable edges.

A 3.5 mm jack for sound output with Hi-Res certification is also available, as is NFC, and you can measure your heart rate via the fingerprint sensor as a small extra.

realme 9 Pro+
realme 9 Pro+
realme 9 Pro+
realme 9 Pro+

Size comparison

163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 176 g0.388 lbs160.3 mm / 6.31 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 182 g0.4012 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 170 g0.3748 lbs

Communication, software and operation - Modern operating system with bloatware

The realme 9 Pro Plus proves to be snappy in our WLAN test with the reference router Asus GT-AXE11000, but the speed is not quite as stable; there are drops in the data rate every now and then. Of course, it is a 5G smartphone and many 4G frequencies are also supported, so you can most likely use the mobile Internet while traveling.

The realme UI 3 is based on Android 12, the security patches are from February 2022 at the time of testing and thus quite up-to-date. Some preinstalled third-party apps like shopping portals have to be accepted, but they can be deleted without any problems. It is nice that realme has taken care of a DRM-L1 certification, so you can also watch streaming videos in HD.

The 90 Hz screen can be operated smoothly. The surface is covered with a protective film, but the finger glides pleasantly easily on it as well. The fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen reacts quickly to a placed finger. As soon as the smartphone is lifted, the icon indicating the scanner's position is visible even in standby. The sensor responds to activation after a fairly short wait and unlocks the device reliably. However, it is located quite far down on the screen, which takes some getting used to.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Xiaomi Poco F3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
884 (444min - 914max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
461 (433min - 470max) MBit/s ∼52%
realme 8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
323 (279min - 332max) MBit/s ∼37%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
283 (140min - 293max) MBit/s ∼32%
iperf3 receive AX12
Xiaomi Poco F3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
654 (311min - 702max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
425 (413min - 432max) MBit/s ∼65%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
330 (322min - 336max) MBit/s ∼50%
realme 8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
304 (218min - 328max) MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
realme 9 Pro Plus
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
744 (481min - 821max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
realme 9 Pro Plus
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
821 (569min - 890max) MBit/s ∼100%
04590135180225270315360405450495540585630675720765810855Tooltip
; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø743 (481-821)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø821 (569-890)

Cameras - Otherwise average camera is good in low light

Recording front camera

A Sony IMX776 with optical image stabilization serves as the main sensor of the mid-range phone. It has a resolution of 50 megapixels. The effective resolution is reduced to 12 megapixels via pixel binning, which creates larger and thus more light-sensitive pixels on the sensor.

The image sharpness is in the average range in our test shots, but brightening and color reproduction are good. With low light and high contrasts, the smartphone produces warm, sometimes quite detailed pictures. 

The wide-angle camera has 8 megapixels and is on the usual level: A lot is lost when you go a bit more into detail, but the pictures are good for overview shots. Realme has also installed its own macro lens with a meager 2 megapixels, which takes decent close-ups.

On the front, there is also a selfie camera with 16 megapixels. The pictures could be a bit brighter and show more details in dark areas.

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 camera PlantMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low LightWide-angle camera
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ColorChecker
12.9 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 9 Pro Plus: 8.2 ∆E min: 3.1 - max: 17.87 ∆E
ColorChecker
24.2 ∆E
39.1 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
32.8 ∆E
47.4 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
25.7 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
47.6 ∆E
49.1 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
33 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
27.5 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
40 ∆E
41.1 ∆E
40 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 9 Pro Plus: 32.45 ∆E min: 13.42 - max: 49.09 ∆E

Display - Good color reproduction

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

AMOLED displays are now something completely normal even in the mid-range. The realme 9 Pro+ offers the typical Full HD resolution, but the brightness is more even than in the predecessor. However, those who are looking for high peak brightness will have to look at Xiaomi or Samsung; the screen in the realme phone cannot keep up.

In return, the display accuracy of the colors is quite good and the response times are also convincing.

559
cd/m²
556
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
554
cd/m²
550
cd/m²
559
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
560
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 561 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 557.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 550 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 2.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
95.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.215
realme 9 Pro Plus
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
realme 8 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Xiaomi Poco F3
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Response Times
-5%
66%
84%
-3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8 ?(5, 3)
8 ?(5, 3)
-0%
3.6 ?(2, 1.6)
55%
3.6 ?(2, 1.6)
55%
10 ?(6, 4)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
9 ?(5, 4)
6 ?(3, 3)
33%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
73%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
73%
8 ?(5, 3)
11%
PWM Frequency
218.3
114.7
-47%
373.1 ?(44)
71%
490.2 ?(26)
125%
231.5
6%
Screen
-50%
7%
46%
6%
Brightness middle
550
581
6%
590
7%
889
62%
736
34%
Brightness
558
563
1%
596
7%
902
62%
751
35%
Brightness Distribution
98
86
-12%
97
-1%
95
-3%
96
-2%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.8
4.34
-141%
1.9
-6%
0.9
50%
2.18
-21%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.51
7.15
-59%
3.8
16%
1.9
58%
5.69
-26%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.5
4.9
-96%
2.1
16%
1.3
48%
2.1
16%
Gamma
2.215 99%
2.327 95%
2.13 103%
2.26 97%
2.27 97%
CCT
6337 103%
7658 85%
6698 97%
6614 98%
6563 99%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-28% / -35%
37% / 26%
65% / 59%
2% / 3%

* ... 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
9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 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 detected 218.3 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 218.3 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 218.3 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21805 (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 - power galore in the realme phone

The MediaTek Dimensity 920 is a SoC from 2020, but convinces with quite high performance in our benchmarks. Only the Xiaomi Poco F3 with Snapdragon 870 can provide even more power among our similarly priced comparison devices. The graphics performance shows a significant leap compared with the realme 8 Pro. Again, the comparison device from Xiaomi is significantly faster.

In terms of memory, the realme 9 Pro+ proves to be fast thanks to UFS 2.2, but it is not quite up there in the price range. Again it is the Xiaomi Poco F3, which offers even more.

The temperatures on the casing of the realme 9 Pro Plus can rise up to 44.5 °C (112.1 °F) during longer load. That is not problematic in itself, but the temperature increase could be much higher on a hot summer day and thus become unpleasant.

The maximum volume of the stereo speakers is quite high, but the sound is balanced and you can listen to a piece of music. External audio devices can also be connected via Bluetooth and the 3.5 mm jack.

The realme phone cannot quite keep up with the predecessor in terms of battery life, but it still does quite well in the class comparison with just under 16 hours in our WLAN test. The phone can be charged with up to 60 watts, and a corresponding charger is included. The manufacturer promises 50% in 15 minutes. Even if it takes us a few minutes longer, we are very pleased with the charging speed.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
814 Points ∼82%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
570 Points ∼57% -30%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
637 Points ∼64% -22%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
998 Points ∼100% +23%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
771 Points ∼77% -5%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (737 - 814, n=2)
776 Points ∼78% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=255, last 2 years)
670 Points ∼67% -18%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2046 Points ∼61%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1694 Points ∼50% -17%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1792 Points ∼53% -12%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3368 Points ∼100% +65%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2808 Points ∼83% +37%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (2046 - 2149, n=2)
2098 Points ∼62% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=255, last 2 years)
2192 Points ∼65% +7%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
10740 Points ∼79%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
8473 Points ∼62% -21%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
13610 Points ∼100% +27%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
12625 Points ∼93% +18%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (7124 - 10740, n=2)
8932 Points ∼66% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=146, last 2 years)
10218 Points ∼75% -5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
5434 Points ∼68%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3782 Points ∼47% -30%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4062 Points ∼51% -25%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7970 Points ∼100% +47%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
6559 Points ∼82% +21%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (5434 - 5469, n=2)
5452 Points ∼68% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=224, last 2 years)
4952 Points ∼62% -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
6313 Points ∼52%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
4008 Points ∼33% -37%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4254 Points ∼35% -33%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12033 Points ∼100% +91%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
7496 Points ∼62% +19%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (6250 - 6313, n=2)
6282 Points ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=224, last 2 years)
6928 Points ∼58% +10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3653 Points ∼80%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3160 Points ∼69% -13%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3508 Points ∼77% -4%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3653 Points ∼80% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4563 Points ∼100% +25%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (3653 - 3805, n=2)
3729 Points ∼82% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=222, last 2 years)
3244 Points ∼71% -11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4097 Points ∼82%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2590 Points ∼52% -37%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2747 Points ∼55% -33%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4967 Points ∼100% +21%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (4097 - 4190, n=2)
4144 Points ∼83% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=179, last 2 years)
2527 Points ∼51% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4340 Points ∼84%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2462 Points ∼48% -43%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2613 Points ∼51% -40%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
5140 Points ∼100% +18%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (4340 - 4342, n=2)
4341 Points ∼84% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=179, last 2 years)
2627 Points ∼51% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3425 Points ∼77%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3168 Points ∼71% -8%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3349 Points ∼75% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4444 Points ∼100% +30%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (3425 - 3733, n=2)
3579 Points ∼81% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=179, last 2 years)
2854 Points ∼64% -17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4227 Points ∼57%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2743 Points ∼37% -35%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2923 Points ∼40% -31%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7377 Points ∼100% +75%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
5355 Points ∼73% +27%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (4227 - 4249, n=2)
4238 Points ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=232, last 2 years)
4021 Points ∼55% -5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4400 Points ∼46%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2642 Points ∼28% -40%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2800 Points ∼29% -36%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
9498 Points ∼100% +116%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
5591 Points ∼59% +27%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (4383 - 4400, n=2)
4392 Points ∼46% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=232, last 2 years)
5014 Points ∼53% +14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3717 Points ∼80%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3164 Points ∼68% -15%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3452 Points ∼74% -7%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4140 Points ∼89% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4664 Points ∼100% +25%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (3717 - 3837, n=2)
3777 Points ∼81% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=232, last 2 years)
3239 Points ∼69% -13%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2294 Points ∼53%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1052 Points ∼25% -54%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1114 Points ∼26% -51%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4288 Points ∼100% +87%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2490 Points ∼58% +9%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (2294 - 2319, n=2)
2307 Points ∼54% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=182, last 2 years)
3208 Points ∼75% +40%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2264 Points ∼53%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1052 Points ∼25% -54%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1109 Points ∼26% -51%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4271 Points ∼100% +89%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2485 Points ∼58% +10%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (2264 - 2275, n=2)
2270 Points ∼53% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=183, last 2 years)
3402 Points ∼80% +50%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
637 Points ∼52%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
335 Points ∼27% -47%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1223 Points ∼100% +92%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
690 Points ∼56% +8%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (637 - 644, n=2)
641 Points ∼52% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=138, last 2 years)
999 Points ∼82% +57%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
329 Points ∼27%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1222 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
687 Points ∼56%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
 
627 Points ∼51%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=134, last 2 years)
982 Points ∼80%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
27 fps ∼55%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
17 fps ∼35% -37%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
18 fps ∼37% -33%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
49 fps ∼100% +81%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
30 fps ∼61% +11%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (26 - 27, n=2)
26.5 fps ∼54% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=250, last 2 years)
28.7 fps ∼59% +6%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
30 fps ∼53%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
19 fps ∼33% -37%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
20 fps ∼35% -33%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
57 fps ∼100% +90%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
34 fps ∼60% +13%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (30 - 30, n=2)
30 fps ∼53% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=251, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼60% +13%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
17 fps ∼52%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
11 fps ∼33% -35%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
11 fps ∼33% -35%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
33 fps ∼100% +94%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
19 fps ∼58% +12%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (17 - 17, n=2)
17 fps ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=251, last 2 years)
19.9 fps ∼60% +17%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 9 Pro Plus
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11 fps ∼50%
realme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
7 fps ∼32% -36%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
7.4 fps ∼34% -33%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
22 fps ∼100% +100%
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
13 fps ∼59% +18%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (11 - 11, n=2)
11 fps ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=251, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼59% +18%
realme 9 Pro Plusrealme 8 ProOnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)Xiaomi Poco F3Samsung Galaxy A52s 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-52%
-2%
24%
0%
-10%
-6%
Sequential Read 256KB
991
474
-52%
951
-4%
1378
39%
951
-4%
756 ?(482 - 999, n=20)
-24%
929 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=248, last 2 years)
-6%
Sequential Write 256KB
474.9
191.7
-60%
466
-2%
684
44%
486.5
2%
460 ?(105.3 - 857, n=20)
-3%
471 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=248, last 2 years)
-1%
Random Read 4KB
173.5
98.5
-43%
187.6
8%
208
20%
168.2
-3%
165.7 ?(104.5 - 253, n=20)
-4%
165.9 ?(13.5 - 345, n=248, last 2 years)
-4%
Random Write 4KB
182.1
84.8
-53%
168.1
-8%
170.6
-6%
192.5
6%
166.6 ?(120.4 - 213, n=20)
-9%
159.3 ?(56.5 - 458, n=249, last 2 years)
-13%

Temperature

Max. Load
 44.5 °C
112 F
40.8 °C
105 F
37.9 °C
100 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
41 °C
106 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 44.1 °C
111 F
40.3 °C
105 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 44.5 °C = 112 F
Average: 40.9 °C = 106 F
36.5 °C
98 F
38.4 °C
101 F
41.5 °C
107 F
35.9 °C
97 F
38.6 °C
101 F
42.7 °C
109 F
35.3 °C
96 F
38 °C
100 F
42.5 °C
109 F
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.3 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.9 °C / 106 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 44.5 °C / 112 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 42.7 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2049.344.72543.942.43137.137.24037.941.95043.8446331.835.680282910027.928.612523.53016023.843.520019.655.52501961.331517.566.240015.265.750016.868.96302169.980022.375.7100018.779.1125017.379.9160015.881.6200015.883.8250017.484.1315018.481.8400020.279.2500020.371630020.173.3800021.468.81000021.866.41250021.3621600021.858SPL31.691.6N1.683.5median 20.1median 68.9Delta1.8942.347.736.545.231.740.832.434.5393831.731.122.121.721.220.615.822.917.533.914.540.613.348.512.453.812.559.214.3631765.622.16920.270.314.970.414.675.414.576.41576.216.87418.369.31969.719.671.920.173.420.869.620.260.121.158.330.384.71.258.4median 17median 692.69.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 9 Pro Plusrealme 8 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 9 Pro Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 44% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 65% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

realme 8 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 44% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 65% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme 9 Pro Plus
4500 mAh
realme 8 Pro
4500 mAh
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Poco F3
4520 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
4500 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
956
1006
5%
924
-3%
805
-16%
721
-25%
906 ?(438 - 1953, n=255, last 2 years)
-5%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 56min

Pros

+ high performance
+ many 4G frequencies supported
+ fast memory
+ good color display of the screen

Cons

- Bloatware preinstalled
- Screen could be even brighter
- fluctuating WLAN data rate

Verdict - Solid phone without major weaknesses

In review: realme 9 Pro Plus. Test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme 9 Pro Plus. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme 9 Pro Plus is a very solid mid-range phone that offers everything you would expect in this price range: A fast screen, fast charging, decent runtimes, fast storage, a lot of system power and a flexible camera system.

The chassis has a decent build, but does not stand out from the crowd. The clearly arranged system software is convincing except for the preinstalled bloatware. The many photography modes like tilt-shift or star mode are good, but the camera quality is only average overall. The Wi-Fi data rates also fluctuated a bit in the test.

The realme 9 Pro+ is a solid mid-range phone with a lot of performance and fast charging.

If all that is not enough, you will have to buy the Xiaomi Poco F3, which currently still offers the best price-performance ratio. Samsung's Galaxy A52s 5G also has good performance rates, but disappoints with a slow charging speed via the included power adapter.

Price and availability

You can buy the 9 Pro+ directly from realme. At the time of testing there is a realme pad for free with the purchase. At amazon.de, Cyberport and notebooksbilliger.de you can get the smartphone without the extra charge, but a bit cheaper.

realme 9 Pro Plus - 03/16/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
47 / 70 → 67%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
41 / 64 → 64%
Application Performance
86 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
71 / 90 → 79%
Camera
67%
Average
78%
84%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-03-19 (Update: 2022-03-20)