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realme 9i Smartphone review - Affordable mid-range model with stereo speakers

90 Hz display with variable refresh rate. Thanks to the modern SoC and fast charging technology, the realme 9i is an interesting, affordable mid-range phone. The battery lasts for a long time and stereo sound is also provided. So is this a real bargain?
realme 9i
realme 9i (9 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G 8 x 1.8 - 2.4 GHz, Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex-A73) / Silver (Cortex-A53)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2412 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, adaptive framerate, 180 Hz sampling rate, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 111 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 164.4 x 75.7 ( = 0.33 x 6.47 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 33 Watt Dart Charge
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, monochrome (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.1, 26mm, 1/3.0", 1.0µm, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, bumper, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.789 W/kg (head), 1,020 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
220 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
78.8 %
04/2022
realme 9i
SD 680, Adreno 610
190 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2412x1080
77.7 %
08/2021
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
186 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.40"1600x720
80.5 %
01/2022
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2
195 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2400x1080
80.2 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
SD 678, Adreno 612
178.8 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080

Case and features - Unusual back panel

The realme 9i is currently the cheapest smartphone from realme's 9-series, which represents the mid-range class. For just over 200 Euros you get a smartphone with a plastic back that is decorated with a vertical stripe pattern. Depending on the viewing angle, the back reflects light in such a way, that observers see stripes - an interesting effect that we have not met on any other smartphone.

The color options are light blue or black. Our test device quickly shows spots on the display when pressure is applied to the screen, but they disappear right away. Thus, the stability is average, but the build quality is on a high level.

The manufacturer offers two storage options:

  • realme 9i 64 GB mass storage / 4 GB RAM: 220 Euros
  • realme 9i 128 GB mass storage / 4 GB RAM: 240 Euros

NFC for mobile payment services is on board, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5 mm audio port are also available. There is also a dedicated microSD slot, so it can be used together with two SIM cards. Tests with our reference microSD card Angelbird AV Pro V60 show, that the microSD reader achieves decent data transfer speeds in both the copy test and the CPDT benchmark.

realme 9i
realme 9i
realme 9i
realme 9i
realme 9i
realme 9i

Size comparison

164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs163.56 mm / 6.44 inch 75.78 mm / 2.98 inch 8.75 mm / 0.3445 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs160.46 mm / 6.32 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.29 mm / 0.3264 inch 178.8 g0.3942 lbs159.3 mm / 6.27 inch 73.6 mm / 2.9 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 186 g0.4101 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
  (Angelbird V60)
44.2 MB/s ∼100% +65%
realme 9i
  (Angelbird V60)
26.8 MB/s ∼61%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=84, last 2 years)
26.4 MB/s ∼60% -1%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
15.47 MB/s ∼35% -42%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
14.32 MB/s ∼32% -47%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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realme 9i Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write; Angelbird V60: Ø39.9 (23.8-47.8)
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write: Ø32.2 (24.3-39.7)
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 810, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø32 (25-46.5)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Adreno 612, SD 678, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write: Ø38.7 (30.1-49.6)
realme 9i Adreno 610, SD 680, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read; Angelbird V60: Ø73.4 (43.7-82.9)
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read: Ø54.7 (8-62.4)
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 810, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø75.5 (58.6-78.9)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Adreno 612, SD 678, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read: Ø85.7 (34.1-91.6)

Communication, software and operation - No 5G on the realme phone

In the price range of around 200 Euros, WiFi 5 is the class standard for smartphones. The realme 9i meets this and also offers typical transfer rates of around 300 Mbit/s. However, the speeds fluctuate quite a bit around the actual average rates, so there can also be drops.

The realme 9i does not offer 5G support and there are not many 4G frequencies available, so you might be cut off from mobile Internet when traveling depending on the country. The reception strength is clearly below that of high-end smartphones in our sample test, but it is still usable indoors.

Realme installs Android 11 and the realmeUI 2.0 as the operating system. The security patches are from March 2022 at the time of testing and are thus up to date. Realme does not provide any official information about how long the smartphone will be supported with system and security updates, but since the realme 7 will still get Android 12, at least 2 OS upgrades should be secured.

The 90 Hz screen and the modern processor enable a smooth system operation. The fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the casing in the slightly recessed standby button and unlocks the device quickly and reliably.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (267min - 353max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
287 (259min - 311max) MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 receive AX12
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
328 (255min - 340max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
246 (206min - 270max) MBit/s ∼75%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
realme 9i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
306 (89min - 380max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
realme 9i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
268 (181min - 318max) MBit/s ∼100%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø268 (181-318)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø307 (89-380)

Cameras - Weak in low light

Front camera photo sample
Front camera photo sample

The realme 9i has a main camera with 50 megapixels. However, the full resolution can only be used in a special mode. Usually, pictures are recorded with only a quarter of the resolution via pixel binning and thus achieve a higher light intensity. The image sharpness is still decent even with magnification, but large areas like the sky show stripes and color fringes in objects.

The camera obviously struggles in very low light, which is also proven by the pictures from our photo lab, where we can regulate the lighting conditions even better. Videos can be recorded at 1080p and 30 fps, and the autofocus and brightness adjustment work quite quickly and accurately here. The possibility of smooth speed control of the digital zoom is nice, so cool effects can be created.

There is no wide-angle lens, only a macro lens that you can use in a special mode. The third lens includes contains a black-and-white sensor that is used to support the main camera in blur effects.

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
18.6 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 9i: 13.74 ∆E min: 4.12 - max: 19.65 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.3 ∆E
54.6 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
36 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.7 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
76.7 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
93 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 9i: 46.95 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 92.95 ∆E

Display - Bright IPS screen in the realme phone

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

An AMOLED display like in the Galaxy A22 4G or the Redmi Note 10 is not available in the realme 9i. Instead, it has a Full HD IPS display that can convince with an average maximum brightness of over 500 cd/m². It is also nice that the brightness distribution is quite even. It is a 90 Hz display that can dynamically adapt the frame rate to the viewed content. However, this adjustment is not smooth and is going with 5 steps starting at 30 Hz.

The black value of 0.6 cd/m² is rather mediocre, and a clearly visible bluish cast in bright colors also dims the impression of the picture quality. The color deviations are quite high in blue tones, but overall still within limits. We did not measure PWM

515
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
520
cd/m²
508
cd/m²
519
cd/m²
509
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
520
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 520 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 513.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3.38 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 508 cd/m²
Contrast: 847:1 (Black: 0.6 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.68 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 5.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
98.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.153
realme 9i
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Super AMOLED, 1600x720, 6.40
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
TFT-LCD, 2400x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Response Times
75%
-70%
84%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 ?(17, 17)
6 ?(3, 3)
82%
50 ?(25.6, 24.4)
-47%
4.8 ?(2.4, 2.4)
86%
Response Time Black / White *
18 ?(7, 11)
6 ?(3, 3)
67%
34.8 ?(20.8, 14)
-93%
3.2 ?(2, 1.2)
82%
PWM Frequency
127.6
250 ?(69)
Screen
-27%
2%
37%
Brightness middle
508
349
-31%
504
-1%
695
37%
Brightness
513
352
-31%
499
-3%
693
35%
Brightness Distribution
97
92
-5%
91
-6%
98
1%
Black Level *
0.6
0.72
-20%
Contrast
847
700
-17%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.68
5.87
-60%
3.3
10%
2.2
40%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.36
15.51
-86%
6
28%
4.8
43%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.7
2.7
53%
4.1
28%
1.9
67%
Gamma
2.153 102%
2.07 106%
2.28 96%
2.25 98%
CCT
7733 84%
6970 93%
7041 92%
6286 103%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
24% / -1%
-34% / -12%
61% / 49%

* ... 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. » 27 % 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
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to 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 not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21792 (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 real long-runner

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 is a fairly new SoC that provides enough performance for everyday use. Despite the modern 6 nm manufacturing process, the processor with its 8 cores is usually only on par with the comparison devices, and the graphics unit also delivers typical performance in its class.

It is nice that realme has installed UFS 2.1 storage, which enables quite fast data transfer in our test device. Users will usually have enough power for smooth navigation through the system in everyday use. It only becomes apparent that the smartphone does not offer as much power as high-end smartphones in more complex apps.

It is pleasing that the warming of the realme phone is kept within limits with a maximum of 40.9 °C, even after 1 hour of high load in our benchmarks.

As a bonus, the realme 9i comes with stereo speakers: the earpiece is used as a second speaker. The sound system can get quite loud but does not reach top rates in terms of clarity. At least the trebles are not overemphasized, so the sound remains relatively pleasant even at high volumes. It gets even better with connected speakers or headphones either via the 3.5 mm audio port or Bluetooth. Many codecs are supported here, including LDAC and aptX HD.

The realme 9i is equipped with a 5,000 mah battery that can be charged with a maximum of 33 watts. A suitable charger is included and needs just over an hour for a full charge when the battery is empty. In our WLAN test, the smartphone achieved a runtime of approximately 17:36 hours, which is a good result in a class comparison and is also sufficient for several days away from a power outlet with reasonably frugal use.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
374 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
364 Points ∼54% -3%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
598 Points ∼89% +60%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
531 Points ∼79% +42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (374 - 384, n=4)
381 Points ∼57% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=255, last 2 years)
671 Points ∼100% +79%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1557 Points ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1370 Points ∼62% -12%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1809 Points ∼82% +16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1541 Points ∼70% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1557 - 1738, n=4)
1658 Points ∼76% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=255, last 2 years)
2195 Points ∼100% +41%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8730 Points ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
6570 Points ∼64% -25%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
9402 Points ∼92% +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
7645 Points ∼75% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (6679 - 8730, n=4)
7448 Points ∼73% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=147, last 2 years)
10202 Points ∼100% +17%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2166 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1783 Points ∼36% -18%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3965 Points ∼80% +83%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2344 Points ∼47% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2085 - 2185, n=3)
2145 Points ∼43% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=225, last 2 years)
4949 Points ∼100% +128%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2046 Points ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1630 Points ∼24% -20%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
4014 Points ∼58% +96%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2245 Points ∼32% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1931 - 2046, n=3)
2008 Points ∼29% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=225, last 2 years)
6918 Points ∼100% +238%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2722 Points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2654 Points ∼70% -2%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3801 Points ∼100% +40%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
2769 Points ∼73% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2589 - 2866, n=3)
2726 Points ∼72% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=223, last 2 years)
3245 Points ∼85% +19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1332 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1354 Points ∼50% +2%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2714 Points ∼100% +104%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1480 Points ∼55% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1332 - 1365, n=4)
1349 Points ∼50% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=180, last 2 years)
2529 Points ∼93% +90%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1159 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1198 Points ∼46% +3%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2546 Points ∼97% +120%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1286 Points ∼49% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1159 - 1188, n=4)
1173 Points ∼45% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=180, last 2 years)
2628 Points ∼100% +127%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2789 Points ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2492 Points ∼71% -11%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3529 Points ∼100% +27%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
3130 Points ∼89% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2683 - 2930, n=4)
2805 Points ∼79% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=180, last 2 years)
2857 Points ∼81% +2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1353 Points ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1379 Points ∼34% +2%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2770 Points ∼69% +105%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1499 Points ∼37% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1352 - 1372, n=4)
1361 Points ∼34% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=233, last 2 years)
4017 Points ∼100% +197%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1185 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1211 Points ∼24% +2%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2570 Points ∼51% +117%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
1303 Points ∼26% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1184 - 1199, n=4)
1190 Points ∼24% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=233, last 2 years)
5005 Points ∼100% +322%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2683 Points ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2675 Points ∼70% 0%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3804 Points ∼100% +42%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
3156 Points ∼83% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2573 - 2853, n=4)
2698 Points ∼71% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=233, last 2 years)
3241 Points ∼85% +21%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
446 Points ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
679 Points ∼21% +52%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1235 Points ∼39% +177%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
483 Points ∼15% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (446 - 453, n=4)
448 Points ∼14% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=183, last 2 years)
3197 Points ∼100% +617%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
417 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
686 Points ∼20% +65%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1210 Points ∼36% +190%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
482 Points ∼14% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (417 - 442, n=4)
433 Points ∼13% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=184, last 2 years)
3392 Points ∼100% +713%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
108 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
174 Points ∼18% +61%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
360 Points ∼36% +233%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
143 Points ∼14% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (22 - 127, n=5)
101.4 Points ∼10% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=139, last 2 years)
991 Points ∼100% +818%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
112 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
173 Points ∼18% +54%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
348 Points ∼36% +211%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
143 Points ∼15% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (112 - 124, n=4)
120 Points ∼12% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=135, last 2 years)
977 Points ∼100% +772%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8.6 fps ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
17 fps ∼59% +98%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
15 fps ∼52% +74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
9.3 fps ∼32% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (8.2 - 17, n=4)
10.7 fps ∼37% +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=251, last 2 years)
28.7 fps ∼100% +234%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.7 fps ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.2 fps ∼27% -5%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
17 fps ∼50% +75%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
10 fps ∼29% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (9.6 - 9.8, n=4)
9.7 fps ∼29% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=252, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼100% +251%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5.1 fps ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.5 fps ∼48% +86%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
9.3 fps ∼47% +82%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
5.6 fps ∼28% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (4.8 - 11, n=4)
6.48 fps ∼33% +27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=252, last 2 years)
19.8 fps ∼100% +288%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 9i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.3 fps ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.3 fps ∼25% 0%
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
6.2 fps ∼48% +88%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678, Adreno 612, 4096
3.7 fps ∼28% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (3.2 - 3.3, n=4)
3.28 fps ∼25% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=252, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼100% +294%
realme 9iSamsung Galaxy A22 4GXiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5GXiaomi Redmi Note 10Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-60%
-7%
-38%
-26%
-7%
Sequential Read 256KB
976
297.7
-69%
964
-1%
497.4
-49%
771 ?(427 - 1011, n=99)
-21%
929 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=248, last 2 years)
-5%
Sequential Write 256KB
719
183
-75%
471
-34%
241.5
-66%
284 ?(13.6 - 719, n=99)
-61%
472 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=248, last 2 years)
-34%
Random Read 4KB
176.8
101.2
-43%
148.8
-16%
131.5
-26%
149.9 ?(92.6 - 239, n=99)
-15%
166.5 ?(13.5 - 345, n=248, last 2 years)
-6%
Random Write 4KB
137.4
66.9
-51%
171.8
25%
122.1
-11%
127.9 ?(18.2 - 290, n=99)
-7%
159.7 ?(56.5 - 458, n=249, last 2 years)
16%

Temperature

Max. Load
 40.9 °C
106 F
38.4 °C
101 F
37.3 °C
99 F
 
 40.3 °C
105 F
37.9 °C
100 F
37.3 °C
99 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
37.7 °C
100 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 40.9 °C = 106 F
Average: 38.5 °C = 101 F
34.6 °C
94 F
36.4 °C
98 F
38.2 °C
101 F
35.4 °C
96 F
37.1 °C
99 F
40.1 °C
104 F
36.1 °C
97 F
37.5 °C
100 F
39.4 °C
103 F
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 37.2 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  40 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.5 °C / 101 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 40.9 °C / 106 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 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.1 °C / 88 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 Highs2041.543.42535.538.83131.730.94030.835.55032.235.96325.1268019.423.710020.92612517.630.216015.837.72001340.425011.743.931510.65540010.561.750011.96863013.874.880015.478.2100012.780.812501679.8160012.478.6200011.676.1250013.175.7315013.174.1400013.775.7500014.270.1630014.767800015.369.31000015.967.21250016.5661600017.161.6SPL26.188N0.769.9median 13.8median 68Delta1.812.733.139.42838.724.129.625.322.63637.12427.820.629.114.524.910.334.413.647.311.744.511.448.812.456.210.157.811.763.911.568.710.169.110.371.710.975.412.47210.768.411.969.412.771.413.177.313.17913.679.514.373.113.669.914.168.814.665.624.586.30.565.3median 12.4median 68.81.38.7hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 9iXiaomi Redmi Note 10
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 9i audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 87% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme 9i
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A22 4G
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
1056
1252
19%
966
-9%
889
-16%
906 ?(438 - 1953, n=256, last 2 years)
-14%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
17h 36min

Pros

+ dynamic 90 Hz display
+ no PWM
+ fast memory
+ long runtimes
+ fast loading

Cons

- no 5G
- no wide-angle camera
- camera weak in low light
- blue cast in the display

Verdict - Bright screen and large battery for little money

In review: realme 9i. Test device provided by:
In review: realme 9i. Test device provided by:
cyberport.com

The inexpensive mid-range phone realme 9i can definitely compete with its rivals, and it comes with a bright screen and fast charging technology. In our tests, it also proved to be more durable than many similarly priced devices and does not get excessively warm.

The power development is adequate for a smooth system operation, but it does not exceed the class standard.

The lack of 5G support could be a downer for buyers, and the display's distinct bluish cast should also be considered before buying. Photographs in low light look quite gloomy, but we like the pictures quite well in normal lighting. It is just a pity that realme does not install a wide-angle camera for more flexibility.

Inexpensive, pretty, and fast: The realme 9i is quite convincing, but has a weakness in low-light photography.

Overall, the realme 9i is worth buying. Especially if you can get it at a good price. The Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G however, can boast of 5G and even more performance. If you would rather have an AMOLED screen, you can take a closer look at the Redmi Note 10.

Price and availability

The realme 9i is available with 64 or 128 GB directly from the manufacturer. But also Cyberport and other big retailers like amazon.de or notebooksbilliger.de have a smartphone on offer.

realme 9i - 04/02/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
46 / 70 → 65%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
14 / 64 → 22%
Application Performance
65 / 86 → 76%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 90 → 73%
Camera
56%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-04- 5 (Update: 2022-04- 5)