Realme 9i review: Two million mobile phones that are versatile – Finding a smartphone at an affordable price in the range of 2-3 million is not an easy job. Because many devices in this segment are scattered. But realme is still optimistic about presenting the realme 9i.

To give you an idea about this device, we have held a review unit for the realme 9i. With the slogan ‘Level Up the Power’ the vendor brought a new smartphone with several enhancements to compete with competitors.

Curious? Let’s take a look at the full review along with its advantages and disadvantages.

Unboxing realme 9i

realme 9i is claimed to be able to provide a high-end experience in the 2 million price segment. They emphasized it by positioning The Most Powerful 33W & 6nm Processor Smartphone.

As usual, we open the review by unpacking the contents in the sales package or box of this device. The realme 9i box is still similar to the rest of its family, dominated by yellow with a touch of black.

unboxing review realme 9i

Let’s unbox! The components in it include a smartphone unit, a 33W Dart Charge charging adapter, a silicon case, a USB Type-C cable, a manual, a warranty card, and a SIM card ejector.

Body Plan

The realme 9i review unit is designed in a polycarbonate body wrapped in a metallic finish. Although the material is made of plastic, it has been polished with a reflective coating.

We happen to be holding a variant in Prism Blue color. It looks cute, with a shimmer of light that reflects off the surface of the back panel.

Prismatic textures in light show a rhythm like color and offer a visual feel. realme calls it “light in motion”.

advantages and disadvantages of realme 9i

When held feels good and does not easily slip from the fingers. The built quality is quite solid and precise, it’s just that it’s easily stained with fingerprints.

The body is ergonomic. Pass. Not too big or small, not too thick. This is achieved by optimizing the internal structure of the phone, thereby making the phone thinner and lighter.

The power button is applied on the right side as well as functions as a fingerprint. On the right side there are volume buttons and a sim tray consisting of a combination of microSD and two SIM cards.

realme 9i has two speakers, one at the bottom with USB type C, 3.5m audio port and mic. One more speaker is located on the forehead just above the edge.


realme 9i adopts an LCD-based touch panel with a 6.6-inch screen landscape. This size screen has been planted with Full HD + resolution.

harga realme 9i

The screen is safe and good for watching Youtube, playing games or streaming movies. Moreover, realme also adds an Adaptive 90Hz Smooth Display.

Offers many options: Static – 30Hz; Movies – 48Hz; Teleplay – 50Hz; Video – 60Hz; Gaming – 60/90Hz; Streaming – 90Hz.

The display looks smooth. Especially when the 90Hz mode is activated, scrolling menus and screen transitions feels so good to do as well as comfortable to look at.


After investigating, it turns out that realme has pushed the performance of the (i) series segment to a higher level. The debut of Snapdragon 680 with 6nm fabrication and low power consumption is the first time in this segment.

Just a note, compared to the last generation Snapdragon 662 processor, Snapdragon 680 has a 25% increase in performance.

The processor configurations include: 4 x Cortex-A73 2.4GHz and 4 x Cortex-A53 1.9GHz. As a result, running applications smoother, more agile, and loading pages faster.

In addition, there is a 10% increase in graphics performance. Snapdragon 680 adopts GPU Adreno 610 which supports 90Hz refresh rate technology in realme 9i.

Higher frame rate, smoother gaming experience, less lag. 25% increase in AI performance with Qualcomm’s third generation AI engine.

For basic operations, such as fiddling with email, opening Youtube, watching streaming realme 9i can work very well. No lag or annoying bugs.

Meanwhile, in terms of gaming, the performance is still reliable. Mobile Legends to PUBG Mobile can be boosted stably. The smartphone remains pretty cool with reasonable heat.

In terms of storage, the realme 9i review unit we used offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Please note that the realme 9i also has a 6GB/128GB memory variant. There is also a microSD slot that supports up to 1TB of storage.

ram and memory

This series supports virtual memory. Adopting DRE technology to overcome performance degradation caused by lack of memory on smartphones.

This technology is able to convert ROM into virtual RAM to expand RAM. realme 9i can expand 6GB RAM to 5GB to enjoy a smartphone-like experience with 11GB RAM.


The chipset embedded in the realme 9i review unit also has a positive impact on more efficient power consumption. Compared to 12nm processors, 6nm processors have a 211% higher transistor density, with a transistor density of 114 million transistors per square millimeter.

Technically, a 6nm processor consumes 62% less power and delivers 46% more performance than a 12nm processor. It also has relatively lower increments and a more stable frame rate.


Interestingly, the 6nm processor’s low power consumption effectively extends battery life. Compared to the same 5000mAh capacity 8i battery, the 9i’s battery life is increased by 46%.

On paper the 5000 mAh battery on the realme 9i has 995 hours of standby, 48.4 hours of phone calls, 20.7 hours of Whatsapp and 116.3 hours of listening to music.

Our experience using smartphones that are available in almost all realme Official Stores online, the battery can last more than a day for normal use.

But for those who want longer battery life, there are several optimization options available, including: Super Power Saving Mode, App Quick Freeze, Screen Battery Optimization and Power Saving Mode.

Even more special, realme equips its battery with the first 33W Dart Charge solution in this segment. This technology can charge the phone up to 100% in 70 minutes.

We have reviewed several of our realme smartphones and we are quite impressed with the Super Power Saving Mode feature. This feature can be relied on in an emergency but low because we can choose 6 important applications and the smartphone will aggressively extend the life.

As long as this feature is activated, we can still reply to WhatsApp and Telegram messages, start navigating through Google Maps, make calls, open Instagram and even order transportation online.

Reali 9i camera


The Indonesian version of the realme 9i review unit immerses a triple camera with a 50MP main sensor: FOV: 77 degrees and an aperture of f/1.8. Then there’s the 2MP black and white portrait lens: f/2.4 and FOV: 89.1 degrees. And finally a 2MP macro lens: 4cm, f/2.4 and FOV: 88.8 degrees.

The photography functions are quite complete, starting from: 50MP Mode, Video, Night Mode, Panoramic view, Expert, Timelapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Ultra macro, AI Beauty, Filter, Super Text, Slow Motion.

The front camera of the realme 9i uses a 16MP Sony IMX 471 sensor. It has a wide angle of 79.3° and has an aperture of f/2.1. This camera is equipped with a method of taking selfies by showing the palm of the hand.

For camera results, the realme 9i can take pretty good photos. In outdoor conditions, the shots are quite good although sometimes the exposure is a bit excessive. Assisted by AI, the results are even more excellent.

For low light or night conditions, this smartphone camera can still produce good photos. Although there is still noise but the sharpness is reliable. Using the Night Mode feature, we can apply effects to get special night photos.

realme 9i can record 1080p videos at 30fps. The result is decent, it’s just that in conditions of many shocks it is not so satisfying. The camera can adjust the lighting conditions when recording video.

Camera Results:

Auto mode (backlight)
car mode
Night mode w/ effect
Night mode
Auto mode w / AI
Auto mode HDR
Ultra macro

Other Features

The fingerprint sensor or fingerprint scanner is relatively responsive to the touch of our fingers. In just a fraction of a second we can unlock the screen. Likewise with the face unlock embedded in this realme 9i.

The presence of dual stereo speakers with high resolution provides an added advantage. Moreover, it supports dual Hi-Res certification. The sound is still more kicking than mono speakers.

Unfortunately, there are no supporting facilities such as NFC in the realme 9i review unit that we tested. In addition, this smartphone also does not support 5G networks.

But it’s all worth the price and quality offered, considering that 33W Dart Charge fast charging is now more affordable.



realme 9i embeds Android 11 operating system with realme UI 2.0 interface running on it. This custom interface is a bit different from the stock Android experience.

Personally, I personally prefer the use of a customized interface rather than using the default Android.

We are facilitated by the presence of additional applications such as photo galleries, theme customization to file managers. realme has included a variety of applications that suit our needs.

What distinguishes it from the default Android is that there are many additional application loads that burden performance. But it doesn’t matter because it’s not that significant.

Advantages and Disadvantages of realme 9i

The competition in the 2 million price segment is relatively tight. In this segment, vendors must be able to present products with complete capabilities. But there are still advantages and disadvantages, the realme 9i is no exception.

The advantages of realme 9i that stand out are in the chipset performance sector and battery life and 33W fast charging. The dual stereo speakers are also a plus.

Display support with a 90Hz refresh rate and camera capabilities are still attractive offers in its class.

The lack of this device is not yet supported by 5G networks, but at the moment it is not a big problem. For the plastic body, we consider it a minor minus because it is covered in good design and built quality.

Harga realme 9i

realme 9i is already available in the Indonesian market with 4GB and 64GB RAM variants and 6GB RAM with 128GB RAM. Available colors are Prism Black and Prism Blue.

The price of the realme 9i 4GB + 64 GB variant is Rp. 2,649,000 from Rp. 2,699,000. And for 6GB + 128 GB, it becomes Rp. 2,949,000 from Rp. 2,999,000. The offer is valid during the pre-order period 24-27 May 2022 and Flash sale on 28 May 2022.

realme 9i specs:

  • OS: Android 11, really UI 2.0
  • Display: 6.6 inci, 2412×1080 90Hz LCD display
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680
  • GPU: Adreno 610 GPU
  • RAM/ memori internal: 4GB/64GB atau 6B/128GB
  • MicroSD: Ada, up to 1TB
  • Kamera utama: 50Mp main camera, f/1.8, 2Mp black & white lens, f/2.4, 2Mp Macro lens, f/2.4 aperture
  • Kamera selfie: 16M,  f/2.1
  • Fingerprint sensor: Yes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, Dual SIM
  • Baterai: 5000mAh, 33W charging
  • Warna: Prism Blue, Prism Black
  • Dimensi: 164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 190g

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