The Realme 9 Professional+ is a brand new addition to the corporate’s huge and already complicated lineup of smartphones. Historically, Realme has all the time led with the core fashions in its quantity collection collectively, however this 12 months we received the Realme 9i first, in January. With this newest launch, as an alternative of the anticipated Realme 9 and 9 Professional, we’re getting the Realme 9 Professional and a brand new Realme 9 Professional+.

The Realme 9 Professional+ is supposed to tackle the brand new Xiaomi 11 collection and the OnePlus Nord collection of mid-range smartphones. So, what’s new in regards to the Realme 9 Professional+, and is it well worth the premium over the Realme 9 Professional?

Realme 9 Professional+ value in India

The Realme 9 Professional+ is obtainable in three variants. There is a base variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, priced at Rs. 24,999 in India. The second variant has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 26,999. The highest-of-the-line possibility with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is priced at Rs. 28,999. I acquired the top-end model for this overview.

Going by the launch costs of the Realme 9 Professional+, there appears to be an overlap with Realme’s personal GT Grasp Version (Evaluate), which begins at Rs. 25,999. This telephone provides barely higher core specs comparable to a 120Hz refresh-rate show, however lacks the superior main digicam sensor and optical picture stabilisation (OIS) provided by the brand new Realme 9 Professional+. It is nice to have extra choices, however this does nothing to make the lineup much less complicated for patrons. Your selection will in the end boil right down to what you prioritise extra, a greater digicam or show.

Realme 9 Professional+ design

The Realme 9 Professional+ appears to have caught up with the brand new fad of colour-changing smartphones fairly shortly. This telephone is obtainable in three finishes: Midnight Black, Aurora Inexperienced, and Dawn Blue. Of those, solely the Dawn Blue end modifications color when uncovered to daylight, identical to the Vivo V23 Professional (Evaluate).

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The rear panel of the Dawn Blue end switches from blue to maroon when uncovered to daylight

 

Realme’s model of the identical colour-changing course of permits the 9 Professional+ to change from a shiny sky-blue color indoors to a shade of maroon beneath daylight. I did not discover this as interesting as Vivo’s gold-to-green transition on the V23 Professional. The general look would not really feel very premium both, primarily due to the fingerprint-prone rear glass panel.

This color-changing bit apart, the Realme 9 Professional+’s design seems to be like that of any Realme smartphone. It has a polycarbonate body with flat sides sandwiched between two sheets of glass. The telephone is sort of slim, measuring simply 7.99mm, and it feels snug for one-handed use primarily due to its low 184g weight.

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The Realme 9 Professional+ has an in-display fingerprint reader, and can be able to measuring coronary heart charge

 

The show is flat and has a hole-punch front-facing selfie digicam. There’s an in-display fingerprint reader and it’s also possible to measure your coronary heart charge, which in line with Realme continues to be an experimental function. That is solely usable if enabled within the Realme Lab part of the Settings app. One design element I didn’t like was the noticeably thick chin under the show.

Realme 9 Professional+ specs and software program

Realme has gone with the MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC, which can be discovered within the lately launched Xiaomi 11i collection. This SoC runs at a most clock pace of two.5GHz and is manufactured utilizing a 6nm fabrication course of. The telephone helps a number of 5G bands together with dual-5G standby. It additionally has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and the standard satellite tv for pc navigation programs. The system is powered by a 4,500mAh battery which will be charged shortly utilizing the 60W charger that comes within the field.

The brand new Realme 9 Professional and 9 Professional+ are among the first telephones to run the Realme UI 3.0 software program, which is predicated on Android 12. There are tonnes of preinstalled third-party apps that may be uninstalled and a few Realme-branded ones that can’t be.

Realme UI 3.0 just isn’t as closely customised as Vivo’s Funtouch OS, for instance, and is extra much like inventory Android. This makes it gel properly with the brand new Materials You design of Android 12. Whereas sure options of Android 12 such because the highly effective new search get the boot, the privateness dashboard and associated options have made it. In contrast to Vivo or Samsung, Realme’s collection of UI widgets has all the time been fairly restricted, so the brand new Android 12 widgets don’t really feel misplaced on the house display.

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The Realme 9 Professional+ comes with Android 12 and there are some new customisation choices

 

Realme UI 3.0 nonetheless seems to be like Realme’s tackle Android. Its design and fonts seem fairly constant, till you leap into the Privateness Dashboard within the Settings, the place you might be greeted with a inventory Materials You UI that clearly seems to be very totally different. In response to Realme, sure sections of Android 12 (Privateness Dashboard, Permissions Supervisor, Digital Wellbeing) are required to have the inventory look, whatever the customized pores and skin utilized to the OS. I additionally got here throughout some minor theming glitches comparable to greyed-out textual content in collapsed notifications within the pull-down tray when utilizing darkish mode.

The Realme 9 Professional+ has a dynamic theming system comparable what you’d get with Android 12 operating on a Pixel system. This function picks colors from the wallpaper you select after which applies them to interface parts such because the notification tray toggles, Settings menu icons, and so forth. You too can decide the colors you need out of your wallpaper and let the theme engine create a complementary palette from them. Nevertheless, the implementation is a bit buggy. The revamped Android 12 widgets from Google apps and the Google keyboard do not appear to vary color together with the remainder of the UI, as they do on Pixel units. In brief, a little bit of fine-tuning continues to be wanted.

Realme 9 Professional+ efficiency

The Realme 9 Professional+ encompasses a 6.4-inch AMOLED show with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 defending it. Colors seemed a bit oversaturated on the default ‘Vivid’ color setting, and I most well-liked the toned-down ‘Pure’ mode. Daylight legibility was fairly good, and textual content and pictures seemed sharp. Sadly, the Netflix app was not out there as a result of I had a pre-production unit, however I used to be capable of check streaming video utilizing Amazon Prime, which labored properly. The telephone had some hassle representing correct colors when viewing HDR reveals, they usually had been pale and muted; nothing like how they need to have seemed. Realme has mentioned {that a} repair for this concern ought to be rolled out quickly. Normal definition content material appeared simply fantastic, with deep blacks. The expertise got here collectively properly due to this telephone’s stereo audio system, which sounded loud and clear.

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The Realme 9 Professional+ has 6.4-inch AMOLED show with a 90Hz most refresh charge

 

The show refresh charge can solely swap between 60Hz and 90Hz. Even when set to the latter, it stays at 60Hz when taking part in video games however goes to 90Hz when looking by way of the telephone’s interface. Opening the YouTube app additionally made the display’s refresh charge lock at 60Hz, although the video taking part in on display was operating at 30fps. Because of this the show’s optimum refresh charge is just out there when interacting with the telephone’s software program, and never when taking part in video games, as of now.

When it got here to benchmarks, the Realme 9 Professional+ didn’t disappoint, and carried out on par with the competitors. It scored 5,07,258 factors in AnTuTu and 818 and a couple of,316 factors in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core assessments, respectively. Regardless of the bloatware, Realme UI 3.0 ran buttery easy, and the 90Hz refresh charge show made UI interactions really feel fairly fluid.

Gaming efficiency was additionally fairly good. The telephone ran Name of Responsibility: Cellular on the default, ‘Medium’ graphics and ‘Very Excessive’ body charge with none points. I did not discover any drop in efficiency when the graphics settings had been bumped up additional. For some cause, Asphalt 9: Legends saved crashing on startup, so I attempted Actual Racing 3 as an alternative. It labored easily with none hiccups.

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The Realme 9 Professional+ has three rear-facing cameras

 

The Realme 9 Professional+ managed a powerful 23 hours and 36 minutes in our HD video loop battery life check. I managed to get a day and half of standard use which concerned some gaming and digicam utilization. That is good for a mid-range system. Charging was additionally fairly quick. The telephone charged from zero to 80 % in half-hour and was totally charged in 50 minutes utilizing the bundled 60W charger.

Realme 9 Professional+ cameras

The Realme 9 Professional+ ditches the 108-megapixel digicam of its predecessor in favour of a 50-megapixel main digicam, which additionally occurs to have optical picture stabilisation (OIS). It is not simply any sensor both, however a Sony IMX766, which we have solely seen in costlier telephones such because the Oppo Reno 7 Professional (Evaluate) and the OnePlus 9RT (Evaluate) up to now. There’s additionally an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle digicam and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 16-megapixel front-facing digicam.

The digicam app is much like what we have seen on current Realme telephones, however has a number of modifications. For example, among the controls such because the timer for photographs and body charge selector for movies at the moment are moved beneath the three-dot button menu. As with all smartphones operating Android 12, additionally, you will discover a inexperienced dot showing close to the standing icons to point that the digicam is getting used, which is a privateness safety function.

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Realme 9 Professional+ daylight digicam samples. (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

Daylight photographs seemed clear and sharp with good dynamic vary and particulars. HDR was a bit aggressive, and colors had been a bit oversaturated. I ended up turning the ‘AI’ toggle off because it tended to bump the saturation up even additional. Portrait photographs taken with the entrance in addition to rear cameras got here out sharp and fairly detailed, with good dynamic vary. Edge detection was additionally fairly good.

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Realme 9 Professional+ daylight digicam samples. High: Main digicam, backside: Extremely-wide-angle digicam (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Images taken with the ultra-wide-angle digicam had been surprisingly usable. They weren’t as sharp as ones shot with the first digicam, however had good dynamic vary together with minimal barrel distortion due to software program correction. The macro digicam was helpful although the outcomes appeared a bit oversharpened.

In low mild, the Realme 9 Professional+ would mechanically maintain its shutter open for a second longer to collect extra mild. This was with out turning on the AI mode. Photos shot in low mild, even in Auto mode, got here out fairly sharp and dynamic vary was additionally good due to OIS. Switching to Evening mode introduced out much more element.

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Realme 9 Professional+ low-light digicam samples. High: Evening mode, backside: Avenue mode (faucet to see full dimension)

 

There is a ‘Avenue’ mode within the digicam app which mechanically units up the publicity so you may seize issues comparable to mild trails. Whereas these options have been current in earlier Realme units (and a few from different manufacturers too), I used to be impressed with how simply the Realme 9 Professional+ allowed me to seize such long-exposure photographs with out the necessity to stabilise it or mount it on a tripod.

Movies recorded at 1080p seemed fantastic and had been stabilised properly, however had been not as sharp as I anticipated. 4K footage (restricted to 30fps) confirmed good element and sharpness however was fairly shaky and seemed a bit uneven. The outcomes had been comparable in low mild as properly.

Verdict

Whereas the Realme 9 Professional+ and the 9 Professional might sound as if they’ve overlapping specs, they clearly belong in several classes, given the model’s {hardware} decisions for each these smartphones.

The Realme 9 Professional is priced ranging from Rs. 17,999 provides a 120Hz refresh charge show, a 5,000mAh battery, and a 64-megapixel main digicam, which truly make it appear higher than the 9 Professional+ on paper. Nevertheless, the Realme 9 Professional+ has an AMOLED show that may reproduce deeper blacks, 60W charging help, and a extra superior main digicam sensor plus OIS. So, regardless of their comparable pricing, the audiences for these two telephones ought to be fairly totally different. The Realme 9 Professional will attraction to players who need a increased display refresh charge, whereas the 9 Professional+ is clearly aimed toward these seeking to shoot higher photographs.

As for the competitors, the Xiaomi 11i appears to supply the perfect worth at this value level with comparable or barely higher {hardware}. There’s additionally the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge (Evaluate) which is able to 120W charging. The OnePlus Nord CE (Evaluate) is another choice on this value vary, and provides a succesful digicam plus a clear software program expertise. As we already know, the OnePlus Nord CE is quickly to be changed by the Nord CE 2.

The Realme 9 Professional+ may not have very aggressive specs, however the firm has made some smart decisions in areas that matter. Key amongst these is the OIS system and flagship-grade sensor within the main digicam, which ship good efficiency in daylight in addition to low mild; one thing most smartphones on this phase wrestle with. The MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC is a strong performer too. You get Android 12 out of the field and Realme UI 3.0 runs buttery easy. Battery life can be fairly good. All of this makes the 9 Professional+ glorious worth for cash.


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