Although they’re related by name, there’s actually very little overlap between the Realme 9 Pro and the Pro+. They come at different prices (of course), but also with different screens, chipsets, cameras, batteries and other details. Which is good for you?
The Realme 9 Pro+ is positioned as the top-of-the-range model. It will start at ₹25,000 ($335/€295) when it goes on sale on Monday, February 21. Some retailers (like Flipkart) will offer trade-in deals to reduce costs.
What do you get for your money? A 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display for starters with a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s a fingerprint reader under the screen that can measure your heart rate. Additionally, there are stereo speakers for a better multimedia experience.
Highlights of Realme 9 Pro+
The phone is powered by Dimensity 920 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (UFS 2.2, not expandable) as standard. Additionally, the 50 MP main camera has a fairly large 1/1.56″ sensor (1.0 µm pixels) with OIS and can record 4K video (at 30 fps). Realme promises excellent image quality. image, but we haven’t tested that claim for ourselves yet.Finally, the 4,500mAh battery charges from zero to 100% in 44 minutes with the included 60W charger.
The Realme 9 Pro costs almost a third less, starting at ₹18,000 ($240/€210). Still, it offers a larger screen (6.6″) with a higher refresh rate (120Hz). It is, however, an IPS LCD, which also means a side fingerprint reader without heart rate function.
Realme 9 Pro Highlights
This one is powered by the Snapdragon 695. As with the Pro+, that means 5G connectivity. And you get a microSD card slot (with the same 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage as standard). Additionally, the main camera has a smaller 64MP sensor without OIS and it peaks at a disappointing 1080p video recording at 30 fps. The battery is larger (5000mAh), but slower to charge (33W support).
Pricing Information: Realme 9 Pro+ • Realme 9 Pro
Let’s take a look at some similarly priced competitors. The Realme GT Explorer starts just above the Pro+ at ₹26,000, but it features 120Hz Super AMOLED and Snapdragon 778G chipset. The camera isn’t quite as nice (64MP 1/2.0″ sensor), but the battery is comparable (4,300mAh, 65W charging – 100% in 33 minutes). As for the design, the GT Explorer has more, whether you like it or not is up to you.
The Xiaomi 11i starts at ₹25,000 and offers a larger 6.67″ 120HZ AMOLED display and is powered by the same Dimensity 920 as the Realme. The camera may even be better with a 108 MP (1/1.52″) sensor and you get a large 5,160 mAh battery with 67 W charging. If you want to go faster, the 11i HyperCharge starts at ₹27,000 and goes up to 120W (for 4,500mAh battery).
The newly announced OnePlus Nord CE 2 starts at ₹24,000. It offers a similar 90Hz Super AMOLED and an almost identical Dimensity 900. Again, the camera isn’t quite as nice (64MP, 1/1.97″ sensor), but the battery is comparable (4,500mAh, 65W).
The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G (₹25,000 now with a discount) has a larger 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 120Hz refresh rate and Snapdragon 778G. The main camera has a 64MP sensor which is smaller (1/1.97″), but you get a sharper and wider ultra-wide (12MP, 123º). The battery is a bit bigger at 5,000 mAh, but slower to charge (25 W).
Realme GT Master • Xiaomi 11i • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G • Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G (₹17,000) may have a comparable 6.5-inch 120Hz IPS LCD display, but the Dimensity 800U chipset doesn’t cut it. The 48MP (1/2.0″) camera isn’t great either, at least the 5,000mAh battery with 30W charging is on par.
A Redmi Note 11T 5G (₹17,000) also lags behind with a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display running at 90Hz and Dimensity 810. It’s unclear if the main 50MP camera is better or worse, but the 5,000mAh battery (with 33W charging) should perform the same.
With discounts, you can pick up a Poco X3 for ₹17,000. This one stacks better with a 6.67″ 120Hz IPS LCD, Snapdragon 732G chipset (so no 5G) and 64MP (1/1.73″) camera, plus a large 6,000 battery mAh (33W charging).
A Poco M4 Pro 5G (₹15,000) is an option if you want 5G, but it gets it with an older Dimensity 810 chip. Hz, a 50MP main camera, and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W charging.
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T 5G • Xiaomi Poco X3 • Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G
So what do you think of the Realme 9 Pro and Pro+ – would you pick one or go for another phone? As a reminder, the Pro+ will be available in India on the 21st, the Pro will arrive on the 23rd.
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