First Look: realme 9 Pro+ Unboxing and First Impressions

realme has just announced the latest phone in their number series line. After almost a year, the realme 9 Pro and 9 Pro+ are going to be available in the Philippines on March 15. We are fortunate enough to receive a review unit of the realme 9 Pro+, which we believe is the top-of-the-line model in the series. Last month, we had a sneak peak of the 9 Pro+ camera capabilities which honestly made my jaw drop in awe! Join us as we unbox the realme 9 Pro+ and share our first impressions.

REALME 9 PRO+ SPECS

OS:Android 11 with realme UI R Edition
Processor:2.0 GHz Unisoc Tiger T616 Octa-Core processor | Mali-G57 MP1
Display: 8.7" IPS LCD Display 800 x 1340 HD
Wireless Connections:LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, A-GPS, GLONASS
Memory:32/64GB Internal Storage expandable up to 1TB MicroSD Card; 3/4GB RAM
Connectors:Type-C USB 2.0, OTG Support
3.5mm audio jack
Cameras:Rear: 8MP; Front: 5MP
Security:Face unlock
SIM Card Slots:1x Nano SIM Card
Battery:6,400 mAh
SRP:TBA

THE UNBOXING

It seems to us that realme took their time and went back to the drawing boards to redesign the packaging design of the realme 9 Pro+. They still retained the yellow-themed box with the number series model in a bigger, bolder font. Personally, this is more appealing to me as a customer.

The side of the box.

Inside the box are the realme 9 Pro+, USB Charger Head, Type-C USB cable, silicon case, SIM Card ejector and user manuals.

REALME 9 PRO+ FIRST IMPRESSIONS

There are three things about the realme 9 Pro+ that makes it a must-have smartphone this year, and the first is the phone’s looks. Removing the realme 9 Pro+ from the box, its curves felt quite similar to its predecessor, the realme 8 Pro but this time with a smoother feel at the back panel. Usually, the number series have a textured material for their back panels so they probably thought it’s about time to change it. Thank goodness they didn’t go back to plastic because the 9 Pro+ now has a glass back panel. realme shared with us that the 9 Pro+ is their first smartphone to go through a 3-layer Grain Process, which creates a stunning color-filled shine with a vibrant vertical beam that gleams from every angle. We got an Aurora Green color but we think the Sunrise Blue has the best color in the series.

The 9 Pro+ is the slimmest phone in the number series so far at 7.9mm, 0.2mm slimmer than the 8 Pro. On the left side of the phone are the SIM Card tray slot and the volume controls. The SIM Card tray can accommodate two nano SIM cards. Sadly, it is not possible anymore to use a memory card with this phone.

Found on the other side of the phone is the power button.

At the bottom are the 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C USB port, and speaker grille.

Here’s a photo of the realme 8 Pro and 9 Pro+ side by side.

The second feature I like with the realme 9 Pro+ is its processor. I have used a smartphone with MediaTek Dimensity 920 and was impressed by its performance. It also has 5G which makes it possible to stream video on demand or play mobile games without any network interruption. We will discuss our experience in our full review next week.

I was disappointed at realme for leaving out the 90Hz refresh rate in the 7 Pro and the 8 Pro. This feature is usually found in realme’s number series’ base models with IPS display screens, contrary to the belief that it works better with AMOLED displays. They probably realized this as the realme 9 Pro+ with Super AMOLED display now has 90Hz refresh rate. realme finally listened!

The last main feature I liked about the 9 Pro+ is its cameras. From four cameras, the 9 Pro+ is down to three and instead of retaining a high resolution camera, they focused on the sensor. The 9 Pro+ comes with a 50 Megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor, usually found in flagship smartphones. The sensor allows the camera to capture more light, making it ideal for low-light photography.

We have yet to take photos during the night but will definitely have them in our full review next week. For the meantime, here are some sample photos:

We will be posting our full review by next week, so make sure to visit Digital Reg by then.

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