One of the main novelties of this Realme 9 Pro Plus is that its back can change color in the blue unit to take on a dark pink tone, approaching red. It does this with a photosensitive finish that can change the style if we leave the mobile in the sun for a few seconds.
Of course, it is a temporary change, and we will have the terminal in blue in a few minutes again. It is understood that this is not permanent, but we would have liked the change to last a few hours.
If you want to entertain yourself, you can put elements on top of the mobile to create a solar tattoo on the back.
The rest of the design and materials offer us an adequate experience, nothing eccentric or disappointing. The weight is adjusted, the thickness is less than 8 mm, the screen is comfortable to use, and although the screen frames are not the thinnest seen, they are not excessive.
The only downside that we could put is that the secondary speaker, placed in the earpiece, is not as powerful as the main one. It is normal, and more so in this price range, but we hope that in a short time, the brands will find a way to put two speakers on the smaller sides, as Xiaomi does in many models.
A good screen
Usually, mobile manufacturers try to have the best specifications in their mobiles, within the possible ones of each category. In this case, we see how Realme has opted for a 90 Hz FHD + screen in the Realme 9 Pro Plus and a 120 Hz screen in the realme 9 Pro.
The difference is that in the model we are analyzing, the panel is OLED, which means a better experience in color, contrast, etc.
There are indeed rivals that use 120 Hz OLED screens, but it is not something that we must weigh to download this model. We always say there is more difference from 60 to 90 Hz than from 90 to 120 Hz.
The quality of the colors is very successful, and we can modify it within the settings. Also, there are no greenish reflections, which we cannot always say in this price range.
Under the screen is the fingerprint sensor, which works quite well and is fast. It is capable of detecting our heartbeat and measuring our pulse, and in our tests, we have seen that it has the same reliability as a smart bracelet or watch, although it is obviously not a medical device.
One great camera, the other three not so much
One of the aspects in which realme has made more emphasis on this model is the photographic one. This device uses an IMX 766 in its primary camera, a sensor we have seen so far in more expensive models, and the quality jump is noticeable.
As you can see in the gallery or the analysis video, the day and night photos taken with this camera are perfect, both in detail and in color accuracy, with very few images that could be improved. The few times that we have not liked a shot was due to the use of artificial intelligence or HDR that brought too much artificiality to the image, but they have been very isolated cases.
The video also stands out, both during the day and at night, with one of the best stabilizations we have seen in mobile phones of this price.
The problem is that the other three cameras are not up to the task. The 16 Mpx front sensor works during the day, but at night it falters, and the video is not as good as the front. And we are no longer in mobiles of 200 euros, but double.
But the biggest drawback is that the wide-angle does not offer all the detail we would like and, although it has an excellent dynamic range and slight distortion, the quality (especially at night) is not typical of mobile phones.
We are not going to say much about macro because we directly hope that a point will come when brands will remove them from their mobiles and that if they want that function, they will implement it in a better wide angle, as we have seen in high-end models.
Standing out not only in autonomy but also in charging speed.
Realme has gone for a 4,500mAh battery and 60W wired charging speed in this device, including the charger in the box.
It is not the fastest seen, but it is an excellent loading speed. In context, the new Galaxy S22 uses 25 and 45 W, costing more than twice as much.
In the first battery test, we made exclusive use of the mobile indoors, under wifi, and without the need to raise the brightness much. We have passed the screen’s 7 and a half hours with 39 total hours of autonomy.
In the second test, the user has always been outdoors, under 4G, since we have not used wifi in no time. We have taken many photos and some videos and used social apps. We have passed the 6 hours of the screen with 30 total hours of autonomy.
In the third test, the use has been mixed, using the mobile to retake photos and videos, play games, and make some calls. We have passed the screen’s 5 and a half hours with 44 total hours of autonomy.
As always, realme uses an interface that greatly restricts apps in the background, and in return, we have first-rate autonomy.