There are two ways that this phone lives up to its “Speed Edition” moniker: it has a quicker CPU and display (than its sibling and the 9 Pro). The Snapdragon 778G is the processor of choice for the Realme 9 5G SE.
Even the Realme 9 Pro has a Snapdragon 695, so this is a bit of a shock. This implies that the SE features four Cortex-A78 based processors and an Adreno 642L GPU, doubling the amount of cores (vs. 619). Because of the speed of these processors, the SE is expected to feature an even quicker CPU and GPU than the Pro.
No matter how you look at it, the chipset is supported by up to 8 GB of RAM and up to LPDDR4x dual-channel storage (up to 128GB). If you need more storage, you can always insert a microSD card into the device’s triple card slot. Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11, is preinstalled on the device.
The 6.6″ display has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, making it the second fastest component. Realme says that the 778G processor and the 144 Hz display are the first of its kind in this price range (more on pricing in a bit). You may choose from a range of six different refresh rates on this display, starting at 30 Hz and going up to the maximum of 144.
In addition, it has the ability to handle fast-paced games at 240 Hz touch sampling rate. It has a maximum brightness of 600 nits and a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (20:9).
Its 5,000 mAh battery can be charged at 30W with the provided adapter, so you’re not shortchanged there either. The phone’s powerful CPU and big battery allow it to play back videos for up to 19.5 hours. According to the 9 Pro’s specifications: 33W/5,000mAh battery with a maximum output of 33W.
While the 9 Pro has an excellent camera, the 9 SE has a lower-quality camera. To put it simply, the phone has a 48MP back-facing camera instead of the 64MP on the iPhone 6S Plus. At 30 fps, 4K video may be recorded. The front-facing camera includes a 16 megapixel sensor..
Other features include a capacitive fingerprint sensor, as well as Wi-Fi 6 (axe) and Bluetooth 5.2.
Realme 9 5G Speed Edition prices start at INR19,999 ($262/€237) for the 6/128 GB model and INR22,999 ($300/€272) for the 8/128 GB model. From March 14, 12:00 p.m. IST, Realme.com, Flipkart, and certain offline outlets will be selling the phone in Starry Glow or Azure Glow.
The Realme 9 5G
Even though it’s just 90 Hz, it’s enough to keep the UI running smoothly but nothing to get excited about. It has the same peak brightness of 600 nits and a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels (20:9). 180 Hz is the sampling frequency for touch inputs.
The Dimensity 810, another 6 nm chipset with a 5G modem, powers the Realme 9 5G. Mali-G57 MC2 and two Cortex-A76 processors aren’t as strong as this. Memory configurations of 4/64 GB have a lower basic configuration (LPDDR4X dual-channel RAM again, but UFS 2.1). You have the option of increasing the storage capacity to 6/128 GB and keeping the triple card slot for two SIM cards and a microSD. Realme UI 2.0/Android 11 is also supported on this device.
On the rear, there’s a 48 MP camera with a macro and depth module, so the camera set-up is almost identical. There is no longer a 4K video option, but the phone can only record in 1080p at 30 frames per second. The 16 megapixel front-facing camera is the same.
Realme says that the battery would last for 22 hours of video playing with its 5,000 mAh capacity. Slower to charge because of its 18W output (you will find the necessary charger in the box).
The fingerprint reader is still on board, although local wireless connection isn’t as strong as the SE with Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5.1.
On March 14 at 12:00 PM IST, Realme 9 5G will be on sale in Black or White colour options on Realme.com, Flipkart, and select offline locations. The 4/128 GB model costs INR14,999 ($200/€175), while the 6/128 GB model costs INR17,499 ($230/€210). Source