Realme 9 Pro Plus Review: Impressive Colour Changing Phone

Realme 9 Pro Plus is a new inexpensive Android phone. This is the first ‘Pro Plus’ phone in the family, and it has several unique features.

This gadget, launched with the Realme 9 Pro (a non-Pro version hasn’t been introduced at the time of writing), proves that “Pro Plus” isn’t an oxymoron, it’s a promise.
Realme phones flourish in the budget-to-midrange market. Proof is the Realme 9 Pro Plus.

Realme 9 Pro Plus: Design

The Realme 9 Pro Plus has a weird rear design. Even if it doesn’t appear unusual in the photos, it is.

Realme’s ‘Light Shift Design’ enables this. This isn’t a phone with a color-changing back that flickers when you spin it; it’s more like the Vivo V23.

It’s like one of those color-changing mugs; when left in sunshine, the phone goes from blue to brilliant red. We were shocked the first time we used it in the sun. Out in the sun, it becomes blue.
It was exciting to witness the first time we attempted this fantastic technique. The colour shift needs direct sunshine, not indirect or artificial light, thus it’s limited. If you reside in the UK, you’ll utilise this function three times a year.

Realme 9 Pro Plus

Display of Realme 9 Pro Plus

The Realme 9 Pro Plus is a medium-sized Android with a 6.43-inch screen, 1080 x 2400 resolution, and 90Hz refresh rate.

It’s a good screen for playing games or viewing media (most apps only offer at that resolution anyway). It’s colourful, but the highest brightness is modest.

Top left camera cutout interrupts this display.

This phone’s in-display fingerprint sensor serves as a heart rate monitor. It’s a nice feature that may be beneficial for individuals without fitness trackers or specialised electronics, albeit it’s not as precise.
We had to seek for the feature in the Settings app, thus we’d appreciate a widget or better location.

Realme 9 Pro Plus: Cameras

It has three back cameras. 50MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro.

The camera’s picture quality astonished us. Ultra-wide photos were bright and detailed, with strong contrast.

The colour profile was the same for conventional and wide photos, preventing a problem with multi-camera cellphones. Ultra-wide photos were slightly affected (avoided difficulties).

Thanks to the primary camera’s huge Sony IMX766 sensor, low-light and night photos were fantastic. Night shots were detailed, crisp, and nicely exposed, with light sources not blowing out the picture.

Even when we didn’t have time to keep the camera motionless for many seconds (as Night mode needs), we could get a decent photo in Photo mode.

Battery life of Realme 9 Pro Plus

Like the display, the Realme 9 Pro Plus’s battery life is mediocre.

A 4,500mAh battery survived a day of social networking, mobile gaming, and movie streaming. This phone is tough and reliable.

We wouldn’t suggest the phone had a two-day battery because you’d have to modify your behaviour.

This mid-range phone’s 60W charging speed is amazing. Even premium phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 slow.

At that pace, charging the phone from empty to full should take roughly 30 minutes, but considering its battery life, that shouldn’t happen frequently.

Purchase it if..

  • The rear design impresses you: The Realme 9 Pro Plus’ distinctive back design is a great party trick (as long as you’re outside on a bright day) and helps the phone stand out.
  • You like low-light photography: At the Realme 9 Pro Plus’ pricing, you won’t find a better camera phone for low-light photos.
  • You need fast charging: Few mid-range phones exceed 60W, and those that do are from Realme or OnePlus. Fast-power fans will love this.

don’t purchase it If…

  • The heart rate sensor is your main draw: If you want a heart-rate monitor, get an inexpensive fitness tracker instead of the Realme phone.
  • You need a two-day battery life: It makes sense to turn to mid-range or affordable phones for amazing batteries, but the Realme’s isn’t spectacular.
  • You need a smooth screen refresh rate: Unlike the Pro Plus, the Realme 9 Pro offers a 120Hz screen. Considering the alternative type if screen refresh rate is more vital than color-changing back or low-light cameras.

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Phil has been an avid gamer ever since he was a kid, and he now spends most of his free time reviewing and testing video games and other forms of consumer technology. When he's not out and about in Los Santos, that is.

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