Realme 9 review

The Realme 9 4G debuts Samsung’s 108MP camera sensor – but is it any good?

A photo of the Realme 9 smartphone
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Photography enthusiasts who want a reliable point-and-shoot camera should look elsewhere. The 4G Realme 9 is far too reliant on a steady hand and well-lit scenes for our liking, and the lack of 5G is also a pain point. That said, the Realme 9 will be a good phone for many with its great screen, under-display fingerprint scanner, and ample storage capacity, not to mention its excellent battery life.


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    Smooth 90Hz screen

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    Ample storage and RAM

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    Brilliant battery life


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    Poor low light cameras

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    No 5G connectivity

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    Weak gaming performance

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The Realme 9 series is a bit confusing. There’s the Realme 9, a 4G phone that crams in a lot, but misses out on 5G. The Realme 9 5G is a worse phone than the Realme 9 in many respects, but it packs nippy 5G speeds and a more powerful processor. Then there’s the Realme 9 Pro, a suped-up version of the Realme 9, and the Realme 9 Pro Plus, which we tested and love. It’s a bit pricier than the rest of the line but is one of the best budget camera phones of 2022.  

So, why would you go for the 4G vanilla Realme? It’s feature-packed for a budget phone. First, there’s the 90Hz AMOLED screen which gets very bright. It’s also got an in-display fingerprint scanner, loads of storage, and a dizzyingly high-resolution 108MP camera. That’s not bad given it costs £249 (roughly $310 / AUS $440).

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 

His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.