After numerous leaks and launches in separate countries, Realme has come out and officially launched the Realme 9 and Realme 9 5G, as well as the new Realme Pad Mini, their first tablet on the market. What’s interesting with the 9 and 9 5G is that the prices are the same, but the specs are very different, so let’s check them out.
The Realme 9, the 4G version is powered by a Snapdragon 680 SoC, which is a 6nm chip with Cortex A73 and A53 cores, those are getting a bit long in the tooth these days, especially with the A7x and A5x lines being superseded entirely, but the SoC is set up with 2 clusters of 4 cores each, it’s also a near 18-month-old chip, so it’s use is intriguing, to say the least. moving to the RAM and storage, the 9 4G has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, likely eMMC, but hopefully UFS3.0. moving to the front we have a 90Hz 1080p AMOLED screen with a 360Hz touch polling rate, a 5000mAh with 33w fast charging over the USB-C port is here as well, what is very cool is the camera, the main camera here is a 108mp Samsung ISOCELL HM6, paired to that is an 8MP Ultrawide and lastly a 2MP depth camera, whilst that last one isn’t the most impressive, the HM6 should be a very capable shooter, especially for the £249.99 price tag.
Going to the Realme 9 5G, that Snapdragon 680 is swapped out for a more potent, and 5G capable Snapdragon 695, those cameras are swapped out for a 50MP main camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth camera. There is still a 5000mAh battery but it’s now dropped to an 18w charge speed. The other drop in specs comes with the RAM, we go from 8GB and 128GB of storage to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The specs of the screen are that it’s LCD and they’ve raised the refresh rate to 120Hz from 90Hz. this once again will go for £249.99
Now we get to the most interesting part to me, the tablet. I haven’t been interested in an Android tablet in a while, but the Realme Pad Mini looks nice and well put together, it’s powered by a UniSOC T616 chipset, which isn’t a speed demon for sure but should be potent enough for media consumption and social media. The screen is 8.7″ and it’s an IPS panel, the resolution is an interesting 1340×800 so it’s 5:3 aspect ratio, not the highest resolution, especially at that size but we shall see what it’s like in person. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, Android 11 with Realme UI. there is an 8MP camera on the rear (please don’t take photos with tablets) and a 5MP camera on the front for selfies or video calls, lastly it has a whopping 400mAh battery with 18w fast charging, I’d have liked faster speeds for the size of the battery, but for the price, just €199 (there is no official UK price yet) I can let it slide.