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realme 9 4G Unboxing and First Impressions, good value for money!

First watch the realme 9 4G unboxing video that’s embedded down below. The phone is now available in the Kenyan market for KES 30,999. At that price you’re getting a phone that’s really good value for money because of reasons I’ve also listed below.

The phone features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display that supports 90Hz refresh rates. It is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. You’re also getting 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a huge 5000mAh battery supporting 33W fast charging and a huge 108MP main camera.

Unboxing video:

Display & Design:

This phone looks and feels almost exactly like the OPPO Reno 5. And that’s a great thing to say, given how much I loved that device, and given how much cheaper this is compared even to the latest Reno 7. It’s light on the hand, slim and sleek. Please use the included silicon case if you don’t want it sliding and falling from every surface.

The 6.4 inch AMOLED panel is really good. It’s the exact same size and quality as with the Reno series. As you’ll see in the video, the blacks are true-black, the contrast and brightness is great. And the colours are proper.

realme 9 4G Unboxing and First Impressions, good value for money!

Software:

This is my favourite bit with realme devices compared to many of the mid-range offerings we see in the market. realme is good with two things in this regard:

  • Clean software
  • Assured updates

All the unnecessary apps you find on the phone can be deleted. I love that. And as you can see in the video, they’re only three apps.

realme has also been really good with updates. Which is something I advocate for with whichever phone you may want to buy.

realme 9 4G Unboxing and First Impressions, good value for money!

Cameras:

There’s a huge 108MP camera at the back and a 16MP selfie camera at the front. From my initial impressions, you can expect the same quality from most mid-range devices. As with similarly priced devices, and a little more expensive units, the issue isn’t with the lenses, it’s with the image processing. You can expect quite good pictures with a little effort when shooting to ensure stability and good lighting.

You cannot shoot 4K videos however. I don’t know why, and there’s been no explanation.

Thoughts on Pricing:

For KES 31,000, this is a great deal because of two things:

  • These are the exact specs you’re getting with the OPPO Reno 7 which is KES 43,000.
  • But you’re also getting a slightly larger battery, and a better camera on paper.

What are your thoughts on the new realme 9 4G, let me know down below.

realme 9 4G Specifications and Price Kenya:

PRICERRP KES 30,999
Display6.4 inches Super AMOLED
1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio
90Hz, 430 nits (typ), 1000 nits (peak)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Rear Camera108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.67″, 0.64µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Front Camera16 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide), 1/3.09″, 1.0µm
ChipsetQualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm)
GPUAdreno 610
RAM8GB RAM
Storage128GB Storage
UFS 2.2 
(Expandable via shared microSD card)
Operating SystemAndroid 12, Realme UI 3.0
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh battery
Fast charging 33W, 50% in 31 min, 100% in 75 min 
Network2G, 3G, 4G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Colour optionsMeteor Black, Sunburst Gold, Stargaze White
OthersUnder-display Fingerprint Scanner
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