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Pre-ordering the Realme 9i Gets You a Free Screen Replacement

Realme finally announced the pre-order date for the Realme 9i in Nepal. The company also said that those who pre-order offline will receive a six-month free screen replacement.

Realme 9i
Realme 9i

The Realme 9i price in Nepal is Rs. 24,499 for the 4/64GB variant and Rs. 27,999 for the 6/128GB variant. Pre-booking is available exclusively on Daraz from February 21 to February 23.

You can also pre-book offline through selected Realme outlets across Nepal between February 23 and February 25 to get 6 months of free screen replacement.

It is the first Realme phone for 2022, the first phone in the Realme 9 series, and is a successor to the Realme 8i. In this article, we will go through the specification and features of the Realme 9i.

Realme 9i Specifications

  • Body: 164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4 mm, 190g
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: 6.6 inches IPS LCD, 90Hz, 1080 x 2412 pixels, 20:9, 480 nits (typ), Dragontrail Pro Glass
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G (6nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core [4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold (Arm Cortex-A73) & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 (Arm Cortex-A53) Silver]
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, UFS 2.1, expandable via microSD card
  • OS: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0
  • Rear Camera: 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF
  • Front Camera: 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm, 1/3.0″, 1.0µm
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery, 33W fast charging
  • USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
  • Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted), 3.5mm headphone jack, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Colors: Prism Blue, Prism Black

Realme 9i Price in Nepal: Rs. 24,499 (4/64GB) | Rs. 27,999 (6/128GB)

Realme 9i Overview

Design

The Realme 9i has a plastic back with a rectangular camera bump that resembles the Realme GT Neo 2‘s design, which was launched in November of last year. The side has a dual SIM card slot with a dedicated microSD card slot.

Realme Design
Realme 9i Design

You get to see vertical patterns on the back, which unfortunately does not do a good job of hiding the fingerprint smudges. The bottom houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mic, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker.

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Display

It has a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. In terms of size, panel, and resolution, the display is identical to its predecessor.

Realme 9i Display
Realme 9i Display

However, the 90Hz refresh rate is a step down from the 120Hz of the Realme 8i, which is due to the downgraded processor. It supports 5 different refresh rates: 30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, and 90Hz, which should help preserve the battery more.

It has the same punch-hole cutout for the front camera at the top left corner of the display and a noticeable, yet average-sized, chin.

Hardware

Last year, the 8i was the first device to be equipped with the MediaTek Helio G96, which enabled the phone to be the cheapest phone with a 120Hz refresh rate display at the time.

This year, for the Realme 9i, Realme decided to go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G chipset, the same chipset that is powering the Redmi Note 11.

Snapdragon 680 6nm
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 – 6nm

Performance-wise, the Snapdragon 680 is a downgrade; it’s not as powerful as the Helio G96 chipset. It comes with 4×2.4GHz Kryo 265 Gold (Arm Cortex-A73) CPU cores, 4×1.9GHz Kryo 265 Silver (Arm Cortex-A53) CPU cores, and an Adreno 610 GPU.

Having said that, the device should provide a decent gaming experience, just not as good as it previously did. However, the Snapdragon 680 is more efficient since it is based on a 6nm node, which results in less heat and longer battery life.

Moving on, the phone comes with 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64/128GB UFS 2.1 storage. It’s an Indian variant; the Vietnam variant comes with UFS 2.2 storage.

One good upgrade the phone brings is stereo speakers. It features a dual speaker setup, which should provide a better sound experience.

Camera

The Realme 9i has a triple rear camera setup comprising a 50MP main camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP B&W camera.

Realme 9i Camera
Realme 9i Camera

The punch-hole on the front houses a 16MP front camera. The device is capable of recording up to 1080p video at 30fps.

Battery and Others

The Realme 9i comes with a 5000mAh battery. The battery life was already good on the Realme 8i. The Realme 9i should deliver even better given the more efficient SoC.

One of the complaints its predecessor had regarding the battery was its slow charging speed. Now that the Realme 9i supports 33W fast charging, it should charge the device faster.

In terms of the OS, it comes with Realme UI 2.0 on top of Android 11 out-of-the-box. I would have liked it if the phone had come with Android 12 instead.

Realme 9i Price in Nepal and Availability

The Realme 9i price in Nepal is Rs. 24,499 for the 4/64GB variant and Rs. 27,999 for the 6/128GB variant. Pre-booking is available exclusively on Daraz from February 21 to February 23.

You can also pre-book offline through selected Realme outlets across Nepal between February 23 and February 25 to get 6 months of free screen replacement.

Realme 9i Price in Nepal
4/64GB Rs. 24499
6/128GB Rs. 27999

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Realme 9i does not bring a lot of good upgrades over Realme 8i. It has an inferior chipset and a 90Hz refresh rate display instead of a 120Hz one. It still does not offer an ultra-wide-angle camera, but two useless macro and B&W depth cameras.

However, it does have a more efficient chipset and 33W fast charging support. It also now has stereo speakers.

What are your thoughts on the Realme 9i? Let us know in the comments section.


Meanwhile, you can watch our impression video of the Redmi Note 11 in Nepali!


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