Realme Philippines adds a cheaper option to its popular number series with the local launch of the Realme 9i.

The Realme 9i was first introduced abroad back in January. It carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core processor, which means that it lacks 5G connectivity, unlike the Realme 9 Pro and Pro Plus models that arrived here in March.

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It also lacks an AMOLED panel to cut down the price. Still, it has a decent 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS panel with a dynamic refresh rate that can switch between 30Hz, 48Hz, 60Hz, and up to 90Hz depending on the task on hand for better battery and performance efficiency.

Speaking of battery, this one has a 5,000mAh capacity, which can be fully charged from 0% to 100% by its 33W adapter in under an hour and a half.

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The 9i may lack an ultra-wide lens, but Realme rigged it with a sharp 50-megapixel main camera, joined by two 2-megapixel sensors, and a 16-megapixel selfie-snapper on the front.

Unlike its bigger brothers, the 9i will still ship with the last generation’s Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0. Don’t worry, though, as being a new device, it should get the latest Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 real soon.

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Since it uses an IPS panel, it can’t have a fancy in-display fingerprint scanner like its Pro counterpart. It should be fine since side-mounted fingerprint scanners are more reliable anyway.

As a bonus, users are getting a stereo speaker setup for better viewing, listening, and gaming experience.

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The Realme 9i is available in a single 6GB/128GB configuration for an SRP of Php11,990. It will be available on Shopee for a discounted price of Php10,790 from May 5 to 7. Offline sales will also start on the 5th. Both color options are available in the Philippines: Prism Blue and Prism Black.

Realme 9i Specs

  • Android 11, Realme UI 2.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2412 x 1080 pixel resolution, 401ppi
  • 30Hz/48Hz/50Hz/60Hz/90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling
  • 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core processor
  • 6GB RAM, +5GB via Dynamic RAM Expansion
  • Adreno 610 GPU
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 16-megapixel front camera
  • 50-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, macro) + 2-megapixel (depth sensor) rear cameras, LED flash
  • Stereo speakers
  • Headphone jack
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • Colors: Prism Blue, Prism Black
  • 5,000mAh non-removable battery, 33W Dart fast charging



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