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realme 9i Unboxing and First Impression

As a brand that strives to deliver innovative and trendsetting smartphones to every Filipino, realme is launching another addition to its 9 Series - the realme 9i.

realme 9i Unboxing and First Impression

With power efficiency as one of its strengths, the realme 9i is poised to bring next-level capabilities to the brand’s latest Number Series line-up. The realme 9i comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor, 6.6-inch IPS display with 90Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM with up to 11GB DRE (Dynamic RAM Expansion), dual-stereo speakers, triple rear-cameras and 5,000mAh battery with 33W Dart Charge.

I was able to get my hands on one and I am very excited to share with you my unboxing experience as well as my initial impression of the device. So, let's start with the unboxing.

Unboxing the realme 9i

realme 9i Retail Box

As expected, the packaging comes in realme's signature yellow-colored box. The front portion indicates the realme 9i branding; while the brand details—model number, IMEI number, serial number, color, and the four important features of the realme 9i, are imprinted on the back portion of the box.

realme 9i Retail Box - Back

You can also find the realme 9i print on the left and the realme logo on the right.

Inside the Box and Accessories

After opening the lid of the box, you are greeted with these pleasing lines -- Hey, welcome to realme Family.

realme 9i Unboxing

The pack contained a SIM card ejector tool, protective silicone case, quick start guide, and important product information (including the Warranty Card).

realme 9i Inside the Pack

Underneath the pack is the realme 9i smartphone wrapped in white matte plastic. Beneath is the 33W Dart Charge and USB type-C to USB-A charging cable. realme 9i doesn’t come with headphones – you still have to provide your own.

realme 9i Accessories

After unboxing, let us now take a look at the physical overview and my first impression of the device.

Design and Walk Around

Pushing the boundaries when it comes to product design, the realme 9i comes in a plastic frame and plastic back with a Stereo Prism Design.

realme 9i Design

The design is inspired by the light and its refractions that generate light prisms, the back of the phone creates different patterns depending on the angle of light reflecting on it presenting a dynamic effect of three-dimensional light and shadow transformation.

realme 9i Stereo Prism Design

However, the phone’s glossy back is very prone to fingerprint smudges, so it’s best to use the free protective silicone case right away. In addition to its design, the realme 9i weighs 190g and has a thickness of 8.4mm.

The realme 9i comes in two color options: Prism Blue and Prism Black. My unit comes in Prism Black color.

On the front, the realme 9i is equipped with a 6.6-inch FHD+ (1080x2412) IPS display with Dragontrail Pro Glass and comes with a pre-installed screen protector. There’s also a punch-hole camera located at the upper left and the earpiece which doubles as a speaker is quite thin and discretely etched within the screen enclosure. Like most smartphones in this segment, the side bezels are relatively slim but with a pretty thick chin.

realme 9i Display

At the back is a rectangular-shaped camera module that houses the triple-camera set-up along with the single LED flash. The three cameras are the 50MP main, the 2MP macro, and the 2MP depth.

realme 9i Camera Module

Found on the left are your standard volume rocker button and a 3-card slot for two nano-SIM cards and a dedicated slot for a microSD card capable of up to 1TB of expandable storage, handy for users who want to further improve storage capacity.

realme 9i Left Side

On the right side, the realme 9i features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that is embedded in the power button.

realme 9i Right Side

The top is clean with only the secondary noise-canceling microphone present.

realme 9i Top

At the bottom, you can find the USB Type-C charging port, downward-firing speaker, primary microphone, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

realme 9i Bottom


The realme 9i boasts a power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor that adopts the advanced 6nm production process and houses 4 Cortex-A73 cores, 4 Cortex-A53 cores, and an Adreno 610 GPU. It also comes with 6GB of RAM and it will be available in one storage variant - 128GB storage.

realme 9i Hardware

The realme 9i sports the realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11. The realme 9i has a 5,000mAh battery and 33W Dart Charge technology to complement the overall specs of the smartphone.


As for the camera, the realme 9i boasts a triple-camera set-up—consisting of the 50MP F1.8 primary camera with PDAF and uses a Samsung ISOCELL S5KJN1 sensor with a Tetracell filter and 0.64┬Ám pixels. There's also a 2MP F2.4 black & white depth lens and a 2MP F2.4 macro lens with a 4cm shooting distance. The front camera houses the lone 16MP in-display selfie camera.

realme 9i Camera

The realme 9i’s camera interface also comes with trendy photography functions such as Portrait Mode, Night Mode, a dedicated 50MP Mode, an Extra HD Mode, and a new Nightscape filter called Cosmopolitan.

You may check out a few sample photos below, while the full evaluation of the realme 9i’s camera set-up will be available soon.

realme 9i Specifications

6.6-inch FHD+ (1080x2412) IPS display, 400ppi
90Hz Refresh Rate / 480 nits (typ)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 CPU
Adreno 610 GPU
128GB of Internal Storage
microSD card slot (dedicated)
Triple-rear cameras (50MP F1.8 main + 2MP F2.4 macro + 2MP F2.4 depth)
16MP F2.1 front camera
Dual-SIM (nano) / 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11ac / Bluetooth 5.0
3.5mm audio jack / USB Type-C
Dual stereo speakers
realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
5,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging
164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4mm (dimension)
190g (weight)
Colors: Prism Blue and Prism Black

Price and Availability

Stay tuned as realme 9i will officially be revealed to the public via a special livestream on May 4 at 5:00 PM on the realme Philippines Facebook page and YouTube channel. The realme Squad can also look forward to exciting deals and promos to be offered in celebration of this highly anticipated launch.

realme 9i

realme 9i Full Review :NEXT

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