Realme is set to launch its upcoming Realme 9 Pro series globally on February 16, with the Realme 9 Pro 5G and Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G just right around the corner. When all is said and done, we expect to see two new color-changing smartphones that combine high-end specs with midrange pricing.
To drum up excitement for its new models, the company has launched its own microsite dedicated to giving potential customers a camera tour of the Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G and showing how it stacks up against elite flagship competition comprising the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Xiaomi 12, and Google Pixel 6.
The purpose of the Camera Lab site, it seems, is to convince people that the Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G is on a par with the aforementioned devices — at least in terms of imaging performance — while also costing significantly less than a bona fide top-tier offering from a big-name brand. And though brand-sponsored benchmarks shouldn’t be taken at face value, Realme’s camera comparison does hint at a competent camera phone that should be able to take excellent photos in a variety of lighting conditions.
Because access to the microsite is for a limited time only, we’re sharing with you each set of pictures compared there. You can find the hi-res files on this page
At best, it is yet another vindication of the Realme 9 Pro series’ vision to provide customers a flagship camera experience for a lot less money. Obviously, there is no way to actually tell whether the 9 Pro Plus 5G is as good or even better than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Xiaomi 12, or Google Pixel 6 when it comes to photography until the phone hits retail shelves.
As for the camera hardware itself, the Realme 9 Pro Plus 5G will pack a Sony IMX766 main image sensor behind an optically stabilized lens. It will also ship with Realme’s proprietary ProLight camera technology for better night shots. Inside, the smartphone has been confirmed to sport a 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G chipset, featuring Cortex-A78 cores operating at 2.5GHz and a Mali-G68 MC4 graphics chip, which should deliver up to 9% faster gaming performance over the Dimensity 900.
Considering the Realme’s popular appeal and legion of fans in the Philippines, there’s a big chance that it will only be a matter of time before the 9 Pro series gets a release date in the country. Last year’s Realme 8 Pro with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage fetched a local price tag of P16,990 (around $330 converted) at launch.
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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 13 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.