The Realme 9 series debuted last month with three different variants: Realme 9 Pro, 9 Pro+, and 9i. Right after, this month, the Chinese giant announced two more variants from the new Number Series: the vanilla Realme 9 5G and the Realme 9 SE 5G (where SE stands for Speed Edition). If you read our previous comparison, you should know all the differences between the first three variants. But what are the differences between the Realme 9 5G and its Speed Edition? This is a comparison between the specifications of these two new affordable phones which will let you find out in a few minutes.
Realme 9 5G vs Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G
|Realme 9 5G||Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||162.6 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm, 188 grams||164.4 x 75.8 x 8.5 mm, 199 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.5 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), IPS LCD||6.6 inches, 1080 x 2412p (Full HD+), IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Mediatek Dimensity 810, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, octa-core 2.4 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, Realme UI||Android 11, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 48 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.1 front camera
|Triple 48 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.4 + f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.1 front camera
|BATTERY||5000 mAh, 18W fast charging||5000 mAh, fast charging 30W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G|
They are two variants from the same series, but the Realme 9 5G and the Speed Edition 5G come with different designs. The main difference is the camera module coming with a different shape and different elements positioning: the cameras are placed in a 2×2 matrix, while the Speed Edition’s camera module is more like a semaphore with two sensors and the flash LED placed vertically and a smaller macro camera on the right. The Realme 9 5G is a more compact phone thanks to its smaller display, so it is easier to use with one hand and to keep in a pocket. Both the phones are built with polycarbonate and they do not come with premium materials, but their designs are pretty good with their modern look and their punch holes.
Unfortunately, you do not get AMOLED displays with these two handsets. If you want an AMOLED panel, you should go for the Pro variants of the same lineup, announced in February. These two devices come with IPS LCD displays, so they are not exactly the best phones in terms of image quality. But thanks to their Full HD+ resolutions of 1080 x 2400 pixels, they provide a good level of detail. The Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G comes with a higher 144 Hz refresh rate: one of the highest refresh rates you can find on a mobile phone, great for gaming. The vanilla version has a lower 90 Hz refresh rate but is still above average. Both the handsets are equipped with side-mounted fingerprint readers and they feature mono speakers, as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack for wired earphones.
As its name suggests, the Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G offers a more powerful hardware department. First of all, it is powered by the Snapdragon 778G mobile platform providing higher CPU and GPU performance than the Mediatek Dimensity 810 found on the vanilla version. It even offers a higher amount of RAM: up to 8 GB, while the vanilla version stops at 6 GB. The maximum internal storage is the same: 128 GB, but the Speed Edition has a UFS 2.2 native storage, while the Realme 9 5G has a UFS 2.1 storage. The handsets run Android 11 customized by Realme UI 2.0 and they will get the update to Android 12 and Realme UI 3.0.
The camera departments between the two variants remain unchanged. Both the phones come with a 48 MP main camera sporting an f/1.8 focal aperture, a 2 MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2 MP depth sensor with the same f/2.4 aperture, as well as a 16 MP front snapper with an f/2.1 aperture. The rear camera and the front camera are able to record videos with a 1080p resolution at 30 fps.
Even the battery capacities remain the same: 5000 mAh. The battery life should be very similar as well because the components should have similar efficiencies. Note that the Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G features faster charging technology with a power of 30W, while the vanilla version stops at 18W.
Realme 9 5G vs Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G: Price in Qatar
The starting price of the Realme 9 5G roughly translates into €180/$198 (QAR 710 ), while the Speed Edition 5G begins at €240/$264 ( QAR 961) . If you want the best phone, go for the Realme 9 SE 5G because it features a higher refresh rate, a better processor, more RAM, and faster charging. But if you do not care about these features, then the vanilla version can let you save a lot of money.
Realme 9 5G vs Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G: PRO and CONS
Realme 9 5G
- More affordable
- More compact
- Inferior hardware
Realme 9 Speed Edition 5G
- Faster charging
- Up to 8 GB of RAM
- 144 Hz refresh rate
- Better processor