realme, the Philippines’ number one smartphone brand for 2021, has continued to deliver innovative technology to the midrange segment.
Its latest offering is the realme 9 (4G), yet another option joining the realme 9 lineup. We’ve got plenty of time to play around with this new smartphone, and our eyes are ablaze in awe with this Sunburst Gold colorway.
Golden like daylight
Hit me like the ray of sun, burning through my darkest night. (Beyoncé, is that you?)
Kidding aside, I like how the realme 9 (4G), especially in its Sunburst Gold and Stargaze White variants, came up with a Ripple Holographic design encompassing its rear body. They look like sand dunes, akin to waves of shining, shimmering gold found by Aladdin.
The design is subtle that when you use a clear case, you’ll think there’s nothing extra about this smartphone. But when you let the light shine on it, it glistens and exudes a beautiful pattern.
Midrange smartphones usually forsake their design language to focus on battery and performance — something that budget-conscious consumers prefer.
But realme is bringing back the charm of its previous smartphones from a few years ago: so beautifully designed you’ll forget they offer these devices at a cut-rate price.
I still fondly remember caressing the realme 5 back in 2019 which, frankly, is the best style that captures realme’s brand and positioning.
It wasn’t experimental; it was something that helped people remember who they are. Its successors played around with new designs, instead of polishing what was already working.
Going back to its rear, the realme 9 (4G) has an aesthetically-pleasing camera island, housing its 108MP ProLight Camera powered by a Samsung HM6 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 120-degree lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
It has a 16-megapixel selfie camera housed in a punch-hole cutout.
The brand’s logo is seamlessly etched in the lower-left corner.
The bottom side sports the most important stuff: speaker grilles, microphone input, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack. Yey!
Power under that gorgeous hood
Upfront, the realme 9 (4G) sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. We appreciate how realme puts a high refresh rate for people who simply want to game because they’re the ones who benefit the most from the feature.
With a Snapdragon 680 chipset and an Adreno 610 GPU, you can play heavy-duty games like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty, and Asphalt 9. It’s the same processor housed in most gaming-oriented budget smartphones for under US$ 300.
But let’s be real: this smartphone is perfect for multitasking and casual, everyday use. Its performance is seamless across different apps, thanks to its 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which you can expand up to 256GB via a microSD card. More importantly, it offers a Dynamic RAM Expansion (DRE) of up to 5GB if you need extra memory.
It also comes with long-lasting battery life due to its humongous 5000mAh battery. If there’s one thing that stayed consistent in realme’s midrange lineup, it’s the battery that stays with you throughout the day. When you pair it with a 33W Dart Charge, you can get the juice back up in an hour and a quarter.
Watch to your heart’s content
As mentioned before, the realme 9 (4G) uses a Super AMOLED display. Visuals are definitely bright, vivid, and vibrant. It’s easy to watch even under broad daylight since the display delivers up to 1000 nits of brightness.
I remember using realme’s smartphones before and I have to step on a shade while I was in Boracay, simply because their previous devices deliver lower nits.
This time around, the realme 9 (4G) allowed me to watch my comfort shows to my heart’s content. Yes, I kept replaying Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix whenever I’m sad or when I just need something familiar when everything around me is changing.
The realme 9 (4G) has a featherweight, slim body so it doesn’t put a strain on your hands when watching on a smartphone. That’s something to consider when you’re the type of person who keeps watching content while on the go.
Price and availability
The realme 9 (4G) retails for PhP 14,999 with a 6GB/128GB configuration. It’s available in all realme stores nationwide.
At a glance, the realme 9 (4G) has an inviting demeanor that makes you want to hold it. The experience is similar to most gaming-oriented budget smartphones, and you’ll have a good time using it for quite a while. But that’s where it ends.
When you factor in the overall experience with the realme 9 (4G), it doesn’t match with its competitors — offering better specifications and experience at the same price range. Some, even lower.
In a short amount of time, the realme 9 (4G) passed our vibe check. It’s worth checking out if you’re badly in need of a smartphone right away for your everyday needs.
But in the long run, being a 4G smartphone doesn’t serve any purpose if you live in a developing city — especially with 5G expanding its rollout and 6G is on the horizon, unveiling in a few years from now.
OnePlus Open Unboxing & First Look
Is this your next best foldable?
Meet the OnePlus Open, the company’s very first foldable device.
Undeniably, it’s also the twin sister of OPPO’s latest foldable, the Find N3 — just exclusive to China.
But with the OnePlus Open being open (pun intended) to regions outside its hometown such as Europe and the US, will this become the next best foldable that you can buy?
In this video we’re doing a quick unboxing to give you a glimpse of the OnePlus Open.
4 reasons to check out the Huawei Watch GT 4
When fashion meets fitness
Huawei introduces the Huawei Watch GT 4, unveiling a new look and feel to its smartwatch. It blends style and smart connectivity, but of course, there’s more to a smartwatch than its appearance.
Lo and behold, here are four reasons to check out Huawei’s new smartwatch.
1. Refined design
Huawei puts fashion at its core, turning a fine smartwatch like the Huawei Watch GT 4 into a smart timepiece. The 46mm variant prides itself with a distinctive geometric design, using an octagon watch body. It is inspired by the diamond cut and chiselled exterior found in performance cars, pushing a classic look that matches any strap you prefer.
There’s also the 41mm variant, embodying a pendant design. It achieves the perfect balance between sleekness and sophistication.
Both smartwatches feature a stunning AMOLED screen with ultra-thin bezels, giving more space to the data that matter.
2. Live a smart, connected life
What’s a smartwatch if it can’t stay connected, right? The Huawei Watch GT 4 pushes smart connectivity inside a fashionable timepiece.
It brings seamless integration between the smartwatch and the connected smartphone. Yes, it works beyond non-Huawei smartphones. As long as you’re using smartphones running Android 6.0 and iOS 9.0 or later, you can enjoy the wonders of this timepiece.
It also comes with improved app multitasking management, allowing users to continue getting updates from the background running app while accessing information from the watch face.
Luckily, it offers up to 14 days of battery life on the 46mm and 7 days on the 41mm. You don’t have to worry about charging your smartwatch every single day.
3. Better health monitoring
The Huawei Watch GT 4 uses HUAWEI TruSleep 3.0 sleep monitoring technology, which monitors sleep stages, real-time heart rate, sleep breathing, and assesses sleep quality.
Furthermore, it’s equipped with a newly upgraded TruSeen 5.5+ heart rate monitoring technology, leveraging the power of AI algorithms to provide accurate heart rate readings.
It also introduces Pulse Wave Arrythmia Analysis to help users better understand their heart health through a comprehensive cardiac health management.
There’s also a lung function assessment, respiratory check, and cycle tracking as part of its 24/7 health monitoring.
4. A companion for staying active
The Huawei Watch GT 4 promotes staying active and being fit.
It comes with 200+ free fitness courses with personalized scientific training plans. It intelligently adjusts based on real-time feedback to optimize progress.
Moreover, it has over 100 diverse sports modes, and introduces 19 new professional sports mode. It covers indoor and outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, and more.
For those who want to manage their weight, the smartwatch has an app called Stay Fit which aids in scientific calorie management.
And if developing healthy habits is your thing, the Huawei Watch GT 4 has an upgraded Activity Rings serving as visual target.
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