Realme 9 Pro+ 5G x Free Fire Limited Edition
+ Impressive design language
- Out of the ordinary front camera placement
+ Amazing collectibles
- Uneven lighting in light painting mode
+ Good performance
Lo and behold, a new phone to review - the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G x Free Fire Limited Edition that truly sets the bar high in terms of collaboration.
The unboxing experience of the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G x Free Fire Limited Edition is rather unique and truly sets it apart from other phone.
Upon purchase, you will receive your phone in a Realme Yellow box, however, this is slightly longer in length and has the wording Free Fire stamped on the middle and a Booyah! on the top.
Upon opening the yellow box, you will see the entire Free Fire map which makes this a bonus for collectors, within the box, you will find the following items:
Realme & Free Fire stickers
Knife shaped sim card ejector
Special in-game collectible
Finally, the phone box comes into view, the yellow Realme box comes with Kelly (a Free Fire character) on the box and the model 9 Pro+, inside the box, you will find the following items:
Realme 9 Pro+ 5G Free Fire Limited Edition phone
65w SuperDart charger
USB-C to USB-A charging cable
Overall, I really enjoyed the unboxing experience that this phone comes with. The personal touch of Free Fire really shines through making it look extra neat.
Design + UI
My first impression of the phone was that it definitely stood out because the design game was elevated by a notch. The phone included six 'Free Fire' element on the back of the phone which are the following:
Free Fire Knife
Dual Blades Logo
The last element is the Gun Barrel Reflection that the phone has, it gives the back of the phone hues of purple on green which varies depending on the angle of the light.
Aside from the elements, the phone also comes with a pre-installed Free Fire UI which includes Kelly's wallpapers, a special icon pack and an octagon icon shape for all the other apps.
The lock button is located on the right side of the phone and you will get the charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the phone. Whereas, you will get the Sim card slot and the volume rocker on the left side.
Display & Audio
In terms of display, it has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 360Hz Touch Sampling Rate and an up to 1000 nits of peak brightness.
I personally find the 90Hz refresh rate to be smooth when I played Free Fire on the phone and the 360Hz Touch Sampling Rate did not disappoint as I surfed the net.
Audio-wise, it comes with a dual-stereo speaker powered by Dolby Atmos which allowed it to be loud and the sounds were not muffled as I played games. The bass was also pretty spot on.
The triple camera set-up looks pretty neat and doesn't really take away from the Free Fire theme we have on the phone.
While the rear camera implemented a Sony IMX 766 OIS camera that allows for brighter and crisper photos. The triple camera set-up consists of a 50MP primary camera, 2MP macro camera and a 8MP Ultra-Wide angle Lens.
I personally enjoyed the 50MP primary camera as the photos came out crisp and pretty to the eyes. I also love how the Street Mode allowed you to choose your aperture and zoom mode manually.
The Light painting mode looks good too but my handwriting didn't really do it justice.
The front 16MP camera located on the top left of the phone making it look weird but it works well for casual social media postings but it does lack a tad-bit in terms of clarity.
For all the gamers, how a phone performs is truly important. Hence, this phone is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Personally, I had no issues as I played Free Fire throughout the day and watched TikTok videos in between. There were no lag and I only experienced minimal heating on the middle of the phone which I assume is where the battery is located.
Speaking of battery, it comes with a 4500mAh battery which lasted me around 6 hours without the need to juice up. The 60W Super Dart charger also helped as I could fully charge my phone is around 40 minutes.
Buy or no buy?
Overall, this phone is a great collaboration phone and the features are pretty spot on despite being a mid-range priced phone.
Retailing for RM1,499, I personally think this would be a great addition to ones collection or to use as a gaming phone.