The Realme 9i has launched in India as the latest number series smartphone from the brand. The new launch comes as the successor to the Realme 8i (review) and brings several upgrades over the last year’s model. For starters, you get the new Snapdragon 680 SoC instead of MediaTek Helio G96 as well as a premium design that resembles the Realme GT Neo 2 (review).
While it does come as an upgrade over its predecessor, the Realme 9i will face stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Motorola. In its price bracket, the Realme 9i faces stiff competition from the likes of the Redmi Note 11T 5G and Moto G51 5g. Unlike Realme 9i, both these offerings are 5G-enabled. Here’s a detailed comparison between all three to find out how Realme 9i stacks up against the competition.
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: complete specs
|Specs||Realme 9i||Redmi Note 11T 5G||Moto G51|
|Display||6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD (90Hz)||6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD (90Hz)||6.8-inch FHD+ IPS LCD (120Hz)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 680||MediaTek Dimensity 810||Snapdragon 480+|
|RAM||4GB | 6GB||6GB | 8GB||4GB|
|Storage||64GB | 128GB||64GB | 128GB||64GB|
|OS||Android 11||Android 11||Android 11|
|Rear cameras||50MP + 2MP + 2MP||50MP + 8MP||50MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|Fast charging||33W fast charging||33W fast charging||20W fast charging|
|Dimensions||164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4mm||163.56 x 75.78 x 8.75mm||170.5 x 76.5 x 9.1mm|
|Price||Rs 13,999 starting price||Rs 15,999 starting price||Rs 14,999|
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: price in India
|Variant||Realme 9i||Redmi Note 11T 5G||Moto G51 5G|
|4GB+64GB||Rs 13,999||–||Rs 14,999|
|6GB+128GB||Rs 15,999||Rs 16,999||–|
|8GB + 128GB||–||Rs 18,999||–|
As you can see in the table above, the Moto G51 5G, Realme 9i, and Redmi Note 11T 5G are available in one, two, and three configurations, respectively. The Moto G51 5G comes in a sole 4GB + 64GB variant and is priced at Rs 14,999. The Realme 9i starts at Rs 13,999 for the base 4GB + 64GB variant and goes up to Rs 15,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model. Lastly, the Redmi Note 11T 5G is priced at Rs 15,999, Rs 16,999, and Rs 18,999 for the 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB variants, respectively.
While the Redmi Note 11T 5G offers more flexibility in terms of options and offers more RAM for the base variant, it’s also the most expensive of the lot. The Realme 9i bags this round because of more value for money proposition to the user.
Winner: Realme 9i
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: display
Coming to the display, all three smartphones are equipped with a high refresh rate IPS LCD display. Both Realme 9i and Redmi Note 11T 5G feature a 6.6-inch FHD+ display panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Moto G51 5G pulls ahead in this department with a larger 6.8-inch FHD+ display and a 120Hz refresh rate.
Winner: Moto G51 5G
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: performance and software
The Realme 9i, Redmi Note 11T 5G, and Moto G51 5G are powered by the Snapdragon 680, Dimensity 810, and Snapdragon 480+ chipsets, respectively. The Realme 9i comes with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and supports up to 11GB virtual RAM expansion. The Redmi Note 11T 5G features up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, also with up to 11GB dynamic RAM expansion. On the contrary, the Moto G51 5G features a single 4GB + 64GB variant with no RAM expansion facility.
On the software front, all three smartphones boot Android 11 as the base software but topped with their respective makers’ custom interface. The Realme 9i features the Realme UI 2.0 and the Redmi Note 11T 5G comes with the latest MIUI 12.5 update. The Moto G51 5G edges ahead here with the near-stock My UX interface.
While Moto G51 5G has an advantage here with the stock Android, it loses out in terms of processor, and a single variant. Between Realme 9i and Redmi Note 11T 5G, the latter emerges as a winner because of the 5G-enabled SoC and more variants to choose from.
Winner: Redmi Note 11T 5G
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: cameras
The Realme 9i, Redmi Note 11T 5G, and Moto G51 are all 50-megapixel primary camera-wielding smartphones. The main lens on the Realme 9i is backed by a pair of 2-megapixel cameras for macro and B&W functions. The Moto G51, on the other hand, features a more useful 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, which also doubles up as a portrait sensor and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Lastly, the Redmi Note 11T 5G has a secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens. As for the front selfie cameras, Moto G51 5G is the odd one out with its 13-megapixel shooter. The remaining two feature a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
In the camera department, Realme 9i completely depends on the 50-megapixel primary sensor with the other two being there just to add to the number. However, both Redmi Note 11T 5G and Moto G51 5G get a more useful wide-angle lens. However, thanks to the additional macro sensor, the Moto G51 bags this round.
Winner: Moto G51 5G
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: battery
In the battery department, all three smartphones are equipped with a 5,000mAh battery. However, while Realme 9i and Redmi Note 11T 5G feature 33W fast charging, the Moto G51 5G comes with a slower 20W fast charging.
Winner: Tie between Realme 9i and Redmi Note 11T 5g
Realme 9i vs Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Moto G51: conclusion
This is pretty neck to neck since all three smartphones have two wins apiece to their credit. However, the result is far from a tie. Those who are looking for a future-proof device will be better off spending a little more and getting the Redmi Note 11T 5G. On the other hand, the Moto G51 5G is the perfect option for those looking for stock Android experience on a budget.
Lastly, the Realme 9i is a perfect solution for those who want an ultra-affordable device with powerful specs and don’t consider the absence of 5G as a deal-breaker. It will take at least a couple of years for 5G to roll out commercially in India and by then Realme 9i users can simply upgrade the smartphone. Therefore, in the end, it all boils down to the personal preference of the buyer.