While Tecno was busy unveiling their flagship ”TECNO PHANTOM 9”, Huawei also launched the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 which is junior to the ultimate budget device “Huawei Y9 2019” that battled with Tecno camon 11 Pro, Nokia 6.1 and other mid-range devices last year in the African market.
What makes the Huawei Y9 PRIME 2019 so special?
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 the first Fullscreen device with a pop-up selfie camera in the African market without punch-hole like the Samsung Galaxy M40 or A30 excluding Oppo F11 and F11 Pro that came into the Nigerian market and Africa at large because of its recent partnership with PoinTek and SLOT.
How is Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 different from Huawei Y9 2019?
There is a difference between both devices and they also share some specification. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 features a Fullscreen display without a cut-out and a triple camera aligned vertically with a flashlight beneath it. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is also heavier than the Huawei Y9 2019 and it has a single mechanized front camera with no support for face recognition.
let’s get down to the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 review
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 DESIGN & DISPLAY
The design of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 looks just like the Huawei Y9 2019 with the curved back cover made with plastic and a dividing design that makes it unique and different from other Huawei cheap smartphones.
The back cover reflects with light, especially the side which appears to be very smooth and shinning. The device is set to go into the market in three colors: Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green. We have a triple camera design, pop-up front camera, full rounded edges display with minimal chin and a tiny bezel to the right and left, a rear fingerprint design and a speaker to the uppermost part of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 weighs 196.8g with 163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8mm in dimension which is kind of thicker than its junior.
If you are familiar with the Huawei Y9 2019 then you’ve already seen the display of Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. It features a 6.59” inches Fullscreen display with no cut-out as stated above. The display has a total screen to body ratio of 85%, 2340 x 1080p resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio and the display type is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16m as usual.
The display is as good as the predecessor with eye comfort which is pretty useful at night and when you wake up to check your phone.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 CAMERA
The camera is what we really what we want to know, right? Well, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 camera has been re-defined with some improvement done. On the rear side is a triple AI-oriented camera lens of 16MP with f/1.8 aperture which is the primary camera, accompanied by an ultra-wide 8MP lens to go wider and 2MP depth-sensing camera lens to give you that blurring background feature.
The device comes with a 6P lens which is better than the 5P because it lets more light into the imaging lens which makes quality shots possible, with clearer details. The 3D portrait is also featured on the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 after being received on the Huawei Y9 2019 in April update before receiving the EMUI 9.0 based on the Android 9 Pie.
The 3D Portrait has the following feature: soft lighting, butterfly lighting, split lighting, and stage lighting which circles out the object and make other parts dark. The beauty of the lens is the ability to recognize up to 22 categories and more than 500 scenes in real-time with the help of the AI algorithm to make the image quality better.
To the front, we have an AI mechanized single camera with physical flashlight. The camera is a 16MP lens with f/2.0 aperture unlike the Huawei Y9 2019 with a double selfie camera.
According to Huawei, the pop-up camera which is the first of its kind can be relied upon to deliver with more than 10,000 durability tests, plus the quality of the picture is not bad.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 PERFORMANCE
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is powered by Huawei in-house Kirin 710F octa-core processor which is better than some MediaTek chipset and even some Qualcomm chip found on budget devices. The processor gives longer battery life with power optimization and the device operates smoothly with 4GB of RAM installed and 64GB/128GB internal memory which can be expanded using a microSD card. Up to 512GB.
It is equipped with non-removable 4,000mAh battery capacity which is a big one but it takes up to 2hrs and some minutes to get a full bar from 0%.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 runs on the latest EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie and you all might be wondering why Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is running on Android OS despite the ban. Well, Huawei has till August before taking off Android OS on all its devices that have not been launched yet.
The EMUI 9.0 is a smooth one with nice app icons, gesture navigation (IOS like), new recent mode and smarter screen.
Huawei devices that are sold out will continue to get Android OS updates but it would be coming late because Huawei will be pushing it out themselves.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 NETWORK AND CONNECTIVITY
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is being equipped with USB Type-C port which was what I expected Tecno Mobile to put up with Tecno Phantom 9. Users don’t have to worry about plugging their charger in the phone the wrong way with the thought of damaging the charging port.
We have Bluetooth v5.0, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and BDS, Wi-Fi and it support dual SIM with 4G LTE (Volte) but if a user wishes to use a microSD card, he/she needs to sacrifice a SIM slot and the SIM port is found on top of the device.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Other specs
- Sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, and compass
- Sound: loudspeaker at the bottom, a 3.5mm headphone port
- GPU: Mali-G51 MP4 which delivers high graphics
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 PRICE IN NIGERIA
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is set to be available in 3cHUB, SLOT and PoinTek on July 22nd, while it will be available for pre-order on the 15th of July with prizes to be won by Ceec, Timini or Sharon Ooja. The price of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 in Nigeria is between 75,000 naira – 80,000 naira depending on the storage size.