Updated on 2019-02-10 by Geetansh Arora
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Huawei has been trying to make a mark in the Indian market and has launched some great phones but failed to match the expectations vs pricing. Will the latest Huawei Y9 2019 be able to impress the users? Let us find it out in the brief review.
Y9 comes with a big 6.5 inch Full HD Plus display which has proper colors and sharpness. The big screen makes it attractive for watching videos or playing games. The back of the phone has a glossy finish and is built of polycarbonate material. The back attracts some smudges but the beautiful looks still remain intact. It comes in Black and Sapphire Blue colors and to us, the Sapphire Blue looks unique and better of the two. In the looks and design, the phone does a good job. Do make sure you use a back cover and a tempered glass for the screen to protect the damage if the phone accidentally falls.
For the processor, Huawei which is the parent company of the Honor brand has focussed itself on the Kirin 710 chipset for the 10k to 20k phone segment and this phone also features the same processor. It has a single variant with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. The overall score of the Y9 2019 on AnTuTu benchmark comes around 1,38,000 which is a powerful score and could handle multiple apps and gaming at high graphics settings during our testing. Thanks to the 4 A73 cores that fires up the clock speed in graphics gaming. Honor 10 Lite also comes with Kirin 710 processor which is prices around 14k.
Performance wise, Huawei Y9 2019 impresses with Kirin 710
As always, let us now check the brief review of the Camera sensor and the features this phone offers. Huawei Y9 offers a Quad AI Camera setup - 2 in front and 2 in the rear. We have a 16 MP f/1.8 sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor on the back and 13 MP f/2.0 and a 2 MP depth sensor for the selfie. The captured image offers good detailing of the scene around but we felt that the sharpness levels were a bit average. Most importantly, the camera manages to present the foreground and background properly when checking the accurate blue sky colors Y9 captures. The AI is available on both front and rear camera and is used for object and scene recognition, we found that most of the AI images just saturates the color.
The selfie captures good skin tone and the video recording from both the camera does not support 4K or EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization). Coming to the portrait shots, the edge detection looks accurate as both cameras have a dedicated depth sensor. The image had good details and quality but not outstanding given the pricing of 17k and the competitive domain.
The gaming performance of the phone also works smoothly, thanks to the Kirin 710. We could easily play the games with high graphics setting without any latency. There was also almost nil or very minimal heating observed during extended gaming.
From the software perspective, Huawei Y9 comes with not the latest EMUI 8 (EMUI 9 is the latest), which is based over Android Oreo. We expect Huawei to upgrade the software very soon. There is a headphone jack available and the phone supports both fingerprint and face unlocking. Needless to say, both the methods are very accurate and fast as have been seen in all the Honor (owned by Huawei) smartphones. The phone does not have any IP certification so keep it protected from water and dust.
Y9 gets a battery of 4000 mAh capacity which is good enough to power the phone easily for more than a day. Medium usage can extend the backup for around 1.5 days. However, we only get a micro USB port for charging and the box comes with a standard 10W charger (not a fast one). The box also has a TPU case and the phone supports a dedicated SD card to expand the memory up to 400 GB.
Though Huawei Y9 2019 looks to be a decent phone overall but faces stiff competition from other popular phones in this price segment. Poco F1 is a very aggressive phone in this price segment on under 20000 and offers better hardware and camera. Y9 clearly wins in the looks but that is something not sufficient for a phone priced between 15 to 20k. Also, the Oppo K1 seems to be a better option.
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Huawei Y9 does a overall decent job and is a good value for money after the recent price cut. It offers a powerful processor, decent camera, impressive looks, good battery life at a price tag of under 12k. It certainly fulfils each of the parameter a user looks for in a phone.