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Time flies so fast and the season of giving is already in the corner. The Huawei Y9 2019 is miles away from the 2018 version and the price released by Huawei on this device is definitely surprising. This is my review of the Huawei Y9 2019, your next mid-level smartphone.

  • 6.5-inch LCD display, 2,340 x 1,080 resolution (19.5:9)
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable memory
  • Dual 16- and 2-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash
  • Dual 13- and 2-megapixel front cameras
  • Face unlock
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo

BUILD

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level SmartphoneThe Huawei Y9 2019’s design is comparable from the Honor 8X, which has a smaller notch on the screen compared to other devices and a vertical orientation on the rear camera. We think that the only drawback of the Huawei Y9 2019 is its slippery handling but on a surprising note, it adds on its premium look and you can easily define this device as Huawei’s. Its sexy back has a curved design that’s protected with glass.

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level SmartphoneThe fingerprint sensor is strategically placed at the center of the device. I have a big hand and unlocking the device is quite a breeze. Up front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with 19.5:9 display ratio that wows you at first boot. A slightly smaller notch is also noticeable and which houses the dual 13 and 2 megapixel front cameras along with the earpiece . If you’re not a big fan of this setup, there’s always an option to turn off the notch via software.

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level Smartphone

On the right you’ll find the volume rocker and the power/wake button, while on the left is the dual nano sim card tray with the microSD card slot that can take up to a 64GB for your storage pleasure.

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level SmartphoneA microUSB port is located at the bottom of the device along with the 3.5mm headphone jack (Thanks, Huawei!) and the simple-designed speaker grill.

DISPLAY

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level SmartphoneThe Huawei Y9 2019 features a large 6.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a resolution of 2340×1080. Despite not having an AMOLED screen, Huawei manages to amp up the display by giving the device great viewing angles and color reproduction by maximizing the screen brightness to 100%. As usual, you can always lower the resolution up to 720p to stretch out your battery life. A big display with sharp and vibrant color is a pleasing personality of a smartphone.

CAMERA

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level SmartphoneThe Huawei Y9 2019 has four cameras in total – two in front and two at the back. The rear camera uses a combination of a 16-megapixel and a 2-megapixel sensor, the latter creates a shallow depth of field that you can only find in big and expensive pro cameras now. The image captured from the other sensor easily melts the background while focusing on your main subject.

SAMPLE PHOTOS

The front snapper has a pair of 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel  sensors. With perfect light conditions, the images captured from the selfie camera exhibit great detail and sharpness.

On low light conditions, both the front and rear cameras don’t perform exactly as what you’d want on a camera smartphone. But thanks to an ever-reliable 4-second Night Mode, the exact colors and sharpness definitely makes its way on the photos.

PERFORMANCE

The Huawei Y9 2019 boasts a Kirin 710 that you can also find on the best-selling Huawei Nova 3i and Honor 8X. Paired with 4GB RAM, the Y9 2019 gives you an almost perfect experience of speed. You can also expand your storage up to 64GB to store your favorite apps, movies and games. It runs on Huawei’s EMUI 8.2, which runs smooth and fluid with no lags or stutters.

AnTuTu benchmark scores the Huawei Y9 2019 with 135,082 points. We tested certain graphic-intensive games like Asphalt 9 and Darkness Rises and we have the data consolidated by GameBench which offers an in-depth  look at performance results while playing these games. Huawei also offers the GPU Turbo Technology to rev up your gaming experience.

BATTERY

One of the best features of the Huawei Y9 2019 is its extra large battery. With 4,000mAh of juice, you can maximize your productivity and entertainment pleasure. Even though the Y9 doesn’t support fast charging, the included 10-watt charger is enough to fully juice up the phone within an acceptable amount of time. From my experience, a full charge can last up to 1 and a half days by playing YouTube videos, playing games like the Asphalt 9, Darkness Rises and Mobile Legends, and the usual Facebook and Instagram surfing.

Huawei Y9 2019 Review - Your Next Mid-Level Smartphone
Huawei Y9 2019 Review – Your Next Mid-Level Smartphone
Our Verdict
It is without a doubt that the Huawei Y9 2019 is one of the best mid-level smartphones released by the second highest selling smartphone company. We think that the only flaw of this smartphone is its slippery grip while handling, which can be addressed simply by using the jelly case for protection. It is also understandable on its price point that the Y9 has LCD display but undeniably, viewing angles are great and more importantly color reproduction is almost perfect. The four-camera setup is also very 2018 but we think Huawei should have included a wide-angle lens on the front camera. However, Huawei's Night Mode is still unbeatable. For only Php12,990, this mid-level smartphone is surprisingly cheap for a perfect balance of speed and productivity.
Build
Software
Hardware
Battery Life
Camera Quality (Photography)
Camera Quality (Video)
What's Good
Large 6.5-inch Display with 2340x1080 resolution
Four Camera Setup with Huawei's Night Mode
Fast Kirin 710 Chipset
Extra-large 4,000mAh battery
What's Not
Back panel can get a bit slippery
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Gianfranco is the co-founder of GadgetPilipinas.net. He graduated from Far Eastern University. A Psychology student turned tech-savvy. He's currently the HR Supervisor of Blip Media and one of the content producers of Gadget Pilipinas. He enjoys playing competitive video games and binge-watch American TV series.

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