The Y9s packs a triple rear camera setup, which consists of a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.

Huawei Y9s Camera Sample (22)Huawei Y9s Camera Sample (19)This joint strikeforce of sensors makes the device highly adaptive to just about any scene. Need to get more in the frame? switch to the wide-angle camera. Need the most details? use the main sensor,  need that convincing depth of field effect? use Aperture or Portrait Mode.

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In fact, I found the optics in this phone as unexpectedly great, considering its price. You get plenty of details in every shot, there’s good exposure control, sharpness, and texture are also more than decent.

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As for the depth of field effect, it’s not bad, it’s in fact, very convincing, and looks more refined than some other mid-rangers. You can also add good edge detection to the mix.

Huawei Y9s Camera Sample (13)Huawei Y9s Camera Sample (7)Low light shots are also impressive for a mid-ranger. It does prefer to smudge the edges out than to show noise though.

Huawei Y9s Camera Sample (11)As far as selfies are concerned, it’s not the best out there, but it’s more than enough for your social media posts.

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Our Verdict
The Huawei Y9s delivers in basically all departments, and exudes the signature quality that Huawei devices offer. It looks and feels premium, it performs more than well enough for basic day to day tasks and even a bit of gaming, its various cameras allow it to adapt to various shooting conditions, and with good quality by the way. Software pretty much covers the basics and is optimized, and battery life is stellar. Some things could be better of course. The lack of Face Unlock is bewildering, and a newer processor would've made it an even better deal. Still, for its PhP13,990 price tag, it's a well-rounded device, and proves that you really don't need to spend a ton of money for a good quality device.
What's Good
Premium look and feel
Great day-to-day performance
Highly flexible camera system
Photo quality is more than decent
Well-optimized software
Great battery life
Good price
What's Not
A newer processor would've been great
Lack of face unlock could be a deal breaker to some

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.