What’s up guys, this is Shu’s Techs, where I talk about Android phones, apps, games and also give you tips.
So a lot of phones came out back in 2018 (I know I’m saying it like it was five years ago), but I couldn’t review most of them.
I was going to talk about the Huawei Y9 (2019) today but I decided to review the Y9 (2018) instead, so you guys can see the differences or improvements.
My next post after this one will be a review of the Huawei Y9 (2019). With that being said, let’s get to it.
- Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8
- 5.93 inch 1080 x 2160 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4 x 2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Mali-T830 MP2
- 3GB RAM / 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB Internal Storage
- 13MP + 2MP / 16MP + 2MP Front Camera and 16MP + 2MP Rear Camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Sim
Design and Display
First thing I want to talk about is the build of the phone. The Y9 (2018) has an aluminum body to give you that metallic feel. On the front it is just glass (careful not to drop it).
You are not going to be getting a lot of shiny on the back of the phone because of the aluminum build, I’m sure that wouldn’t matter if you’d be protecting it with a case, but overall, it looks like a premium phone.
About colors, you’ll get it in three types. Black, Gold and Blue. Personally, I’d go for the black one because I love dark colors, but it’s all up to you.
Okay, coming to the overall design of the phone, the Y9 (2018)… hold on, before I continue, let’s just start calling it the Y9 2k18 from now.
On the front, you get a 5.93 inch screen size. A lot of phones come with at least 6.0 inches these days. If screen size is something you consider a big deal, well, I’ll say on paper, it is smaller than a lot of phones.
Physically though, you wouldn’t really notice the difference much.
Still on the display, it is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. Something to say here is you will get a really clear and sharp display in any kind of condition.
Most times, it’s using your phone under direct sunlight is when the display comes to play. I can’t really think of any other areas where phones get difficult to use in terms of display.
So yeah, the Y9 2k18 (feels good to say that) will give you a really clear view in direct sunlight.
On the top of the phone, is a the dual camera setup which is an interesting thing about the phone.
Going down to the bottom is the Huawei logo. Not sure why there’s a logo on the front but okay Huawei, okay.
Turning over to the back, you notice two little eyes looking at you. The horizontally placed dual cameras just have that look you get from that creepy guy that you’re always trying to avoid. Even more, there’s a LED flash right next to it.
A fingerprint sensor is placed in the back as well.
Usually I don’t acknowledge logos on the back of phones because that’s where they’re supposed to be, but I’m going to say it this time because there’s also Logo_2 on the back as well.
This will be the first phone I’ll be talking about that has a dual selfie camera.
The dual cameras at the front come in two variants, the 13 Megapixels + 2 Megapixels and 16 Megapixels + 2 Megapixels.
These camera setups are quite nice for taking good selfies. Pictures are said to be a bit darker than normal but detailed.
This is because most selfie cameras are made to beautify and add more light to make skin fairer. With the Y9 2k18 you get detailed pictures and a lot more accurate ones too (thanks to the extra 2 Megapixel secondary camera).
On the back is also a dual camera setup. Measured at 16 Megapixels + 2 Megapixels, pictures taken with it appear sharp and accurate as well.
It is quite obvious that a lot of considerations were made on the cameras.
Processor and Memory
Running on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Huawei’s EMUI 8, you get some of the latest features Android and Huawei get to offer on the Operating System.
I really do hope it will be getting a 9.0 Pie update though, or at least 8.1 (Oreo).
For handling processes, the Y9 2k18 has an Octa-core CPU (which is a combination of two quad-core processors).
The first quad-core processor is a 2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, an impressive clockspeed there. The other quad-core processor has a clockspeed of 1.7 GHz. Both combined with a HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset.
Those are a really interesting combination for a mid-range phone for sure.
With specs like that, I’m pretty sure applications and games are going to run smoothly.
Let’s hope there’s good RAM to back it up.
RAM and Internal Storage
Coming in two variants, you get to choose either a 3GB of RAM version or a 4GB of RAM version. 1GB of RAM can make a significant difference if you want to focus on running a lot of apps at a time.
If you feel like your pocket is going to get really light then you shouldn’t stress about it, 3GB of RAM will do fine, but I’d let you know that you may have to get a new phone after a while. Phones with 2GB of RAM are barely holding up.
Internal memory also comes in two versions. A 64GB version (for the 4GB of RAM) and the 32GB version (for the 3GB of RAM).
Both versions have a slot for a micro SD card that can be up to 256GB.
Expanding memory on this phone will give you enough room for all the media files you wish to have.
High end games appear to run smoothly on the Y9 2k18 when they’re on medium settings, low-range games are just super smooth with nice graphics. Good thing it comes with a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU to handle those graphics.
The phone gets a little warm when gaming but really, what phone doesn’t? As long as your hand is not burning up then, you should be good.
Overall, for a mid-range phone, it’s pretty impressive.
Battery and Connectivity
The Y9 2k18 stands out here with a really good battery. I should also mention that it supports fast charge so you can charge the 4,000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery in a short time.
When I talk about batteries, in today’s world, 3,500 mAh should be like the lowest if you are a heavy user and consider them a big deal.
4,000 mAh should be sufficient enough for heavy users to use the phone for a day.
Light phone users can use the device for up to two days without charging.
For all forms of connectivity, the Y9 2k18 supports dual SIM cards, 4G, 3G and 2G. Bluetooth v4.2, FM radio, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi etc.
Haven’t confirmed the price of the 4GB of RAM version but you can get the 3GB of RAM version for about $200.
Check current price on Amazon
Please be aware that price varies from time to time.
My take on this phone is that it is okay, you should have a good experience with the cameras, not so much on the screen size (if you’re into phones with a large screen size).
For a mid-range phone, I’d say it is really impressive. Considering the battery, processors, RAM and internal storage you get (which can also be expanded).
I probably don’t know how to judge this phone right now cause there’s already a 2019 version out.
All I can say is if you’re going to get it, it would be best to get the 4GB of RAM version, unless you won’t be using it for a long time.
Okay guys, that’s it, I’m glad I was able to get this done because I am just looking forward to talking about the Huawei Y9 (2019).
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