So the last post I made was about the Huawei Y9 (2018), which I started calling the Huawei Y9 2k18. While I was writing about the phone, I was also looking forward to writing about the Huawei Y9 (2019).
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So, the Huawei Y9 (2019) was announced in October last year… I think we should follow tradition and start calling it the Huawei Y9 2k19 as well.
Before we get into reviewing, I’d like to let everyone out there that’s reading to know that I am really grateful for having you guys reading what I have to say. I am looking forward to making this a long time commitment and I hope you guys will be with me all the way.
Okay, Huawei Y9 2k19 review, let’s get to it.
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2
- 6.5 inch 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Mali-G51 MP4
- 4GB RAM / 6GB RAM
- 128GB / 64GB Internal Storage
- 13MP + 2MP Front Camera and 16MP + 2MP Rear Camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Sim
Design and Display
The overall look of the phone screams “glass build”. Yeah, maybe just the front, the back of the phone looks very shiny but it really is plastic.
I’m going to give the Y9 2k18 a plus for having an aluminum build.
No doubt the phone looks sleek but, you may have to clean your fingerprints on the back of the phone from time to time.
Better just get a case for the phone.
Coming to the display, the Y9 2k19 takes it here by having a 6.5 inch screen size compared to the 2k18’s 5.93 inch screen size. The Y9 (2019) also has a better resolution which comes at 1080 x 2340 pixels and also is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display.
Overall, you’ll be getting a really clear and large display as well, even under direct sunlight.
Something I should have mentioned first is the introduction of a notch.
The notch houses the dual selfie cameras and gives the phone a modern look. If you’re into notches, this phone could be for you.
Still on the front, I see there’s no logo on the bottom so that’s good.
Turning over to the back, this time you don’t see those creepy eyes the Y9 2k18 has. The vertically placed dual camera is not popping out, but is properly placed. Right below it is a LED flash and your fingerprint sensor in the middle.
The design is quite nice and the notch really is an impressive upgrade.
If you’re not into notches, you can disable it from the settings.
The Y9 2k19 is quite better than the 2k18 when it comes to display and design. Only thing I am not so impressed with is the plastic build.
Just like its younger sibling, the Y9 2k19 does come with a dual selfie camera setup. Measured at 13 Megapixels + 2 Megapixels. Pictures and videos taken with it have a really detailed and sharp look even in low light conditions.
The rear camera is also a dual camera setup, measured at 16 Megapixels + 2 Megapixels and an LED flash for giving you brighter pictures and videos in dark conditions as well.
The performance of both cameras are great, you get to record videos in 60 frames, take pictures with night mode etc.
All four cameras will give you a nice experience.
Processor and Memory
The Y9 (2019) runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Huawei’s EMUI 8.2. Better than the Y9 (2018) here because you will be getting some new features they both have to offer.
Powered with an Octa-core CPU the Y9 2k19 compared to the Y9 2k18 has an impressive quad-core combination as well.
Having a combination of a 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 quad-core CPU and another 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 quad-core CPU, there isn’t much of a difference in performance.
The chipset is quite different this time though, it is a HiSilicon Kirin 710 to give you that speed for processing and gaming.
Like I said, compared to the Y9 2k18, the difference isn’t that much.
Apparently, this has become a comparison review, okay mind, let’s keep it going.
RAM and Internal Storage
Again, there’s two variants to this phone. If you really care about RAM (like me), you’ll be pleased to know the Y9 2k19 has a 4GB of RAM version as well as a 6GB of RAM version.
Compared to the Y9 2k18, these variants are way better.
In my opinion, it doesn’t really matter which one you get, they both will be able to handle processes in today’s world.
Personally, I’d go for the 4GB of RAM version, that’s because I know it can handle a lot of processes and since it is a mid-range phone so I wouldn’t really go all the way.
In the end it depends on you.
The Y9 (2019) offers a 128GB of internal memory (for the 6GB of RAM) and a 64GB of internal memory (for the 4GB of RAM).
Although, both versions will be enough for storage, you still can expand with a microSD card of up to 400GB.
Running out of space will not be a problem on this phone unless you start downloading movies that are like 10GB each.
Gaming on the phone is pretty impressive, although games like Asphalt 9 have been reported to have a few hiccups but overall, it is a nice experience for a mid-range phone.
Snapdragon chipsets have been dominating gaming experience on phones but the Kirin chipset on this phone is decent and you will not be getting a negative experience.
Graphics are handled with a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU.
I really can’t say anything negative here, the gaming experience will not blow you away but it is still very impressive for a mid-range phone.
Battery and Connectivity
I guess battery isn’t really a concern as the Y9 (2019) is also powered by a 4,000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery.
Seeing this phone as it is, I say the battery is really impressive and it should serve both heavy and light users.
But comparing it with the Y9 2k18, I say I wish they’d increased it a little.
Overall, it is a reliable phone you can count on when it comes to battery life. You can get up to a full day of usage if you’re a heavy user.
For all forms of connectivity, you get 4G, 3G and 2G. An improved Bluetooth V5.0, FM Radio, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi etc.
You can get the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage around $266
I currently do not know the price for the 6GB of RAM version. But I’ll put it here as soon as I do.
I feel like this phone has a really high rank on mid-range phones, only thing I don’t really like about it is the plastic build. That’s because it makes the phone look cheap.
Overall, it is an impressive phone, and the different colors that it comes in (which are Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and Aurora Purple) gives you guys a choice.
On handling tasks, you will get a nice experience, really good pictures.
After getting to know about the specs, you should be able to decide if you want it or not.
Okay guys, that’s about it, I really wish I could have posted earlier, I got a bit sick, I’m getting okay now though.
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