Just a normal day with the latest smartphone launch by the Chinese Tech Giant, Huawei. The Company recently announced the availability of its new mid-range, Huawei Y9 2019.
Quick Features and Specifications
|Huawei Y9 2019|
|SoC||Chip: Kirin 710
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2GHz Cortex-A73 + 4×1.7GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU: Mali-G51 MP4
|OS / Software||Android 8.1 / EMUI 8.2|
2340 x 1080 Full HD, 19.5:9,
Pixel density: ~396 ppi
Screen-to-body ratio: ~82.8%
|Rear Camera||Dual 13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4|
|Front Camera||Dual 16MP f/2.0 + 2MP f/2.4|
|Size/Weight||162.4 x 77.1 x 8.05 mm /173 grams|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient light, Compass
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi: 2.5GHz (802.11 b/g/n)|
Build and Design
We have never really heard of any build quality issues with Huawei phones and the company has maintained theirs for the longest time. The Huawei Y9 2019 is no different even though it is made of plastic. Despite the material used, it still has that nice shine to it making you wonder if it is a mid-range phone. On the other hand, it makes for a better shock absorber and wouldn’t break or dent easily as glass or metal. The Huawei Y9 2019 has a full back cover of plastic with dual edges on the sides. The mid-frame is also made of plastic and joins right between the screen frame and the back panel. Although, one thing that makes us wonder, is how is this phone 173g despite its build compared to the Huawei Nova 3i.
As with almost any smartphone to date, the rear hosts the dual-camera module, on the top-left corner. While below the cameras, is the LED Flash.
Components and Ports
The Huawei Y9 2019 doesn’t have anything special in terms of the layout of its components and ports. The micro-USB port lies at the bottom alongside the speaker grills and the 3.5 mm audio jack. The top-side is home to a secondary mic for noise cancellation and stereo recording and the power button and volume buttons lie on the right side of the phone, while on the left side, is the triple tray slot. With the triple slot support, you are able to utilize a microSD card and use the space for two SIM cards at the same time.
The front side lies the notched cut-out hosting two cameras with an earpiece in between them.
Front and Display
We have definitely seen further cut-down versions of the notch from Huawei’s Chinese competitors that only had a single camera unit. With that, they moved the earpiece between the glass and frame. Although Huawei made the notch a little wider, it still is far smaller compared to the Nova 3 series.
The bezels around the phone are not as thin as you would see in a lot of mid-range phones, making a very apparent bottom chin for the Huawei Y9 2019. With that, the full front profile houses a 6.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The Full HD+ IPS display has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 serving a pixel density of around 396ppi and an 82.7 % footprint. Above the six inches, the display is a little large for many but thanks to the thinner bezels, it made the overall profile a little less bulky. An oleophobic coating is available out-of-the-box which comes in handy for most since screen protectors is almost a must nowadays. This helps make the display clear from fingerprints smudges.
Software and UI
The Huawei Y0 2019 is equipped with an Android 8.1 Oreo operating system attached with the proprietary EMUI 8.2 skin on top. The new software packs AI features that come at the hardware level alongside their latest chipsets, including the Kirin 710. The dark theme of settings was first brought out in the P20 Pro has yet to appear on their mid-range smartphones though. This is something I looked forward to on this device.
If you are not a big fan of the notch on the top part of the display, you are able to hide it from the settings, or simply enable a dark status bar covering the notch from both sides. You may also go to the settings and simply just disable it. One thing to note is that there will be scenarios where the phone software will cover the top area when any incompatible app is running on the front. This is due to the unorthodox aspect ratio of the phone which has been the recent fad.
Smart Screen Resolution
The Huawei Y9 2019’s native resolution is at 2340 x 1080 pixels which is also the default resolution. Huawei has made it easier to set the resolution down to 1560 x 720 pixels which should consume less power. In addition, there is a smart resolution option that when turned on, the system will automatically adjust the screen resolution as needed. This comes in handy when the battery is almost drained.
The Huawei Y9 2019 is not the first smartphone to have the Kirin 710 but this one packs more power than its the Nova 3i. Daily standard use was definitely more than we had hoped for and of course without any lag during the experience. Everything was as smooth as you’d expect from a mid-range phone. In terms of gaming, PUBG Mobile picked up the “Balanced” graphics with “medium” frame rates as the default. Setting it on one step further, we experienced a bit of lag.
With the Game Suite built into the system, we were able to boost the experience with our favourite games. This feature also supports “Do not disturb” mode, preventing any incoming notifications efficiently.
The Huawei Y9 2019 has a whopping 4000mAH battery giving us a similar experience with the Nova 3i. All we can say is that Huawei has done a better optimization with its software and chip really well. The 10nm chip helped a lot as well. The phone lasted for about 3 days with one full charge. During this phase, we used the phone for calling, texting, a little internet surfing, camera.
Little to moderate use with social network and a little gaming would last you about a day.
The Huawei Y0 2019’s camera worked pretty well under well-lit areas. The colors are less vivid and have a decent dynamic range. Overall, the camera was decent but isn’t as impressive as the Nova 3i’s. The noise was easy to handle but less in darker areas and proved to be difficult in low light conditions.
Huawei Y9 2019 is an elegant phone with impressive display and performance for this price. If the weight isn’t a big factor for you, this 6.5″ phone is definitely a bargain. For the price tag, we feel as though smartphone companies should start integrating the USB-Type C but then, this is the case with most devices. With that, we give the Huawei Y9 2019 a worth the buy award!