Huawei Y9 (2019)

The Huawei Y9 (2019) launch came with a whole lot of fuse, thanks to the AI cameras alongside a beautiful design and very friendly price.

Starting with, the design of the Huawei Y9 is pretty much a beauty to behold. The device is made entirely of plastic, which is a bummer but costs had to be cut somewhere, however, despite the choice of material, the back of the phone is shiny as ever which means it will reflect light. The Huawei Y9 is huge, however, to aid with handling, the back has been slightly curved, thus making it more comfortable to hold. There’s also a free casing attached to the phone to give it a new level of protection.

The device has a 6.5 inch HD full display with a notch and this full screen houses the front cameras and other sensors. On the software end, we get Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top. The Huawei Y9 (2019) is powered by a Kirin 710 processor and 4GB of RAM that does an excellent job at keeping everything running smooth. It has 64GB of on board storage which can also be expanded via MicroSD. The device also supports Dual 4G standby, with the option of having VoLTE enabled on both SIM cards. It also has a fingerprint scanner on the back and a standard face unlock.

The AI camera on the Y9 is top-notch. It automatically recognizes a scene and in turn automatically adjusts the settings on the camera to bring out the best image possible. This hyped software enhancement rides on a dual camera setup on the back, of a 16MP lens and a second 2MP lens for depth sensing. The front has a similar setup, with a 13MP lens and a second 2MP lens for depth sensing.

With a 4000mAh battery the Huawei Y9 can be used for over 9 hours screen-on time, occasionally getting over 10 hours.  This is with wifi usage, location always on and brightness on auto. Switching to a full day of mobile data usage, the battery status would show around 8 hours of screen-on time. A short-coming for the battery is that it charges slowly. With such a huge battery, Huawei should have considered at least having some form of fast charging, but since this was one of the shortcuts made, it will take you a little over two hours to charge from 0 to 100.