Huawei’s Y-series has always targeted budget consumers and has always had a lower price point compared to other Huawei smartphones. This year the Y9 2019 comes in at a price of Rs. 37,999. That is not mid-range pricing, so does it at least have the specifications to give a good reason for its price?
Unlike other upper-mid-range Huawei phones we’ve reviewed so far, Y9 2019 doesn’t feature a glass sandwich design. It makes do with a plastic back, which is made to look like glass and feels fragile when you hold it in your hand.
The power button and volume rocker on the side of the phone are a bit too close but good design choice saves the day here. The power button is textured and you can easily tell that you’re pressing the volume buttons or the power button, making things less confusing.
Its display is massive, with a 6.5″ IPS Full HD+ (1080 x 2340) resolution panel and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Viewing angles were good and you won’t have any problems using the display outdoors in direct sunlight. However, the display is a bit on the reflective side.
The bezels aren’t all that thin, which make the phone a bit bulkier compared to flagships with almost the same screen size. Playing games and using the phone for multimedia apps was a pleasure thanks to its large screen size.
Huawei Y9 2019 comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. Storage is expandable via a micro SD card slot.
Day to day performance is nothing out of the ordinary, apps open up fast with no stuttering. Multitasking is also a breeze, with none of the apps reloading. Heavier apps do reload, but only when a lot of other apps open in the background as well.
There’s been a trend we’ve seen in Huawei phones, with dual front and back cameras (4 total). We see this trend in the Y9 2019 as well.
It comes with a 16 MP f/2.0 camera on the back with a 2 MP f/2.4 depth sensing module. On the front, Y9 2019 has a 13 MP main camera with a f/1.8 aperture with a similar 2 MP f/2.4 lens for portrait mode shots.
The camera app is similar to other Huawei phones, with shooting modes on the right side of the viewfinder with AI mode, HDR and other toggles on the left.
The front cameras offer similar levels of quality but the portrait mode is a hit or miss, especially in low light
The best thing about the Y9 2019 was its battery life. It has a large 4,000 mAh battery unit, but it lacks fast charging.
Huawei phones are generally good in terms of battery life thanks to their software optimizations. Y9 2019 was especially good in our case.
Even if you’re a power user, you’ll still be able to get a lot out of the Y9 2019.
Overall the phone is a complete package with a nice looking design, decent performance, good cameras and an all-day battery. The battery life, in particular, is pretty good. Speaking of the large display, the phone is well suited for multimedia consumption and gaming.
Huawei Y9 2019 definitely deserves its price of Rs. 37,999 and is a good option if you go for it.