In what has to be the first major smartphone launch of 2019, Chinese smartphones major Huawei, earlier today launched its budget handset, the Huawei Y9 (2019) in India. Huawei had been teasing the imminent launch of the handset throughout the past few days. In fact, the launch of the handset was also pushed back by two days – as the original launch was supposed to happen on January 7. As mentioned earlier, the Huawei Y9 (2019) is a budget handset that will, thanks to its pricing, square off against handsets like the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M2), the Realme 2 Pro, the Motorola One Power, and not to mention all of Xiaomi’s offerings in the near 15k price range. Huawei is also likely to face competition from its own sub-brand Honor that also sells several devices in this price segment. Let us now check the new Y9 (2019) in detail.
Huawei Y9 (2019): The Reason why Huawei launched it in India
While most other handsets in this price bracket are offered as value for money devices with a decent mix of performance and usability, the Huawei Y9 has been positioned as a device that the masses would use primarily for content consumption. Thanks to the huge 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, the Huawei Y9, perhaps, boasts of one of the largest displays in this price category. The large panel makes it an ideal device for watching YouTube videos and even consuming hours of content on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hotstar. Coming back to the spec sheet of the display on the Huawei Y9 (2019), this panel has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. It is also quite tall – thanks to the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone also gets thin bezels and doesn’t look gargantuan when compared to devices with smaller displays.
Huawei Y9 (2019): Specifications, Price in India
The Huawei Y9 uses Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC that houses an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. For graphics, the handset uses the Mali G51 GPU. While the phone is offered in three versions in China, the Indian variant only comes in the 4GB RAM + 64GB avatar. The other two versions sold in China are the 4GB RAM +128GB and the 6GB RAM + 128GB versions. Both these versions might not be launched in India. Anyway, the single 4GB/64GB version sold in India also gets a triple SIM card slot that can house two SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time.
The Huawei Y9 (2019) gets a decent camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel primary camera mated to a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, the handset gets a 13-megapixel primary camera – also mated to a 2-megapixel depth sensor. As is the case with Huawei and Honor devices these days, both the front and rear cameras are AI enabled. Both these cameras record full HD videos in 1080p resolution. Connectivity-wise, the Huawei Y9 includes support for 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0., and Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac. The handset gets by with a with standard micro USB port and not a type-C port. At launch, the Y9 comes preloaded with EMUI 8.1. Atop an Android 8.1 core. The handset should shortly receive an official update to EMUI 9 and Android 9 Pie.
Huawei just announced t he colour options and the price of the #HuaweiY9
It will set you back by INR 15,990 and also comes with Boat Rockerz Sports Bluetooth handsfree for free!
What do you think about the price? pic.twitter.com/nqXQkfNYhL
— mysmartprice (@mysmartprice) January 10, 2019
The Huawei Y9 is set to go on sale as an Amazon exclusive starting January 15, 2019, and has been priced at INR 15,990. The phone also comes bundled with a Bluetooth headset from Boat worth INR 2,990.