The Huawei Y9 (2019) has finally made its way to India, and it comes at decently aggressive pricing. The price point of the device makes it a great mid-range challenger to a smartphone from its own stable, the Honor 8X, with which it shares a HiSilicon processor. But a major bestseller at the price point of about INR 15,000 is the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which is a really attractive and reliable handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. In this post, we’ll compare the pricing and specs of these three phones so that you may know the alternatives well before you decide to go for the new Huawei Y9 (2019).
Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor 8X: Price in India
The price for the Huawei Y9 (2019) has been set at INR 15,990, and it will sell exclusively on Amazon from January 15. The device comes in a single memory configuration, and so is the case with the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which is priced at 14,999 on Flipkart. The Honor 8X also costs INR 14,999 (on Amazon) for the same 4G RAM and 64GB storage configuration that the other two phones come in, but this one provides a couple of other options too. You can buy it with a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for INR 16,999, and with a 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage for INR 18,999. This way, as you can see, the new Huawei Y9 (2019) is at a disadvantage for costing a thousand bucks more than its competition for the same memory configuration.
Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor 8X: Design, Display
All three of these handsets come with LCD displays and small notches as well as Full HD+ screen resolution, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus is no match for the display size of the Chinese phones here. Unless you fond of smallish phones, you will not like the 5.8-inch display of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, when at the same price point you can get tall 6.5-inch displays in both the other handsets. However, because it has a smaller screen and almost the same amount of pixels, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a much better pixel density at 432 ppi as compared to the 396 ppi and 397 ppi achieved by Huawei Y9 (2019) and Honor 8X. Design wise, both the Honor 8X and Nokia 6.1 Plus are really attractive, have glass backs and their own unique design cues, while the Huawei Y9 (2019), in comparison, looks a bit vanilla.
Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor 8X: Processor, RAM, Storage
The Huawei Y9 (2019) and the Honor 8X are both powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, which is made of 12nm process and is clocked at 2.2GHz. In comparison, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset powering the Nokia 6.1 Plus, made of 14nm process and clocked at 1.8GHz, sounds bland. But Snapdragon processors are highly dependable and are rated only second best to Apple’s chipsets. Insofar as the memory options are concerned, both the new Huawei Y9 (2019) and the Nokia 6.1 Plus offer only a single 4GB+64GB option, with 400GB of external storage via SIM 2 slot, but the Honor 8X gets a third and dedicated slot for adding another 400GB to the internal storage it comes with. Also, the Honor 8X, as we mentioned earlier, comes in three different memory configurations, so you have all that flexibility.
Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor 8X: Camera
In the camera department, on paper, it looks like the Nokia 6.1 Plus falls behind competition, but it is the only phone in this comparison that gets large 1.0-micrometer pixels for both its front and rear cameras, and also 4K video recording. The Honor 8X has a 20MP rear primary camera sensor with a 2MP depth sensor, and a 16MP front shooter, while the Huawei Y9 (2019) gets a 13MP+2MP dual front camera and a 16MP+2MP dual rear camera. In this regard, you really have to pick the best option according to your own preferences, because no one phone is a clear winner over the others.
Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor 8X: Battery
The Huawei Y9 (2019) has the largest battery in this comparison, with a 4000mAh unit but a regular 10W fast charger. The Honor 8X gets a slightly smaller 3750mAh battery with the same charger, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus has QuickCharge 3.0 technology for its 3060mAh battery. Given the proclivity for large batteries these days, we would give this round to the new Huawei Y9 (2019).
Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor 8X: Conclusion
As you can see, the new Huawei Y9 (2019) is not really an exciting addition to the mid-range set of options available in the Indian market. However, it does offer dual front and rear cameras, a fast processor and a large battery, so it still makes for a good buy for its price.