Huawei, earlier today, launched its new budget handset the Y9 Prime in India at an event held in Delhi. The Y9 Prime replaces the company’s older Y-Series handset, the Huawei Y9 2019 which was launched earlier this year in India. Powered by HiSilicon’s Kirin 710F chipset, the Y9 Prime is an interesting proposition from Huawei which has been priced at INR 15,990. Thanks to the sub 16k price, this smartphone finds itself squaring off against the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Vivo Z1 Pro, and the Realme 3 Pro in India. During the sidelines of the launch, I was able to spend a few minutes with the Y9 Pro following which I decided to pen my first thoughts on this new budget offering from the company. While we hope to come to you with a detailed review of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 in the next few weeks, as of now, its time for a quick overview and first impressions of the handset.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019: Design, Build
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, like most Huawei handsets from 2018-19 is quite a looker. Both the color variants of the phone feature an attractive gradient finish at the back. Given a choice, I would opt for the Emerald green color version of the phone, which I think looks more attractive. Irrespective of which of these variants you buy, the Y9 Prime 2019 is sure to attract attention. Another key feature of the handset is the pop-up front-facing camera mechanism. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is the first handset from Huawei to launch in India with a pop-up front camera. The pop-up mechanism is reasonably quick and at least by the looks of it, feels sturdy. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is a large device and weighs just under 200g. It is also 8.8mm thick. The build quality of the handset is top notch and most people would have little to complain about this front.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019: Display and Camera
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 gets a large 6.56-inch TFT LTPS display with no notch. This panel has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. While it would have been better if Huawei could have offered the phone with an IPS LCD panel, the TFT display was miles ahead of the panel that Samsung uses on the Galaxy M40. There is no denying that Huawei has chosen to use this panel on the Y9 Prime to keep the costs down. Sunlight legibility of the display on the pre-production unit that I used could have been better.
The front-facing camera on the Y9 Prime uses a 16MP sensor that is mated to a fixed focus lens. At the rear, the phone gets a triple camera setup. I did not get much time to play around with the camera. The camera UI is similar to what we have seen on other mid-range Huawei devices and supports a wide variety of AI photo modes. The secondary 8MP camera is mated to an ultra-wide-angle lens. The third camera at the rear is used to gather depth information.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019: Software and UI
On the software front, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 runs EMUI 9.0 at launch which is based on the Android 9 Pie core. If you have used an Honor or Huawei device in the past, you will face no issues in adjusting to the UI of the Y9 Prime. That being said, we feel it is about time Huawei upgraded the overall look and feel of EMUI as it is beginning to look quite dated. The 20 odd minutes I spent with the phone was hardly enough to gauge the performance aspects of the device. The phone, in general, was quite snappy and the Kirin 710 SoC handled almost all the tasks we threw at it with aplomb.
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is set to go on sale starting August 7 in India via Amazon.in and will be offered in a single 4GB RAM version with 128GB of storage. This variant has been priced at INR 15,990. The Y9 Prime 2019 will also be sold via offline stores across the country.
Huawei has also come up with a bunch of offers that include a 6 months no-Cost EMI & instant cashback of INR 500 on Amazon Pay. If you happen to own an SBI card, you can avail an additional 10% discount. Customers who pre-book the phone via Huawei’s offline partners will get the Huawei Sport BT headphones and a15600 mAh power bank worth Rs. 4598 absolutely free. Huawei has also come up with offers for Jio users who will get up to INR 2200 in cashback and up to 125GB of additional data.