Chinese smartphone giant Huawei, earlier today, announced the launch of its new mid-range smartphone, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 in India. The Y9 Prime is one of the many sub-20k handsets to have made it to India in the past few weeks. In India, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 will compete against the likes of the Realme X, the and the soon to be launched Vivo S1. The launch of the Y9 Prime is part of Huawei’s renewed attempts to gain market share in India. Huawei and its sub-brand Honor did not have a particularly good first few quarters because of the ongoing US-China trade war. Anyway, let us now take a closer look at the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 and its key features.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Specifications, features
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 being a mid-range handset finds itself using Huawei’s tried and tested Kirin 710F SoC. This is a slightly modified version of the standard Kirin 710 chipset that Huawei and Honor have been using on their mid-range devices for the past few months. For graphics, the Kirin 710F SoC uses the Mali G51 GPU. Moving on to the display, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 gets a reasonably large 6.59-inch TFT LCD (LTPS) display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This is one area where we think Huawei could have done better. Almost all the other handsets in this price range offer either come with an IPS LCD panel. Some brands have even started to offer AMOLED panels under the psychologically important sub 20k mark. The USP of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is its pop-up camera mechanism that houses the front-facing camera. While pop-up cameras are no longer new, this is the first handset from Huawei to feature such a mechanism at least in India. The pop-up camera also ensures that you get a display devoid of any notch.
The camera setup on the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 consists of a triple camera setup at the rear and a single 16MP front-facing fixed focus camera. The triple camera setup includes a 16-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both the front and rear cameras support a wide variety of AI Photography modes as well. Huawei seems to have skipped the face unlock feature on this device. That being said, the phone does get a fast fingerprint scanner at the rear. Powering all this hardware is a large 4,000 mAh battery. There is no mention of support for any form of fast charging technology. The handset does get a USB Type-C port for wired connectivity. And yes, there is a 3.5mm audio jack thrown in as well.
Huawei Y9 Prime: Variants, price in India, launch offers
The Huawei Y9 Prime, as of now, comes in a single 4GB RAM +128GB variant with support for a microSD card slot for additional memory. The handset is dual SIM ready and comes with a hybrid SIM slot. In India, the Y9 Prime has been priced at INR 15,990. The phone comes in two color options; Sapphire blue and Emerald green. Sales of the Huawei Y9 Prime commence starting August 7, 2019, online and August 12 in offline stores. The phone will be made available via Amazon.in and across offline stores across the country. Apart from offers from Jio, customers who pre-book the device will get a Huawei port BT headphones and a 15,600 mAh power bank worth INR 4,500 for free. If you have an SBI card, you can avail an extra 10% off.