Huawei Y9 2019 Review


HUAWEI Y9 2019 smartphone has 6.5″ Hyper View Full Display with a 19.5:9 ultra-clear notch screen. The Kirin 710 processor is great for high performance, multi-tasking and low power consumption. Its 4000 mAh battery lets you live worry-free with its big battery and long standby. AI powered dual front (16MP + 2MP) and rear (13MP + 2MP) cameras effortlessly capture the vivid beauty and depth of filed in the photos for that natural DSLR-like bokeh effect.

Capture the Beauty of the Night with up to 50 percent more light for low-light photography and Hand-held night mode. The AI camera can intelligently recognise scenes and is trained to see more than 500+ scene types by creating 22 category labels to provide real-time optimisation. Use your face as a password and wake up the phone with just a glance, enjoying the convenient AI facial recognition feature. The 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM memory with expandable up to 400 GB with a Micro SD memory card gives you the freedom to transition between multiple apps.


Camera 13MP+2MP primary camera | 16MP + 2MP front facing camera
Display 16.51 centimeters (6.5-inch) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution, 397 ppi pixel density and 16.7M color support
Memory, Storage & SIM  4GB RAM | 64GB storage expandable up to 400GB | Dual nano SIM with dual standby (4G+4G)
Operating System and Processor Android v8 Oreo EMUI8.2 operating system with 2.2GHz Cortex-A73 + 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 Hi Silicon Kirin 710 octa core processor
Battery 4000mAH lithium-polymer battery

Top Features

1. 6.5 inch Hyper View Display: The 15.9 cm (6.26) FHD+ Full View display of this smartphone boasts Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, adding to its robustness. In addition, its 3D glass-like rear panel with a wave design makes for a premium feel. Its compact Notch panel houses an LED Proximity Sensor, an Ambient Light Sensor, a Soft LED Flash, an Earpiece, a Notification LED and a front camera, making the most of the space it has got.

2. 12nm Mobile AI Chipset: The 12nm process technology of Kirin 710 generates high performance of speed with low power consumption efficiency.

3. Beauty in Every Shot through 4 AI Cameras: Dual front (16 MP + 2 MP) and rear (13 MP + 2 MP) cameras2 have a keen eye for vivid detail. The camera’s AI technology can intelligently recognize scenes and is trained to see more than 500 scene types by creating 22 category labels to provide real-time optimisation3. Your pictures will always look their best.

4. Photo Studio in Your Pocket: 16 MP f/2.0 front camera can create beautiful selfies even in low-light or backlighting conditions. With the help of AI technology, the 3D lighting effects for portraits are enhanced with soft lighting, stage lighting, butterfly lighting and more with the beauty algorithm to produce studio-quality portraits.

5. Capture the Beauty of the Night: Rear f/1.8 camera allows up to 50% more light for low-light photography and it’s coupled with hand-held night mode with AI stabilisation. This camera has up to 6-second long exposure to help capture every detail with minimal noise in a low-light environment.

6. Play Music Together: Histen5.0 simulates surround sound, enhances bass frequencies and is optimised for headphone performance to deliver extraordinary immersion. Share your music with Party Mode to create a surround sound system with a little help from your friends using several phones playing the same music synchronously on different sound tracks as a speaker array.

7. Speak Smarter: TalkEasy AI conversation intelligently interprets a user’s sound environment and helps keep your conversation clear with “Automatic Enhancement” and “NICAM technology”. By optimising the volume to fit the noise levels, the adaptive sound lets your conversation flow freely.

8. Huawei Quality Outstanding Craftsmanship: HUAWEI quality means strict testing standards will ensure high-performance devices that can be counted on.

9. Turbo-Charged Performance For Seamless Fun: Compared to its last generation, the Kirin 710 octa-core chip improves single-core performance by 75% and multi-core performance by 68%. Thanks to 12nm process technology, the chipset’s power consumption is reduced by 30%. You can rediscover gaming with GPU Turbo. It has 2x the GPU efficiency and a GPU performance increase of 1.3x to deliver a powerfully immersive gaming experience.

10. Superb Endurance Large Power Capacity: The 4000 mAh4 battery lets you live worry-free. Prolong your enjoyment with smart power consumption optimisation, providing 9 hours of videos or gaming, 65 hours of music and 14 hours of webpage browsing under a 4G network.

11. TUV Rheinland Certified to Care for Your Eyes*: Eye comfort mode is certified by TÜV Rheinland to ensure a gentle visual experience. Stay up as long as you want because this mode will filter out harsh blue frequencies and reduce blue light damage, as well as accommodate your eye comfort in low light to provide extra comfort with Huawei Reading.

*Test standard: 2PfG 2383/06.16, Report Number: 501761001.

12. A Symphony in Your Hand: Finely crafted 3D arc exquisite design provides grip comfort and an iridescent flow of light between your fingers with the nano stripe technology. Show off with a truly unique set of colours: the Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and Aurora Purple.

The Verdict

The new Huawei Y9 has been designed for those who consume a lot of media on a smartphone. The large, immersive display and battery will keep you hooked till the end of the day, while an attractive design helps the device stand out from a sea of metal-bodies with plastic inserts. This combined with an attractive design and AI-powered cameras should make the Y9 a worthy challenger to the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro.

The camera capabilities, especially its Night mode feature, is impressive for its price while the battery life is above average as compared with other phones that has a large screen size. What I don’t like, however, is its glossy back and slightly inaccurate face unlock.


Full Specifications


Sim Type Dual Sim, GSM+GSM
Dual Sim Yes
Sim Size Nano+Nano SIM
Device Type Smartphone
Release Date January, 2019



Dimensions 162.4 x 77.1 x 8.1 mm
Weight 173 g
Notch Yes



Type Color IPS LCD screen (16M)
Touch Yes, with Multitouch
Size 6.5 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9
PPI ~396 PPI
Screen to Body Ratio ~ 82.8%
Notch Yes, Small


Technical Platform

OS Android, v8.0 (Oreo)
CPU 2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Hisilicon Kirin 710 Processor
GPU Mali-G51 MP4
Java No
Browser Yes, supports HTML5



Camera 13 MP + 2 MP Dual Camera with autofocus
Dual Camera Yes
Video Recording Yes, 1080p @ 30 fps
Flash Yes, LED
Front Camera Yes, 16 MP + 2 MP



Internal 64 GB
Card Slot Yes, upto 400 GB



Type Non-Removable Battery
Size 4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery
Talk Time 52 hours
Music Playback Time 65 hours



Email Yes
Music Yes
Video Yes
FM Radio No
Document Reader Yes



3G Yes
4G Yes
VoLTE Yes (Supports Reliance Jio)
Wifi Yes, with wifi-hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v5.0
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0


Additional Features

Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Back
Face Unlock Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes

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