Huawei has kicked off its 2019 innings with the launch of a new mid-range smartphone in India. Dubbed the Huawei Y9 (2019), the smartphone was launched in China back in October 2018 and is the successor to the Y9 (2018). The latest smartphone from the Chinese smartphone giant, which overtook Apple to become the world’s second largest manufacturer in 2018, is powered by Huawei’s custom Kirin 710 SoC and features AI-enhanced cameras, a notched display, dual rear and front cameras, and Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.
Priced at Rs. 15,990, the lone variant of the Huawei Y9 (2019) with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage is set to go on sale exclusively via Amazon India from 15th January onward. We got to spend some time with the Huawei Y9 (2019) at its launch event in New Delhi and here are our first impressions.
The Huawei Y9 (2019) fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and feels chunky and solid. The plastic back has a high-gloss finish in a bid to imitate glass. It looks sleek and stylish but gets smudged very easily. A case is recommended to enhance grip, as the phone is very slippery. There are two colour variants on offer — Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue.
The vertically oriented dual-camera module is located in the upper right corner of the smartphone, with the words AI camera emblazoned underneath it. There’s also a centrally located fingerprint sensor and a Huawei logo on the bottom right. The power button and volume rocker are placed on the right edge of the phone, and the left side houses the SIM tray, which has separate slots for two Nano SIMs and a microSD card.
Up front, there is a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display, with a 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a pixel density of 397ppi. The notch has become the new normal in smartphone design and the Huawei Y9 (2019) also embraces the design trend. The dual cameras are housed within the sizeable notch, which can be be masked via the settings.