Huawei has been at the forefront of smartphone innovation for a while now. Last year, the company announced two stellar flagship phones — the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. These two phones came to India in, what you can call a second coming for the brand in the country and impressed us with their design, hardware and cameras. The company is now trying to recreate that magic in the affordable segment. That’s how Huawei Y9 (2019) comes into the picture. The phone was launched in India last week at a price of Rs 15,990.
The Huawei Y9 (2019) brings some of the key elements that make a Huawei phone stand out from the crowd. This includes an attractive design and a great display. This is what the Y9 (2019) boasts of as it gets a premium glass design with a 3D curved rear panel along with an immersive 1080p display. In addition to this, the phone also brings a total of four cameras and a large battery to keep you going.
We will have a lot more to say about the phone in the full Huawei Y9 (2019) review but that is going to take a while. Before that though, we do want to tell you about a couple of things that the Huawei Y9 brings to users, things that we believe will make it one of the best – if not the absolute best- phone in India under Rs 20,000.
And not to forget the fact that Huawei is giving away free Boat Rockerz Sports Bluetooth headphones worth Rs 2,990 with the Huawei Y9 (2019). Additionally, there are also offers with bundled data. For example, if you are a Jio user, you can get 100GB data as well as some cashback. Vodafone users get some additional data, for example, the RED users get 30GB data. All this only makes the phone a better deal as well as a wholesome package for multimedia use. Well, on to the phone now…
The glass and metal design is stunning
As mentioned earlier, Huawei has a knack for offering good-looking phones. The Huawei Y9 (2019) carries forward that philosophy and brings it to the affordable segment. The phone offers a 3D curved arc design on the back that makes it sit comfortably in the hand and also makes it easy to hold, considering its size. The glass panel feels premium to the touch and is offered in two colours- Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. The Black looks classy, the Blue is bold.
The rear panel also gets a fingerprint sensor that is ideally located for ease of reach. The same goes for the volume controls and power buttons that are placed on the right side of the frame. Completing the design is a tall display on the front with a notch on top that is just big enough to house two front-facing cameras and a thin chin. The Huawei Y9 (2019) offers a great design for its price and there are only a few phones in the affordable segment that come close. In fact, this, we will say, is the best-looking phone under Rs 20,000 if you want a device with a large screen.
A display meant for entertainment
Talking of the screen, the display in Huawei Y9 (2019) is one of the best things about the phone. The new Y9 (2019) is a big phone that offers a massive display meant for consumers who love to watch videos and play games. It sports a 6.5-inch LCD display with an FHD+ (2340 X 1080) resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. This is similar to the Honor 8X which makes the Y9 (2019) among the very few phones with a display this size. The large display makes it easy to ignore the notch on top and focus solely on the screen.
The Huawei Y9 (2019) offers a sharp panel with deep colours and good brightness levels. The display is one of the better LCD ones that you can find in this price segment. The other phone with a similarly bright and vibrant display in this price segment is HMD’s Nokia 6.1 Plus. But the screen size of that phone is smaller, something that could be a deciding factor in favour of Huawei Y9 (2019) for people who like to watch a lot of videos on their phones.
A battery that matches the size
Finally, there is the battery. For a phone as big as the Huawei Y9 (2019), it needs a battery that can carry it through till the end of the day. And surely, a 4,000mAh capacity seems capable of achieving that goal. At least, that is what our first impression is. The Huawei Y9 (2019) gets a large battery that should offer a full day and maybe more of life on a single charge. With a battery this size, consumers will be able to stream videos and play games without having to worry about the phone dying soon.
To sum it up, the Huawei Y9 (2019), which goes on sale on January 17, offers a few unique features for its price segment that should be worth considering, especially if you are someone who loves to consume media on the go. 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 — hey, Redmi Note 6 Pro, that is you — phones.