Huawei Y9 2019 Review: A Cut Above Average

The Chinese giant, Huawei, has mastered the art of bringing value for the money smartphones. Every year we came across marvelous phones from the company which provides satisfactory features without burdening your pocket.

Last year, the company introduced Huawei Mate 10 Lite, most junior from Mate 10 series, which really impressed us and performed exceptionally well in the market. However, this year Huawei has other plans, they are not going to introduce the successor of Huawei Mate Lite from the flagship Mate 20 series in Pakistan, instead, they have provided an heir apparent from Y9 series.

We got our hands on the latest Huawei Y9 2019, let’s dive into the in-depth review of the phone so that you take an informed decision.


No doubt that the device has sturdy build quality, however its extremely disappointing that the Huawei chose cheap plastic contrast to what Oppo did with F9. The phone is shiny, reflects light, catches smudges and gets scratches quite easily.

Besides the poor choice of material, Huawei Y9 2019 graces the near to perfect design scheme with everything seamlessly integrated.

On the right side of the device, one can find volume rockers and power button which is not only responsive and tactile but also effortlessly reachable.

The left side of the phone has only a SIM tray that hosts 2 SIMS and a memory card. Although the phone has an adequate amount of storage, still extra storage feels amusing. One thing more, you can supplement the storage up to 400 GB.

The phone has dual camera setup and a fingerprint sensor at its back. Due to round edges, the sensor is perfectly accessible with just one hand.

On the bottom of the phone, the company has placed the speakers, headphone jack and micro USB slot which is typical for many smartphone manufacturers.

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This time, the company went with the notch following the trend in the smartphone industry. Huawei Y9 2019 has a 6.5-inch Fullview display with wide viewing angles indoor.

The device has an 82.8% screen to body ratio which is again quite impressive considering the price segment. With 396ppi pixel density, the phone delivers 1080×2340 resolution.
Although the screen is easily readable in direct sunlight, viewing angles are too tight in outdoors which we never encountered with Nova 3i, another mid-range smartphone by the company.

Speaking about visual exhaustion due to display light, Huawei has placed TÜV Rheinland which enables gentle immersive experience by filtering out the strong blue light.

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Android Oreo 8.1 is furnished by the company out of the box while placing their own skin EMUI on top of it. Although the custom interface of Huawei is not up to the mark in the industry, the company is improving gradually in this department.

The phone comes with preloaded apps that no one is familiar with and never uses them which makes the interface not comparable with the likes of stock Android or the skin One plus is offering, however, the company has promised bi-monthly updates which should solve the bloatware nuisance.

EMUI Bloatware

Whether you like it or not, the notch is here to stay for a while still manufacturers find something innovative to go bezel-less without a notch and mechanized camera setups. However, Huawei is providing a simple toggle to turn on and off the notch which is commendable.

Huawei EMUI has some good features, for example, for comforting eyes while reading in the night they have a dedicated toggle. Security has been enhanced by the company by placing apps like Huawei Safe and App Lock which ensures that your personal data remains safe from an unwanted intruder.

The app that took my attention was Party Mode. It basically synchronizes all Huawei phones to play a single song or any media to give a loud and stereo alike surround sound.

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Performance & Battery

Huawei’s In-house mid-range chipset, Kirin 710, drives this phone while 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage is also at your disposal. The device showed moderate to good results in benchmark apps where it scored 1619 in single core and 5616 in multi-core tests at Geekbench. At AnTuTu, Y9 2019 managed a score of 131486.

Almost all the devices nowadays perform well in moderate usage, thanks to the technological advancements. Gone are the days when mid-rangers were unable to perform simple tasks, Y9 2019 is no exception here.

Although the phone packs the same chipset as Nova 3i, it showed a noticeable lag in games, especially when playing for a longer period. Also, it showed jerks and unresponsiveness while switching between recently opened apps.

Much acclaimed GPU Turbo technology is also present in the Huawei Y9 2019 but frankly, it failed to impress us this time. However, the graphics in the games were top notch.
Thanks to Uninterrupted Gaming Mode 2.0, one can play the games without being bothered by the unimportant notifications, calls and text messages.

On the battery front, the phone is a powerhouse as it packs 4000mAh juice, however, it takes notable time of 2 hours and 40 mins to get to 100 percent as it lacks fast charging feature. As far as light and moderate users are concerned, the device will provide them with a one-day usage but you have to carry a charger to the office if you tend to play games and consume media more often.

The phone consumed 13% of battery in one hour while we were conducting light usage tests and dropped 18% of its juice in heavy usage scenarios, in the same amount of time. If you want to play heavy games and are into multitasking with extensive usage of the smartphone perhaps this is not the phone for you, not because of its battery but because it may not have the raw power for extensive gaming

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Cameras in smartphones have grown into a significant and decisive feature. This is the reason companies demonstrate and market the camera capabilities of their respective phones. Huawei Y9 2018 has a dual setup on the front and back with 16MP + 2MP lenses and 13MP + 2MP lenses respectively.

The camera gives good results if not extraordinary. It packs features like light painting, panorama, AR lens, time-lapse, etc while it satisfies the photographer inside you with a pro mode.

Wide Aperture on Huawei Y9 2019

Wide Aperture

Flowers Pic With Auto Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

Auto Mode

Flowers Pic With AI Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

AI Mode

Image With Auto Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

Auto Mode

Image With HDR Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

HDR Mode

Image with AI Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

AI Mode

Huawei Y9 2018 also brags about AI feature which proves to be just a gimmick as the scene recognition is pretty bad. Before buying this phone for AI capabilities in the camera section, you should know that AI is not consistent at all. It is quite aggressive, radical and preternatural.

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Auto Mode

With HDR Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

HDR Mode

With AI Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

AI Mode

Other than that, auto mode, portrait, and HDR take some nice clicks while popping up the right colors in the frame. Although Nightmode performs well, it demands phone on a tripod as it takes almost 20 sec for a single click and minds it, the phone needs to be perfectly stable when the light is being gathered for the Nightshot.

Picture With Auto Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

Auto Mode

Picture With HDR Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

HDR Mode

Picture With AI Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

AI Mode

Portrait Mode on Huawei Y9 2019

Portrait Mode

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Are you still wondering whether you should buy this phone or not? It all depends upon your budget and requirements. No phone is perfect especially when the cost restraint also comes into play. Huawei Y9 2018 is not a bad phone at all as it has a great design element, immersive display and a nice set of cameras but if you want this phone to play games or extreme multitasking, look somewhere else.

7.4 Total Score
Our Score

Huawei Y9 2019 is the latest mid-range smartphone featuring 6.5″ Full View display with a notch and Kirin 710 for performance. Despite its shortcomings, it exhibits great results in battery and display quality

  • A huge 4000mAh battery
  • Good performance
  • Impressive display
  • Bloatware in EMUI
  • Not for heavy gaming
  • Lack of fast charging
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Talha Khan

Looks good! Nice review.

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Nice update ….
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