Huawei Y9s Review: A Decent Overall Performer With An Interesting Camera

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Huawei Y9s review and test
Our Score
  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Display - 8/10
  • 7.5/10
    Performance - 7.5/10
  • 8/10
    Battery - 8/10
  • 8.5/10
    Camera - 8.5/10
8.2/10

Summary

Although it is merely a triple camera phone when so many are offering quad-camera, it has the ability to walk all over them in the league.

Huawei Y9s 2019 knocks on our door when the Chinese phone maker is in hot waters. The US-China trade war, although, has slowed down international launches but Huawei has made headways in upgrading its new devices, and the latest mid-ranger is a testament of the more aggressive approach.

Huawei Y9s 2019 is the successor to original Y9 2019 we got hold of some 6 months ago and a part of the famous Y series that addresses entry-level and mid-price category.

The smartphone has been upgraded in four major areas; the primary lens in the triple camera setup is elevated to 48MP sensor, glass back instead of polycarbonate body, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and more RAM – 6GB this time.

For PKR 42,999 (launch price), it may seem to feature fewer lenses on the rear, but we should not make an early conclusion before exploring this device. Let’s jump straight to our main review.

Huawei Y9s Specs

  • Display: 6.59 inches LTPS IPS LCD
  • OS: Android 9.0, EMUI 9.1
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 710f
  • RAM/ROM: 6GB/128GB
  • Camera (rear): 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Camera (front): 16MP pop-up
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Full specs

Design and Display

Glass is premium, and that’s what Huawei touts as its primary design amelioration in Y9s that looks amazing on both ends, front and back. Although the rear end is prone to smudges, a nuisance for the glass body, it is simply an attractive and glossy surface that looks pricier than it is.

Backside of Y9s

The Huawei Y9s comes in two colors, Midnight Black and Breathing Crystal. We had the former as our review unit, which looks elegant.

We really loved the absence of a fingerprint scanner, which Huawei has moved to the right-side panel exactly below the volume rocker that also serves as the power key.  For newbies, it may be a little inconvenient initially, but it is placed more naturally for the right thumb to reach easily and equally appropriate for the left hand’s index finger.

Charging Port and Speaker grile SIM Tray & Selfie Camera

The top of the phone is housing SIM tray, secondary microphone, and the more in trend, popup selfie camera. On the opposite side, audio jack, USB Type-C connector, speaker grille, and microphone are present at the bottom.

Y9s Display

The front of the phone is a 6.5-inch FHD+ Ultra Full View silky-smooth display that is surrounded by a minimum of bezels and provides an immersive experience for all types of content. It is certainly not as cool as an AMOLED or LCDs of Huawei upper range devices; still, it is surprisingly a punchy display offering a sharp icon and neat textual experience. The brightness levels are suitable for both indoor and outdoor viewing experience that can further be optimized through a lot of display tweaking options present in the setting area. If the default settings are not comfortable for your eyes, the same can be adjusted accordingly.

Performance and Battery

Huawei Y9s is loaded with a HiSilicon Kirin 710F chipset that was also featured in earlier Y9 Prime 2019 and Y9 2019 (2018’s version). However, the RAM and storage have been improved from 4GB to 6GB and 64GB to 128GB, respectively, that is further extendable to 512 GB through microSD card, which can be placed in the hybrid SIM slot.

Its Geekbench score is a little behind the likes of Oppo A9 (2020), Realme 5 Pro, and Oppo Reno2 F we reviewed lately, but the performance wise Y9s 2019 does not give an inferior experience.

Huawei Y9s 2019 scored 178183 on Antutu, whereas on Geekbench, it reached 322 on single-core, and the multicore scored 1299.

Benchmark Scores of huawei phone
AnTuTu (Left), Geekbench (Right)

Keeping numbers aside, the Y9s can handle day to day tasks quite easily that include almost every app on the phone. Light to moderate usage does not put a heavy toll on the phone’s resources. The hardware supports the bigger screen adequately for running any social media app, browsing, and the games. 

It fires a decent sound through its speaker that can easily fill the room, making sure the audio/video calls and multimedia content do not spoil the experience.

Regular games like Real Racing 3 and Subway Surf are no problem on this phone; however, we did notice some lags while switching apps in the middle of playing Call of Duty. The CoD works on the basic setting since the higher graphic settings are locked by default. In contrast, PUBG can run on medium and higher settings.

Huawei Y9s 2019 comes with a 10W charger out of the box that can charge the phone in 2 hrs and 17 minutes whereas it can comfortably last for 2 days with moderate usage.

Huawei Y9s Battery Test Graph

An hour of aggressive operation on the phone that involved frequent gaming like PUBG and Call of Duty, it lost 16% of the battery juice; however, only 8% battery was drained during moderate handling.

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