Last week we told you about the latest additions to Huawei’s Y Series. The Huawei Y9 and the Y7 Pro comes as viable options for those hunting for that perfect phone in the budget/mid-range. When we say perfect we mean more features, low prices. But does Huawei’s new Y Series phones do justice in that regards? We thought of taking a closer look at the Huawei Y9. Here’s what we think.

The Huawei Y9: What’s on the outside

Right off the bat, the Y9 certainly doesn’t look and feel like a mid-range smartphone. The aluminium body and its design gives it a premium touch. On the back, the phone houses 2 camera lenses, the flash, along with the fingerprint scanner. On the front, you’ll see 2 more cameras, the earpiece and “Huawei” etched at the bottom.

From the looks of it, it seems like the “less bezels” trend seems to catching on with Huawei phones as well. Most smartphones don’t come with hardware keys any longer. Screen to Body ratio seems to be getting bigger as well, and it might not be a bad thing either.

The display

Let’s talk about that 2160×1080 display. Packed with a 5.93″ Full View Display screen, you might think that the viewing experience is excellent. You’re not wrong. Although I’m not really one for watching videos on the phone. I do spend my time gaming however. The big screen and the Full HD+ resolution was quite the welcoming experience.

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It doesn’t stop there though. The Huawei Y9 display also includes something they call “eye comfort” mode. This is basically when you can set the screen settings to avoid visual fatigue. If you do a lot of reading on your phone like me, I’m pretty sure you’ll find this feature helpful.

The camera

Let’s be honest. What you really want to know is about the camera, right?  This was something I was curious about as well. The camera app itself is packed a variety of features and modes. Just like the Nova 2i, the camera app includes different modes such as light painting, panorama, time-lapse, etc.But don’t worry, if you’re picky about settings, the camera has a pro mode too.

The basic camera functions pretty well in normal daylight. Under the right lighting conditions, snaps can turn out gorgeous. But if you want to get creative, the Y9 gives you a few options to choose from.Huawei Y9 | Bokeh Effect

The wide aperture mode’s bokeh effect adds an interesting touch to captures.Huawei Y9 | AR lens

The AR lens is a fun one and it works flawless most of the time.Huawei Y9 | light painting

Behold, the light painting mode. In case you’re wondering, you can achieve the same result via the pro photo mode if you care to take the long route. But this is all about the rear camera. How does the dual lens front camera fair? Well, not too bad actually.Huawei Y9 | Selfie Cam

One thing’s for sure. Huawei is taking their camera game pretty seriously, even with the budget/mid-range phones. The Y9 camera serves well for the average user. On the other hand, if you enjoy trying out different things with various modes and features, you can certainly up your creativity game with this.

Security

When it comes to the security aspect, the Huawei Y9 ships with 2 main features. The fingerprint 4.0 sensor and the Face ID. As you might expect, the fingerprint sensor at the back works quite well and fast. But I was a bit skeptical about the Face ID though. To my surprise, this feature performs pretty well. Whether I was wearing my glasses or not my phone managed to recognise me easily. It might not be the fastest in the market. But it’s fast enough to make it a practical and convenient feature.

Battery and performance

Sadly, the Y9 doesn’t come with fast charging. But then again, with a massive 4000mAh battery the need for fast charging might be quite minimal. The big battery has handled my daily usage quite well. I can comfortably get through a day’s work that includes mostly surfing social media, listening to music, and a bit of gaming.Huawei Y9 | multitask

Almost every graphics intensive game performs without a glitch. Additionally I also multitask on my phone quite often. So far, the Y9’s Kirin 659 processor and 3GB RAM have worked smooth for me. But conversely, this is also when the battery drains a little faster too.

The cons

First, the build. The aluminium body and design makes the phone feel a like a flagship phone. But it also means that the phone can get quite slippery. This wasn’t something that I paid too much attention to initially. But I found myself losing the grip a few times. So you might want to get a case for your phone if you plan on getting one.

The camera, for the most part works perfect, specially for the price range and the features it offer. But there’s room for improvement in the low light photography department. This sometimes takes a toll on the Face ID feature as well when there’s not enough light around the face.

While the Y9 packs a huge battery, it would have still been handy to have fast charging here. The ability to charge as quickly as within half an hour is quite useful. But as I’ve said earlier, bigger battery means more usage on a single charge. So I guess you could say it’s a balanced effort.

So should I buy the Huawei Y9?

Do remember that this is still a budget/mid-range smartphone. It’s not really looking to offer everything you would expect out of a flagship phone. But rather, pack more features at a cheap price. In that aspect, the Y9 does itself justice. So if you’re someone keen on getting yourself a new smartphone that works smoothly with a good camera and long duration usage for a low price, you might want to check this out.

The Huawei Y9 is currently priced at around Rs. 35,000 and can be purchased at Huawei retail outlets.

So what are your thoughts on the all new Y9? Will you be getting one? Do let us know.

48 COMMENTS

  1. Is there a status indicator light in the Y9 phone? when there’s any msg, chat or to indicate fully charged/ low battery?

    • I haven’t tried out the J7 Pro to be honest. But based on the specs alone, I feel the Y9 would be a better choice. Higher resolution, bigger battery, better camera, ships with Oreo, etc.

  2. Thanks for a classy review. But, i found that the j7 pro has much lower radiation (head sar, close to 50 % less) than the y9. Despite having lower spes, most samsung phones have the lowest radiation levels out of all brands. I am not sure as to why most phone reviews dont talk about sar values of phones they are testing. Isnt health more important than speed.

    • Yes, I would agree health is quite important. You make a valid point. One could also argue that almost any smartphone today has health ramifications on some level, be it via radiation or otherwise. But I’m not an expert on the matter. Hence, why I didn’t touch on this during my review.

      Moving forward, we at ReadMe could probably look at this angle in future reviews. Much thanks for the feedback 🙂

  3. Appreciate your response. The following link would be useful. I am still trying to find the radiation lvl of nova 2i. Huawei is very secretive when it comes to radiation, whereas samsung is very open. Its something i appreciate as they seem to care very quietly about our health .

  4. I have the FLA-LX2 model. Im sure that it has a gyroscope sensor and I wanted to test that out. Then I installed the sensor box app and it shows that it has gyroscope sensor but when I go to the details the animation of the gyro sensor does not work properly. Then I tried some other sensor testing apps. Some showed good accuracy and some didn’t. The sensor work accurately in YouTube app and Google cardboard. But many third party apps won’t get the data right. Their response to the movements are very slow. I get the impression that this phone could have using the acceleration sensor and the compass to make a virtual gyro. But then again the sensor box app shows a dedicated chip for gyroscope. So does this phone really have a gyroscope sensor?

  5. Hi, could you tell me if this model has an always on display option? To show time, battery etc when phone is in sleep mode?

  6. Can you recommend best huawei phone in 400$ price range? I would love if there was a very good camera atleast 4 gb of ram and big battery w fast charging and waterproof

    • Right now from what I can tell, it would probably be a choice between the Y9 and the Nova 2i. While the cameras on both phones are pretty similar, the Y9 does have a bigger battery (4000mAh). The Nova 2i has a bigger RAM (4 GB). Personally, I would go for the Y9 just for the battery alone. But that’s just me.

  7. Wats bro, what about the audio, earphone sound, wats yor opinion on the audio, also speaker. Tanks. Can u reply soon, tinkn of gettn one, i love music.

    • Well, I didn’t notice anything special about the audio specifically. That’s not to say I have anything to complain there. But I did notice the phone actually works pretty well as an audio recorder. The voice recording on the phone is pretty good.

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