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.
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.
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.
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.
The wide aperture mode’s bokeh effect adds an interesting touch to captures.
The AR lens is a fun one and it works flawless most of the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.