Huawei Y9 (2018) Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Huawei Y9 (2018), by Huawei

- Analysis by KJ David

A rarely-seen (as of this technical review of its pros and cons) quad-camera smartphone, the large-screen Huawei Y9 2018 aims for a spot among the best imaging smartphones on the market. For a phone with its kind of screen and cameras, however, we expected more than the 32GB-only native storage that it offers, especially since some similarly-sized mid- to high-end models start out with 64GB on that front. Similarly, its 3GB-only RAM does not sound on par with its front-and-back dual camera setups, which we'll discuss further down this technical specs analysis. At least 4GB of RAM would have been satisfactory, but if you don't plan to use its multimedia capabilities extensively, its 3GB RAM count could still do the job.

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Perched on its back side is a dual rear camera composed of a 13-megapixel main cam and a 2-megapixel subsidy cam, while up front sits a dual front cam made up of a promising 16-megapixel main cam and its own 2-megapixel sub-cam -- other model variants have 8- plus 2-megapixel dual front cams only, but those would still end up as pros, knowing that not many selfie-driven smartphones rocked dual-lens selfie cameras when it entered the market. Both of its 2-megapixel sub-cams are there for depth-sensing, consequently enabling things like Bokeh shots and post-shot refocusing . AR Lens , which lets users craft custom emojis and stickers, joins its imaging features as well.

Display-wise, the Y9 2019 touts a respectable 5.93-inch FullView (18:9 aspect ratio) screen with a 2160 x 1080 FHD+ resolution . Sure, its 1080p sharpness may sound like a con, compared to the QHD/QHD+ (1440p) definitions of some full-fledged flagship phablets, but it sounds reasonable for users who don't really fancy a premium-class assortment of pros and cons.

Joining its aforementioned RAM under the hood is a 4000mAh battery that reminds us of some high-ranking heavy-duty phones, particularly with its reassuring 117-hour maximum music playback time and 14-hour video playback time . It also supports reverse charging using an OTG connector. Its Kirin 659 eight-core processor , which has four performance cores clocked at 2.36GHz and four efficiency cores running at 1.7GHz, is appreciable as well.

Like a good number of other 2018-released semi-high-end phones, this model combines both fingerprint and facial recognition for its security suite and it comes with a split-screen function for multitasking. With the Android 8.0 Oreo platform (with EMUI 8.0) rounding out its features, the Huawei Y9 2018 is cut out to be a reasonable purchase for users who prioritize mobile photography and battery life more than anything else.

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