Huawei has a new smartphone, the Huawei Y9 2019.
The device, which the company has been teasing for the last few days through online channels as well as retail outlets across the country, is now official in the country after an unveiling this morning.
This follows a 2-day “price guess” competition through which those who managed to correctly guess the Huawei Y9 2019’s price stood to walk away with either the device itself or several goodies from Huawei.
The Huawei Y9 2019 is going for Kshs 24,990, a hair shy of the Kshs 25,000 mark.
This brings it in competition with the offerings of other device makers from China, Oppo and Xiaomi, who have also increased activity in the local market with several high profile device launches recently. However, with this pricing, the Y9 2019 is able to either undercut some of those offerings which cost a few thousand shillings more or make a case for itself with its impressive feature set.
The Huawei Y9 2019’s standout features include its quad-camera arrangement that sees two sensors on the front and another duo at the back – guaranteeing its users a superior photography experience at a fraction of the price that flagship devices which have for a long time been associated with packing the best features (and which still do, anyway) go for.
The Y9’s camera-centred features present a challenge to some of Huawei’s rivals in the market like Oppo and its F series devices which, for quite some time, have enjoyed unparalleled attention as being the mobile photography kings in their chosen mid-range segments in between the product release cycles of rivals Transsion Group, the makers of Tecno-branded smartphones.
The cameras also incorporate some of the AI features that Huawei has been known for ever since the Mate 9 debuted in November 2016.
To complement its impressive feature set is a mammoth 4,000mAh battery which should go for over a day given the customizations and fine-tuning that the software the device runs, EMUI, has undergone with the incorporation of AI Power which kicks in to save power consumption based on one’s usage. As we have seen before, power-hungry apps get stopped in their tracks in EMUI.
There’s also 4GB memory to go with the 64GB onboard storage that the Huawei Y9 2019 arrives with. As I decried the Xiaomi Mi A2’s storage space, which is half that on the Y9 (at least for the model that is officially available for purchase in the country), help has come from unlikely quarters.
I have the Huawei Y9 2019 with me and have been using it for the last few days so I’ll have a complete run through and analysis of the features in coming days, look out for that. In the meantime, if the Huawei Y9 2019 sounds like the smartphone for you then head over to Jumia Kenya and pre-order it so that you are the first in line to own this beauty when it officially starts selling next week. There are gifts worth Kshs 8,000 (just under a third the price of the device itself), up for grabs for those who pre-order.