Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 came to Kenya in April last year, but contrary to expectations, the wait for its successor, Huawei Y7 Prime 2019, won’t go all the way to April 2019, so it seems.
The Chinese vendor is already teasing the launch of the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in the country and this time around, unlike last year, it will launch as a Jumia exclusive. Of course, this should only affect the initial sales, probably for a month, before other retailers join the party.
COMING VERY SOON!! Huawei are back with a bang. They will be launching their new phone Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 exclusively on Jumia!!
We asked about the specs.. Now can you GUESS the DATE of launch? https://t.co/L57rjyY5Lx #HuaweiY7Prime2019 pic.twitter.com/aavL8ra10H
— Jumia Kenya (@JumiaKenya) January 27, 2019
The Y7 Prime 2018 was hyped as the best smartphone in its price range and during our review, Chenze found the device to be a mixed bag, probably because of the review unit he was using. You can read more about it via the links below.
As for the Y7 Prime 2019, here are the specs you are getting:
- 6.26-inch 19:9 HD+ (1520 x 720) LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
- Dual 13MP + 2MP main camera
- 16MP front camera
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
- Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, Rear-mounted FPS, Face Unlock 2.0, Dual 4G LTE, etc.
Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 comes with a bigger 6.26-inch display screen with what the company calls dewdrop-style notch that honestly looks much better than the other notches we saw in 2018. Being a budget phone, the best you get is 720p resolution, same as its predecessor, but with a better processor running the show.
The more powerful Snapdragon 450 is allied to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage that the company says can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 512GB. The 2018 model had a single memory option, so we don’t expect anything different this time.
For the optics, the Y7 Prime 2019 has the same megapixel count on the back as its predecessor, however, the main 13MP lens on the latest edition has a much wider aperture of f/1.8, promising significant improvements in low-light photography. The second 2MP lens still keeps its depth-sensing capabilities while the front shooter has been doubled to 16MP, hopefully, for better photography.
Keeping the Y7 Prime 2019 alive is a 4000mAh battery, a significant step up from the 3000mAh in the outgoing edition. Despite the size, there’s still no fast battery charging technology, but you get support for 5V/2A charging that pumps the maximum amount of power that any non-fast charging phone can take in at a time.
Disappointingly, you still get to deal with Android Oreo at a time when Android Pie is the new talk of the town. Hopefully, an update to Pie will be released at some point.
We can’t say much about the pricing and availability of the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in the country, but with Jumia and Huawei Mobile Kenya already teasing the launch, it shouldn’t be long before we get these details.