Huawei has unveiled the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. The phone becomes the company’s second to spot a pop-up selfie camera following the recent launch of the Huawei P Smart Z. In fact, the newly launched Y9 Prime 2019 closely resembles the P Smart Z, but with a tweak or two, more so on the main camera.
We already knew of the impending arrival of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 and now we have the full details of the specs and features as provided by Huawei. For now, details about local availability and pricing remain unknown to us.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 specs
- 6.59-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Ultra FullView LCD display screen
- HiSilicon Kirin 710F processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
- Tri-lens main camera: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
- 16MP front camera
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0
- Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, etc.
The Y9 Prime 2019 has what Huawei calls Ultra FullView Display design that gets rid of the notch or punch-hole in favor of a full-screen panel with the selfie hidden in a pop-up mechanism, much like the Oppo F11 Pro that started selling in the country a while ago.
While the pop-up selfie camera and the big bezel-less display are the first things the eye meets, the standout feature on the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 got to be the tri-lens main camera on the back.
Unfortunately, more details of how exactly these sensors work with each other are still scarce, but Huawei says the 8MP lens is a wide-angle shooter whereas we want to believe the 2MP lens will provide depth-sensing functionality. Also, there are plenty of camera features that include 3D Portrait retouching and AI scene recognition, among others.
The Kirin 710F is the processor that runs the show, which is just the same Kirin 710 chipset found in the standard Huawei Y9 2019 but with different packaging. It has been paired with 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage, although the latter is unlikely to hit the Kenyan stores if the device ever comes our way.
Like the standard model, you also get a solid 4000mAh battery unit that’s charged via a USB-C port and for the software, Android 9 Pie comes preinstalled at the base of EMUI 9.0. Why Huawei would go with EMUI 9.0 and not EMUI 9.1 is beyond our understanding, but hopefully, this device will get an update to the latter version.
When it arrives, the Y9 Prime 2019 will be available in Emerald Green (above), Midnight Black, and Sapphire Blue colors, but for now, we don’t know when and how much it will cost.
Just so you know, the Y9 2019 made its debut priced at about Kshs 25,000 and given that the Prime 2019 is posing as a superior variant, it’s likely to stretch the price by an extra Kshs 5,000 or so.