The Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) is a beautiful phone that will steal glances. So much for its changing color that it can vary depending on how the light hit it, and also for its front camera that will inevitably make you ask the question: where is the front camera?
It has been two weeks in which I have been testing one of the newest Huawei phones for the mid-range and one of the few cell phones in the current market with a retractable or mechanical camera, as the cameras that are hidden in the body of the cell phone while they are not in use and that literally jump when you want to take a portrait.
Another important feature in this cell phone is, without a doubt, what I like most in the phones that have it: a wide-angle camera in the style of an action camera as a. These types of photos stand out for allowing more content to be captured in a single image.
But are your cameras enough to make it a good cell phone?
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019: important features
- 6.59 inch screen without lengeta or screen hole
- Retractable front camera that hides when not in use
- Kirin 710 eight-core processor
- Triple rear camera with a wide angle lens
- 4,000mAh battery (without wireless charging)
- Dimensions: 163.5×77.3×8.8mm
- Weight: 196.8 grams
- Fingerprint reader on the back
- 64 or 128GB storage
- 4GB of RAM
- Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9
Price and availability
Huawei Mexico already has the Huawei Y9 Prime for sale with a price of 6,689 pesos (about US $ 350); available for now only with the Telcel operator. Huawei has not revealed the price of the Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) in Spain and has not revealed whether to reach the United States and other countries.
The retractable camera rescues a repeated design
Half of 2019 has been plagued with cell phones with a glass back that can change color depending on the light around it. In this case, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 does not change and continues with that same trend. Available in sapphire blue and olive green colors, and in spite of already being tired of this type of colors and finishes, the Prime 2019 is a colorful and very pretty phone.
However, I have seen the design of Prime 2019 so many times that it seems nothing outstanding. Yes, it is beautiful and colorful, but it is a finish that Huawei and especially other Chinese manufacturers are using in demasa, taking away the "special" to this design.
At Prime 2019, his camera and the absence of a cut or legend make him stand out from among his competitors. After the deluge of cell phones with eyebrows or notch, most cell phones tried to have a design with their own shorter, longer or drop-shaped variants. However, in 2019 manufacturers are betting on other options such as the screen hole or the retractable cameras.
It is very funny to see the people who see me with the Prime 2019 looking for and looking for the front camera, because it is still very surprising to see a camera that hides and shows the owner's pleasure. But, almost immediately, users also ask me if that is not easier to damage. Huawei promises that the camera can work well at least 100,000 times, so you can be confident that it will last at least two years of use.
The camera is hidden in the upper bezel, on the side of the SIM card tray. The mechanical camera is surrounded by a black frame that makes it very easy to see. Thanks to the absence of the camera on the upper bezel, the frame is very thin and there is only some bezel for the headset.
The phone is very thin bezels, with its widest part in the lower jaw or bevel; However, I like how thin the bezels are everywhere in the cell phone and the lower area is not to be reproached. Huawei did a very good job of minimizing the bezels on a phone that otherwise, due to its 6.5-inch screen, will feel extremely large.
Speaking of the size and feel of the phone, despite being very large (163.5×77.3×8.8mm) and its screen the same size as an iPhone XS Max, it is comfortable to use again, thanking the reduced bezels. In spite of being a telephone of almost 200 grams of weight, it feels light when holding it even with one hand but without falling into the sensation of fragility. In fact, the phone feels very resistant and well built.
The back, made of glass, has two finishes that are easy to differentiate; It is something similar to the back of the Google Pixel that also has a different finish. The color, at least in the green model we have for the analysis, is translucent and can vary between looking green or looking blue, depending on the light.
On the back we find a fingerprint reader and a three-lens camera that clearly screams to be equipped with artificial intelligence functions. The entire side is in the same tone of the back; on the right side are the volume and power buttons, on the top is the camera and the SIM card tray and on the bottom is a row of holes for the speaker, the headphone port and the USB-C port.
With a beautiful design and a camera that steals glances (if you find it), the Prime is a very attractive phone physically.
The performance is good, although it could be better
With an eight-core Kirin processor, I hoped Huawei would do a better job with the use of resources so that the execution and work of the entire phone would be better. However, the phone gives me the feeling of being a large phone that gives the appearance of being super powerful, but that is quite the opposite.
The same happens to me every time I take a very large phone in my hands, which you expect to be extremely fast because you imagine that within that whole body there is more space to put more power; but that actually ends up being a little outstanding cell phone.
Prime performance tests place it above other cell phones like theor , but also his presence of a feeling that this supremaca was already said. The same tests place it very close to phones like the , the Pixel 3A or slightly below the , phones with which the Prime is contemporary.
I do not want to say that the performance is bad, because as it is represented in the table, it behaves quite well and at the same time as its main rivals, surpassing some and below others. My theme with the performance is that I would have expected some better performance.
In everyday tests, the phone behaves well, maybe I feel a little slow opening of the front camera or the change between the regular and wide-angle lens. As for the execution of everyday applications such as Google, Gmail, WhatsApp or Instagram, it is very fluid as you would expect to be applications that almost any cell phone runs without any problem.
Perhaps some problems that I have had, as with almost any other mid-range phone, is in the execution of more demanding applications such as Asphalt or PUBG games, where the pictures get to look a bit outdated. Also, the cell phone feels warm for relatively long sessions (about 20 minutes). Sometimes, I also feel that when I am doing something demanding, such as downloading several applications, the phone takes time to understand when I touch the screen or I feel it takes time to execute the task after touching some button; this only on occasions when there is a demand for resources such as processor and RAM.
The battery is not bad either. With a capacity of 4,000mAh, the Y9 Prime gave us in controlled tests a total of 15 hours and 26 minutes in continuous video playback, a figure quite similar to that of other cell phones, although most of its rivals exceed it, for example the Motorola One Vision with a battery less than 3,500mAh, got 19 hours and 31 minutes in the same tests; the Pocophone F1 with a battery of the same capacity, obtained 18 hours and 12 minutes.
Look at the results of other phones similar to Prime:
19 hours and 31 minutes
16 hours and 15 minutes
18 hours and 12 minutes
17 hours and 2 minutes
15 hours and 25 minutes
15 hours and 26 minutes
The experience is still Huawei style
The Y9 Prime has the same Huawei customization layer that I can't take care of. You may miss the fact that the icons are an attempt to be like Apple's on iOS; But what I can not ignore is the mpetu that puts Huawei in that users use their applications and services, cramming a phone of repeated applications, operator applications and pre-installed apps that nobody ever asked for.
At least in the analysis edition, a unit like the one sold in Mexico, being a country in which the phone can only be purchased with Telcel, the Prime is full of operator bloatware: from general applications so that Telcel users have access to their information, even Claro platform applications, a subsidiary of Telcel. Of course, it fills the interface with applications that are annoying and that may not be useful for many users.