Huawei Y9 2018 review: Just raise your hand and smile


By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

Despite its low price, the Huawei Y9 2018 comes with a double dose of dual cameras

A new and very reasonably priced smartphone with a dual-camera setup for both rear and front cameras for perfect bokeh effects, the Huawei Y9 2018 boasts a 5.93-inch Full-View display in 18:9 ratio and high resolution of 2,160×1080 pixels.

The large display is really good for watching HD video clips and for viewing high-resolution photos and better still comes with Eye Comfort Mode that filters out blue light to relive visual fatigue allowing you to read text on the screen for a longer period. It also even has a large 4,000 mAh battery to keep that text legible for longer.

Huawei Y9 2018

The smartphone is powered by a Huawei Kirin 659 octacore processor with 4 Cortex A53 cores running at 2.36 Ghz and 4 running at 1.7 GHz.

A fingerprint reader on the back lets you unlock the phone conveniently, fires the shutter for those all-important selfie shots and answers incoming calls.

The Y9 2018 has three 3 gigabytes of RAM or working memory and 32 GB of internal storage, that is expandable to 256 GB. And the expansion slot comes in addition to the two nano SIM slots.

The Y9 2018 runs on new Google Android 8.0 and has Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user-interface.

Huawei Y9 2018

Although the Y9 2018 sells for less than Bt8,000, its performance is good and I found the touchscreen and menus responsive and apps fast. Moreover, it can play High-Resolution Audio of FLAC 24bit/192kHz files. I tested it with Sony’s MDR1ABT headphones and the sound quality was good.

Internet connection was fast too. I used it with TrueMove H’s LTE network and it quickly downloaded apps. Snapshots were backed up to my Google Photos’ cloud storage in no time.

I tested its connection speed with Ookla speedtest app and found that it achieved a connection speed of 55.8 Mbps and upload speed of 32 Mbps.

Huawei Y9 2018

The dual-camera set allowed the Y9 2018 to capture good quality shots with both the rear and front cameras. The front main camera has 16-megapixel resolution with 2 MP for the secondary camera. The rear main camera has 13-megapixel resolution also with a secondary camera of 2 MP. The purpose of the secondary cameras is to allow the main cameras to achieve blurred backgrounds by simulating wide aperture mode. In other words, the 2MP secondary cameras capture depth-of-field data for the main cameras.

The front camera can capture selfie shots with outstanding portrait and blurred backgrounds of the same quality as the main camera.

To achieve photos with sharp focus and blurred background, you need to use two shooting modes – Wide Aperture Mode and Portrait Mode.

Huawei Y9 2018

When you use Wide Aperture Mode, there will be a slide bar for you to select the aperture. The lower number means the wider aperture. The wider it is, the more the background will be blurred.

The Portrait Mode will not only blur the background but also enhance the beauty of the face of your subject.

The rear camera also has Moving Picture mode that captures two seconds of video along with the still photo.

The front camera has three modes – Portrait, Smart Face Recognition, and AR Lens.

The Portrait mode of the front camera makes every selfie perfect with beauty mode and blurred background.

The Smart Face Recognition automatically recognises and chooses proper beauty level  for different gender and skin of your subjects.

The AR Lens mode provides a lot of funny cosplay to be superimposed on your selfie shots. Or you can use provided template to change your background.

The front camera also supports gesture selfie function. You can raise your hand and close it to have the selfie camera shoot automatically two seconds later.

Huawei Y9 2018 is available in black, blue and gold for only Bt6,990.


– OS: Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 user-interface

– Network: GSM/ HSPA/ LTE

– Camera: 4 Cameras: Front camera: 16MP+2MP; Rear camera: 13MP+2MP

Display: 5.93-inch Huawei Full-View Display with  2160×1080 pixels resolution

– CPU: Hi-Silicon Kirin 659 CPU, Octacore (4x Cortex A53 2.36 GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.7 GHz)

– Memory: 3GB

– Storage: 32 GB, expandable with microSD up to 256 GB

– SIM: Dual nano SIM slots

– Battery: 4,000 mAh

– Dimension: 157.2mm; Width: 75.3mm; Depth: 7.89mm

– Weight: 170g


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