Like every product introduced in the market to succeed a previous version, lovers of Huawei mobile devices, especially the Y-series, must have obviously expected the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 model to be better than its predecessor, the Huawei Y9 2019. And for sure, it is an improved (and advanced) version of the previous model.
When the Huawei Y9 2019 smartphone was unveiled in the market in mid-October last year, it was the ultimate and most advanced model in the Y-series in terms of features, specs and performance, something that was also reflected in its pricing as it was retailing at Kshs 24,990.
(TOP: Photo of the #HuaweiY9Prime2019’s back cameras. The image was taken using the Huawei Y5 2019).
But what the market didn’t know (and potential customers possibly couldn’t anticipate) at the time was that the best version of the Y9 was yet to come. And it has come just about six months later in the name of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, which retails at (about) the same price as the previous model, with just a negligible Kshs 10 difference (even though it’s the ‘Prime’ or superior version, as is also reflected in its name).
Still on similarities between the Y9 2019 and Y9 Prime 2019, both models are fitted with a 4000mAh battery and also come with 4GB of RAM. But that’s where the similarities end.
For unlike its predecessor, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 has a FullView Display with no notch or front camera at the top, meaning that the whole 6.59-inch screen has been reserved for the user for taking and viewing photos and videos, playing games or making video calls via Skype or WhatsApp. Remember the device has a 4GB RAM and therefore, the issue of speed is sorted.
Having nothing on the screen has meant that Huawei had to be innovative with the Selfie camera, which has now been hidden away at the top left of the device, only popping up when the user turns on the front camera is turned on to take a Selfie.
Below are further differences and how the two models compare to each other in terms of specs and features:
|Model||Huawei Y9 2019||Huawei Y9 Prime 2019|
|Display||Size||Width: 77.1 mm
Height: 162.4 mm
Depth: 8.05 mm
Weight: Approx. 173 g
|Width: 77.3 mm
Height: 163.5 mm
Depth: 8.8 mm
Weight: About 196.8 g
|Resolution||Screen size: 6.5 inches Aspect ratio: 19.5:9 Screen type: FHD+ Screen resolution: 2340 x 1080||Screen size: 6.59 inches
Screen type: TFT LCD (LTPS)
Screen colors: 16.7M
Screen resolution: 2340 x 1080
|Platform||Operating System||EMUI 8.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 9 with EMUI 9.0|
|Chipset||Hisilicon Kirin 710||Hisilicon Kirin 710F|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)||Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|GPU||Mali-G51 MP4||Mali-G51 MP4|
|External||Expandable to 400GB||Expandable to 512GB|
|Network||Technology||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|SIM||Dual SIM||Dual SIM|
|Camera||Main||Dual 16MP + 2MP phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Triple – 16 MP (wide),
8 MP (ultrawide) and 2 MP (with depth sensor)
|Front||Dual 13MP + 2MP||16 MP motorized pop-up camera|
|Battery||Size||4000mAh||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh|
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|Features||Sensors – Fingerprint reader (front-mounted), Notched display, A.I||Sensors – Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Product box contains:||· Handset
· USB Cable
· Quick Start Guide
· Eject tool
· Protective case
· Protective film (already attached on the phone before delivery)
|· Cell Phone (with built-in battery)
· Charger (with Type-C cable and 2-pin plug)
· Quick Start Guide
· Warranty Card
· Eject Tool
· Protective case
· Protective film (already mounted on phone’s screen)
|PRICE (in Kshs):||Kshs 24,990||Kshs 25,000|
After going through the above comparison between the Y9 2019 and the Y9 Prime 2019, let’s also add that Huawei is currently offering all consumers who buy the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 a 3-month screen damage protection services for free from the date of purchase, all valued at Kshs 8,500. This means that in the event that one unfortunately drops the device and damages the screen within three months after purchase, Huawei will replace it for free and at zero cost to the owner. And this is in addition to Huawei’s normal one-year warranty policy of for devices.
(ABOVE: The homescreen of the #HuaweiY9Prime2019).
Now, there’s no need to beat yourself if you already got the Huawei Y9 2019. Remember you can still upgrade to the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, then either handover your old model to a relative, friend, keep it or just sell it off to a colleague who’s admired it since you bought it and use the cash to top up what you need to acquire the Y9 Prime 2019.
And just in case you’re short of cash to pay the whole amount for the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, though you’d love to have it, Huawei Mobile Kenya has partnered with LipaLater to enable you get the device (of your choice then) pay via flexible installments. Or just budget for the phone and use your July salary, which is due in less than 2 weeks, to get the #HuaweiY9Prime2019.