The Huawei Y9 offers a large battery and display, in a modern form-factor

Highs

  • Large display
  • Excellent battery capacity
  • Good value and performance

Lows

  • Slightly underperforming camera

Rating and Price

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Price: ~$225
  • Available on Amazon

The Huawei Y9 was unveiled in March 2018 and was initially aimed at the Low Mid-Range market ($150-$250). At publishing time, the Huawei Y9 was priced at around $230 USD. This is an extremely competitive price point where there is a lot of competition, and therefore a lot of potential alternatives. Let’s see how this handset fares, here comes the full review.

With cost as a primary criteria, we lined-up a good number of products which will be used to assess how the Huawei Y9 fits in its immediate smartphone landscape: Huawei nova 2i (~294 USD), Huawei Mate 10 Lite (~277 USD), Nokia Nokia 6 (~175 USD), Huawei Honor 7X (~200 USD), Xiaomi Mi A1 (~197 USD), Motorola Moto G5 Plus (~205 USD) and LG Q6 (~230 USD).

Technical highlights

  • 5.93IPS LCD Display (2160×1080)
  • 13 Megapixel Camera, f/2.2 aperture
  • HiSilicon KIRIN 659 platform 3 RAM, 32 GB of Storage + MicroSD (256 GB max)
  • 4000 mAh battery capacity
  • Android 0

The Huawei Y9 is the successor of the Huawei Y7 Prime, launched in June 2017. The new model has a ~8% larger screen diagonal, despite a smaller (~5%) design footprint. The CPU performance is near ~30% higher, and overall, the Huawei Y9 is a serious upgrade for 2018. You can compare Huawei Y7 Prime vs. Huawei Y9 on this page.

Industrial design

The Huawei Y9 uses a classic unibody-style design with a closed metal chassis with tempered glass only to cover the screen. It is a well-known, very sturdy design that is well-suited for efficient mass production. The design is business-like, and it seems not mean to be “fun” or attract a lot of attention, there’s certainly a market for this.

It is unlikely that you will find a front+back glass design in this category, because it is much more complicated to build those, taking many more steps (and money) during the assembly phase. The material itself is also more expensive because glass designs use multiple layers.

Durability

Metal is just a more durable material (than glass) when the device lands onto a hard surface. Metal is a bit flexible and will not break. It can get scratches more easily than tempered glass would, but it doesn’t break or crack. Metal can also be pleasing to some users because it feels more substantial and robust. Even if the chassis is not broken, keep in mind that internal components can still break or come loose after a strong impact.

Analyzing how the smartphone was designed, we estimate that the risk of cracking during a drop on a hard surface to be low. You can refer to our reference article about how phones could be built to avoid cracks upon drops.

The Y9 has not received a U.S Military MIL-STD 810G rating. You can open the link on the left to learn more, but MIL-STD 810G is a series of test used to test that military gears can endure a certain level of rough treatments. On our selection, only the LG Q6 (read our Q6 Review) is certified with this standard.

Without an IP rating or a Mil-Spec certification, it is very hard to tell how much this smartphone design can endure. Out of caution, you should assume that the Huawei Y9 cannot sustain the same level of water/dust exposure and shocks/vibrations than those that have received the certifications. Without an official rating, some device may resist more or less, but there is no way to objectively rate it.

Ingenuity

This industrial design packs good performance in relation to its size and excellent performance for the price. From a battery point of view, the energy capacity the buyer gets is very impressive for a device of this size. The screen display-to-body ratio of 76.7% is also quite good overall.

Overall product rating: 8/10

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Display
5.93"
2160x1080
TFT LCD
407 PPI
Price
~$225 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F2.2 Aperture F-Stop
Weight
170 g
Battery
4000 mAh
Non-Removable
No Wireless Charg.
Launched in
2018-03-01
System
3GB RAM
KIRIN 659 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
32
Huawei Y9 Review
Score: 8/10
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