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What’s Different: Huawei Y9 2019 VS Y9 Prime 2019

We take a close look at both phones!

Huawei is launching their Y9 Prime 2019 later tonight, promising to deliver a more affordable mid-range experience compared to its competitors. But what makes it different than the Y9 2019 launched earlier by the company? Well, quite a bit. Let’s take a quick look at the specs for both phones:

Huawei Y9 2019 specs

  • Kirin 710 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 6.5-inch, 19.5:9 aspect ratio full HD+ display (1080 x 2340 resolution)
  • 13-megapixel f/1.8 and 2-megapixel f/2.4 rear cameras with PDAF, LED Flash
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 and 2-megapixel f/2.4 front cameras
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint scanner
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1, EMUI 8.2
  • Php 12,990

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Specs

  • HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 6.59-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD Display; 1080×2340 resolution
  • 128GB of expandable storage
  • 16-megapixel main camera with 6P lens; 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-
  • megapixel depth sensor; with AI Scene Detection, PDAF, LED Flash
  • 16-megapixel pop-up front camera
  • 4G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock, USB-C
  • Android Pie 9.0 with EMUI 9
  • 4000mAh Battery

Notch VS Pop-up

The main difference between both phones is the most obvious: the Y9 2019 has a notch on the front of the display, while the Y9 Prime 2019 has a full-screen display free of any notch.

The Y9 Prime 2019 achieves this particular feat by using a small, pop-up camera mechanism to hide the selfie camera, leading to a bigger screen-to-body ratio compared to the regular Y9 2019.

Two selfie cameras VS one

That big notch on the Y9 2019 isn’t just there for looks though. The main reason why it’s that big? It houses two front cameras instead of one – a 16-megapixel f/2.0 sensor and a secondary 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor for more convincing bokeh in selfies.

The Y9 Prime 2019 on the other hand, only has a single selfie camera in its pop-up module.

Slight screen size bump

The two phones have very similar screen sizes, with the Y9 2019 sporting a 6.5-inch panel and the Y9 Prime 2019 having a slightly larger 6.59-inch display.

Thanks to the pop-up camera the Y9 Prime 2019 enjoys a better screen-to-body ratio, which sits at 91%.

Triple cameras VS double

One of the biggest differences for both phones lies in the rear shooters: the Y9 2019 has a dual camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter and a secondary depth sensor.

The Y9 Prime 2019 has a triple camera setup, consisting of a 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Type C for faster connections, and Android Pie for the win

Connection-wise, the Y9 2019 still uses an aging micro USB port on the bottom while the Y9 Prime 2019 uses a Type-C port.

The Y9 Prime 2019 also wins on the software front, since the phone already uses EMUI 9 with Android 9 Pie, while the Y9 2019 still runs Android Oreo and EMUI 8.1 out of the box.

There is an update to Android Pie and EMUI 9.1 planned in the pipeline for Y9 2019 planned for July.

Same hardware on the inside

For all their differences on the outside, on the inside, both phones are powered by the same Kirin 710 chipset that’s produced by HiSilicon and is paired with 4GB of RAM.

Storage is quite different since the Y9 Prime 2019 has double the storage at 128GB compared to the regular Y9 2019.

Good pricing for all those upgrades

As for pricing, the Y9 2019 has gotten a price cut in recent months, dropping its SRP down to just Php 10,990 in the Philippines.

Huawei announced that the Y9 Prime 2019 is priced at Php 12,990. The pricing is pretty aggressive, considering that it has a triple rear camera setup, a notch-free display, and a pop-up front camera.

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Unboxing, Quick Review: Value-Packed Pop-up

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Unboxing, Quick Review: Value-Packed Pop-up

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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One Comment

  1. Huawei was stupid enough to remove the notification LED AND the depth sensing front camera in Y9 Prime. Guess which phone I WON’T be buying.

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