The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is currently the most affordable smartphone with a motorized pop-up selfie camera from an international brand in the Philippines.

I’ve taken the phone out of its box and checked the included freebies for the upcoming full review. Here are my unboxing and initial hands-on experience.


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Unboxing

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Phone Case

A free phone case.

The first item inside the box is the smartphone itself. I have the Midnight Black color variant but it’s also available in Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. Let’s talk more about the device below.

For now, let’s take a look at the free phone case. It’s the usual soft transparent jelly case but there’s a cutout at the top purposefully created to accommodate the pop-up selfie camera.


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Charger USB Earphones

Earphones, 10W charger, and USB Type-C cable.

The other contents of the box are the 10W charger, USB Type-C cable, basic earphones, SIM ejector pin and a couple of documentations.


Hands-on with the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 hands-on.

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 hands-on.

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is pretty big. It has a 6.59-inch FHD+ display that delivers a truly full-screen experience since there’s no notch or holes for the selfie camera. This makes it perfect for watching videos and playing games.

Out of the box, the device runs on EMUI version 9 software and appears smooth when opening apps and scrolling newsfeeds. There’s more than 115GB of free storage with a few pre-installed third-party apps including Facebook, Lazada, and Google apps.


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019

Rear cameras and SIM card tray.

Security options include the usual pin, pattern, and fingerprint recognition. Face unlock is not enabled probably as a safety measure for the durability of the pop-up selfie camera.


Sample Pictures

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 motorized selfie camera.

Motorized pop-up selfie camera.

I snapped a couple of pictures using the triple rear cameras and motorized pop-up selfie camera of the device. Here are the sample pictures:


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 sample picture of a flower.

Sample picture of a flower.


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 sample picture of a landscape.

Sample landscape picture.


Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 sample selfie.

Sample selfie.

The rear cameras produce good-looking pictures both for landscapes and close-up subjects. Meanwhile, the selfie camera can also create sharp and detailed pictures. However, selfies are a bit overexposed.

I’ll have to test the camera quality of the device further by taking more pictures and videos in different situations.


Full Review soon…

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019

Bottom view

I’ll publish a full review of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 soon. It will include an in-depth look at the phone’s performance, camera quality, battery life, and more.

Let me know if you are curious about a particular feature of the device in the comments section.

UP NEXT: Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Full Review!

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 specs:

Average rating of 3.5 stars from 103 users.
  • 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS LCD Display (1080 x 2340 Pixels), 391 ppi
  • Android 9.0 Pie Operating System
  • HiSilicon Kirin 710F Chipset
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Triple Cameras (16+8+2 MP) with LED Flash
  • 16 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 512 via microSD
  • 4G LTE (with VoLTE), 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • 5V/2A Charging
  • 163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8 mm @ 196.8 g
  • 12,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines
  • ₱10,990.00 - Price drop on November 22, 2019