Huawei Y9s is one of the first smartphones to arrive this 2020 from the Chinese company. It’s a smartphone that reminds us of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 that we’ve reviewed before but we do have here better hardware inside and of course, a better camera. If you want to know more about this smartphone, be sure to check out our review of the Huawei Y9s below:

Huawei Y9s Review: Hardware and design

The Huawei Y9s features a curved glass back that feels premium to the hand and since we’re getting here a breathing crystal colorway, it does remind me of the Huawei P30 Pro that we’ve reviewed before and it looks beautiful on this one. Since we got here a large display on the smartphone, this one has a bigger body than most smartphones.

There are curves at the back and the smartphone might be massive for some people but the smartphone is pretty handy and comfortable to use despite the large body of the smartphone and yes, it was pretty chunky.

The Huawei Y9s is a little bit different from the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 aesthetically as we now have a fingerprint scanner at the side of the smartphone which is also the power button of the smartphone and along with that is the volume rocker.  Unfortunately, there’s no face unlock on this smartphone so you have to rely on the fingerprint scanner of the smartphone.

Below the smartphone is where you can find the 3.5mm headphone jack, the speaker grill, and the USB-C port. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a fast-charging tech on the smartphone. The thing with the Huawei Y9s is despite belonging in the Y-series, the smartphone does have a premium feel to it

Huawei Y9s Review: Display

There’s a large 6.59-inch FullView display on this smartphone a Full HD+ resolution. The display was quite good actually and we were pretty happy with the quality of the display that we’re getting on the smartphone. We have a vivid display with fine viewing angles and contrast on this one is pretty.

There are thin bezels on the smartphone too which is almost non-existent and the chin below the smartphone was thin which is pretty good. Since we got a pop-up camera on this smartphone, we do not have a notch or a hole-punch on the smartphone.

Huawei Y9s Review: Battery

Most of the smartphones that we’ve reviewed from Huawei perform pretty well in the battery segment and the Huawei Y9s performs pretty well in that segment too. We got here a 4000mAh battery and in our PC Mark battery test, the Huawei Y9s have achieved a battery life of 11 hours and 7 minutes which translates to a whole day of usage on the smartphone. Unfortunately, the smartphone doesn’t come with fast-charging.

Huawei Y9s Review: Software

The smartphone is still running on the same UI and OS that is running on other Huawei smartphones as the Huawei Y9s still runs on EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie and of course, it will still come with GPU turbo that can help in gaming.

There are other included apps on the smartphone like an optimizer, ride mode, app gallery and many more and most of them are useful. The UI doesn’t come with app drawer but it is still user-friendly so I don’t really have problems with it.

We also got here a larger 128GB of internal storage that is expandable via MicroSD and then there’s the 4GB of RAM on the smartphone.

Huawei Y9s Review: Performance

Unfortunately, the Huawei Y9s still runs on Kirin 710F processor which is disappointing as this one is already more than a year old already. Yes, there are some improvements but it is now behind than most processors that are available in the market right now. In our benchmarks, we got these scores on the Huawei Y9s.

It might not be the best one out there in the market but the smartphone’s processor can definitely do the basic tasks such as checking your social media accounts at different apps simultaneously and just using the smartphone for basic tasks.

When it comes to gaming, the Huawei Y9s can run some games including PUBG Mobile but you have to understand that you have to set the settings of the game at a lower settings to enjoy these games. Check out the benchmark scores that we got on the smartphone in gaming:

PUBG Mobile – HD, High

To know more about GameBench, check out

Huawei Y9s Review: Camera

The Huawei Y9s feature a 48MP main camera with 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and 2MP depth sensor and they’re able to shoot just fine at decent lighting conditions with enough details that we can expect on an entry-level and mid-range smartphone. The wide-angle shots need more details as expected but it will do just fine at decent lighting conditions.

There’s a 16MP pop-up camera too that is hiding in the smartphone too and just like the other Y-series brothers, the smartphone doesn’t have the best details. It’s a little bit washed out and most of the time, the smartphone can’t get the colors right. Most photos are overexposed too which is a little bit disappointing for me.

If you want to know more about the camera of the smartphone, check out the shots that we took using the smartphone:

Huawei Y9s Review: Verdict

The Huawei Y9s might be a pretty smartphone for everyone thanks to the notch-less fullview display of the smartphone and a clean look at the back but the processor of the smartphone is getting old already and more demanding games in the future might need more power and the Huawei Y9s won’t be ready for that.

Nonetheless, we still got here a good display, good battery, and a triple-lens rear camera of the smartphone and a pop-up camera.

The Huawei Y9s is now available for Php13,990.


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