Importantly, the phone has access to the full range of Google apps as it was launched in other countries some time ago, before the US decided to prevent Huawei from using the Android operating system in May. The Y9 will come loaded with Android 9.
A spokesperson told iTWire in response to a query: "The phone will have access to the Google apps. The device has already been granted access to Google services (as it was previously launched in other markets) so won't be affected if there are any changes."
A statement from Huawei said the main features of the device were:
Notchless screen with minimal bezels: Huawei claims this is a bold leap forward in screen design, with minimal bezels and no holes, notches, or sliders.
Triple rear camera: The rear camera system has three lenses: one 16 MP lens, one 8 MP lens, and one 2 MP lens.
Large capacity battery: The 4000 mAh large-capacity battery and the Kirin 710F chipset are claimed to provide optimal power efficiency. Huawei claims 108 hours of music and 22 hours of video experience on a full charge.
Mater AI camera which can detect up to 22 different scenes/objects and automatically optimise the visual experience.
Larking Huang, managing director of Huawei Consumer Business Group in Australia, said: “We’re excited to launch The Y9 Prime which, I believe, is one of the best value devices in market for under $400.
"The phone is jam-packed with great features including a 16MP front facing pop-up camera, triple rear camera system, long battery life and a 6.59-inch, notch-free HD display. Aussies of all ages will love this phone."
Product marketing name HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019
Dimensions (H x W x D) 163.5 mm x 77.3 mm x 8.8 mm
Weight Approx. 196.8g (inc. battery)
Colour Midnight Black/Sapphire Blue
Display 6.59" full HD display (Resolution: 2340 x 1080)
Chipset Kirin 710F
CPU Octa-core 4 x Cortex-A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz
Operating system Android 9
User interface EMUI 9.0
Memory 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM
Rear camera 16MP F/1.8 + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera 16MP F/2.2 Auto Pop-up Camera
Camera features Night, Portrait, Photo, Video, Slow-mo AI Beauty, AI Backlit Photography, 3D Portrait Lighting
Sensors Ambient Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope
Battery 4000 mAh (Typical Value)
Connector microUSB (Type-C)
The Y9 Prime comes in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue, has an RRP of $399 and can be obtained at several selected retailers, including JB Hi-Fi, from Thursday.