Thursday, 05 September 2019 19:35

Huawei launches sub-$400 smartphone with pop-up front camera Featured

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. Supplied

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has launched a new smartphone, the Y9 Prime 2019, in the Australian market, with a pop-up front camera that permits a notchless screen and is claimed to make the taking of selfies more fun. It retails for $399.

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:

A pop-up selfie camera propelled by a motor and lifting device. The camera takes a second to emerge or retract.

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.

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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

Model STK-L22

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

Network 4G/3G/2G


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.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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