In case you didn’t know, Huawei recently announced a hefty price cut across select models offered in the Philippines.
(Update, June 17: Look what we found: Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 to be released in the Philippines?.)
If we had to guess why, we’d say it might be because a bunch of new phones are coming out soon. And if we had to guess which particular Huawei handset could arrive here within the next few weeks, our money is on the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, which is pretty much identical to the Huawei P Smart Z that was leaked earlier.
The Y9 Prime 2019 has been revealed to feature a pop-up selfie camera, like the OPPO F11 Pro and Vivo V15 and V15 Pro. Actual pictures of the phone posted by a Nepalese site show a flashy color scheme with a dual-tone back, reminiscent of the Mate 10 Pro’s rear cover. Owing to its motorized front camera, it will also get an edge-to-edge screen with minimal top, bottom, and side bezels.
There are three cameras on the back, the other two cameras being a wide-angle one touting 8 megapixels and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for bokeh. On the inside, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is said to pack a Kirin 710F processor that might have a higher clock speed than the regular Kirin 710. It will also have a USB-C connector for charging the rumored 4,000mAh battery.
The P Smart Z, on the other hand, was previously spotted on Amazon’s Italian website, and the listing, which has since been deleted, contained its full specifications and pricing.
Per the listing, the Y9 Prime 2019 clone will sell for €279 (about P16,192 or $313) and come with a Kirin 710 mated to 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. For optics, there’s a dual-lens camera module around the back and a 16-megapixel motorized selfie shooter that pops up from the top section of the phone when needed. The display, almost without bezels, measures 6.59 inches and runs at 2,340 x 1,080.
European pricing tends to be higher due to taxes and other related factors, so a lower price for the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 in the Philippines isn’t out of the question. It could cost less than the P30 Lite, which retails for P16,990 ($328) locally. That would put the latter in a complicated position, although there’s always the possibility of Huawei lowering its price a bit once the Y9 Prime 2019 hits stores. We can only speculate, for now.
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