The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, the company’s first all-screen phone with a pop-up camera (next to the Huawei P Smart Z, of course), hit stores in the Philippines earlier today with a suggested retail price of P12,990 or about $254 off contract.
Early retail sales figures for the new midrange smartphone have been released, and they certainly look impressive. An upbeat Huawei Philippines says it has sold P200 million (almost $4 million) worth of Y9 Prime 2019 units in the country in just two hours of the handset’s initial sale date.
That figure translates to around 15,396 units sold, or about 128 phones per minute.
By contrast, consider that last year, Huawei sold a total of 20,000 units, or close to P320 million ($6.2 million) worth of Huawei Nova 3i units, in the Philippines during its first day — we repeat, the whole day, not in two hours — at retail. The Nova 3i was priced at P15,990 ($313) at launch.
In October 2017, Huawei Philippines sold 1,000 units of the Nova 2i, the Nova 3i’s predecessor, in an hour. The Nova 2i was listed at P14,990 ($294) then.
From the article, ‘Watch: Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is contender for best pop-up camera phone‘
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is a hit among customers, and we’re not at all surprised by it. After all, it’s the most affordable phone with a modern design and a motorized camera on the local market.
P12,990 also gets you triple AI cameras with an ultra-wide lens and Huawei’s reliable Night mode; an efficient Kirin 710F with 4GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage; a 4,000mAh battery that charges over USB-C; and Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9. The notch-free, almost-borderless screen, meanwhile, occupies 6.59 inches of space, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 specs
- 6.59-inch LCD display, 2,340 x 1,080 resolution (19.5:9)
- Octa-core Kirin 710F processor
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB expandable storage (up to 512GB through microSD)
- Triple 16MP, 8MP (ultra wide), 2MP (depth) rear cameras
- Pop-up 16MP front camera
- Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
- 4,000mAh battery with USB-C charging
- EMUI 9 on Android 9.0 Pie
- Colors: Emerald Green, Sapphire Blue, and Midnight Black
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