So we were right. As we guessed in November, the Huawei Y9s is indeed coming to the Philippines, as revealed by Davao-based retailer Tekpone.
(Update, January 14: The Y9s is now up for preorder till the 17th and will go on sale January 18. Read this: Huawei Y9s review: Off to a strong start in 2020.)
(Update, January 9: It’s finally on the official online shop! See Huawei Y9s listed on official online store in PH.)
(1st update: You can already buy the Huawei Y9s from certain stores, including VillMan and Abenson Online.)
The smartphone was launched with the Huawei Y6s in markets like Thailand at the time, but only the latter arrived in the Philippines in December. Our guess is Huawei itself will tease the device this month.
Tekpone is already accepting preorders for the Huawei Y9s, which is priced at P13,990 (around $274) — about the same as how much it costs in other countries.
The handset’s 16-megapixel front-camera module reminds us of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019‘s; it pops up when being used. The one on the back is composed of three sensors. The main tops out at 48 megapixels and is joined by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
It features a 2,340 x 1,080 LCD screen measuring 6.59 inches, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 4,000mAh battery that charges over a USB-C port and runs Android 9.1-based EMUI 9.1.
The processor used is a Kirin 710F mated to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB using a microSD card.
You have two available color options for the Huawei Y9s. The first is black for those who want something classic, and the other is a gradient look that is reminiscent of the Breathing Crystal variant of the Huawei P30 Pro.
Huawei Y9s: Official product video
Huawei Y9s specs
- 6.59-inch LCD display, 2,340 x 1,080 resolution (19.5:9)
- Octa-core Kirin 710F processor
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB expandable storage (up to 512GB through microSD)
- Triple 48MP, 8MP (ultra wide), 2MP (depth) rear cameras
- Pop-up 16MP front camera
- Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
- 4,000mAh battery with USB-C charging
- EMUI 9.1 on Android 9 Pie
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