Full-screen phone at a great price

Full-screen phone at a great price

Huawei Y9s sacrifices speed and graphics to offer a competent device at less than 8,000 baht

If you're looking for a big phone that has the entire front panel at your disposal, while costing less than 8,000 baht, this Huawei Y9s is a nice choice.

Considered a mid-range phone with an average-speed processing unit, the huge 6.59-inch screen is not very bright and has a dull default colour calibration. Huawei has achieved a no-notch display for the screen by implementing a pop-up camera mechanism that pushes the front camera up when needed.

The back panel of the phone has a nice shade of gradient that starts as white at the top and fades to purple at the bottom. It looks and feels premium with nothing that looks plastic.

This phone survived Trump's US-China trade war onslaught and was allowed to have Google's mobile service (I'm pretty sure the phone was approved before the trade war) and comes with Android 9, not 10 -- the latest one -- and features the swipe from the side gesture to go back just like Android 10.

The phone's power button intuitively doubles as a fingerprint reader, making it very easy to unlock.

This Huawei has a 48MP back camera as its main camera, although the phone does not have a very dynamic range detection. In other words, the phone struggles when taking photos that have darker objects on a lighter background. I found the phone struggling to focus on the main object, and it could take several tries before it finds its proper focus.

It also comes with a wide-angle lens but the photos are very subpar compared to the ones taken with the main lens. All in all, this phone takes so-so photos and videos.

If you enjoy adding funny effects to your photos and videos, Huawei has included an augmented reality effect, such as adding cat ears in real-time. Teens and kids will love this AR effect, I'm sure.

The 4,000mAh battery will easily net you with more than one day of use, possibly more than two days with light use.

I dislike the rear lens bump at the top left side of the phone, which can cause it to wobble on a table.

Since the phone is more than 15cm long, being heavy is part of the deal.

I'm not sure why many of the Huawei phones I've tested come with an inferior button firing speaker, and this one is no exception. The mono speaker is loud, yes, but the sound comes out tinny. Also, this kind of speaker layout is too easy to cover with one hand just by holding the phone horizontally.

Graphics are very much mid-range. The phone will run all games fine, but not at their highest graphics settings. For instance, RoV cannot go full hi-def, nor will it run at 60 frames per second.

Also, it comes with a slower 10W charger.

But if a relatively inexpensive, large full-screen screen phone is what you're looking for, then look no further.

SPECS

  • Screen: 6.59-inch IPS LCD (2340x1080 px)
  • CPU: Kirin 710F
  • Camera: 48 MP (main) + 8 MP (120 degree ultra-wide angle) + 2 MP (depth sensor)
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB (+ up to 512 microSD card expandable)
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh
  • Connections: USB-C, headphone jack
  • OS: Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 on top
  • Price: 7,990 baht

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