Huawei brings the Y9s, an Android-powered phone, to South Africa

And it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Huawei might be facing a US ban that limits it from working with key American partners, but you’ll be hard-pressed to believe that with the way the company has been steadily rolling out Android-powered handsets. The company has just released the Huawei Y9s, which they say boasts some of the most impressive features for smartphones in its price range.

As with the rest of the popular Y-series, the Y9s “caters to the demands of young and trendy consumers” thanks to a focus on the camera, ample storage and display – which reminds us of Samsung’s “awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life” Galaxy A series campaign.

 Camera

The Y9s boasts a Triple AI Camera setup consisting of a 48MP main camera, 8MP Ultra Wide Angle camera that delivers a 120-degree field-of-view, and a 2MP depth camera for bokeh effects in images and videos.

Like the Y9 Prime 2019, the Y9s has 16MP front pop-up camera which includes advanced AI algorithms, AI backlit imaging and new AI beauty features. The AI algorithms allow the front camera to recognise and optimise settings for up to 8 scenes, and enable studio-like effects with 3D portrait lighting.

Display

The pop-up camera removes the need for a notch or hole-punch cutout from the Y9s’ display, delivering uninterrupted viewing on the device’s 6.59-inch Ultra FullView FHD+ Display. Huawei says that the 2340×1080 resolution and Eye Comfort Mode helps ensure that the screen can be clearly viewed even in strong sunlight.

Power

The Kirin 710F chipset – the same one which powers the Y9 Prime 2019 – has been used in the Y9s thanks to its power-efficiency and high performance. Combined with 6GB RAM and 128GB (expandable) storage and a large 4000mAh battery the Y9s should cruise comfortably through your day with no hiccups.

The HUAWEI Y9s can be purchased in Breathing Crystal or Midnight Black from Telkom for R6,399 or Huawei’s e-commerce store www.huaweistore.co.za