For those who dislike the huge notches that look weird, here’s a phone for you. Yes, you still get a modern design, and trimmed bezels, but instead of those weird looking trough-like notches, Huawei’s Y7 Prime 2019 brings what the company is calling a DewDrop notch.
Being someone who used and kinda liked last year’s Y7 Prime, this is a welcome upgrade. There’s a couple of changes I have noticed right of the bat. Firstly, the display size has increased, the bezels are now further trimmed, the battery is now bigger and there’s now AI powering the cameras. Of course the whole design language has also shifted.
I will be sharing with you over the coming days my thoughts on different things from cameras, to battery life, to performance. I quite enjoyed my experience with the Y7 Prime 2018, so I hope to have an even better experience with this one.
Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 Specifications and Price:
|Display||6.26 inches, 720×1520 pixels, 19:9 Aspect Ratio with DewDrop Notch|
|Cameras||13MP+2MP AI Cameras
16MP front selfie camera
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm 450|
|RAM and Storage||3GB RAM, 32GB storage|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 (Oreo), with EMUI 8.2 Skin|
|Extra||Fingerprint scanner, Dual 4G SIM, Colours: Aurora Blue, Midnight Black, Coral Red. Details here.|
What’s Inside the Box?
- The Phone
- Micro USB Cable
- Charger – 5V/2A
- Plastic Case
- Paperwork and SIM Ejector
You can watch my unboxing video here (remember to subscribe)
Different solutions to the notches are being sort as many people seem to not like the weird long notches. Some companies are trying out with punch-hole cameras while others have sliders. But by far, the teardrop notch, or as Huawei calls theirs – the DewDrop notch – is agreeably the best looking solution. The front camera and speakers still have enough room, and you get to see your content without any obstructions.
On to the issue with resolution, a 720p display shouldn’t be something we hear of in 2019. But it seems a couple of budget devices will still come with 720p displays to maintain low prices. From the video above and from the pics, you can tell this is a good looking display though. Colors are vibrant and saturation is good. An advantage to these low res displays though is you get better battery life.
To say the Y7 Prime is a really thin device won’t be right. But it isn’t thick or bulky. I want to believe it is almost the same dimensions as last year’s Y7, only some few millimetres added to make it possible to bump up the battery size from 3000mAh to 4000mAh.
I expect good, if not great battery life because of the intelligent power saving modes found in EMUI. I am looking forward to good screen-on times.
I don’t know what to say of the now quite dated Snapdragon 450. I really wish Huawei used one of their own Kirin processors, that would be so good. Anyways, from the look of things, the 450 can handle my tasks quite well, though I have not tried any games or any heavy apps. Social Media, YouTube and switching between stuff is okay. But I’ll be sharing more on this in my review.
What I like is that in AI Camera mode, when I point the camera to something like a flower, food, or a person, it automatically knows the object and you see the adjustments to try and capture a better shot. None of the recent phones claiming to have AI cameras at this price range actually do that. Huawei says the AI Camera can recognise upto 22 different items – pets, people, buildings, items etc – and optimise conditions to get the best shots for them.
I must have a full camera review to share with you pictures on the same in different conditions. Last year’s Y7 Prime took some good pics, but lost detail in the zoom. I’m looking forward to sharing the pics taken with this phone in the coming days.
I don’t know if Huawei has any plans to roll out Android 9 Pie to this smartphone. I hope they do though especially with Google almost announcing Android Q in the coming days.
If you have any questions about the device, feel free to ask so that I can detail them in my review. Also share your thoughts on the device, what do you or don’t you like?
Huawei says the phone will be available countrywide starting 8th February 2019. But pre-orders are now open, and everyone pre-ordering will be getting a gift hamper.