The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 smartphone was officially launched in South Africa at an event held in Johannesburg on 24 July.

This model, which is considered the mid-range answer to those salivating after Huawei’s flagship models, is the first device featuring a pop-up selfie camera to launch in South Africa.

Released to compete directly with Samsung’s Galaxy A Series, the front-facing selfie camera of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 only pops up when in use and is hidden in the phone otherwise.

Packed with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (supporting external microSD storage of up to 1TB), the Y9 Prime 2019 has three rear cameras – 16MP, 8MP and 2MP – together with the pop-up 16MP selfie camera, which emerges from inside the phone like a periscope of sorts when it is used. Utilising machine learning, the camera can retract if the phone detects that it is being pushed upon or dropped.

Should the pop-up camera accidentally break within the first two years after purchase (although chances of that happening are slim – Huawei claims the camera can handle weight of up to 15kg!), Huawei is offering a free repair on top of the separate two-year warranty on the pop-up camera for instances where there are factory faults. A beautiful 6.5-inch full-HD display ensures you can clearly see just what the Leica camera system is capable of.

A huge 4,000mAh battery drives the smartphone, promising 52 hours of talk time, 65 hours of music playback, and 9 hours of gaming time.

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 supports facial recognition and also sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to make unlocking the phone easy.

The phone runs Huawei’s newly introduced EMUI 9.0 operating system (it is also capable of running Android 9.0 Pie, Huawei South Africa has confirmed) and is driven by the HiSilicon Kirin 710F chipset.

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is available for pre-order and will officially be available for purchase on 1 August. Keep an eye on Agora Tec’s Facebook page for Vodacom’s latest deals on the newest Huawei model on the block.

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