Huawei Y9s launches in Kenya for Ksh.31,999/-, delivering a full view display experience and remarkable photography


Huawei officially launched the HUAWEI Y9s, a mid-range smartphone in the Kenyan market that will be retailing at Ksh. 31,999. The company has also introduced Band 4 that will be retailing at Ksh. 4,699 and Band 4e that will be retailing at Ksh. 3,199 as it aims at positioning itself in the fast-growing accessories market.

To meet consumers’ diverse demands, the HUAWEI Y9s launches with impressive features including a pop-up camera and a 6.59-inch FullView Display, giving the user truly borderless viewing experience. Crafted with flagship-level quality, HUAWEI Y9s uses stylish colours and unique textures to present a truly attractive handset.

Speaking of the new device, Huawei Mobile Kenya Country President, Steven Li said, “We are delighted to introduce you again a game-changer in our Y series, this comes months after the launch of Y9 Prime 2019 that has seen impressive growth in terms of market share. We are confident that in partnership with our retail stores across the country as well as our partners such as Jumia Kenya and Lipa Later we will sell well before we close for Christmas.”

Huawei Mobile Kenya Country President Stephen Li with Jaymo Yule Msee ( left) and Jungush ( right) during the launch of Huawei Y9s in the market. The device will be retailing at Kshs 31,999

“The standout feature is an ultra-wide-angle, AI Triple Camera with a 48MP Main Camera for outstanding photographic capabilities. Inheriting Huawei’s technological strength in low-light photography users can take high-quality photos with sharp details. With these remarkable features, the HUAWEI Y9s offers excellent performance and user experience in this smartphone segment.” He concluded

Huawei Y9s will be available in the market at the end of the month as pre-orders begin on 22nd November. Consumers will get FREE wireless headphones for every pre-order made.

Huawei Y9s Camera: Explore the Enjoyment of Photography in Everyday Life

Demonstrating Huawei’s expertise in producing quality smartphones for younger consumers, the new HUAWEI Y9s maintains smooth performance and long battery life while continuing Huawei’s advantages in photography. It improves camera performance through hardware and software integration, giving users new ways to capture wonderful moments in their everyday life.

The HUAWEI Y9s is equipped with an AI Triple Camera setup, which comprises an ultra-clear 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera and a 2MP Depth Camera. The 48MP Main Camera features a 6 Plastic (6P) lens with a large aperture of f/1.8, which effectively increases the quality and clarity of images. Users can take great photos with sharp details without the need for touch-ups.

Additionally, the 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera offers a 120-degree field-of-view for photo and video shooting, almost doubling the viewing angle of 78-degree that traditional lenses can offer. Whether shooting natural scenery, urban architecture or a group photo, a wider field of view gives you more opportunities to record your story. The 2MP Depth Camera helps with background blurring to create professional bokeh effects, making portraits more vibrant.

Huawei Mobile Kenya Country President Stephen Li poses for a photo with Shix Kapienga ( Left) and Jackie Vike ( Right) during the launch of Huawei Y9s in the market. The device will be retailing at Kshs 31,999.

In addition to its powerful hardware, the HUAWEI Y9s also uses AI algorithms to enhance images. The built-in Multi-Frame Noise Reduction powered by Huawei’s AI algorithms allows long exposures of up to six seconds during handheld photography, helping users shoot improved night photography without fear of, red-eye, blurring or noise caused by long-exposure. Moreover, with AI Scene Recognition, the HUAWEI Y9s can quickly identify 500+ scenes such as ancient architecture, food or sunrises and sunsets. It can then optimise the portrait and background of the photo for different scenarios.

The rear Triple Camera allows users to capture clear photos, while the front pop-up camera is designed to snap beautiful selfies. The HUAWEI Y9s comes with a 16MP front camera paired with remarkable AI algorithms to enrich portraits with flare effects, AI Backlit Imaging and new AI Beauty for the ideal selfie.

Huawei Y9s Design and Features: Quality Build 6.59-inch Ultra FullView Display with Stylish Colour Design

Instead of a notched or punch hole design, the HUAWEI Y9s uses a pop-up camera to provide a clean, true FullView Display experience. A Micro-Seam Earpiece is embedded in the top bezel, while a hidden ambient light sensor is installed at the bottom of the display. Compared with the previous product (HUAWEI Y9 2019), the HUAWEI Y9s features thinner top and bottom bezels to get a high screen-to-body ratio of 91% and maximise the viewing area.

The HUAWEI Y9s sports a 6.59-inch negative LCD FullView Display that offers a palette of 16.7 million colours. With a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, 1500:1 contrast ratio as well as a wide colour gamut of 85% (typical value), the FullView Display brings out the sharp, fine details and make colours vibrant. The device also provides professional Eye Comfort Mode, which passed TÜV Rheinland’s low blue light certification, helping to alleviate eye fatigue over time.

Additionally, the HUAWEI Y9s adopts a side-fingerprint solution, which combines the power button and fingerprint unlock button so users have one button for multiple purposes. This design ensures the integrity of the front and back panels, while providing unlock speeds are lightning fast. Made of glass and polished with a nano-texture process (Breathing Crystal only), the back panel of the HUAWEI Y9s interprets the dynamic changes of lights and shadows.

Huawei Y9s Performance and Battery: High Performance, Large Storage and Big Battery

The HUAWEI Y9s is powered by the Kirin 710F chip, a high performance, low power consumption processor which ensures a fast and smooth user experience, effectively improving the battery life. Compared with the Kirin 659, Kirin 710F provides roughly 75% better single-core performance and around 68% improved multi-core performance in CPU. For GPU, it also doubles the power efficiency and delivers 1.3 times higher performance.

Additionally, the HUAWEI Y9s supports UFS2.1 Dual-channel Storage technology and Huawei’s Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS) to bring better read and write performance and more efficient storage, releasing more space for the phone to run heavy-duty applications.

Huawei Y9s Full Specifications

Display6.59 inches
2312×1080 pixels (~391 ppi density),
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen full screen
Rear CameraTriple:
48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth sensor)
Front Camera16MP,
ChipsetHisilicon Kirin 710F (12 nm)
GPUMali-G51 MP4
Storage128GB Storage (MicroSD Expandable to 512GB Sim 2 Slot)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1
Battery4000mAh non-removable battery
Network2G, 3G, 4G
Colour optionsMidnight Black, Breathing Crystal
Fingerprint (side-mounted),
Face Unlock
USB Type-C,
All Glass Design,
Bluetooth 4.2
PriceKsh. 31,999/-