Look around you: $150 (₦55,000) smartphones with fast charging and Gorilla Glass displays are commonplace. Some of them even have NFC. I think that it is sacrilegious that Huawei’s 230-dollar smartphone lacks fast charging and display protection.
Important Update: Contrary to the available official specs sheet from Huawei and reports from reviewers that Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 does not support quick charging, we have some user feedback that it does support 10W fast charging. So, read the rest of this article with that in mind.
Yesterday, my brother and his family came visiting. They had come from church and he needed to top up his phone battery. My Anker 18W fast charger got it done quickly. And then his wife plugged hers in too and got topped up quickly as well.
If either of them had owned the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, they would have been unable to top up that fast. It really should be considered sacrilegious to spend ₦83,000 on a smartphone that cannot add that kind of utility value to your life. Time is money. Time is everything.
When Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 was launched in the market some months back, I watched with curiosity how people lapped up the marketing blitz and fan boys and girls sang its glorious praise. And I wondered if the problem was with me. I could not see how anyone could be this excited about a smartphone with no fast charging, no Gorilla Glass protection, and no NFC that costs $230, or ₦83,000.
Why quick charging matters on a 230-dollar smartphone
Fast charging has become such an essential, especially for busy people who may need a quick top up before dashing out of the house or office or in between urgent meetings. And it is that market segment that the Y9 Prime 2019 is targeted at. The average Nigerian – the vast majority who live below and hover around the poverty line cannot afford to spend ₦83,000 on a smartphone.
It is also an important feature in an environment like ours in which power supply is often quirky – you have public power switched on for 30 minutes and then it is gone for hours. A quick battery top up in 30 minutes can amount to much if you have quick charging on your phone.
Look around you: there are ₦45,000 smartphones with fast charging and Gorilla Glass displays! There are ₦30,000 smartphones with NFC.
If I were presented with a smartphone that costs ₦40,000 and there was no fast charging technology in it, I wouldn’t frown too much. I love fast charging. I find it absolutely nifty.
Key features that Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 lacks
- Fast charging
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
I really do not know how to explain these lacks away. Like a Mobilista here has already said, it appears that the only thing that the phone has going for it is the motorized selfie camera. I will also add the beautiful paint job as a plus.
A phone selling for ₦83k+ and yet, has no NFC, no infrared, no reverse charging, no Corning Gorilla Glass, and probably, no OTG feature. Too many ‘NOs’. It seems the major unique selling point is the Pop-up camera. A Samsung or Xiaomi phone of this price tag would be a lot better. I’m not totalling discrediting this device, it’s just that I expected more from it than it carries. Source.
I like that it has a big 4,000 mAh battery, but without the ability to top it up quickly…sigh. And why is there no display protection? We have seen how phones with Gorilla Glass break under different conditions. How much one without. A slip to the floor, and the Y9 Prime 2019 might not live to tell the tale.
Will you buy a 230-dollar smartphone with no quick charging and glass protection?
Or perhaps it is just me. Perhaps there is something I am missing. You tell me. Would you buy a 230-dollar smartphone from any manufacturer knowing that it lacks fast charging, Gorilla Glass protection, and NFC? Because that’s what the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 offers you – all of those missing features for ₦83,000 only.
PS: While we are at it, I think it is ridiculous too that TECNO Phantom 9 does not have fast charging either. But at least, it has Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and costs about ₦6,000 less than Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. That is some consolation, but it is ridiculous all the same. Absolutely.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.