TECNO is back with a new Phantom smartphone for 2019. The newly Phantom 9 succeeds the Phantom 8, which was released on April 2018. The device comes with virtually all the features you can ask/hope for and fits right into the budget segment of the market. In that segment, one of its competitors is the 2019’s Huawei Y9 Prime. The Y9 Prime 2019 features a pop-up selfie camera, which is not very common yet in the budget segment. Let’s see how these two devices match up against each other.
TECNO Phantom 9 Vs Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 – Design
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 features a front glass with a plastic back. The phone weighs 196.8 grams and measures 8.8 mm in thickness. While the TECNO Phantom 9 weighs just 164.4 grams and slimmer with 7.9 mm. If you’re a fan of a true full-screen display, the Y9 Prime will be your preferred choice. Thanks to its pop-up selfie camera, the device offers an all-screen front. The TECNO Phantom 9, on the other hand, comes with a waterdrop notch.
The fingerprint reader is located differently on both devices. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 features a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. While the TECNO Phantom 9 comes with an in-display fingerprint reader. The Phantom 9 has only one colour which is Lapland Aurora. So what happens if I don’t like that colour? Guess, I’ve to look else? But honestly, the Phantom 9 is one of the most beautiful devices you can get around now. It is quite irresistible and will definitely get attention whenever you bring it out in public.
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 you get to choose from Emerald Green, Midnight Black, and Sapphire Blue. But it is not as well crafted as the Phantom. So if you like a cute device, the Phantom 9 might win your heart.
TECNO Phantom 9 Vs Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 – Display
Thanks to its AMOLED display, the TECNO Phantom 9 easily wins this category. Its AMOLED display measures 6.39 inches with an 84% screen-to-body ratio. Whereas, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 features an IPS LCD display. Its display is, however, bigger, measuring 6.59 inches. Both phones sport the same resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and same 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
TECNO Phantom 9 Vs Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 – Camera
On the main camera segment, both phones have pretty much the same thing. They pack a triple camera module consisting of a 16MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera features LED flash, HDR, Portrait and Panorama. The real difference in the camera is in the selfie segment. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 comes with an attractive motorized pop-up 16MP selfie snapper. While the Phantom 9 features a 32MP selfie snapper which is housed by the waterdrop notch. We cannot determine the camera quality based on the camera specs only. We will have to really put the Phantom to the test in our upcoming review. But for the Y9 Prime 2019, we do not have a unit yet to review.
You can, however, watch Misstech Review on the Y9 Prime if you intend to know how good the camera is.
You can also watch the quick review of the Phantom 9 by C4eTech below
Hardware and Software
Underneath the Phantom 9 is a MediaTek Helio P35 chip with an 8-cores Cortex-A-53 processor. Whereas, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 comes with a Hisilicon Kirin 710 chip with 4-cores Cortex A-73 and 4-cores Cortex A-53 processor. Even though both chipsets are built on 12nm manufacturing process technology, the Kirin 710 SoC is slightly better in performance.
The memory option available for the Phantom 9 is 6 GB RAM with 128 GB of internal storage. While the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 comes with a 4 GB RAM paired with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. Both devices operate on Android 9.0 Pie with a different custom skin. On the Phantom 9 is HiOS 5.0 skin. And for the Y9 Prime is the EMUI 9.0 skin. So the Y9 Prime is better when it comes to performance.
TECNO Phantom 9 Vs Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 – Battery
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 sports a non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery capacity, which is bigger than that of the Phantom 9 at 3500 mAh. The Y9 Prime 2019 also features a better-advanced USB Type-C charger compared to the microUSB 2.0 charger featured on the Phantom 9.
TECNO Phantom 9 Vs Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 – Verdict
The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is available for N83,900. Whereas, you can get the Tecno Phantom 9 for N77,000. Despite the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 being the better smartphone overall, getting an AMOLED display together with an in-display fingerprint scanner for N77,000 could be a better deal for some people. If you’re a budget user who prioritises display when shopping for a smartphone, be sure to keep the Tecno Phantom 9 in mind. But if you are a gamer who prioritises performance and good battery life when making a buying decision, then the Y9 Prime 2019, should be your device of choice.
Let me know which of the two devices you will prefer and why