A new contender has entered the game. The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is now here, and it’s geared to compete in the sub-Php13k price segment.

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is the first pop-up camera smartphone that the Chinese tech brand offered in the Philippines. The most interesting part is, it’s actually the most affordable device to come with the said feature.


But, is its cool levitating front-facing camera and other capabilities enough for the people to pick it up instead? Well, to answer that question, we would be comparing it with one of its competent opponents.

Queue the Realme 3 Pro, a device that easily became a hit in its category since its release, due to all the features it was able to cram in for the price.


With that, our Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 vs Realme 3 Pro specs comparison, we shall see if Realme’s offering is still the better option, or if Huawei’s bet can steal the spotlight from them.

 Realme 3 ProHuawei Y9 Prime 2019
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
ColorOS 6.0
Android 9 Pie
EMUI 9.0
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.59-inch FHD+ LCD
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Processor2.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core2.2GHz Kirin 710F octa-core
GPUAdreno 616Mali-G51 MP4
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front camera25-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel (Sony IMX519) +
Dual-Pixel AF
LED flash
AI scene detection
Chroma Boost
960fps slow-mo
16-megapixel +
8-megapixel (ultra-wide) +
2-megapixel (Depth sensor)
LED flash
AI scene detection
Night Mode
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Dimensions156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3mm163.5 x 77.3 x 8.8mm
ColorsLightning Purple
Nitro Blue
Carbon Grey
Sapphire Blue
Emerald Green
Midnight Black
VOOC 3.0
Price4GB/64: Php12,990
6GB/128GB: Php14,990


The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 do offer a more unique and appealing design over the Realme 3 Pro. It even has some features that are better than the latter. But ultimately, I think we have to hand the trophy to Realme for this battle.

One of its most obvious leads is in the performance department. The Realme 3 Pro has a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, while the Y9 Prime 2019 comes with with a barely updated Kirin 710F chipset.


The former even comes with an Adreno 616 GPU, which can deliver better gaming performance than the Mali-G51 on the Huawei device. You also can also increase it at a higher memory capacity of 6GB, an option that’s not available to the Y9 Prime 2019.

Another big win for the Realme 3 Pro is in the battery department. Its 4,045mAh battery may be marginally bigger than the 4,000mAh capacity of the latter, but Realme was able to one-up Huawei by including their fast VOOC 3.0 charging on their device. Although you will have to settle with Realme’s microUSB port, while the Y9 Prime 2019 already moved on to USB Type-C.


However, let’s not discount the fact that the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 brags a really cool pop-up camera. The only thing is, it only has a 16-megapixel sensor, while the Realme 3 Pro comes with a 25-megapixel one.

The flexibility provided by the 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera that the Y9 Prime 2019 provides is great. But the fact that a midrange device such as the Realme 3 Pro has a flagship Sony IMX519 sensor is still far more impressive.


The screen on the Y9 Prime 2019 might be bigger at the 6.59-inches (vs 6.3-inches), but the sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the Realme 3 Pro was able to make up for it.



Well, that’s it. Although the Huawei Y9 Pro 2019 has twice the storage of 128GB for the same starting price of Php12,990, there’s no denying that the Realme 3 Pro is still the better option is. Not unless that pop-up selfie camera really appeals you.

But if you indeed end up picking the Realme 3 Pro, then you might want to go with the 6GB/128GB variant. It may be Php2,000 more, but the extra 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that you’d be getting would be really worth it.

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