Huawei Y series smartphones have proven to be very popular in the Kenyan market. Phones are available at different prices, from the most affordable to the mid-range.

Huawei Y9a Specifications

Dimensions: 6.44 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches
Weight: 197 grams
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Screen: 6.63 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
BONE: Android 10, EMUI 10.1, no Google Play services
Chipset: Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (2 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 and 6 × 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU: Mali-G52 MC2
Internal storage: 128 GB
Main camera: Configuration of the quad camera
64 MP (wide)
8 MP (ultra-wide)
2 MP (macro)
2 MP (depth)
Selfie camera: Single 16 MP motorized pop-up
Battery: Li-Po 4300 mAh, non-removable
Colors: Space Silver, Sakura Pink, Midnight Black


The phone has an arched design that we have to expect from this class of Huawei devices.

The power button is on the right side of the phone and doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Next to it are the volume buttons.

The main camera is on the back in a quad while the selfie camera, a pop-up, is at the top of the phone. Next to the selfie camera is the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The home button is in the middle and the other controls are on the left and right. The dual SIM card port is on the bottom left and also houses the MicroSD port. Next to it is a charging port (in the middle), a speaker and a mouthpiece.

I love that the construction of the phone makes it easy to handle and use, and you can even use it with one hand. You can turn on one-handed mode to make it easier to use the phone with one hand.


The phone comes with a 6.63 inch touchscreen which is really well lit and has the usual automatic controls which adjusts the light according to the lighting conditions.

The screen is big enough and I liked playing on it. Watching videos on it, on any platform, is a pleasant experience. The large screen also makes it easier to use apps like Instagram and reading documents.

You can also use multiple apps at once with the multi-window feature although this feature does not work with all apps. It also comes with other features like eye comfort, eBook mode for easy reading of eBooks and also the popular dark mode.


The phone comes with a dual SIM card and I have used it with Safaricom and Telkom Kenya SIM cards. 4G on the phone is quite fast depending on the strength of the network.

On Safaricom I was able to get download speeds between 20-40 Mbps and upload speeds between 15-20 Mbps. On Telkom, downloads were between 15-30 Mbps and uploads between 10-20 Mbps.

The also comes with Bluetooth, Micro USB, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hot Spot and FM radio.


The phone runs on Android 10 paired with Huawei’s own EMUI 10.1. It doesn’t have Google Play services and comes with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) instead.

It is preinstalled with Huawei apps like Huawei browser, messaging app, phone cloning, themes, messaging app, Huawei Health and Huawei Music.

You can download other apps you need from the Huawei AppGallery store. You can download apps like TikTok, WhatsApp, Instagram, Uber, Twitter, among others from the store. Local apps such as Jumia, Safaricom, Telkom Kenya and Jumia are also available.

Apps that are not available in the AppGallery store can be downloaded from third party websites such as ApkPure and App Finder. Through these platforms, you will be able to download and install the applications.


The phone comes with a Mediatek Helio G80 Octa-core processor (2 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 and 6 × 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55). It also has 8 GB of RAM.

The processor and RAM come in very handy, especially when running heavy applications. I liked being able to run multiple heavy apps and the phone still performed quite well. I think the lack of a lot of bloatware helps create an experience where the phone is running the necessary apps that you need.

The phone works best in well-lit conditions because the images and video are much clearer and crisper. You can obviously turn on the flash but the experience is not the same.

Here are some of the photos I took with the phone.

The phone charges quickly and it takes about 40 minutes to fully charge without a battery.


The phone comes with 128 GB internal memory which is quite sufficient. I really tried to fill it with apps, pictures, and music and video downloads but could only get 100GB.

In case the memory is not enough, you can add a memory card which can be upgraded up to 256 GB.

Final thoughts

Huawei has done very well with the Y series and in particular the Y9 versions. The Huawei Y9a is no different and its performance in general makes it a good buy.

It is available for Ksh. 30,999 and it is available in Huawei Mobile Kenya stores across the country.


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