Among all the excitement in the mid-range category and following the flurry of awesome phones like the Huawei Nova 3i and the ultimate flagship Mate 20 pro, the Chinese giant has recently launched another mid-range contender Huawei Y9 2019.
Huawei’s archrival, Samsung, has also reinvigorated its lineup of mid-range phones with its all-new Galaxy J6+, which also shows promising specs in a controlled price.
Since both the phones are aimed at almost the same niche, we decided to pitch the two devices against each other to enlighten you about which phone carries the best value for your hard earned money.
Design and Build Quality
Despite having the same build material, both the phones are miles apart in their build and design. Y9 and J6+ both come with a plastic body that is polished to give out an illusion of glass.
That being said, we quite like the build of Y9 2019 because it is considerably sleek and slim as compared to its rival. J6+, on the other hand, is quite hefty. You even don’t have to hold the phones simultaneously to notice the huge difference between their thickness, its self-evident even by looking at both the devices.
On the back Huawei Y9, 2019 houses a dual camera setup in the top left corner while the J6+ houses in the spine of the phone. The fingerprint scanner on the Huawei is located on the back of the phone. We think its the best place for the scanner as the finger naturally hovers over the said place.
J6+ has a bit weird approach towards the fingerprint scanner and uses the power key as the fingerprint sensor which is located on the right side of the phone which is placed a bit above than the reach of the thumb. Above the power key, you’ll get a little slit which is the main speaker of the phone.
On the left, Huawei has a triple slot SIM tray while the Samsung has two slots for the same purpose, one that hosts only one SIM while the other is home to a SIM 2 slot and microSD slot. On the left side, you see volume rocker in the most awkward place, top corner of the phone for which you’ll definitely have to use the second hand.
All being said, Huawei Y9 2019 clearly wins this category. With its rounded edges and an ergonomic design takes the trophy of better handling and easy to use. Galaxy J6+, on the other hand, loses its ground because of the heft and out of proportion placement of buttons and cheap looking finish.
Screen and Display
Huawei Y9 2019 boasts a 6.5″ Fullview display with a notch. It comes with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels that translates into 396ppi pixel density and 82.8% screen to body ratio wheres Samsung Galaxy J6+ screen measures 6-inches with a resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels that sum up into 274ppi pixel density and 73.6% screen to body ratio.
Though both the phones carry IPS LCD, there is essentially no comparison here. The screen on Huawei is bigger and has a way better screen to body ratio along with the greater resolution.
Frustratingly enough, Samsung has somehow thought out to put huge bezels on the phone in 2018, a year of increasing screen to body ratio in phones. The display on Samsung is significantly inferior to Huawei’s even though Samsung calls it infinity display.
Thanks to higher resolution on Huawei, you get crisp colors and accurate saturation. Another perk that comes with this amazing display is the brightness that is crazily high if cranked to full.
Don’t get it wrong, Samsung also provides a good display but only because of the lower resolution and slightly lower brightness, the difference is evident which again makes the Y9 2019 a clear winner in the display category.
On the software front, both the devices pose a tough competition to each other. Samsung Galaxy J6+ comes with Samsung Experience 9.5 while the Huawei Y9 2019 comes with EMUI 8.1, both running on Android Ore 8.1.0.
Both the software skins have their limitations and offer different useful features in their way. EMUI has refined itself from being buggy and glitchy to smooth and immersive software skin.
Same can be said for the Experience. Back when it was called the TouchWiz, it was undoubtedly one of the worst software skins with new problems popping up now and then. Now it has received some significant design changes that make it mimic the stock Android experience which further enhances the usability.
The Experience 9.5 also has a Game mode that provides you with extra features. However, the most unusual thing was that we were not able to locate Asphalt 9 game even after extensive search on the Play store. It seemed like the game was blocked from being installed to this phone by the company.
We liked the customization better on Samsung. It gives you more options to entirely transform the look of your home screen and other app screen thanks to the extensive theme store.
Other than that, EMUI also provides a handful of useful option like if you are privacy freak, you can always use the Huawei Safe to secure your personal data in a vault. Moreover, App Lock can also be activated if you want individual apps to be restricted from access.
EMUI has its own perks and besides easily managing small tasks like adding an app drawer, tweaking the resolution of display etc, the phone also hosts the famous Party Mode like the Honor 10, that lets you connect with other devices to sync and play the same music over all of them, creating a surround effect.
However, both the UI skins are haunted by the same problem. You guessed it right. Bloatware! A ton of apps come preinstalled on both the phones that are frustrating specifically when connected to the internet because of the frequent unwanted notifications.
The Galaxy J6+ packs a Snapdragon 425 chipset. Adreno 308 GPU backs up the processor for graphics processing. A RAM of 3GB along with 32 GB internal memory sits in the heart of the phone.
Huawei Y9 2019 sports a way more powerful Kirin 710 that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. Just by reading the specs you might know the huge difference between the performance of both the phones.
Here are the benchmark results of Samsung Galaxy J6+ in Antutu and Geekbench apps.
Though we were expecting Huawei Y9 2019 to perform better in benchmarks, we didn’t expect that it would beat the J6+ to dust by such a jaw-dropping difference. Here are the benchmark results form Y9 2019.
In real life usage, the Y9 amazed us with its snappy performance. Moderate usage was buttery smooth on the device and never lag once while on the J6+, even in moderate usage we saw the device lagging which eventually got worse.
Maybe that’s because the Galaxy J6+ uses a Snapdragon 400 series processor that’s an entry-level SoC. Though Kirin 710 is a far more superior Chipset than the Snapdragon 425, Samsung definitely had the room in price to push a more efficient chip on the phone but instead stuck with the SD 425.
Heavy usage and gaming bring out the best in Y9 2019 thanks to Huawei’s unique GPU Turbo technology. With the hardware-software integrated solution, GPU performance is improved dramatically- enabling greater graphics accuracy and gaming performance while improving efficiency.
While on Samsung, heavy usage was a nightmare. The phone stuttered and lagged repetitively. Even to a point where we had to restart the device.
As for the battery, Y9 2019 carries a massive 4000mAh battery and J6+ sports a smaller 3300mAh. In our moderate usage tests, Huawei Y9 dropped 10 % battery while the J6+ ate up 16% of battery. Heavy usage drained 16% of the battery from Huawei Y9 2019 while one hour of heavy usage cost the J6+ 25% of battery.
Huawei Y9 2019 packs a dual-rear camera setup with 16MP + 2MP lenses and on the front, you get a dual camera setup with 13MP + 2MP lenses whereas Galaxy J6+ comes with a 13MP + 5MP dual camera setup on its back, the main13MP sensor being a 28 mm wide angle lens and on the front it presents an 8MP camera.
The toughest call between the two was the camera. though Y9 packs a decent camera, J6+ also provided detail-packed images. Let’s dive into camera results of both the phones to decide which one did a better job.
Looking at the above pictures you can clearly notice that J6+ brings the subject closer without losing the detail even though both the shot were taken from the same spot.
You can also tell that the Y9 tends to pop up the colors a bit much which makes the J6+ result look damp and faded away. While the oversaturation of color may entirely be a subjective choice, we like the colors on J6+ more due to its natural look but Y9 also tends to capture more detail.
Again in the above case, you can notice that Galaxy J6+ captures a much better picture with crisp details while the Huawei tends to blow out the picture with a splash of colors and light and preserves a little detail whatsoever.
HDR Mode on the Huawei Y9 2019 is better between the two. The picture from the J6+ looks aggressively treated. Though the color capture from Huawei is on the warmer side, it doesn’t affect the details in the picture.
In the above pictures you can clearly spot that the HDR in the Huawei phones is treating the picture right in surfacing out its color by popping them up a bit, but in doing so it also loses a negligible amount of detail.
In the picture taken from Galaxy J6+, a clear loss of detail and oversaturation of colors is easily noticeable in the HDR mode as compared to auto mode.
In indoor shots, the auto mode on Y9 2019 blows out the light and cannot handle well as compared to the J6+ but AI mode on Huawei does an excellent job in controlling the light and boosting up the colors while the same cannot be said for outdoor as it oversaturates and distorts the colors in outdoor lighting.
Both the phones offer a dual camera setup on their back through which you can take pictures with a DSLR-like effect that blur out the background and keep the subject in focus. Here is a comparison of boke effect shots on both the phones.
A difference of color can constantly be seen in both the pictures. The J6+ captures more true to life pictures while the Y9 2019 saturates the color a tad more.
Overall, it is a pretty tough call to pick a winning camera here because it all comes to preference. For instance, some may like bright and punchy colors in their pictures like the ones with Huawei Y9 2019 so the pictures from J6+ may seem dull to them, while other people may go for the more natural color approach.
Other than that, the dynamic range on Samsung is better but the consistency in preserving the detail and treating picture can significantly be seen on the Huawei Y9 2019.
Huawei Y9 2019 clearly wins this real-life comparison based on its better performance in each category. It has got a better design, a better screen and is absolutely a beast when it comes to performance.
Camera, however, is the only compartment where J6+ poses a competition to the Huawei Y9 2019 but that doesn’t count as enough to beat this beast of the mid-range arena.