Huawei has announced the Y9 (2018) midranger in Thailand - a phone that shares a lot of bits with the Mate 10 Lite and puts them in a redesigned package.

Huawei has announced the Y9 (2018) midranger in Thailand – a phone that shares a lot of bits with the Mate 10 Lite and puts them in a redesigned package.

There’s a 5.93-inch IPS LCD on the front, naturally in an 18:9 aspect, because who still makes 16:9 phones. Resolution is 1,080×2,160pixels – the new FullHD.

Inside it, the Kirin 659 is in charge of things, Huawei’s own chip now dominating the company’s mid-tier lineup (for example, Honor 9 Lite, P smart, and the Mate 10 Lite, of course, have it). In this case it’s paired with 3GB of RAM, while storage is 32GB (expandable via microSD).

The camera department appears to be coming straight from the Mate 10 Lite – a 16MP primary shooter on the back, and a 13MP selfie cam, each of them with an extra 2MP camera for depth sensing.

At least a couple of things the Y9 (2018) does better than the Mate – it launches on Android Oreo, while the 10 Lite is still on Nougat, and battery capacity is a more generous 4,000mAh (3,340mAh on the older phone).

Availability and pricing remain to be detailed.

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