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Recently Huawei launched SA’s first pop-up camera smartphone, the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, at a very affordable price. Catering to the younger, more tech-savvy consumer, the device’s nifty selfie camera is neatly tucked away into the top of the phone and snaps up in less than a second when activated. It has a 16MP lens and a F2.2 aperture, as well as stunning 3D portrait lighting features, which means users of this device are able to capture the best high-definition selfies.

Being an SA first, however, many consumers understandably have questions about the longevity of the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019’s pop-up camera.

Because Huawei is focused on developing high quality products that provide a great user experience, it puts all of its devices through numerous tests before releasing them to the market.  Here are just a few examples of the assessments that make up the rigorous testing regimen of the quirky and innovative Huawei Y9 Prime 2019.

1.       Telescopic endurance test

The pop-up camera is tested by raising and retracting it ten thousand times consecutively, with a four-second interval between each repetition. In total, this quirky feature undergoes ten rounds of testing, for one hundred thousand total repetitions.

2.       Intelligent drop protection test

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is endowed with an intelligent drop protection function, which automatically detects when the phone is in free fall. It then retracts the pop-up camera to the maximum extent possible, diminishing the effect of the drop.

3.       Repeated drop tests

Each Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 device undergoes a drop test from a height of one metre, simulating common scenarios where users accidentally drop their phones while standing. A device is deemed to have passed only when it is established that there is no obvious damage, screen cracks, or deformed middle frame following two rounds of tests.

4.       Temperature shock test

The temperature shock test confirms that the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019’s selfie camera can raise and retract 30,000 times without a hitch in extreme temperatures. This indicates the impressive durability of its lifting apparatus and middle frame.

5.       2000-time soft pressure test

The soft pressure testing recreates a situation we are very familiar with – accidentally sitting on your phone when it is in your back pocket. The test results confirm that the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 can withstand 2,000 presses without suffering any damage.

6.       200,000-press button test

As the Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 has physical buttons, Huawei engineers also conduct button testing on the phone, which involves a robotic arm pressing the buttons repeatedly for 24 hours straight; this amounts to a total of 200,000 presses.

The rigorous tests have confirmed that the Y9 Prime is a model built to withstand the hazards of daily life, with a pop-up camera that can raise and retract 100,000 times without suffering damage, buttons that can withstand 200,000 presses, as well as components and functions that work even in the most extreme conditions.

This game-changing device is currently priced at R5,399 and available at Telkom and Vodacom stores and via www.huaweistore.co.za.

The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is available in three enchanting colours – Emerald Green, Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black *. The device comes with a two-year warranty that includes one free replacement pop-up camera (worth R799) in the case of accidental or physical damage.

*May vary in different channels