Today we’ll introduce you to one of the cheaper Huawei phones which, at the first glance, doesn’t seem to lack anything. It looks nice, it’s well built and it gives an impression of a premium smartphone. However, stay with us to see what we have noticed after a week’s use. This is MOBOSdata Huawei P Smart 2019 review.
Once again, Huawei has refreshed its P Smart device. Only a month before its introduction we saw another very similar phone that we’ve already reviewed, the Honor 10 Lite. These two phones essentially differ only regarding the memory and selfie camera, together with slight changes in the design. If you’ve seen our Honor 10 Lite review, you know that we have said that it’s one of the best budget phones out there, which could also be the case with Huawei P Smart, couldn’t it? Let’s find out.
Compared to the last year’s P Smart, Huawei has improved the 2019 version quite a lot. The P Smart 2019 has a bigger display, new Kirin platform, it comes with a new system, bigger battery and a better selfie camera. The chassis is made of plastic and looks pretty good. It is perfectly polished, which is also why it’s extremely prone to micro-scratches. Here’s what the phone will look like after only 5 days of using the phone without the protective case. Two cameras on the back are both placed in the upper left corner, and the fingerprint scanner is placed in the central part of the back panel, just as in the Honor 10 Lite.
In general, this is a thin and light device which won’t be hard to use. The phone has minimal bezels which are decent for a mid-range phone. At the top of the display there is a water-drop type notch. When it comes to color options, the phone comes in Midnight Black, Aurora Blue, Sapphire Blue and Coral Red.
Inside the factory box there is the phone itself, user manuals, a SIM tray tool, a microUSB cable, a charging adapter and 3.5mm headphones. We’re a bit disappointed that Huawei didn’t ship a gel case with the phone taking into account how easily it scratches. Let’s dive into more details.
On the front panel of the Huawei P Smart 2019, there is a 6.21” LTPS IPS LCD panel. LCD panels can’t even compare to AMOLED displays, but taking into account that this is a mid-range device, we couldn’t even expect an AMOLED display.
The screen has the aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and the resolution of the display is FullHD. All this means that the pixel density is 415 PPI which is quite good for a mid-range phone – the same resolution can be found even in certain flagships.
Brightness is also solid but the views can be quite illegible on direct sunlight. The panel emits blue-ish hues, but nothing that can’t be fixed through color calibration.
HARDWARE AND OS
This phone, much the same as other mid-range Huawei devices, uses the Kirin 710 chipset. This is a 12nm chipset which is perfectly capable of performing on a pretty high level, so you won’t have many issues with it. Even more demanding games work smoothly, and without any lag at all, with settings set to medium though. Transitions and navigation through the user interface all work without any issues. This phone comes with 3GB of RAM and either 32GB of 64GB of internal storage memory. If you’re thinking about buying this phone, we believe that you’re not a heavy user which means that 3GB of RAM should be more than enough – it was enough for us.
The main speaker in this phone is placed on the bottom edge, next to the charging port. This is a mono speaker, it is loud enough but the quality of sound isn’t very good. When we crank the volume up, the speaker has a problem with deeper tones.
HUAWEI P SMART 2019 SYSTEM
Directly out of the box, this phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie which is a huge plus, over which there is the EMUI 9.0. This system allows for gesture navigation without software buttons and face unlock, and there are also some preinstalled applications such as Find My Device, Music player, Huawei Health etc.
On the back of this phone there are two camera sensors, the main of which packs 13 megapixel resolution and has the aperture of f/1.8 while the second one has 2MP resolution and serves for depth of field sensing. Focusing is implemented through PDAF system, and below the camera there is an LED flash.
This camera setting isn’t different at all compared to the one found in the Honor 10 Lite, photo quality-wise as well. Photos captured in broad daylight provide nice, warm colors with a decent dynamic range in shadows, however, bright spots sometimes suffer and often seem over-exposed.
Night time shots are not that good, to be honest. They have too much noise and lack too many details. The Night mode that is activated through the AI mode does fix things a bit though.
Anyway, the second camera does a great job blurring the background. In the portrait mode, the subject is separated from the background quite nicely.
Compared to the Honor 10 Lite, the selfie camera is far worse. It packs only 8MP resolution and lacks details, especially in the interior. Here are a few examples.
HUAWEI P SMART 2019 VIDEO
Video is captured in FullHD resolution at 30 or 60 fps, but they are not stabilized. When it comes to quality, just as the photos, they have nice tones, but they’ll look nice only if you don’t move because of the lack of stabilization.
Huawei P Smart 2019 is a dual-SIM device that uses two nano-SIM cards in a hybrid dual-SIM slot. Hybrid slot means that instead of one SIM you can use a microSD card for storage expansion up to one additional TB of data.
The microUSB connector that we’ve mentioned earlier is completely disappointing in 2019. Even though end-users don’t care too much about what the connector looks like, it’s no secret that USB Type-C connector has far greater data and electricity transfer capabilities. It is rare nowadays to see phones with now obsolete microUSB connectors, and we can’t see why a tech giant like Huawei would opt for this technology.
Headphones delivered together with the phone are quite uncomfortable to use for a prolonged period. They provide only average sound quality. If you use your phone for music reproduction, we honestly recommend buying better headphones.
The battery placed inside the phone is an improvement compared to the one that was placed inside the older version. It now has the capacity of 3400 mAh compared to the previous 3000 mAh, which is great news, but the autonomy won’t change too much due to the bigger display that drains the battery. Of course, there is the new 12nm chipset that also adds up to the autonomy. The phone will be able to last up to 7-8 hours of Screen On time.
The quick charger comes with 10W power. It is not particularly fast – for about 30 minutes of charging it brings the battery up to 34%, while a full charge takes up around an hour and 50 minutes.
FINAL WORDS / VERDICT
Huawei P Smart 2019 is more than a decent phone that has a good design, great performances and that produces great photos with the main camera.
The display is also an upside, with its vivid colors and high resolution. Its main flaw, at least as we see it, is its plastic back that can be scratched by simply carrying the phone in your pocket. If you’ve just got this phone, and you’re now watching this review, or you’re planning on buying it, go for it, it will suit your needs fully. Just buy a case immediately.
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