Review: Huawei P Smart (2019)
Now, we’ve spent a lot of time recently bringing you reviews of top-end handsets but don’t want a device as brilliant as this to go under the radar.
The Huawei P Smart 2019 is undoubtedly one of the best all-round value for money options on the market right now at only £200 and comes with a host of features usually reserved for higher-tier devices. So what exactly do you get?
Design and Display
Huawei have become synonymous with producing some really visually striking devices and the 2019 Huawei P Smart is certainly no different.
Considering this a mid-ranger, we’ve been really impressed with both the size and quality of the device’s display. Measuring it at 6.21-inches - which is actually only ever so slightly smaller than Huawei’s flagship Mate 20 Pro – the Full View HD display produces some really bright and vivid colours. The IPS LCD panel has a 1080 x 2340-pixel resolution resulting in a density of 414 pixels per inch, which really is remarkable for a device at this price point.
Now, we realise many of you will be disappointed to see that central notch, however it is in the dewdrop style and is thereby much smaller than that of many similar devices. As with other Huawei phones, the software allows you to hide this in the phone’s settings however that comes down to personal preference more than anything else. For us, it’s so small that it’s barely noticeable and offers the phone a respectable 83.1% screen to body ratio. The bezels around the screen are pretty slim, however there is quite a noticeable chin at the bottom.
The P Smart 2019 has been finished with some nice rounded edges, which makes the device feel really sturdy and premium in hand. There is a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device that has worked pretty quickly for us, however the device does also come with facial recognition so you may never require it.
- 6.21-inch Full View HD display
- IPS LCD panel
- 1080 x 2340-pixel resolution
- 83.1% screen-to-body ratio
- Rear fingerprint scanner
For many, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Huawei smartphones is a great camera setup, and for a mid-range smartphone, we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the offerings of the P Smart 2019.
On the rear, you’re greeted with an impressive dual camera setup that comes with a host of cool features. The primary lens is a respectable 13MP and comes with a f/2.2 aperture, whilst the 2MP secondary lens provides that much needed depth sensor.
Huawei’s AI software is able to intelligently scan each scene and select the correct shooting modes based on lighting subjects. 22 different images categories and over 500 scenarios are chosen from instantly, to ensure that you get a great picture every time and the results haven’t been too bad for us. It is worth noting though, that once AI is turned on, the camera shoots 8MP photos rather than the full resolution.
In Pro mode, you can customise settings even further, including exposure, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and focus. Aperture mode also lets you pick the aperture between f/0.95 and f/16 and is your only option for isolating subjects that aren’t human as Portrait mode won’t work on them.
If selfies are more your thing, then the 8MP front camera is also capable of taking some impressive shots. The front shooter has several filter modes and post-processing options and uses it’s fancy AI tech to recognise 8 unique selfie scenes and optimise your photos in real time. The device also records video at up to 1080p resolution in either 30fps or 60fps, however doesn’t come with electronic stabilisation so footage can be shaky.
At this price point, you’re not going to find too many better camera options on the market right now.
- Dual rear camera
- 13MP main lens with f/2.2 aperture
- 2MP secondary lens with depth sensor
- AI software; 22 image categories and 500+ scenarios
- 8MP front lens
- Video in 1080p at 30fps or 60fps
Using EMUI 9.0 coupled with Huawei’s camera tech, the P Smart 2019 allows you to scan a product directly or simply long-press an object in an image to get shopping links to leading eCommerce platforms. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to try this ourselves yet, however, is a bonus that features on a number of Huawei smartphones and know it’s a feature that many of you have tried and enjoyed.
An interesting feature is Eye Comfort mode that has been certified by TUV Rheinland and works by reducing blue light. Huawei claim that this makes it safer to read long articles or endure long periods of screen time, especially when viewing in low light and is a really healthy feature.
The 3400mAh battery is very respectable for a mid-range handset and has impressed us in the time that we’ve had with the device. Unfortunately, there’s no support for wireless charging, however the 2019 P Smart does come with support for Huawei’s fast charging, which they claim increases charging speed by up to 22%.
Alongside this, the device comes with 64GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, however storage can be expanded with a microSD up to 512GB. That trusty 3.5mm headphone jack is featured on the bottom of the device, alongside a standard USB Type C port.
- EMUI 9.0
- Eye Comfort mode
- 3400mAh battery
- Fast charging
- 64GB internal memory and 3GB RAM
- Supports microSD up to 512GB
- 3.5mm headphone jack
In our opinion, the Huawei P Smart 2019 is one of the best value-for-money options on the market right now and is a solid all-rounder that produces many features that you would only expect of a more expensive handset. We’ve always been big fans of Huawei’s camera tech and even with their lower range phones, we have not been disappointed here. But what do you think?