After appreciating the smartphone trio with Kirin 710, Huawei starts with a device designed along the lines of the predecessor: Huawei P Smart 2019. Same potential, but a practically complete restyling, starting from the notch drop to the design u on the body. P Smart 2019 is the new entry level proposal of the brand: let's see how it behaved in our complete review.
Huawei P Smart 2019 Review
Classic white hardcover packaging for Huawei P Smart 2019, in which we find:
- Huawei P Smart 2019;
- Earphones with mini-jack 3.5 mm;
- USB / Micro USB cable;
- 5V 2A wall power supply;
- SIM extractor;
Design and construction quality
As anticipated, just in the design we find the substantial changes of Huawei P Smart 2019. The company, for this smartphone, in fact abandons the style characterized by the iridescent back cover and bright colors, offering a product with minimal lines. Good choice in my opinion, thanks to the small size of 155.2 x 73.4 x 8 mm to 160 g, and the rounded edges, P Smart 2019 not only does it offer considerable grip, but it also provides a sense of compactness and uniformity that is above average.
The workmanship of the body in like ceramic offers a feeling premium to the touch and sight and, the choice of the company to leave the side frames as clean as possible, makes the smartphone even more elegant. To stop the uniform body we have volume rocker and power button on the right, trolley for SIM and second microphone at the top and on the lower input frame jack 3.5 mm, micro USB and system speaker.
To make the transformation complete in terms of design, the display could not clearly be missing. Unlike the predecessor we find in this case the notch to drop which increases the enjoyment of the display, while sacrificing the second front camera.
The display of Huawei P Smart 2019 it is one of the innovations of the device. In this case we find a panel from 6.21 inches, with 83.1% screen to body ratio, resolution Full HD + 1080 2340 pixels x (415 PPI) characterized precisely by the drip notch.
In everyday use I was able to appreciate the panel, characterized by excellent build quality, clear images even under the light of the sun and appropriate color calibration. A IPS in the average, which (single fly) suffers from a slight tendency to cold colors.
In this sense, the EMUI thinks that via software offers the possibility for users to act on the color temperature. Also available the possibility to hide the notch via software, feature that certainly less used than in the past.
One of the leitmotiv of the 2018 that, in all likelihood we will relive again this year, was the predisposition, by the OEM, to offer as many unlocking methods. Also P Smart 2019in fact, it has two unlock modes: the classic Fingerprint ID placed on the back and unlocking the face via software. Which one to choose?
Although both are fast and faithful, in the days of use I always, or almost, preferred the release with fingerprints; in fact, in addition to being generally faster, it does not suffer from the classic problems related to lighting conditions. Moreover, thanks to the unlocking sensor on the back it will be possible to manage some commands such as instantaneous shooting, swipe between photos, quick response to calls and more.
Huawei P Smart 2019 follows, as repeatedly repeated, the line of predecessors characterized by the SoC Kirin 710 a 12 nm, with octa-core CPU based on the ARM architecture and 4 Cortex-A73 2.2 GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 to 1.7 GHz, accompanied by the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU to 1 GHz. To complete everything we find (and here the difference) 3 GB of RAM LPDDR4X and 32 / 64 GB of expandable storage.
While in my opinion the smartphone has taken a big step forward for design, in terms of performance loses something compared to its predecessors. Also accomplices i 3 GB of RAM, no longer ideal for optimized management, most of the time P Smart 2019 it will not guarantee an adequate speed for immediate operations. Gaming side, for example, playing heavier titles like PUBG ed Asphalt 9 we will go to meet a few too many lag.
Nothing so serious though, especially if much of the use will be relegated to the "usual" social and messaging apps. In this sense the performance of P Smart 2019 they will be more than enough.
As we have repeatedly repeated during the review, Huawei P Smart 2019 offers some differences compared to the predecessor. One of these is undoubtedly the presence of the drip notch that brings - inevitably - to have only one front camera, there are still two chambers on the back. More precisely, the main camera opts for a sensor 13 mega-pixels with focal opening f/ 1.8 with PDAF, accompanied by the camera dedicated to the depth from XMUMX mega - pixel. On the other hand, we find instead only one bedroom from XMUMX mega - pixel and f / 2.0 focal aperture.
Regarding the quality of the shots, several considerations must be made: while the color rendition remains true to reality, on several occasions the images will result in unsatisfactory quality, with grainy details even in optimal light conditions. Conditions worsen clearly with the evening, however in this light we will be supported by the Night mode which regulates - depending on the needs - the exposure times to offer more performing shots: Night mode then promoted, which can not be used however for the selfie camera.
Even the front room in this sense has not fully satisfied me, broadly reflecting the feelings experienced for the main sector. Despite the absence of the second front room instead, it is well managed the Bokeh effect thanks to software optimization.
Present among the settings the ability to "correct" the photos via AI, even if in almost all cases we are faced with images that, although pleasing to the eye, do not reflect the real colors. Among the different feature then stand out Slow-mo e Time Lapse video side, accompanied by AR lenses for the application of social effects. Of note then the possibility of recording videos in 1080p to 30 and 60 fps that follow the same image trend.
Connectivity and audio quality
The new Huawei P Smart 2019 it is quite complete in terms of connectivity. We find Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac dual band, Wi Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.2, accompanied by NFC, FM Radio and the GPS trio: A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou. Present also the jack from 3.5 mm, the only flaw still remains the micro USB input.
The sensations in terms of sound quality are positive. P Smart 2019 has a good performance thanks to the system speaker at the bottom, with clean sounds albeit high, discrete experience even in headphones with the supplied earphones.
Software remains one of the strongest traits of Huawei. The new smartphone arrives in fact with the EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie, which brings some important and necessary implementations.
One of them is certainly the possibility to use (finally) the Full Screen gestures. No fear, however, for the nostalgic there will still be the possibility of using the classic NavBar. To accompany this novelty we then find the ability to set the use of the smartphone within a day. In fact, users can, in fact, select the desired quantity (in hours), after which the smartphone will automatically switch off. Function aimed mainly at advising against prolonged use of the device, which however may not be activated.
Continuing thanks to EMUI we will have the possibility to change to our liking themes and size of the grid icons (4 × 6, 5 × 5 and 5 × 6), as well as set as we like the "scenes" of the battery, up to Ultra, to optimize energy savings . Strong customizations on the software side so that, if on one hand they can be appreciated considering the care with which they are lowered in the ecosystem, on the other hand they contribute to weighting the smartphone in general.
Despite the battery size is not excessive, 3400 mAh, Huawei P Smart 2019 I was surprised by this point of view. With only 60 mAh compared to its predecessor, the new device takes a considerable step forward. In days of more or less intense use, the smartphone has reached the 6 display hours on (a gap of about an hour compared to P Smart + 2018).
Taking advantage of then feature dedicated to the battery present in the settings, P Smart 2019 will even exceed the 6 hours in fluency, numbers that translated, lead the smartphone to cover about 2 days of use.
As mentioned before, the negative note remains the absence of a quick refill and of the standard Type-C. With the supplied power supply, the charging times remain discrete, around 2 hours for complete recharge.
Price and conclusions
The company meets the known price standards for the range: Huawei P Smart 2019 it will be available at the list price of 249 €, even if already available on different stores at a lower cost. Like any mid range, too P Smart 2019 leaks merits and weaknesses. However, despite the fluidity I was not impressed, I appreciated the search for a minimal style in the forms, as well as materials and invoice that return a noteworthy feedback. A best buy? Surely on the threshold of 200 € can be considered for quality and reliability.
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