Smartphone manufacturers that release several models a year don’t always spend the resources to organize events when launching a new phone, especially if it’s not a flagship one. Such is the case with the latest member of the Huawei smartphone family: The P Smart+ 2019. The device was leaked and anticipated (not very eagerly) for a while, but today it finally appeared on Huawei’s official website along with details of its software features and hardware specs. Let’s take a look!
The Huawei P Smart+ won’t wow you with its structure, however, that doesn’t mean it’s awful. It’s exactly what we’ve generally expected from cell phones in 2019. Most of the front board (89% of it to be precise) is taken by the 6.21-inch Dewdrop show (don’t confuse it with a tear one!) that has a small indent for the selfie camera and a discernible (however not huge) jawline at the base.
The back is styled in the well-known Huawei/Honor stylish with pleasant smooth bends, “artistic like completion”, a 2+1 camera module and a unique mark sensor. Shading choices are fairly restricted, you can go for either the fantastic sounding Starlight Blue or the strange Midnight Black. Concocting shading names must take a considerable amount of time making a decision by these and others on as of late discharged telephones (*cough* flamingo pink *cough*).
At the base of the gadget, there’s some uplifting news and some awful news. The uplifting news is there’s a 3.5mm earphone jack. The awful news is that the other port you can discover there is Micro USB. It appears that while Xiaomi figured out how to change to USB Type-C notwithstanding for a portion of its Redmi telephones, Huawei is as yet clutching the second rate port. Anyway, time to look in the engine!
Hardware and software
At the heart of the Huawei P Smart+ is the Kirin 710 chipset. This chip is actually meant to rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 rather than the 7 Series chips, which puts it right in the midrange segment. Huawei states that its new GPU Turbo 2.0 technology will bring improved gaming performance but how well it will work in practice is debatable. One thing that raises performance concerns is that the device comes with only 3GB of RAM which is on the low side for 2019. As you can probably guess, that amount of memory is paired with 64GB of storage, a pretty typical combo. On the plus side, you get to expand that with a Micro SD card.
Huawei seems to be especially proud of the cameras on this phone. As we mentioned there are 3 sensors on the back: 24MP main camera, an Ultra Wide Angle 16MP one and a 2MP depth sensor for the much-desired bokeh effect. Front one comes at 8MP and a feature called AI Selfie Artist which apparently helps you take better photos when there’s light shining behind you. If that’s a situation you find yourself often in, then look no further!
Price and release date
This is where things get foggy. For the time being, there’s no official information about the price of the P Smart+, when it will show up in stores and which countries can expect to receive this device. We reached out to Huawei for that information and it will be added as soon as we have the details. It will be interesting to see how it will be positioned compared to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro that offers some pretty good specs for a very low price.