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Huawei P Smart, analysis. Review with features, price and specifications

25 mayo, 2021

Huawei has achieved that its mid-ranges are synonymous with success. Much of the benefits come from the high-end, but it is through best sellers such as the Huawei P8 Lite that users are introduced to the ecosystem. In our first impressions, the Huawei P Smart already left us great sensations, but the competition in the mid-range is always fierce and there are many other mobiles that are offering great results.

We have been testing it since its presentation last week and here we bring you our Huawei P Smart review. In my case, I am a user of the previous P8 Lite, as well as the Xiaomi Mi 5X / A1, so it will help us to compare it with the new model and discover to what extent Huawei offers something better than what we already had.

This year 2018, 18: 9 screens have become the standard format and many users will be tempted by these mobiles with reduced frames and such striking design. In the collective mind there is still the image of a mobile with frames and of a certain size, the arrival of these mid-range such as the Huawei P Smart will cause that all devices with the old design are quickly relegated.


Huawei P Smart, technical specifications

Huawei P Smart

Screen

5.65-inch FullView
FullHD + resolution (2,160 x 1,080 pixels and 427 dpi)
Format 18: 9

Processor

Kirin 659
Octa-core Cortex A53 2.36 GHz
Mali T830MP2 GPU

RAM

3 GB

Storage

32 GB + MicroSD up to 256 GB

Cameras

Rear: 13 + 2MP, f / 2.2, autofocus, flashLED

Front: 8MP, f / 2.0

software

Android 8.0 Oreo
EMUI 8.0

Connectivity

LTE, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, microUSB

Drums

3000mAh

Design

150.1 x 72.05 x 7.45 mm
165 gr
Metal body
2.5D resistant glass
Rear fingerprint reader

Price

259 euros

Huawei P smart dual SIM 4G 32GB - Smartphone (14.3 cm (5.65"), 32 GB, 13 MP, Android, 8.0, Gold)

Huawei P smart dual SIM 4G 32GB – Smartphone (14.3 cm (5.65 “), 32 GB, 13 MP, Android, 8.0, Gold)

A much more streamlined but just as slippery design

Screen Size From 5.2 “of the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 (left) we go to almost 5.7” of the Huawei P Smart (right). And the size is practically the same.

The Huawei P Smart is difficult to differentiate from other mobiles if we have the screen turned off. We are going to a situation where almost all smartphones look alike from the front, more so now that the screen takes up more space on the front. The model that we have analyzed is the black one and has an appearance that most users will like. A acceptable size, rounded tips, fairly slim, and a 5.65-inch 18: 9 screen that barely leaves room to place the Huawei logo on the front.

In hand it feels great, balanced and very soft. Perhaps the only negative point is that it is quite slippery. Be careful, not as much as last year. Regarding the P8 Lite 2017, it has gone from a 2.5D glass rear to a more classic aluminum body but less susceptible to scratching and as we say slightly less slippery although with a lot of work ahead.

The Huawei P Smart comes with a very compact, sober design and really comfortable to use with one hand, except for being slightly slippery.

Design

The top and bottom frames are very thin. It’s a change that as soon as you turn on the mobile it is noticeable and appreciated very much. We went from a 5.2 “mobile to a 5.7” one and the size is practically the same. In addition, the thickness has been slightly reduced. The weight is in the line of mid-range mobiles. Here we leave you a comparative table. It is interesting to see for example that it weighs the same and is more compact than the Xiaomi Mi A1 despite having more screen or compared to the Honor 7X we see that it is denser but with a smaller size.

Huawei P Smart

Xiaomi Mi A1

Moto G5S Plus

Honor 7X

Huawei P8 Lite (2017)

Dimensions

150.1 x 72.05 mm

155.4 x 75.8 mm

153.5 x 76.2 mm

156.5 x 75.3 mm

147.2 x 72.9 mm

Thickness

7.45 mm

7.3 mm

8.0-9.5 mm

7.6 mm

7.6 mm

Weight

165g

165g

168g

165g

147g

Inches

5.65 “(18: 9)

5.5 “

5.5 “

5.93 “(18: 9)

5.2 “

Screen / front ratio

76.1%

70.1%

71.3%

77%

69.5%

Sizes Comparison Huawei P8 Lite (left) vs Huawei P Smart (center) vs Xiaomi Mi 5X / A1 (right)

The back is quite smooth and it has a series of details that we want to highlight. The rear camera is double and in the same way that happens in other models it stands out slightly. It is located in the upper left corner in a double lens where each one has its own circle. Next to it we have the flash and just below one of the two silver stripes that provides a different touch and marks where the antennas are.

The fingerprint reader is on the back in the usual position and the truth is that it works great. Huawei has managed to become synonymous with a good fingerprint reader and even the mid-range like this P Smart have a high level. Another detail is that the Huawei logo on the back is not visible to the naked eye, it is screen-printed in dark gray and is perfectly hidden.

lower

The front part as we mentioned does not have much mystery. There is not much more space than the bottom logo, the single front camera, the Notification LED and one of the speakers.

On the right side we have the volume and on / off buttons which this year are thinner and with a much more appreciable route than not in the P8 Lite 2017 model. On the left side only the slot for the double SIM / microSD.

It is a fairly complete mobile: the fingerprint reader works perfectly, we have NFC, radioFM, headphones in the box … but it lacks USB Type C.

Above we have a fairly smooth edge where we only have the microphone. The 3.5mm jack is passed to the lower side, where another noise canceling microphone, the speakers and the microUSB connector are added. A real pity that it does not bet on USB Type C, a type of connection that in 2018 we must already consider totally essential.

A screen that improves beyond the 18: 9 aspect ratio

Huawei P Smart screen

When they sent me the Huawei P Smart I thought: we are here, a Huawei P8 Lite 2017 with a little more screen and to sell. But the truth is that time does not pass in vain and the Huawei P Smart not only improves the screen ratio, the quality of the chosen panel is also slightly higher than that of the previous generation.

The Huawei P Smart incorporates a screen 5.65-inch IPS LCD with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution, which is known as FullHD + in 18: 9 format. We have a pixel density of 427 dpi, practically identical to what we had last year. However the behavior is quite good. We were already before a good panel, but now it tends to less yellow tones, a better contrast, viewing angles and more brightness.

A change that together with the new screen of better size makes it one of the mid-range with the best panel that we have had the opportunity to test. Although similar, if I had to choose between the screen of the Xiaomi Mi A1 and that of this Huawei P Smart, I would choose the second.

The Huawei P Smart has one of the best panels in the mid-range. Good brightness, colors and viewing angles.

Screen Huawei P Smart (left) vs Xiaomi Mi 5X / A1 (right): similar quality but with better viewing angles and outdoors in the case of Huawei.

The truth is that the history of this panel reminds me of the Honor 7X but in a slightly smaller size. We have an IPS with a very well calibrated color temperature, correct brightness and tactile response to match.

The minimum brightness may not be that low, but we have a reading mode at our disposal to activate a more appropriate filter. As we say, a very balanced screen that for this price will convince most users. With last year’s model we were already quite convinced, but now we get a ratio of approximately 76.1% and it is already known that we all want to see things bigger as long as, as is the case, size is not penalized.

A careful sound but without being differential

Huawei sound

In the sound section we have mixed feelings. The truth is that it is not a device that stands out especially in this section, something logical if we take into account its price. Yes the inclusion of your own headphones in the box is appreciated. White, robust and with a button to change the song and microphone. Very useful, although its power and audio quality are rather fair.

With the previous Huawei P Lite we had a double lower speaker, in this Huawei P Smart we have opted for only one but with more power. We prefer the new system, not louder but with less distortion. Something similar happens when connecting the headphones, although it is difficult to determine I have the feeling that for example Spotify sounds more pleasant on the P Smart although it does not reach the level of the Xiaomi 5X / A1. The mid-range has improved its design by leaps and bounds, but in terms of sound quality it has a long way to go.

Performance: improving little by little

Games

The performance of the Huawei P Smart is excellent. We always speak wonders of Qualcomm processors like the Snapdragon 625 but the truth is that this Kirin 659 is very close, both in terms of power and efficiency. In the several days that I have spent with the device, I have not noticed any major heat-ups or drops in speed. Be careful, the mobile has had some unexpected lag but it is something that we will comment on later in the software section.

Here we leave you the results of the benchmarks and the truth is that compared to other mobiles with more memory they are quite decent. The numbers are in the mid-range line such as the Xiaomi Mi A1 or the Moto G5S Plus but having tried the device with Android One, I must say that it is because of the extra gig of RAM or because of the layer, but when we have been with a lot of them for a long time Open applications this Huawei P Smart suffers something else.

Huawei P Smart Moto G5S Plus Honor 7X Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Xiaomi Mi A1 bq Aquaris V
Processor Kirin 659 Snapdragon 625 Kirin 659 Kirin 655 Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 435
RAM 3 GB 3 GB 3/4 GB 3 GB 4GB 3 GB
Antutu 65,935 64,388 50,084 56,520 60,014 43,568
PC Mark Work 2.0 4,801 4,781 4,936 4,410 4,729 3,714
Geekbench 4 (single / multi) 942/3693 832/4171