The Huawei P Smart was one of our biggest selling handsets last year and an all time favourite mid-range choice for many of us here at Carphone Warehouse so the anticipation for its sequel has been palpable across our stores. Huawei, now the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, has long been renowned for its ability to balance top notch performance with keeping costs reasonable for the Irish consumer. We are pleased to say this has not changed with the arrival for the Huawei P Smart 2019 which gives users the looks (and a lot of the smarts) of a 2019 flagship for a fraction of the price.
The notch trend shows no sign of letting up in 2019 and the P Smart follows suit with a tiny dewdrop style notch at the top of the handset’s 6.21” Fullview display. We must admit this style of notch is one of our favourites; it is tiny (only housing the 8MP selfie camera lens) and leaves the viewer with an incredibly immersive experience, as the screen has super thin side bezels and a rather small chin. The screen is accurate, bright, and its 1080 x 2340-pixel resolution is even sharper than some of last year’s flagship devices.
That’s one of the great assets of the P series from Huawei – it tends to feature hardware and style once reserved for just the flagship class. Face unlock, rear mounted fingerprint scanner and dual camera are all on-board the P Smart 2019. Also this is the first time Huawei has brought AI functionality to a midrange smartphone – something only seen before on their flagship devices. The 64GB of storage on-board means running out of space will be hard for even the most trigger-happy snappers (You can expand via microSD up to 512GB) and the 3GB of RAM keeps all your apps and multi-tasking running smoothly. Powering all this hardware is a large 3,400mAh battery which saw us finish many long days with some gas still left in the tank.
The rear camera is a Dual AI Camera featuring a 13MP & 2MP dual lense setup with a large f1.8 aperture which helps users snap incredible detail and add a natural bokeh effect to portrait scenarios – perfect for all you Instagram fans out there. The camera takes some great shots and Huawei is really pushing its AI technology to the front this year. The AI scene recognition can identify 22 categories and over 500 scenarios.
But what does this mean for the average Irish user? Essentially the phone can pick up what you are trying to capture, be it your pet or favourite dish, and will adjust the camera settings automatically to give you the best shot possible. It helps you capture action shots and make colours pop. The 8MP Selfie shooter upfront also benefits from this AI technology helping you snap the perfect selfie.
The Huawei P Smart 2019 is an incredible mid-range device with many new and welcome upgrades over last year’s already stellar outing from the company. Its looks place it among the near full-screen, notch sporting style of this year’s biggest (and most princeliest) flagship devices. Its performance is also one of the strongest in its class. The ‘P’ may indeed stand for perfect mid-range.
Get the Huawei P Smart 2019
at Carphone Warehouse now starting at €199.99 prepay or €249.99 Sim Free.