The packaging of Huawei P Smart is pretty white woven mesh fabric. If you open the box for the first time straight on top will be the phone. There is a bit of an unconventional twist you’ll actually find the sim ejector tool located in the flap. Underneath the flip is a warranty card and then a 50-page Quick Start Guide. The phone charges with micro USB which is pretty common place amongst slightly more budget oriented phones like this. There no USB type-c here and right in the bottom of the box is a pair of earphones.
The Huawei P Smart is trying to fill a gap in the market by trying to offer a lot of the things that it’s more expensive in Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro but at a much more affordable price.
Huawei P Smart comes with Android 8.0 Oreo squeezed into the latest emui 8.0 package. It has dual cameras that support the two simultaneous, Bluetooth device pairings, a fast fingerprint scanner and more.
The screen on this phone is definitely one of its strong points with its unusual size of 5.65 inches. It strikes a pretty good balance for people who want a slightly larger display than the standard 5.5 inch phone but they don’t a quiet stretch to a 6 inch. It’s an IPS panel with a full HD plus resolution the produce is pretty bright and pretty true-to-life images. The resolution is the same as found on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, a phone that costs over two times as much as this. It is also good to see that we’ve got an 18 to 9 aspect ratio here which gives us a slightly more modern aesthetic. The display is marketed as a full screen panel there are still noticeable bezels on here. It got an overall screen to body ratio of about 76% though so it’s actually still pretty good for a budget phone.
The back has a 13 megapixel sensor and 2 megapixel sensor which is used almost primarily the depth perception. Speaking of how cheap the phone is it’s one of the most fully featured cameras. It got everything from a wide aperture mode to a motion picture mode something close to Apple’s live photos as well as portrait mode. This camera is another one of those areas where fans of Huawei fans really appreciate. There’s a fair bit of color processing that goes on behind the scenes but the photos turn out very rich and almost instantly ready to post on social media. This isa similar story with the phone’s front camera which has some pretty intense face beautification going on.
Aside from this just in terms of the general UI of the phone it shares a lot of DNA with its more expensive cousin of Huawei Mate 10. That’s not a bad thing because whilst aesthetically speaking Emui is not ready for everybody in terms of functionality. It’s one of the most complete skins that a company has put on top of stock Android offering things like a smart split screen mode, smart sharing between Huawei devices which is like superfast file transfer that requires no Wi-Fi connection.
Under the hood the Huawei P Smart packs the Kirin 659, not a high end chip but definitely not a low-end one either. The performance speaks for itself. UI operation is very fluid and applications load almost instantly before your eyes. It does not matter the game you throw at this phone it can handle just about all of them at the max frame rate at 1080p resolution.This SOC is also combined with 32 gigabytes of on-board storage. Unfortunately 10 of which has already taken when you take the phone out the box. An SD card is recommended but it’s also at the same time nice that you’ve got that option.
The body the smartphone is made almost entirely out of aluminium a material that allows the phone to be extremely slim and light but at the same time very sturdy. The body has no creaking whatsoever when you apply pressure. The aluminium on the back of the phone doesn’t make it feel quite as premium as perhaps more expensive glass smartphones but it’s nice its pleasant. The phone has chrome accents running the top and the bottom and they definitely add a much-needed splash of flair.
As promised the fingerprint scanner really is a treat and very fast. The battery at 3000 milliamp hours can comfortably push you through a day of usage.
Main Features for Huawei P Smart
5.65 inch display
Android 8.0 Oreo Operating System
Octa-core 4×2.2 GHz & 4×1.5 GHz Processor
up to 256 GB Memory Card Slot
64 GB Internal Memory
4 GB RAM
13 MP + 2 MP Rear Camera
8 MP Front Camera
Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery