Test – Huawei P Smart 2019: the Golden Mean

Test – Huawei P Smart 2019: the Golden Mean

The Huawei P Smart 2019 is Huawei’s first smartphone for 2019. This is an evolution of the P Smart 2018, a product launched to strengthen the Chinese offer in the mid-range segment. The manufacturer’s promise is to offer the best performance for a minimum price of 249 euros. In a particularly competitive market segment, which the arrival of the Honor 10 Lite and Xiaomi products made even more competitive, Huawei had nevertheless managed to do well. 

Design, an air of déjà vu

The Huawei P Smart 2019 is a nice phone. Its front panel displays a nice 6.21″ screen, avec with rather thin borders and a tiny notch. His lines are worked, but without originality. The back is made of plastic with a ceramic effect to the touch. It has a nice curvature that best fits the curves of the hand.


The dual-optical APN is located at the top right and the fingerprint reader is located more centrally. So the package is quite attractive, but there is little evolution between the 2018 and 2019 design. Moreover, it looks just like the Honor 10 Lite. A lack of creativity that serves him a little ill.


Add to that a MicroUSB port instead of a modern USB-C… and it’s very 2018. Luckily, the drop notch allows it to move forward to 2019. Let’s finish on the quality of manufacturing which is without real reproach. The product is solid and nothing moves when we hold it firmly in our hands.  

Ergonomics, nothing new

The bottom slice of this mobile includes the MicroUSB port and a jack port. The buttons (volume and power) are located on the top of the right-hand edge.


The grip is pleasant, the fingers are easy to position. The body of this mobile takes great pleasure in collecting fingerprints, but has the good taste of not slipping as much as a glass model.


The fingerprint sensor is very well located and effective. At the software level, we get Android 9.0 Pie with an interface and gesture inspired by the Apple world.


However, it does offer the option to display or not display an application drawer and to customize many functions. If you are used to Chinese smartphones, and more specifically Huawei or Honor, you won’t be lost. 

The screen, good pick

The 6.21″ screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio consists of a 2,340 x 1,080 pixel IPS panel. The brightness is good, but lacks pep’s, associated with a contrast ratio a bit low, announced at 1 100 : 1. This makes legibility more difficult if you are under the sun, but a very good anti-reflection filter makes up for this.


Colorimetry, as is often the case with IPS tiles, tends to turn a little blue. By going through the menus, you can customize the display. Opt for the colour mode “ normal ” to enjoy a more natural colorimetry.


The blacks are doing well, but the gradations could have been finer, but that’s still very acceptable. For a smartphone at 249 euros, we have here a screen that, without being exceptional, knows how to play the game. 

Average and still average performance

The data sheet for the Huawei P Smart 2019 features a HiSilicon Kirin 710 home processor, 3GB of RAM, an Adreno GPU and 32GB of storage. Identical characteristics to the Honor 10 Lite for example. So not surprisingly we have identical performances. This is not a bad thing, because even though the Kirin 710 is not the fastest, it has proven itself.


So, Android, like most apps, works without a hitch. The fluidity is there and only the most greedy applications or an excess of applications in memory will really slow it down. Games are fine as long as you choose the lightest possible rendering. A Fortinite or an Asphalt 9 will not show off their best 3D finery, but will be flawlessly fluid. Autonomous level, no fast recharging, but a nice 3,400 mAh battery that offers just over 15 hours of autonomy in mixed use. Count about 12h30 of Full HD streaming. 

The photo, hard-working but can do better

The main APN on the back has a 13 M¨(f/1.8) photo sensor, supported by a 2 MP second one used to generate bokeh effects (protrait mode). When the light is nice, the Huawei P Smart 2019 manages to capture some great shots. Colours are natural, details (such as foliage) are fairly well defined.


Artificial intelligence dedicated to photography is not at all excessive and will not distort your photos. On the other hand, the P Smart 2019 has a bit of trouble with moving objects, especially if it exceeds 20 km/h (20 mph).


When the brightness drops (end of day, indoors), a slight digital noise appears. At night, he does well for a product at 249 euros with good light management and honest colors. In the end, it’s the digital noise that spoils the show.

But if you don’t zoom into the image, this is still acceptable. Finally, the portrait mode is perfectly mastered, except for a small lack of precision in the trimming of curly hair for example.

The 8 MP front camera is honorable. The colours are honest, but there is not much precision in the details. Digital noise appears very quickly as soon as the light is not optimal. Finally, the software portrait mode will be sufficient.


Efficient, but without passion

Huawei plays it safe with a product that has a risk-free design and proven data sheet. So proven that it is very close to several models at Honor or even Huawei. The ceramic effect of the back and the quality of his photos are two points that make him stand out. We are facing a good product, balanced and well designed despite some concessions on performance or photo. 

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