The Huawei P Smart started the year 2018 on the hats for the Chinese manufacturer in the entry-level. His successor, the Huawei P Smart 2019, has arrived … but does he only have the shoulders strong enough to compete with him? Discover our test.
Huawei P Smart 2019
Version of the OS
2340 x 1080 pixels
Kirin 710 to 2.2GHz
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Internal memory (flash)
1:13 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
4.2 + A2DP + LE
LTE, HSPA, GSM
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
155.2 x 73.4 x 7.95 mm
This test was made from a smartphone provided by the brand.
The Huawei P Smart 2019 appears at first glance as a logical evolution for the model. The P Smart 2018 took advantage of the display ratio in 18: 9, but had wide borders, the P Smart + integrated a large notch, but its borders have been refined, and this P Smart 2019 simply reduces significantly the notch in turning it into a "drop of water". The design at first glance is reminiscent of the classic Huawei Mate 20, which did not integrate a 3D facial recognition system like the Pro model.
If the front panel itself is quite successful, with relatively thin edges for an entry-level phone, it should be noted that the slab seems to be "stuck" to the rest of the phone body. The difference in level is not so shocking as that, and the phone is pleasant in hand: the fact that the frame perfectly fits the back, the Huawei P Smart 2019 offers a very pleasant grip thanks to its round design.
On the back precisely, we find in the upper left the double photo sensor oriented vertically, a provision common today for the manufacturer. It overlooks the LED flash, and has the advantage of very little exceed the body. In the center, where the finger rests naturally, there is a very classic fingerprint reader that ends the notable points of this configuration. The rest is similar to everything we saw in 2018 from the Chinese manufacturer.
The left edge receives absolutely nothing: the dual SIM / SIM + micro SD port is located on the top, next to a simple microphone noise reduction. The right slice accommodates the usual buttons of volume and unlocking, without any other form of process. At the bottom, we find from left to right a jack, a micro USB charging port and a single speaker grille.
All in all, this Huawei P Smart 2019 is not the most original Huawei phone of the year, for sure. And at the same time, it's not what we ask him: although a little big for anyone who likes more compact formats, it is very pleasant in hand and very light. This is a smartphone that will be suitable for small grants to consume its YouTube videos in peace. No frills, but very effective.
The Huawei P Smart 2019 is equipped with an IPS LCD panel of a very comfortable size of 6.21 inches. It supports a maximum definition Full HD + of 2340 x 1080 pixels, a ratio 19: 9.
The screen makes a very good first impression, especially because it looks very bright under the gray sky. The colors are very contrasted and, if everything turns a little on the blue at the expense of red, the final rendering is really pleasing to the eye.
Our probe tells us, the screen is indeed very blue in default setting, with an average color temperature estimated at 8200 K. Its contrast at 1314: 1 and its maximum brightness of 493 cd / m² are excellent cons for this positioning tariff.
Note that as always, the interface of the manufacturer can adjust the slab somewhat. Thus, you can choose between "bright colors" mode (default) and a "normal colors" mode, and to choose perfectly your balance thanks to a chromatic circle.
The Huawei P Smart 2019 benefits right out of box EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. Regarding the security patch, our test version incorporates that of November 2018. No problem on it: it is absolutely all that is expected of a smartphone out early 2019, no matter its range.
The interface of Huawei is well known to us, and its formula does not differ drastically on this device. You always have the option to choose whether or not to use an application drawer, while the system allows you to customize the experience thoroughly to make this smartphone your smartphone. Gesture navigation is part of the game, as is hiding the notch if it bothers you.
Who says known terrain says same defects as before. If the parameters have been simplified, they remain massive. And above all, the interface still looks aesthetically late on its competitors, especially the basic icons of the system and the notification pane. Let's bet that one day, Huawei will finally look seriously.
Note the presence of 4 pre-installed applications: Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Booking. Fortunately, they are all uninstallable. Huawei also provides as usual a complete software suite which few tools can find their usefulness, including Wallet or Party Mode. Most are at least unmountable.
The Huawei P Smart 2019 is equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin 710, the same SoC already integrated in the Huawei P Smart + recently. It is this time coupled to 3 GB of RAM LPDDR4X.
In everyday life, no problem. Navigate the web, quickly change application into application and simply browse the phone without pushing in its entrenchments is done smoothly and quickly. The phone will never come to frustrate you.
Huawei P Smart 2019Huawei Mate 20 LiteNokia 7 + Honor 10
SoCKirin 710Kirin 710Snapdragon 660Kirin 970
AnTuTu 7.x130 237137 975140 565197 690
PCMark 2.05 8136 7466 1327 118
3DMark Slingshot Extreme8619541 3302 908
3D Mark SSE (Graphics) 7288071 1592 993
3D Mark SSE (Physics) 2 3712 6192 7542 644
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 7/8 FPS7 / 8 FPS8,6 / 9 FPS21 / 22 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan (onscreen / offscreen) 18/20 FPS19 / 21 FPS21 / 23 FPS49 / 50 FPS
Sequential read / write 285/198 MB / s307 / 217 MB / sec 277/212 MB / sec830 / 197 MB / sec
Random read / write 11,4k / 18,2k IOPS19,2k / 12,8k IOPS14,4K / 4,6K IOPS37k / 41,4k IOPS
On Arena of Valor, the game automatically configures itself with its graphics and particle effects in average. IPSE mode, which unlocks 60 FPS mode, is not available. Nevertheless, the constant 30 FPS is held regardless of the battles on the screen.
On PUBG Mobile, the application is launched by default in medium graphics quality with average frame rate. At stake, everything is perfectly fluid and nothing comes to tarnish the experience of going quietly to hunt poor survivors.
All along, the Huawei P Smart 2019 does not heat an iota, despite repeated sessions. It is a real success on this point.
Double rear photo sensor
At the rear, the Huawei P Smart 2019 is equipped with a main sensor 13 megapixel lens opening at f / 1.8. It is supported by a second 2 megapixel sensor, used only for depth of field.
In daylight, the Huawei P Smart 2019 is doing really well with very good color retention. The strong dynamic tracks do not prevent it from capturing the colors neatly, with a very nice final piqué. Note that artificial intelligence is also going to its own improvements on clichés, but the final rendering is not surrealistic.
Indoors, it's always very good. Once again, the colors are kept in the exact despite the light tending to become rare. Note however that a slight digital noise tarnishes the sharpness of the image, but it does not really interfere: the final rendering remains consistent and quite exploitable.
In low light, the same analysis remains. The colors are always good, we can not take it away. The shapes are well preserved and the clichés usable … but it will not look too closely. The digital noise is so present that, closely, we can see mosaics forming in the image. So it's ok, even if a better dive would have been really welcome.
Front photo sensor
At the front, it's an 8-megapixel sensor that will take care of your selfies. It is quite good bill, managing to capture many details in full light. When the light conditions become more complicated to manage, the colors are preserved, but a digital noise appears. Nevertheless, the images are not lacking in definition and are perfectly usable. Note that the portrait mode is still available, and still works as well: Huawei masters its algorithm.
As said in the design part, the Huawei P Smart 2019 is equipped with only one speaker at the bottom of the phone, whose sound comes out from elsewhere by a simple grid. Let it be said: the sound is perhaps the biggest weak point of the phone, if you like to be in the loudspeaker.
It saturates at an impressive speed, and the sound itself is far from being defined. It's a hearing gloubibulga that may be enough to watch some videos on YouTube in the evening in bed, but not really to enjoy a proper experience. Fortunately, the jack is still present on this device, which will overcome this problem with a good helmet or a good sound system.
To ensure its longevity over time, the Huawei P Smart 2019 is equipped with a 3400 mAh battery. On paper, it may sound a little awkward because of its widescreen 1080p resolution, but the Kirin 710 is not a big consumer of resources.
In use, the Smart P 2019 holds a day quietly on a classic use including social networks, a little video and discussion online. That said, its consumption seems to rise on tasks using the GPU, making games consume a little more. He is not a champion of autonomy, but he will not abandon you.
Autonomy test Viser
P Smart 2019:
P Smart +:
Note that the P Smart 2019 has "only" the 10 W fast charging, becoming the new normal charge on the market. In 30 minutes, it recovers 34% of battery (from 9 to 43%) for a complete recharge taking about 2 hours 20 minutes.
Price and release date
The Huawei P Smart 2019 will be released in France on January 2nd. It will be sold for 249 euros, in a single version with 64 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. At this price, his main opponent is Honor 8X, with whom he has much in common.
Where to buy the Huawei P Smart 2019 at the best price? There are no offers for the moment
Huawei P Smart 2019 test The verdict
The 2019 Huawei P Smart represents just what 2018 has had to offer. Without being very original, its design is efficient and gives pride to its greatest asset: its screen. It is moreover surprisingly light.
The slab of the P Smart 2019 is really very good bill for its price. Too bad it is set as blue by default.
Android 9.0 Pie and November security patch, all with the optional EMUI 9.0 interface. If it is not perfect, the experience is complete.
The Kirin 710 had already proven itself, and we are not disappointed here. The smartphone is fluid, and passes the 3D games without complaining or heating. He could do a little better, but we will not sulk for that.
The P Smart 2019 camera really manages to keep the natural scenes it captures, and no shortage of options. This being so, pity that the noise is also expressed in low light. At its price, it is forgiven, however.
The Huawei P Smart will last a day on extensive use without problems, but do not expect to keep it longer without some sacrifices. Fortunately, its 10W fast charging is efficient and makes the experience more satisfying.
A best-of of 2018. This is perhaps the best way to present the Huawei P Smart 2019 for its arrival on the entry level in 2018. You liked the big trends? Here they are in front of you, very soberly. His design is not very original, but does exactly what is expected of him, in a very beautiful way. His performances are very correct, the daily experience is fluid and smooth. The phone is well followed logicially, and offers all that is expected to start well 2019. His photos are good for its price, its fast charging convincing. The only small detail is the autonomy, which is satisfactory without going further than that. But if you are looking for a safe bet to start the year 2019 in peace, the Huawei P Smart 2019 is certainly the smartphone that you need.
Sober and trendy design
Bright and contrasting screen
Fluid and up to date
Acceptable 3D performance