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Huawei P Smart (2019) looks great, performs great

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Dale Davies ▼ | February 15, 2019
The Huawei P Smart (2019) looks great with a teardrop notch design and a streamlined body.
Huawei P Smart 2019
Smartphone   Its plastic back and sides form a high-gloss shell that feels like plastic
Huawei P Smart 2019Its plastic back and sides form a high-gloss shell that feels like plastic. The screen is LCD tech, which can’t compete with OLEDs when it comes to depth and punch, but alongside the Honor 10 Lite, the Huawei P Smart (2019) still sports the tiniest bezels and one of the best resolutions for the price. Most phones that cost under £200 only offer 32GB storage, but the P Smart has a generous 64GB, of which about 50GB is available to the user that’s on a par with many flagships that cost three times its price.

Huawei P Smart 2019As for battery power, there’s a 3400mAh unit inside, the life of which can be optimized via a host of power-saving options. Despite the great-looking design, and the decent storage and battery specs, however, the P Smart (2019) is ultimately a mid-range phone with mid-range internals. Inside, there’s a Kirin 710 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM respectable, but not excellent. At 8mm thick and 162g, the P Smart is light, largely owing to the fact that, unlike the glass-backed Honor 10 Lite, its back and sides are a unibody plastic shell with a high-gloss effect.

Huawei P Smart 2019While the back does look like glass it's plastic through and through. Despite this, though, it feels smooth in the hand, and while it’s light it doesn’t feel hollow. However, the fact that it’s plastic means it scratches much more easily than glass, so if you want to keep your Huawei P Smart (2019) looking pristine, get a case on it from day one – while it comes with a pre-fitted screen protector, unlike the Honor 10 Lite there’s no soft plastic protective case, which given this phone’s susceptibility to scratches is a noticeable omission.

Huawei P Smart 2019The rear fingerprint scanner is in the middle of the phone and easy to hit, with the ridged edges easily identified when you extend a digit. The camera surround on the back of the P Smart (2019) houses a dual-camera module that’s slightly raised from the phone’s body. On the bottom of the phone is a single downwards-firing speaker, as well as a micro USB port and a headphone jack. Huawei has also managed to squeeze a notification light in below the screen rounding off the look and feel of this excellently priced package very nicely.