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Welcome everyone to a new year and to a new beginning. What better way to start a new year than reviewing a device from our famous underdog Huawei. The company has had a successful 2017 where they firmly managed to further solidify their position in the smartphone world. With the onset of the new year, Huawei aims to bring us a brand new device, namely the Huawei P smart. Technically the device was released in the December of 2017 but its close enough. The device targeted specifically at the mid-level segment seems to deliver some decent stats and is still not available to many countries around the world. Huawei has never been at the forefront of the smartphone evolution race but what it has achieved by staying in the middle of it is no less of an accomplishment. Without further ado, let’s jump into the review.
The Huawei P Smart is packing a 5.65-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 and a pixel density of 427ppi. The screen is laid over a full aluminium body and offers an impressive screen to body ratio of 76.1%. It is by no means flattering, but the 75%+ range devices tend to look quite good. Since it is a mid-level device, pairing it with an aluminium casing is the best thing Huawei can do to give it that premium feel of a high-end smartphone, and true to every design, the P Smart feels great in your hands. The company also decided to attach their logo at the front bottom rather than in than in the rear which is unusual, but we always appreciate innovative design. The fingerprint sensor will remain at the back where your index finger can reach it quite easily. Design wise, Huawei has done a great job.
Under the hood, the P Smart packs an octa-core HiSillicon Kirin 659 processor. Four of the cores are clocked at 2.36GHz while the rest at 1.7GHz. For graphics, it has the Mali-T830 MP2 which it will breeze through any full HD video you throw at it. The P Smart also comes in two variants, one with 64 GB internal memory and 4 GB of RAM and the other being the 32 GB and 3GB variant. There is also the provision of a microSD slot which can be expanded to 256 GB, but it will also use up your second sim slot which is a pain. But 32/64 GB of storage mostly gets the work done, so you won’t be needing the microSD unless your storing movies for long trips. Another great thing about the P Smart is that it has the new EMUI 8.0 and the Android 8.0 out of the box which is great. You get to experience the joys of the new Android without having to wait for the updates. In conclusion, the Huawei P Smart seems to pack a fairly powerful SoC that delivers an AnTuTu benchmark score of ~74K which is by no means a walk in the park and hence, its worth the money.
Huawei decided to go for the dual rear camera design, combining a 13 MP and a 2 MP sensor for the rear photo shooter. It also supports 1080p@30fps video recording, HDR, autofocus, panorama, touch focus and geo-tagging. The front camera is equipped with an 8 MP sensor and which isn’t too bad as well. However, pictures taken by the rear camera appears to be a bit washed out and devoid of the actual colours. It appears that the company has cut some corners as far as the camera quality is concerned.
The device will, however, support all the usual video and audio formats such as MP3, WAV, eAAC+, MP4, FLV, and H.264. The support for additional formats can be availed by downloading a third party app.
Huawei decided to include the usual 3000mAh Li-Po battery for the P Smart which is good enough. The 3k is the standard mark nowadays and with a standby of 176 hours, the battery performance seems pretty good.
The P Smart also has 4G capabilities along with LTE support which is quite decent.
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