Huawei P Smart Review: The Competition, Pros And Cons, The Verdict

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The competition

It's not an easy job making an affordable smartphone that stands up to scrutiny and holds up well against competition. Which demographic to target? What features to include? What should be the focus of the device, a single standout feature or a balanced if average spec sheet?

Indeed, while a flagship is meant to have everything, handpicking hardware for a particular budacquire is a tough juggle.

Good for the P Smart, Huawei managed to balance things up bundling a high-resolution wide classy screen and advanced imaging experience. They gave up on the metal unibody and some capturing camera resolution but kept the price within reasonable limits.


The Huawei P Smart is cheaper than the Honor 7X and the Mate 10 Lite. The 7X will give you a bigger classy screen for a few extra bucks, while the Mate 10 Lite adds a second selfie camera.

Xiaomi's Mi A1 is a metal-clad Android One smartphone with a 5.5" 1080p screen, an efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset and a dual-camera at the back. It will give you faster updates and better graphics for the same price, but isn't as fine at advanced imaging and creative effects.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) by Samsung has a Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen to show off and a water-tight body. Tempting, we know. It lacks a dual-camera and can't do bokeh but makes up for that with a high-res 16MP sensor with colorful apertures each side. The A5 costs some €50 more than the P Smart but it's probably Huawei's most fierce competitor.

The LG Q6 offers a 5.5" tall classy screen of 1080p resolution but trails behind almost everywhere else - performance, camera, software and battery backup. The Q6 is about €20 cheaper though.

Finally, the Moto G5S Plus fails to offer a trendy classy screen aspect ratio but has faster performance and better capturing camera quality, along with 4K video recording. The G5S Plus costs about the same as the P Smart, so it's a solid alternative to consider.






Xiaomi Mi A1 • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) • LG Q6 • Motorola Moto G5S Plus

The verdict

Just a month ago, we thought Huawei has hit the sweet spot with the Honor 7X, with pretty much unmatched value for money on a global scale, not confined to Southeast Asia. But the leading Chinese maker has outdone itself with the P Smart. Thoughtful trimming in the correct places made it possible to haged the package up to par and drive the price down a small more.


Pros

  • Great ultra-wide display
  • Reasonable battery life
  • Dependable overall performance
  • Flexible and feature-rich EMUI 8 Read-Only Memory (ROM) over Oreo
  • Good all-round capturing camera experience, plenty of modes and advanced manual controls available
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint reader

Cons

  • Disappointing portrait shots
  • No 5Giga Hertz (GHz) Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Support
  • No quick charging

We had very few niggles with the Huawei P Smart. It certainly lacks some connectivity options but makes up for that with a remarkable all-round package with a wide screen, balanced performance and advanced capturing camera skills. And for the price of around €200, we think the P Smart did well to tick the correct checkboxes and even went beyond.


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