Huawei P Smart review

GSMArena team, 16 February 2018.

Introduction

This one's perhaps a little unexpected given it was rumored to be the Enjoy 7S. It's by no means a nasty surprise though. In fact, quite the opposite. You see, Huawei's Enjoy phones aren't getting much love usually - either because they're a strictly domestic lineup, known as the Y-series globally, or because they're ... well... easily eclipsed by the flagship P's and the Mates.

Now, welcome the Huawei P Smart and get ready to be surprised.

Huawei P Smart review

Quite competitively priced for what it offers, the P Smart may turn out to be one of the company's most compelling recent offers. The overall package is downright solid, with a couple of highlights - the dual-camera rig and the FullView tall aspect ratio screen.

The Huawei P Smart maybe familiar if you're watching Huawei closely. It has clearly borrowed bits and pieces from the Honor 7X, although it has a smaller screen and a 13MP primary cam instead of 16MP. The rest is more or less the same. And it sounds really great on paper: the latest midrange Kirin chipset, a pair of cameras at the back, Android 8 with EMUI 8, all wrapped into a great-looking aluminum body.

Huawei P Smart specs:

  • Body: Aluminum body
  • Screen: 5.65" IPS LCD of 1,080 x 2,160px resolution (427ppi)
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP dual-camera with phase-detection AF, f/2.2 aperture; LED flash; 1080p video capture @ 30 fps;
  • Selfie cam: 8MP f/2.0; 1080p @ 30fps video
  • Chipset: 16nm Kirin 659, octa-core CPU (4xCortex-A53@2.36GHz + 4xCortex-A53@1.7GHz), dual-core Mali-T830 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB / 4GB of RAM, 32GB / 64GB of storage; hybrid microSD slot
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with Huawei EMUI 8.0
  • Battery: 3,000mAh Li-Po (sealed)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A (Cat.6 300/50Mbps); microUSB; Wi-Fi b/g/n; GPS/GLONASS; Bluetooth 4.2; FM radio; NFC (region-dependent)
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader

What we have here is pretty much middle ground between the Mate 10 Lite and the P10 Lite. The sweet spot really - the P Smart is better than the P10 Lite and cut back on just some of the trimmings of the Mate. It has a smaller screen and a single selfie cam - though it keeps the simulated bokeh anyway. The best thing is the price was slashed accordingly to make the P Smart one of the most affordable Huawei phones around. Let's see what comes in the box.

Huawei P Smart unboxing

Going against the midrange grain, not only does the Huawei P Smart bundle a proper microUSB cable and a 10W charger plug, but also a pair of headphones with an integrated mic.

Huawei P Smart review

Although the headset looks rather basic, we always welcome a complete package, which saves you the hassle of searching for a compatible accessory. We dream of the days where all manufacturers will bundle a case and a screen protector too. But we digress.

Follow us on the next page for a closer look on the design and build quality.

Reader comments

  • Ham

Is the huawei p smart better than the samsung a5 2017?

  • Mal

its a load of crap, im going back to my s7, you cannot transfer photos to or from your phone to computer Im taking it back to EE and going to use my s7.

  • Anonymous

When you get a notification it comes up with a coloured circle next to the app icon. Is it possible to change the colour of them?