Huawei is starting 2019 with a bang and the launch of the new Huawei P smart 2019 phone.
The Chinese company dominated 2018 after shipping 200 million smartphones worldwide and overtaking Apple in the global rankings. It’s not stopping there, after revealing its first new phone for next year, the Huawei P smart 2019.
Here’s what you need to know about the new phone.
Huawei P smart 2019: mid-range at its best
The new Huawei P smart 2019 phone is positioned for the mid-range market, like the Huawei P20 lite and Mate 20 lite phones.
The phone is all about bringing the latest technologies and designs to consumers at a more affordable price point than the Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro phones.
Huawei P smart 2019: design
Huawei has taken the all-screen design favoured on the Mate 20 and P20 ranges and brought it to the new P smartphone. There’s a 6.21-inch, full HD+ display, with Huawei’s dewdrop display.
The bezels have been banished, with only a pearl-shaped notch on the front of the phone to house the selfie camera. It’s an impressive screen design, given the phone is aimed at the lower end of the market.
The phone itself comes in three colours: midnight black, turquoise blue, and aurora blue. The curved back of the phone has a glossy finish and a ceramic-like design, which makes it extremely durable and helps to withstand all those inevitable drops.
What is interesting about this new phone is that it includes a new Eye Comfort Mode, which filters high-energy blue lights to alleviate eye fatigue when you’re using your phone for a long time. Given all the issues blue lights can cause, such as messing with your sleep cycle, this is a welcome addition.
Huawei P smart 2019: AI camera
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The Huawei P smart 2019 comes with a dual AI camera set up: a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera, to achieve those bokeh portrait shorts.
The AI in the camera can recognise over 500 scenes and provide real-time optimisation so you can achieve bright, detailed nighttime photos. Google and OnePlus have gone all in on their nighttime photography features recently so it will be interesting to try Huawei’s latest against them.
Huawei P smart 2019: power
Inside, the Huawei P smart 2019 is powered by the Kirin 710 chip, found in some of Honor’s most recent releases, including the Honor 8X. The chip aims to provide a smooth, natural phone experience, powering gaming performance and power efficiency.
There should be no battery woes with this phone. It has a 3,400 mAH battery, improved from last year’s 3,000 mAH, which should support up to 10 hours of internet browsing and up to 96 hours of continuous music playback.
There’s also a smart battery management system, which will analyse how you’re using your phone and extend the battery life by minimising idle apps.
The phone uses Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 operating software, based on Android 9, so you’re getting some of the best Android features right out of the box.
When does the Huawei P smart go on sale?
The new Huawei P smart 2019 will be on sale in the UK from January 10, 2019, from retailers including the Carphone Warehouse, EE and O2.
The new phone will cost £199, a little bit more expensive than last year's device at £149, but still a decent price for a budget smartphone with those great features.