Huawei has announced that they are launching a new mid-range smartphone, the P-Smart 2019, locally this week. This following the 2018 P-Smart succeeding as the most popular device in its price range last year (according to Huawei).
The new 2019 phone features a tear-drop-shaped notch, officially called a ‘Dewdrop Display’ by Huawei. This permits its 6.21in LCD display to attain a screen-to-body ratio of 89.6%. The P-Smart is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset, the same chip that’s fitted in last year’s Mate 20 Lite. The P-Smart is also one of the company’s first devices to ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Most impressive for this price range is the three-camera arrangement — two sensors on the back and one up front. The back sensors consist of a 13MP and 2MP setup, which gives the device some portrait/bokeh capabilities. Around the front, you’ll find a 16MP (f/2.0) sensor specially designed for ‘generation selfie’. All the sensors have received some Huawei AI superpowers to boot.
Design-wise, the device comes in two colour-variations: Black and the popular ‘Twilight’ colour we saw Huawei introduce with the P20-series. The charge port is about the only concession to the budget price — Huawei’s opted for microUSB rather than USB-C for this release.
The P-Smart will cost R279 a month on contract from all networks, of if you opt for cash, it’ll cost R5,000. It’ll be available for purchase and on contract from tomorrow, 1 February.