The main trend of this year, a smartphone without frames, cutouts and bangs with a traveling front-end got to medium and budget devices. For example, Huawei P Smart Z – it has a huge screen without any cutouts, however, there are significant disadvantages, which are important to know before buying.
Huawei P Smart Z – fashionable or stereotyped?
Few manufacturers today can afford to do something unique, different from what we are used to. The market is moving along the path of least resistance, and demand is formed on the basis of trends. This year, it’s fashionable to make a frameless screen and outgoing front cars. That’s all they do because you need to be in good shape and give customers what they want. For example, Huawei P Smart Z is a smartphone that incorporates all the current trends of this year. Well, almost everything. A frameless screen, a huge size, a moving front camera, except that there are no three cameras here. This is, on the one hand, an absolutely stereotyped smartphone, and on the other, it gives you everything you want to see from the device in 2019. Well, or what they are trying to impose on you. It all depends on how you look at things.
Externally, the smartphone is not much noticeable. The large plastic case with a glossy finish diligently imitates glass. We absolutely do not mind plastic, on the contrary, we like it in a recent Pixel 3a review praised his plastic case. However, the glossy plastic is very impractical. Yes, it is effective, but impractical and scratches it very quickly. In budget devices, this is of course excusable. In the end, you get a very well-functioning device, and the rest is already particular. Plastic here is not only the back cover but also the frame. If you plan to carry a smartphone in a case, then there is nothing wrong with the glossy plastic case. But the fact remains, such a surface is scratched and covered with prints very quickly. The back cover has a double color, the upper part is slightly lighter, and the lower is darker. Below is a Type-C connector, speaker, microphone, and headphone jack. At the top are another microphone, a hybrid tray and a cutout of a traveling front camera. And on the right side are the power button and volume rocker.
The main advantage is the display!
Huawei used a 6.59-inch LCD screen with Full HD + resolution for this smartphone. The display is quite simple, there is a loss of contrast at angles, while the brightness is sufficient, but not the highest. The white color here is a rather light gray with a parasitic magenta tint. In the settings you can choose a bright profile, it changes the white balance and slightly improves the situation. It is clear that the Huawei P Smart Z uses an inexpensive matrix, and if you do not try to compare the screen with other more expensive devices, then, in general, it is not bad. First of all, due to its size. Watching videos on YouTube and even movies on such a large display are very convenient and comfortable. Especially considering that there are no cutouts and bangs. And specifically, this feature of P Smart Z makes it much richer than it really is. The frames here are a bit thicker than the OnePlus 7 Pro, however, the overall feel of the smartphones is similar. Perhaps, in Huawei, the bottom frame stands out a little, which is usually called the chin, but not very much.
Power is average but sufficient
- Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710F
- Graphics: Mali-G51 MP4
- RAM: 4 GB
- Built-in memory: 64 GB
- Battery: 4000 mAh
The smartphone runs on its own Kirin 710F processor. This is an eight-core chip made according to 12 Nm process technology. The same is installed in Honor 10i, P30 Lite and a number of other smartphones. Judging by the benchmarks, the processor and graphics are far from outstanding, the results are somewhere between the Snapdragon 636 and the Snapdragon 660. The lack of power is noticeable when scrolling, launching heavy games and programs, but with standard tasks and working in the system, the smartphone’s speed is quite adequate. It does not slow down and does not cause irritation from its use. On the contrary, there is some smoothness and even lightness. It affects 4 GB of RAM and good optimization and Android 9.
Huawei P Smart Z is certainly not a champion in performance, but to play the same PUBG, Shadowgun at medium settings is quite nice. Especially considering the large frameless screen. Here, for the perfect game, only the sound volume is not enough. There is only one speaker, it is located at the bottom, its volume is average, and during active games, it is easily blocked by a hand. For PUBG and other online games where the sound is important, it is better to use wired headphones, since there is such an opportunity.
Synthetic Test Results
- AnTuTu – 129436
- GeekBench 4 (Single / Multi) – 1533/5012
The camera is not the strongest side …
- 16 MP, f / 1.8, PDAF
- 2 MP, f / 2.4 (depth sensor)
- Full HD 30 fps video
- Selfie camera 16 MP, f / 2.0
The Huawei P Smart Z has a dual-camera module installed, but you should not be fooled, because the second module is a depth sensor, that is, a ToF camera. She is needed here to create the right portraits. To be honest, the Huawei wave could do without one or install a second wide-angle module, because the blurring results are not particularly impressive. But here is the story when Huawei, and other companies, artificially create an assortment by scattering different possibilities on different devices.