Huawei Italy launches the P Smart S

From Huawei Mobile Italia.

Huawei Italy just unveiled a new budget device with an OLED display and no Google services onboard.

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Huawei Italy has just launched a rather confusing device, the P Smart S. This device sits somewhere between the P Smart 2020, the P40 Lite E and the P Smart Pro, while at the same time being different from all of these devices. For instance, while the P Smart 2020 and P Smart Pro both have access to the Google Play Store and Google Mobile Services, the P40 Lite E and this new P Smart S lack this, instead coming with Huawei’s AppGallery and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). The P Smart S also comes with an OLED display, on a device barely costing 250€, which is rather surprising, setting this model apart.

The resolution is also relatively high, at 2400×1080 pixels, with a 90.17% screen-to-body ratio, and a Dewdrop display, with a 16MP front camera and a grill speaker. Furthermore, we also find an in-screen fingerprint reader, similar to what can be found on high-end Huawei devices such as the P40 Pro.

On the back, we find a triple-camera with the usual AI settings, with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP 120º ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera comes with a night mode, allowing users to take clear pictures at night. This back camera is rather impressive, putting it ahead of the P40 Lite E and P Smart 2020, and next to the P Smart Pro, as well as relatively close to the P40 Lite.

The P Smart S is powered by the outdated Kirin 710F, coupled to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, expandable with Huawei’s Nano Memory cards, up to 256GB. Battery-wise, we find a large 4000mAh battery, with a type-C charger, which should be enough to last for over a day of heavy use, taking in account the SoC the device uses.

Software-wise, this phone comes with Huawei’s EMUI10.1, based on Android 10, with GPU Turbo 3.0, which reduces the power consumption of the SoC by up to 10% in optimized games, with over 20 popular titles currently supported, and more coming in the future. One of the features included in this model is Smart Collage, which allows users to create collages of between 2 to 9 images, with the AI automatically placing the images in the best spots. We also find Huawei MeeTime, although this feature varies from country to country and, as far as we are aware, is not yet available on all devices for all users.

Colours-wise, we find two options, Breathing Crystal and Midnight Black, with the later one having a similar effect to the P40 Lite E. Pricing-wise, the manufacturer is charging 249.90€, with the device already available in Italy, and likely coming to other markets in the coming weeks, such as Spain, France or Germany.

Overall, this smartphone is quite curious, having quite a lot of interesting features such as an impressive camera and an OLED display, while also coming with an outdated SoC from 2018. At the same time, while the specifications are overall quite interesting for the low price asked, the lack of Google Play Store and GMS will be a deal-breaker for many customers, even if AppGallery is becoming better week after week.

Here are the full specifications of the P Smart S:

  • Kirin 710F
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB of internal storage, expandable with Huawei Nano Memory cards, up to 256GB
  • 6.3” OLED FHD+, 2400×1080 pixels resolution, waterdrop front camera
  • 157.4×73.2×7.75mm, 163 grams
  • No IP rating
  • Fingerprint reader under the display
  • Front camera, 16MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • AI Triple-camera:
    • 48MP main camera, f/1.8
    • 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, f/2.4
    • 2MP depth sensor, f/2.4
  • 4 000mAh battery, USB Type-C charger, 5V/2A
  • No wireless charging
  • EMUI10.1/Android 10
  • Single-SIM (or dual? Product description doesn’t mention second SIM), 2G/3G/4G
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, Type-C USB, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou
  • Ambient light sensor, compass, gravity sensor
  • NFC support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Available in two colours: Breathing Crystal, Midnight Black
  • 4GB+128GB for 249.90€

Of course, this being Huawei, this device is not exactly new, having been launched previously in China under the name of “Enjoy 10S”, back in October 2019, and with new variants released in December.

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