Huawei is one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers, and they are particularly huge in Ireland. The company has enjoyed great success here, particularly with their low-price budget handsets. The Huawei P Smart launched at the end of 2017, and it was nearly identical to the Honor 9 Lite, a smartphone made by the child company of Huawei. I personally didn’t like the device much at all, reviewing it for XDA-Developers, but Huawei’s take on it sold very well in Ireland despite its pitfalls. It appears that the device performed well elsewhere too, as the company has announced that the Huawei P Smart (2019) will be making its way to Ireland soon, having already launched in Ukraine.
The Huawei P Smart (2019) features an upgraded Kirin 710 chipset, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of presumably eMMC 5.1 storage. It retails at roughly €205 in Ukraine, which corresponds with a report from XDA-Developers which states that the device will retail at €199 in Europe. Such a price would put this device in competition with Xiaomi’s latest options, most notably the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 of which the chipset is directly comparable to the Kirin 710.
The Huawei P Smart (2019) features the waterdrop notch, a design which the company hasn’t taken on in a non-flagship device. The notch here houses the selfie camera and that’s about it, meaning that it intrudes on as little screen real estate as possible. It’s a pretty beautiful design, especially for such a cheap smartphone.
This particular smartphone will launch in Ireland through major carriers sometime in January, though when exactly we don’t know. The company intends to launch it in the UK on January 10th, so an Irish launch shouldn’t be too long after that.
|Specs||Huawei P Smart (2019)|
|Display||6.21-inch LCD FHD+ at 2340 x 1080 pixels|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 710|
|Rear Cameras||13MP + 2MP|
|Software||Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9|
|Misc||Dual SIM, MicroSD slot, micro USB port|
|Dimensions and Weight||73.4 x 155.2 x 7.95mm and 160g|