HUAWEI P Smart 2021 – Full Review

Huawei P smart 2021 is an elegant mid-range phone. It has some really cool and useful features, and best of all, it comes at an affordable price. It is fairly similar to last year’s model P smart 2020, but it does bring some improvements over it, like better camera setup. Still the P smart lineup remains an affordable option of smartphone.

Design

As always, P smart features an elegant and very attractive design. The phone is just the right size and fits into hand perfectly. However, the surface is very smooth, so phone may seem a bit slippery. It also feels very light and thin. The corners are nicely curved, giving it that aesthetic look. However, the materials used are not the most expensive ones. The front is covered with regular glass, which does not offer the same level of protection like more premium Gorilla Glass. Back is plastic, but it is nicely shaped and it curves perfectly towards the edges. Even though it’s not made out of glass, it sure seems like it is as it’s nicely polished. However, keep in mind that this phone can get damaged more easily, so it is wise to protect it with a case.

Screen

P smart 2021 features a 6.67 inch IPS LCD display, which is bigger than the screen on last year’s P smart. It has a 1080p Full HD resolution rather than QHD resolution, which is a thing of more premium phones. Content on the screen looks pretty decent. The contrast is just okay, but it’s not bad for an LCD screen. Brightness can be adjusted, but again it’s not the most impressive feature. However, it’s good for this range of phones. Colours can be easily adjusted in settings and you can make the pretty accurate. A very cool feature is a notification LED light, which alerts you when you get messages and other notifications.

Performance

The phone is powered by Kirin 710 A chipset, which is further paired with Mali-G51 MP4 graphic processing unit. Now the GPU is a bit weaker and the processor is also not as powerful as its competition – Snapdragon. Regardless, it is still enough to run every Android game and the gaming experience is not bad at all. So there is really nothing to worry about. The phone can handle just about any task, even difficult and complex ones. You will find that P smart 2021 has 4 GB of RAM, which is a definite improvement from 3 GB on P smart 2019, but remains the same as on P smart 2020. The amount of RAM is enough to run basic game with ease. However, intense graphic games might require more RAM to run smoothly. Furthermore, the phone has 128 GB of internal storage, which is the same what last year’s version has. Additionally, you do get an expandable storage, so you don’t have to worry too much about it.

Camera

There has been significant improvement on the field of cameras. This phone outranks it’s last year’s version by far. P smart 2021 comes with a quad camera setup, rather than dual camera setup that we have seen on P smart 2020.You get a 48 MP main camera with PDAF, 8 MP ultrawide camera, 2 MP macro camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. There is no OIS though. Daytime photos taken with main camera look very good. You can really see the progress that Huawei made with this phone. Dynamic range is okay, but colours are not completely accurate. The amount of detail is pretty decent and noise has been reduced to minimum. There is also support for HDR which improves dynamic range and the overall quality of images. The AI mode will automatically adjust settings for the most optimal use, based on the current conditions of the day. Low light performance is not the best. The amount of noise is much higher and images are softer, although colours are nicely preserved. Using night mode will help you improve photos.

Videos can be recorded in up to 1080p at 30 or 60 fps. The amount of detail is good and the colors also appear okay. However, shadows might be an area of the problem. There is also no electronic stabilization, so moving shots will not really look their best.

Battery

Battery life on P smart 2021 has been significantly improved. The phone now has much larger battery. Huawei decided to build in a new 5000 mAh battery. As per usual, it is non-removable. Durability of course depends on the type of usage. Furthermore, it comes with 22.5W charging adapter, which is decently fast and can have your phone from 0 to 46% in just half an hour. You will have your phone back at full power in a little more than an hour.

Final thoughts

Huawei P smart 2021 is an extremely good mid-ranger, which come at an affordable price. You will quickly get used to it as it is very user friendly. It has many up sides to it, like solid mid-range chipset, a great new camera setup and a good battery life. It may not be as good as the newest flagships, but it is still pretty competitive. So if you would like to get a quality phone at a low price than P smart 2021 is the way to go.

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