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Huawei P Smart 2020: Can a smartphone with a single camera still keep up?

The camera module now looks different, but otherwise there are only minimal changes in the P Smart 2020.
The camera module now looks different, but otherwise there are only minimal changes in the P Smart 2020.
The Huawei P Smart 2020 only brings a single camera lens, and with Android 9, the operating system is also not current anymore. Is the makeshift update of the smartphone still interesting?

This must be quite annoying: After the Chinese manufacturers at Huawei have brought to market a successful mid-range series, the P-Smart devices, along comes America and suddenly blocks the manufacturer from access to American technology.

Last year the effects still weren't as noticeable, but with the Huawei P Smart 2020, this year an almost identical clone of the P Smart 2019 is introduced to the market.

With a visually slightly changed camera module, a new color, and more storage and working memory, Huawei has tried to succeed with at least a slight upgrade. But otherwise a lot remained the same. The display is still relatively dark, there are only few LTE frequency bands available, and we would also love to finally retire the micro-USB port, but Huawei is still building it into its P Smart in 2020.

Despite their changed looks, the cameras also have not changed. It is still a photo lens with an additional supporting lens for blurry depth effects in portraits. In 2020, this is a problem, since other smartphones of this price range, such as the Nokia 5.3 or the Motorola Moto G8 at this point offer additional wide-angle and macro lenses, allowing for more flexible recordings.

Yes, the main lens still takes acceptable photos, the WLAN is fairly fast, and the speaker sounds fairly good for such an affordable smartphone. And the Huawei P Smart 2020 is also a blessing for those who find the current smartphones to bulky and heavy. But on the other hand, you will have to live with a fairly short battery life.

But the main problem lies in the fact that the P Smart 2019 is much more affordable at this point and does not differ much from the 2020 model.

Interested buyers can find our advice and many additional test results and details in our extensive test of the Huawei P Smart 2020.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Mark Riege
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Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-06- 2 (Update: 2020-05-31)