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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?
Florian Schmitt, 🇩🇪

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, 2020-06- 2 (Update: 2020-05-31)
Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile
When I was 12, the first computer came into the house and immediately I started tinkering around, taking it apart, getting new parts and replacing them - after all, there always had to be enough power for the current games. When I came to Notebookcheck in 2009, I was passionate about testing gaming notebooks. Since 2012, my attention has been focused on smartphones, tablets and future technologies.