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Huawei P Smart 2020 Smartphone Review - Comfortable and stale

Old fare in new clothes? The Huawei P Smart 2020 comes with Google Services and looks very similar to its predecessor. While it received some new colors and slightly more storage, are the few small changes sufficient enough to keep the affordable smartphone current?
Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by Mark Riege),
Huawei P Smart 2020

You can really understand Huawei and that the Chinese manufacturer is starting to get desperate: Due to the American technology ban, the manufacturer has no access to Google Services anymore. This also makes the certification for new models difficult or even impossible. What still could be smartly covered up to a year ago now becomes quite obvious in the Huawei P Smart 2020: Huawei has started to simply reissue older models and only changes as much that a new certification still won't become necessary. 

The Huawei P Smart 2019 was a popular smartphone, so perhaps it isn't that bad if Huawei doesn't change much in the successor, right? Well, we want to find out exactly that in our test. 

Note: Due to problems installing some benchmarks, we asked Huawei for an additional testing unit. We will update this test as soon as we have additional test results on the Huawei P Smart 2020.

Huawei P Smart 2020 (P Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 710 8 x 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A73/-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.21 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 415 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 116 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​B20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 155.3 x 73.5 ( = 0.32 x 6.11 x 2.89 in)
Battery
3400 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps (camera 1); 2.0MP, depth sharpness (camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, headset, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 6 (300Mbps/​50Mbps); FM radio; notification LED (multi-colored), fanless
Weight
163 g ( = 5.75 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 62 g ( = 2.19 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison Devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
77 %
05/2020
Huawei P Smart 2020
Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4
163 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.21"2340x1080
76 %
05/2020
Nokia 5.3
SD 665, Adreno 610
185 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.55"1600x720
81 %
05/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
SD 720G, Adreno 618
209 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.67"2400x1080
77 %
05/2020
Motorola Moto G8
SD 665, Adreno 610
188 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.4"1560x720
85 %
12/2018
Huawei P Smart 2019
Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4
160 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.2"2340x1080

Case - A light plastic case

With Emerald Green, there is a new color for the P Smart 2020 that the predecessor did not have, but otherwise Aurora Blue and Midnight Black are the known variations. The outside of the P Smart 2020 in these colors that are available for both models looks very similar to the P Smart from 2019. Only the camera module was updated to Huawei's current design, and it does indeed look to have a higher quality than that of the predecessor. The P Smart 2020 is a quite slim and light smartphone, which of course is primarily due to its small battery. However, this aspect might still be interesting to all those who find current smartphones too large and heavy. 

The smartphone fits in the hand comfortably, is built fairly robust, and it only creaks very quietly when trying to twist it. The smartphone hardly reacts to pressure at the front or back. However, soon after starting to use it, you can see some minimal scratches on the case when the light hits it right, and fingerprints also become quickly visible. But at least the screen protector has been placed better than in the predecessor and you can hardly see or feel it in everyday operation.

Huawei P Smart 2020
Huawei P Smart 2020
Huawei P Smart 2020
Huawei P Smart 2020
Huawei P Smart 2020

Size Comparison

165.8 mm / 6.53 inch 76.7 mm / 3.02 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 209 g0.4608 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs161.3 mm / 6.35 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs155.3 mm / 6.11 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 163 g0.3594 lbs155.2 mm / 6.11 inch 73.4 mm / 2.89 inch 7.95 mm / 0.313 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs

Equipment - The Huawei has more storage

With 128 GB of storage, the Huawei P Smart 2020 is better equipped than its predecessor, offering some advantage to other devices in its price class here. There is also 4 GB of working memory now, and you can use a microSD card to expand the storage, but then one of the two SIM slots will be occupied.

NFC is on board, allowing you to use Google Pay for touchless payments, for example. Too bad that there is still only a micro USB connection, even though USB-C is now available more often even in affordable devices and should definitely become the standard.

Top: microphone, SIM slot
Top: microphone, SIM slot
Bottom: 3.5-mm audio port, microphone, micro USB, speaker
Bottom: 3.5-mm audio port, microphone, micro USB, speaker
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Left: No connections
Left: No connections

Software - Android 9? You read right!

It is true that the Huawei P Smart 2020 really still comes with Android 9 like its predecessor, so it uses an older version of Google's operating system and also the corresponding EMUI 9, Huawei's in-house user interface. The security patches are from February 2020, so they are already aged at the time of our testing.

Annoying: Since Huawei's EMUI 9 is based on Android 9, there is no Dark Mode for the system that displays all backgrounds dark. In addition, we had some problems when installing several apps, but we were unable to verify the reasons. Apps could not be installed from APKs at all, even though we had set all the permissions, and some apps from the Google Play Store also had some problems with the installation. Possibly this was also due to our test unit, so we asked Huawei for another device. We will update this test, if necessary. 

At least Huawei does not install any third-party apps but only installs a comprehensive in-house app package with free tools, some of which can also be uninstalled. Those who have several Huawei and/or Honor smartphones in their group of friends can connect them via a Party mode and play the same music on all devices, like having a sound system with several speakers. 

Software Huawei P Smart 2020
Software Huawei P Smart 2020
Software Huawei P Smart 2020

Communication and GPS - Few LTE bands

With LTE Cat.6, the maximum LTE speed is okay for the price class, but just the minimum of the necessary LTE frequency bands are supported, so that it might become difficult to use mobile Internet when you travel abroad. The reception of the Huawei P Smart 2020 is fairly good indoors, and we had full reception outdoors in the city surroundings most of the time. 

In terms of WLAN, Wi-Fi 5 is supported. This really is customary for this price class, but there are also still some slower models for a similar amount of money. The P Smart 2020 is at about the level of its predecessor as far as the speeds, showing some slightly inconsistent data rates in the communication with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Adreno 618, SD 720G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
286 (225min - 321max) MBit/s ∼100% +43%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=600)
282 MBit/s ∼99% +41%
Huawei P Smart 2020
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 128 GB eMMC Flash
200 (126min - 252max) MBit/s ∼70%
Huawei P Smart 2019
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 64 GB eMMC Flash
164 (28min - 206max) MBit/s ∼57% -18%
Nokia 5.3
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
145 (20min - 215max) MBit/s ∼51% -27%
Motorola Moto G8
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
54.4 (38min - 57max) MBit/s ∼19% -73%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=600)
268 MBit/s ∼100% +27%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Adreno 618, SD 720G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
256 (247min - 263max) MBit/s ∼96% +21%
Huawei P Smart 2019
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 64 GB eMMC Flash
226 (197min - 262max) MBit/s ∼84% +7%
Huawei P Smart 2020
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 128 GB eMMC Flash
211 (175min - 242max) MBit/s ∼79%
Nokia 5.3
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
163 (25min - 258max) MBit/s ∼61% -23%
Motorola Moto G8
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.8 (40min - 67max) MBit/s ∼21% -74%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø200 (126-252)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø211 (175-242)
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors

Beidou, GLONASS, and GPS are the satellite networks supported for location determination. Indoors, if at all, locating is only possible near windows and even then only approximately. However, outdoors the location accuracy quickly increases up to four meters.

Our practical test tells us more about the locating accuracy of the Huawei smartphone. For this, we jump on our bike and also take the Garmin Edge 520 professional navigation device for comparison. At first glance, the Huawei smartphone does not give much reason for complaint. The locating is fairly accurate and sticks with the route, if you disregard some small lapses. However, there is one dropout in the middle when recording the route, as you can see in the top of the junction image. Overall, you can use the smartphone for navigation if absolute accuracy is not so important and if you can also live with some rare dropouts.

Garmin Edge 520 locating – overview
Garmin Edge 520 locating – overview
Garmin Edge 520 locating – junction
Garmin Edge 520 locating – junction
Garmin Edge 520 locating – bridge
Garmin Edge 520 locating – bridge
Huawei P Smart 2020 locating – overview
Huawei P Smart 2020 locating – overview
Huawei P Smart 2020 locating – junction
Huawei P Smart 2020 locating – junction
Huawei P Smart 2020 locating – bridge
Huawei P Smart 2020 locating – bridge

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - P Smart with good voice reproduction

Huawei's own Phone app is slightly different than Google's standard app but is just as easy to use and can be learned quickly. We did not see an option for Wi-Fi Calling or VoLTE in the menu.

The voice quality using the internal earpiece is fairly good. At maximum volume, the voice of our conversation partner booms slightly, but otherwise the voice sounds present and quite warm. Our own voice is also transferred well, regardless of how quietly or loudly we speak. The voice quality is also fairly good using the speaker, and our own voice is recorded clearly by the microphone.

Cameras - Only a single photo lens

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera

Yes, the Huawei P Smart 2020 does have a dual camera, but no, this is not a zoom camera with several focal distances. The second lens is only good for determining the depth sharpness, so it is not used to take pictures. 

At 13 megapixels, the main camera offers the same specs as the predecessor. It takes decent pictures, but the details quickly look washed-out, and the contrast is also higher in other smartphone cameras. While images taken at low light quickly lose sharpness, the brightness is fairly good.

Overall, you can take reasonable pictures with the main camera. However, the P Smart 2020 lacks the flexibility of a zoom camera that is offered by other current smartphones of this price range.

On one hand, the camera app is very extensive and offers many functions. On the other hand, you can for example only use the AI camera, which automatically adjusts to the best settings, at an 8-megapixel image size. Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps. The image quality is decent, and the brightness is still good in weaker light conditions.

Inside a water-drop notch in front, there is an 8-megapixel front camera, which is already known from the predecessor. You can also take serviceable selfies with it. The camera does fairly well with brightness differences within an image and offers a decent sharpness, at least at small enlargement sizes.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Under controlled light conditions in our test lab, the main camera demonstrates good color reproduction and contrast. However, if there is hardly any light, the lens can also hardly recognize anything anymore. 

ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
52.9 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
63.5 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
75.4 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
42 ∆E
89.8 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei P Smart 2020: 46.61 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 89.79 ∆E
ColorChecker
6.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
1.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
3 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
3 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
7 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei P Smart 2020: 5.59 ∆E min: 1.33 - max: 10.35 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Security for two years

Besides the smartphone, the box also includes the charger, a USB cable, and a SIM tool. Huawei also includes a wired headset that offers a fairly acceptable sound.

The manufacturer offers 24 months of warranty on the smartphone.

Input Devices and Operation - A fingerprint sensor on the back

The touchscreen can be operated easily everywhere, and it is also sensitive in the corners. The system is fast enough for smooth operation in many situations, and small stutters or wait times only occur from time to time.

SwiftKey is used as the keyboard app, and those who don't like it can also install another app. However, when doing that, you should be careful whom you trust, since the manufacturer of a keyboard app can potentially read all your input. This includes passwords, for example, when they are transferred to the server for spell checking.

The fingerprint sensor on the back unlocks the device with a slight delay but is very reliable.

Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - landscape
Keyboard - landscape

Display - Huawei with mediocre brightness

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display offers an expanded Full HD resolution, which is a good thing for this price range but not completely unusual. The display is based on IPS technology. The measurements for the brightness remind us of the predecessor, and at 448 cd/m² on average, they are at a rather low level. The brightness distribution is fairly even.

423
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
440
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 484 cd/m² Average: 448.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.166 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 446 cd/m²
Contrast: 875:1 (Black: 0.51 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.22 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 6.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6
99.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.43
Huawei P Smart 2020
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.21
Nokia 5.3
IPS, 1600x720, 6.55
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.67
Motorola Moto G8
IPS, 1560x720, 6.4
Huawei P Smart 2019
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.2
Screen
1%
22%
35%
34%
Brightness middle
446
523
17%
622
39%
504
13%
458
3%
Brightness
448
482
8%
612
37%
452
1%
440
-2%
Brightness Distribution
87
86
-1%
94
8%
83
-5%
85
-2%
Black Level *
0.51
0.46
10%
0.56
-10%
0.28
45%
0.35
31%
Contrast
875
1137
30%
1111
27%
1800
106%
1309
50%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.22
6.22
-19%
3.98
24%
3.84
26%
1.4
73%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.66
10.56
-22%
7.33
15%
6.1
30%
3.8
56%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.8
8
-18%
4.5
34%
2.7
60%
2.4
65%
Gamma
2.43 91%
2.226 99%
2.206 100%
2.235 98%
2.22 99%
CCT
7956 82%
8856 73%
7361 88%
7125 91%
6235 104%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
114.9

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 344 Hz ≤ 10 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 344 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 10 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 344 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17507 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

At 0.51 cd/m², the black value is only average, and at high brightness dark areas appear more dark gray than black. Colors are also not that vibrant, which you can see in the low contrast value.

The measurements with the CalMAN software and the spectral photometer show that the display has a strong blue tint. However, you can adjust the white balance fairly extensively in the settings, allowing you to bring the display closer to your personal needs and tastes.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Accuracy
CalMAN Color Accuracy
CalMAN Color Space
CalMAN Color Space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 48 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.7 ms).

Outdoors, the display has some visible difficulties. While on cloudy days, its brightness is sufficient, you should look for a shady place on sunny days. The viewing angles are fairly decent, and there are only slight brightness differences when you look at the display from the side. The display contents always remain easily recognizable.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance - We already know the SoC from before

The HiSilicon Kirin 710 is the SoC that is currently used in probably most of the smartphones from Huawei and Honor. While the processor is still fairly fast even in 2020, you do notice that technology has advanced at this point. Huawei will have to think about something new next year for sure, in order to be able to keep up. However, currently it is still sufficient for fairly smooth operation with some smaller stutters under high loads.

In terms of the graphics, the smartphone is currently also able to still keep up, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S already offers more power.

3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2329 Points ∼84%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2321 Points ∼84% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2765 Points ∼100% +19%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2240 Points ∼81% -4%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (2196 - 2345, n=6)
2293 Points ∼83% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=178)
2668 Points ∼96% +15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
803 Points ∼26%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
995 Points ∼32% +24%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2257 Points ∼74% +181%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
914 Points ∼30% +14%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (796 - 1220, n=6)
924 Points ∼30% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 9104, n=178)
3070 Points ∼100% +282%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
940 Points ∼34%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1140 Points ∼42% +21%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2353 Points ∼86% +150%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1052 Points ∼39% +12%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (927 - 1365, n=6)
1061 Points ∼39% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=178)
2732 Points ∼100% +191%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2257 Points ∼69%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2409 Points ∼74% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3256 Points ∼100% +44%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2379 Points ∼73% +5%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
2085 Points ∼64% -8%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (1851 - 2789, n=15)
2350 Points ∼72% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=530)
2235 Points ∼69% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
831 Points ∼33%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
999 Points ∼39% +20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2551 Points ∼100% +207%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
990 Points ∼39% +19%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
838 Points ∼33% +1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (470 - 1194, n=15)
831 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 10043, n=530)
2171 Points ∼85% +161%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
967 Points ∼36%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1148 Points ∼43% +19%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2680 Points ∼100% +177%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1138 Points ∼42% +18%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
966 Points ∼36% 0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (563 - 1351, n=15)
965 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 8386, n=531)
2024 Points ∼76% +109%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2221 Points ∼68%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2396 Points ∼73% +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3267 Points ∼100% +47%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2347 Points ∼72% +6%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
2459 Points ∼75% +11%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (1656 - 2723, n=15)
2358 Points ∼72% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=562)
2151 Points ∼66% -3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1251 Points ∼33%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1692 Points ∼44% +35%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3803 Points ∼100% +204%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1669 Points ∼44% +33%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
1225 Points ∼32% -2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (740 - 1378, n=15)
1250 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=562)
2924 Points ∼77% +134%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1385 Points ∼38%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1810 Points ∼49% +31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3669 Points ∼100% +165%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1783 Points ∼49% +29%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
1379 Points ∼38% 0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (844 - 1534, n=15)
1395 Points ∼38% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10699, n=562)
2453 Points ∼67% +77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2325 Points ∼74%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2476 Points ∼79% +6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3152 Points ∼100% +36%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2409 Points ∼76% +4%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
2392 Points ∼76% +3%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (1924 - 2716, n=15)
2429 Points ∼77% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5209, n=611)
2113 Points ∼67% -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
728 Points ∼31%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
999 Points ∼42% +37%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2369 Points ∼100% +225%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
945 Points ∼40% +30%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
703 Points ∼30% -3%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (457 - 857, n=15)
755 Points ∼32% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 9167, n=611)
1831 Points ∼77% +152%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
859 Points ∼34%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1152 Points ∼46% +34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2507 Points ∼100% +192%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1093 Points ∼44% +27%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
834 Points ∼33% -3%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (550 - 1002, n=15)
891 Points ∼36% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7678, n=612)
1741 Points ∼69% +103%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2328 Points ∼76%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2482 Points ∼81% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3070 Points ∼100% +32%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2405 Points ∼78% +3%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
2381 Points ∼78% +2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (1907 - 2654, n=15)
2422 Points ∼79% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=654)
1983 Points ∼65% -15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
979 Points ∼27%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1663 Points ∼46% +70%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3647 Points ∼100% +273%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1632 Points ∼45% +67%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
683 Points ∼19% -30%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (568 - 1355, n=15)
1072 Points ∼29% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 13305, n=653)
2426 Points ∼67% +148%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1124 Points ∼32%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1795 Points ∼51% +60%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3501 Points ∼100% +211%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1758 Points ∼50% +56%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
812 Points ∼23% -28%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (673 - 1503, n=15)
1218 Points ∼35% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 9611, n=656)
2079 Points ∼59% +85%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
12009 Points ∼49%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
20320 Points ∼83% +69%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
20019 Points ∼82% +67%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24457 Points ∼100% +104%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
11212 Points ∼46% -7%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (11158 - 22668, n=12)
16572 Points ∼68% +38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 58293, n=798)
15611 Points ∼64% +30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
19251 Points ∼37%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
15403 Points ∼29% -20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
52700 Points ∼100% +174%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24828 Points ∼47% +29%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
19510 Points ∼37% +1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (2177 - 22605, n=12)
18746 Points ∼36% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209431, n=796)
27366 Points ∼52% +42%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
16976 Points ∼44%
Nokia 5.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24065 Points ∼62% +42%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
38671 Points ∼100% +128%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24745 Points ∼64% +46%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
16754 Points ∼43% -1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (12120 - 22168, n=12)
19147 Points ∼50% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=796)
21256 Points ∼55% +25%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1146 Score ∼44%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2416 Score ∼93% +111%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (961 - 1146, n=3)
1047 Score ∼40% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 7649, n=89)
2609 Score ∼100% +128%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
3256 Points ∼66%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
3157 Points ∼64% -3%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (2631 - 4083, n=11)
3514 Points ∼71% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=358)
4916 Points ∼100% +51%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
5430 Points ∼87%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
6263 Points ∼100% +15%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
5134 Points ∼82% -5%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
5407 Points ∼86% 0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (5266 - 5615, n=11)
5454 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 13589, n=421)
5027 Points ∼80% -7%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1550 Points ∼59%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
2620 Points ∼100% +69%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1495 Points ∼57% -4%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
1527 Points ∼58% -1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (1523 - 1614, n=11)
1560 Points ∼60% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4965, n=421)
1539 Points ∼59% -1%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1021 Points ∼72%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
1410 Points ∼100% +38%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1224 Points ∼87% +20%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
982 Points ∼70% -4%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (982 - 1212, n=13)
1092 Points ∼77% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=738)
827 Points ∼59% -19%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1488 Points ∼39%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3807 Points ∼100% +156%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1932 Points ∼51% +30%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
1469 Points ∼39% -1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (1450 - 1489, n=13)
1470 Points ∼39% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=738)
2554 Points ∼67% +72%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
3098 Points ∼72%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
4295 Points ∼100% +39%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2780 Points ∼65% -10%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
2972 Points ∼69% -4%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (2823 - 4360, n=13)
3181 Points ∼74% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=738)
1906 Points ∼44% -38%
System (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
5132 Points ∼75%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
6828 Points ∼100% +33%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4391 Points ∼64% -14%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
5074 Points ∼74% -1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (4826 - 5568, n=13)
5208 Points ∼76% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=738)
3506 Points ∼51% -32%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei P Smart 2020
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2208 Points ∼62%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 6144
3542 Points ∼100% +60%
Motorola Moto G8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2318 Points ∼65% +5%
Huawei P Smart 2019
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 3072
2159 Points ∼61% -2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
  (2140 - 2445, n=13)
2255 Points ∼64% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=738)
1794 Points ∼51% -19%

In terms of its surf speeds, the Huawei P Smart 2020 places in the middle of the field of test devices. In practice, this means that you have to live with some load times for websites, particularly with images. However, the Huawei smartphone is well-suited overall for surfing.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
48.527 Points ∼100% +58%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 140, n=197)
41 Points ∼84% +33%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (30 - 33, n=8)
31.5 Points ∼65% +2%
Huawei P Smart 2020 (Chrome 81)
30.776 Points ∼63%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
29.117 Points ∼60% -5%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
89.457 Points ∼100% +78%
Huawei P Smart 2020 (Chrome 81)
50.323 Points ∼56%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (47 - 55.1, n=10)
50.2 Points ∼56% 0%
Huawei P Smart 2019 (Chrome 70)
49.673 Points ∼56% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=627)
47.8 Points ∼53% -5%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
33.377 Points ∼37% -34%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chome 81)
44.1 runs/min ∼100% +45%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 158, n=178)
43.1 runs/min ∼98% +42%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (30.4 - 33.9, n=6)
31.9 runs/min ∼72% +5%
Huawei P Smart 2020 (Chome 81)
30.4 runs/min ∼69%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chome 81)
25.4 runs/min ∼58% -16%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=265)
70 Points ∼100% +13%
Huawei P Smart 2019 (Chrome 70)
69 Points ∼99% +11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
69 Points ∼99% +11%
Huawei P Smart 2020 (Chrome 81)
62.1 Points ∼89%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (52 - 69, n=11)
61.7 Points ∼88% -1%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
38 Points ∼54% -39%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
17303 Points ∼100% +78%
Huawei P Smart 2019 (Chrome 70)
9708 Points ∼56% 0%
Huawei P Smart 2020 (Chrome 81)
9699 Points ∼56%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (9041 - 10544, n=13)
9659 Points ∼56% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=796)
7980 Points ∼46% -18%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
6133 Points ∼35% -37%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1854 - 59466, n=822)
9696 ms * ∼100% -142%
Motorola Moto G8 (Chrome 81)
6719 ms * ∼69% -68%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (3999 - 4853, n=13)
4223 ms * ∼44% -6%
Huawei P Smart 2020 (Chrome 81)
4000.3 ms * ∼41%
Huawei P Smart 2019 (Chrome 70)
3998.8 ms * ∼41% -0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Chrome 81)
2794.2 ms * ∼29% +30%

* ... smaller is better

The storage has only increased and has not become any faster. It is still the slow eMMC flash type, which is still fairly widespread in this price range. While you have to live with some longer wait times when starting apps, overall the data is mostly made available smoothly.

The microSD card reader can handle our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 quite well and offers good data rates.

Huawei P Smart 2020Nokia 5.3Xiaomi Redmi Note 9SMotorola Moto G8Huawei P Smart 2019Average 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
31%
70%
27%
7%
8%
-4%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
67 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
60.71 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-9%
54.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-18%
48.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-27%
66.92 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
62.2 (26.1 - 73.5, n=23)
-7%
51.1 (1.7 - 87.1, n=536)
-24%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
76.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
77.33 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
74.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
68.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-10%
76.17 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
75.2 (29.2 - 85.9, n=23)
-1%
69.1 (8.1 - 96.5, n=536)
-9%
Random Write 4KB
61.1
45.2
-26%
123.6
102%
128.1
110%
70.7
16%
45.2 (8.48 - 151, n=25)
-26%
37 (0.14 - 319, n=894)
-39%
Random Read 4KB
41.2
109.1
165%
137
233%
57.3
39%
45.66
11%
68.8 (20.7 - 108, n=25)
67%
60.1 (1.59 - 324, n=894)
46%
Sequential Write 256KB
168.3
243.2
45%
214.8
28%
239
42%
191.4
14%
186 (90 - 258, n=25)
11%
131 (2.99 - 911, n=894)
-22%
Sequential Read 256KB
282.1
299.5
6%
496.6
76%
301
7%
288.27
2%
289 (144 - 499, n=25)
2%
347 (12.1 - 1802, n=894)
23%

Games - Not always 30 fps

Gaming is possible on the Huawei P Smart 2020 but not always in smooth 30 fps. From time to time, the frame rate drops down to 20 fps, which can become noticeable as a slight stutter. But this goes for the more demanding games that we test, and simple games such as Angry Birds run smoothly. We determine the frame rates with the tools from GameBench.

The control via position sensor and touchscreen also works without any problems.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
010203040Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 0.18.0: Ø29.9 (27-31)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 0.18.0: Ø29.7 (24-32)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 2.2.2a: Ø29.2 (19-31)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 2.2.2a: Ø29 (19-31)

Emissions - A hot Huawei smartphone

Temperature

While under longer lasting, higher load, the Huawei P Smart 2020 becomes noticeably warm, but it does not reach any critical or uncomfortable temperatures. Unfortunately, GFXBench refuses to run on the smartphone, so that we are unable to test the performance stability under longer load and also cannot make any determination on throttling of the performance.

Because of the differences in heat development between the P Smart 2019 and P Smart 2020, we could think of several scenarios: Either Huawei raised the thermal limit for throttling on purpose, making more power available but also causing more heat to develop or Huawei has simply changed the internal design slightly, causing heat to become more trapped. 

However, during our benchmarks, we do not see any significant performance differences between the two smartphones, so that we can come to the conclusion that the Huawei P Smart 2020 heats up more than its predecessor while offering the same performance.

Max. Load
 43.8 °C
111 F
40.2 °C
104 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 44.3 °C
112 F
40 °C
104 F
39.3 °C
103 F
 
 43.4 °C
110 F
40.3 °C
105 F
38.7 °C
102 F
 
Maximum: 44.3 °C = 112 F
Average: 40.9 °C = 106 F
38.8 °C
102 F
40.3 °C
105 F
43.5 °C
110 F
38.7 °C
102 F
40.6 °C
105 F
45.3 °C
114 F
38.5 °C
101 F
40.6 °C
105 F
44.7 °C
112 F
Maximum: 45.3 °C = 114 F
Average: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Power Supply (max.)  41 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.9 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.3 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.3 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.5 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.
Heat map - back
Heat map - back
Heat map - front
Heat map - front

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The speaker on the bottom edge does not become extremely loud, but it offers a fairly balanced sound, particularly for such an affordable device. Songs or voices can be heard and understood easily. Of course, the speaker will only remain an emergency solution for those who like to listen to music, but at least the Huawei P Smart 2020 sounds better than some other smartphones.

Audio devices can be connected via Bluetooth and 3.5-mm audio port, which works without any problems, and the transferred sound is also clean.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.433.42539.733.6312829.94027.430.75029.830.76325.828.68022.223.610023.424.212521.221.316019.224.220018.9362501938.431517.246.24001649.850016.755.763018.86080014.765.6100015.666.812501463.8160013.962.5200014.460.4250014.756.6315014.355.840001564500015.765.6630015.862.8800015.763.41000016.264.91250015.749.91600015.951SPL67.471.86327.674.8N21.626.315133.9median 15.8median 56.6Delta1.910.432.430.53531.927.126.4262730.431.225.228.822.722.525.522.120.124.719.235.417.839.417.845.916.149.916.655.715.962.514.365.514.770.414.873.614.37114.165.116.369.114.472.313.868.713.970.414.264.414.559.114.666.41568.115.359.115.751.660.964.571.226.98113.817.725.60.948.4median 15median 64.41.610.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei P Smart 2020Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei P Smart 2020 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 67% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Short days with the Huawei smartphone

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Huawei P Smart 2020 is minimally higher than that of the predecessor. However, the smartphone doesn't fare badly overall if you compare it with other smartphones of this price range. So the efficiency is at an acceptable level.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 2.1 / 2.5 Watt
Load midlight 4.3 / 7.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei P Smart 2020
3400 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
5020 mAh
Motorola Moto G8
4000 mAh
Huawei P Smart 2019
3400 mAh
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-14%
-5%
4%
-4%
14%
Idle Minimum *
1
1.5
-50%
1.3
-30%
0.84
16%
1.058 (0.8 - 2.3, n=13)
-6%
0.891 (0.2 - 3.4, n=897)
11%
Idle Average *
2.1
2.1
-0%
2
5%
2.21
-5%
2.2 (1.2 - 3, n=13)
-5%
1.756 (0.6 - 6.2, n=896)
16%
Idle Maximum *
2.5
2.5
-0%
2.8
-12%
2.23
11%
2.57 (2.2 - 4.2, n=13)
-3%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=897)
18%
Load Average *
4.3
5.2
-21%
3.9
9%
4.2
2%
4.61 (4.06 - 6, n=13)
-7%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=891)
4%
Load Maximum *
7.5
7.5
-0%
7.2
4%
7.86
-5%
7.6 (6.13 - 9.4, n=13)
-1%
6.11 (1.2 - 14.2, n=891)
19%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 3400-mAh battery is relatively small for 2020, and the predecessor has already been unable to get much out of the same-size battery. The Huawei P Smart 2020 only does a minimally better job, but with 8:43 hours in our WLAN test, it only lasts half as long as a Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S. The Motorola Moto G8 also offers a significantly longer battery life. 

There is also no quick-charge feature, but since the battery is fairly small, you can still expect a full battery after less than two hours of recharging.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 05min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 24min
Huawei P Smart 2020
3400 mAh
Nokia 5.3
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
5020 mAh
Motorola Moto G8
4000 mAh
Huawei P Smart 2019
3400 mAh
Battery Runtime
67%
91%
64%
-3%
Reader / Idle
1325
2263
71%
1953
47%
1293
-2%
H.264
489
1269
160%
1048
114%
464
-5%
WiFi v1.3
523
876
67%
1187
127%
988
89%
506
-3%
Load
264
279
6%
276
5%
257
-3%

Pros

+ comfortable and light
+ decent voice quality
+ serviceable speaker
+ fast WLAN
+ a lot of storage

Cons

- Android 9 and dated security patches
- few LTE frequencies
- only a single lens for photos
- display could have been brighter
- high heat development
- problems with some apps
- relatively short battery life
- PWM flickering at low brightness

Verdict - A small update for a large price difference

In review: Huawei P Smart 2020. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei P Smart 2020. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.

Huawei's P Smart series is popular. This is understandable, because until now the series offered a lot for the money. This also makes it possible that the P Smart 2020 still feels fairly current, even though there are only few changes compared to the predecessor.

But the first signs of wear have become visible: While the camera still takes solid pictures, it lacks the capability of zooming, which is offered by many devices of this price range at this point. You will also look in vain for modern features such as a USB-C port, VoLTE, or faster LTE with more frequency bands. To introduce a smartphone with Android 9 in 2020 without it being clear that it will ever get Android 10 is also questionable. 

The small battery turns out to be either a blessing or a curse, depending on the user. Those who want to get away from the daily charging of their smartphones won't get much of a chance, unless they use it very sparingly. On the other hand, the small battery allows for faster recharging and a fairly low weight.

For those who like it slim and light, the Huawei P Smart 2020 can still be recommended. But those who value a long battery life and modern software should look elsewhere.

The locating is fairly accurate, the WLAN is fairly fast, the performance is right, and the 128 GB of storage is also a positive point for the smartphone.

However, the Huawei P Smart 2020 also has an additional problem: This is called the P Smart 2019 and is basically the same smartphone with slightly less storage for much less money. So if you want to save, you might want to purchase the predecessor. While the successor is still a solid smartphone from the affordable mid-range, it does not feel as current anymore as other models in this price range.

Huawei P Smart 2020 - 05/30/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
42 / 70 → 60%
Weight
91%
Battery
79%
Display
83%
Games Performance
30 / 64 → 47%
Application Performance
56 / 86 → 65%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
55%
Average
71%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2020-05-31 (Update: 2020-06- 1)
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.