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The alternative to the Huawei P Smart 2019?

The Huawei P Smart Plus (Image source: Huawei)
The Huawei P Smart Plus (Image source: Huawei)
Our recent reviews demonstrated that the Huawei P Smart Plus is a worthy alternative to the P Smart 2019. The price difference between the two devices varies, but it is often minimal, so the question is, which is the better buy?

The P Smart (2019) has not been on the market for long, but it already had a worthy foil in the shape of the P Smart Plus, which we recently reviewed. The latter has dual rear-facing cameras and the same SoC as the P Smart (2019), which presents an interesting comparison between the two devices.

We also found during our tests that the P Smart Plus has a precise GPS module, while it has more RAM than its 2019 counterpart. The former has uninspiring battery life, but overall we think that the P Smart Plus offers better value for money than the P Smart (2019).

So, is it worth buying the P Smart (2019)? The answer is yes if you value a current OS and fast Wi-Fi, the latter of which the P Smart Plus struggles with. We suspect that Huawei will update the P Smart Plus to Android 9 Pie in the next few months. Moreover, the P Smart (2019) has a considerably smaller notch the P Smart Plus, which may be a deciding factor for some people.

It is difficult to say which is the cheaper device as internet prices fluctuate regularly. The P Smart Plus is worth a look if it is cheaper though, especially as it has a brighter display and performed equally well in benchmarks as the P Smart (2019) did.

Our overall ratings correspond with the fine margins between the two devices. The P Smart Plus achieved 84%, while the P Smart (2019) scored 1% more. Lest we forget the P Smart (2018) too, which scored 83% overall. Which smartphone is the best of the three depends on what you value more. If you want the best value for money, then we would recommend the P Smart Plus. However, if you want the most modern of the three, then the P Smart (2019) is the device for you. Finally, if you want the cheapest device, then choose the P Smart (2018).

In short, they are all good smartphones with their benefits, and it is not as simple as choosing the most recently released device.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-02- 7 (Update: 2019-02- 7)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.