Packaging and accessories
In the modest, white box the manufacturer placed, next to the smartphone, a charger (5V-2A), USB-USB-C cable, simple earphones with a remote (that is a microphone and a button for receiving calls), paper manual and a needle for opening the tray of SIM/microSD cards. All accessories are in white. In some regions the set can have a silicone cover – this one did not.
Housing and display
P Smart Z is a heavy weight in the smartphone middle-class. It is big and heavy (around 9mm thickness, almost 200g of weight), with a thick body, though the manufacturer took care of its handiness – for example by the curved surface of the back panel and the profiled frame. The housing is dominated by plastic – both the frame and the backs are made out of it (this is basically an acrylic glass, which is simply a form of a plastic material). The whole is solid and well-thought when it comes to ergonomics. The fingerprint scanner is placed where our index finger can rest intuitively, and buttons on the side are easily noticeable and have an appropriate pressure point.
The display of the smartphone is big – it has an almost tablet diagonal of 6.59 inches and it takes 91% of the front panel (according to the manufacturer’s data). Prolonged proportions (19,5:9) makes it more handy than a tablet, and the Full HD+ resolution (2340x1080 pixels) provides a pixel density on the level of 391 ppi. In addition the resolution of the display can be decreased – 1560x720 pixels. The display has a great sharpness and satisfactory readability angles. I had no reasons to complain about the brightness of the screen either. Both the minimum and the maximum one are on appropriate levels. It is worth adding that the smartphone supports the Widewine L1 standard, thanks to this we can stream videos from services like Netflix in a high quality.
And what we can complain about? Mostly about faded colours, which results in images not as saturated as they should have been. The colours mode and their temperature can be modified in settings – in the Vivid mode colder colours dominate, while the normal mode provides warmer colours, but a flat image. In comparison with other middle-shelf models with LCD we can see that P Smart Z does not look the best among them.
The display has curved edges and is surrounded by small bezels. The upper, left and right have around 2 mm, while the lower one – 5 mm. In the area of the upper frame we can notice the cavity of the speaker, while on the lower one we do not have any additional elements.
According to the manufacturer the large display of the Huawei P Smart Z model is supposed to ensure versatility of the device and provide the biggest workspace for all utilities: writing notes, reading books, watching movies, browsing the Internet or playing games. Problems can only occur when you are using glasses with polarizing filters – in the horizontal orientation the image is dimmed strongly. I will add that the display has a protective foil applied from the start.
The backs of the device are made out of plastic, they are shiny and colourful (for the review we received the blue version, there are black and green as well). Here we have a flat surface with two toned shades of blue – this is a design, which reminds me of the Google Pixel style. There are no crazy reflexes. The colourful panel is not too susceptible to fingerprints, although keeping it clean will require some discipline. The plastic is susceptible to scratches, unfortunately we will not find a cover in the set. It is worth remembering that the panel is attractive and less susceptible to breaking – which is the biggest danger when it comes to glass panels.
On the back panel we can find the main, dual camera. Huawei placed it in the upper left corner and made it maximally flat – it almost do not stand above the housing. The model is accompanied by a LED flash, we can see information about the support from an AI. On the back panel we can find a fingerprint scanner – it works appropriately and it can quickly identify the user in the system. It can be used for gestures as well – we can, for example drop down the notifications panel or take a photo. The manufacturer decided not to use the other biometrical setting, which is facial recognition – probably in order to not strain the camera mechanism. In the lower part of the back panel there is the manufacturer’s logo and printed certificates and markings – but the latter are almost invisible and they do not ruin the aesthetics of the device.
The bezel that runs around the smartphone is made out of plastic and has a curved shape, which ensures a firmer grip of the phone. Its colour correlates with the colour of the housing. The left edge is completely flat, on the right there are physical buttons – the prolonged bar for volume control and the button for power/lock screen. Its location is well-planned – directly under our thumb. On the lower edge we can find the minijack socket, microphone’s hole, USB-C socket and the external speaker. The most interesting element can be found on the upper edge – next to the hole of the additional microphone and the tray for SIM/microSD cards (two nanoSIM cards or one SIM and a memory drive) there is the main celebrity – the pop-up camera for selfies. It is hidden – completely invisible. The module itself is around 10 mm wide, 8 mm and 4 mm thick. I wrote about more in the later part of the text.