The battery in the smartphone has 4000 mAh and it ensures great lifespans. During the test with a continuous video streaming, P Smart Z achieved over 15 hours – this is a great result. But in battery benchmarks it worked worse, not achieving extraordinary results. Benchmarks are their own thing, but how the phone works in an everyday usage is much more important. And in this case, when being used more intensively, at the end of the day it was left with around 30% of energy. With a more typical usage the phone achieved two full days without a charger. In addition, in order to prolong the lifespan, we can use the power saving mode in the settings.
Charging times are less satisfactory. In order to fully fill the battery with the charger and the cable from the set, we need around 2 hours. It is difficult to call it quick charging – after 30 minutes from the start we have around 30%. The smartphone itself supports quick charging, but an appropriate charger is not added to the set.
- lifespan with the display on (YouTube, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi, 50% screen brightness, minimal sound level) – 15 hours and 36 minutes,
- PC Mark battery test results – 11 hours and 8 minutes,
- Geekbench results (full discharge) – 5020 points, discharge after 8 hours and 19 minutes,
- an hour of video streaming (Chrome, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 50% screen brightness) - 9% of battery lost,
- an hour of streaming video from the phone’s memory (airplane mode, 50% screen brightness) - 6%,
- half an hour of using online navigation - 8%,
- half an hour of playing Real Racing 3 - 9%,
- 10 hours in the standby mode - 6-7%.
The competition in the middle-price segment is enormous. P Smart Z will compete not only with Xiaomi and Samsung models, but with models from their own backyard, like P Smart 2019 or Huawei P30 Lite. From models equipped with a pop-up camera module it can compete with better made and better equipped Xiaomi Mi 9T, which costs around 100 euro more. Another smartphone with such housing is OnePlus 7 Pro - but here we are dealing with the highest shelf.
Huawei P Smart Z is, without a doubt, a great choice for those who are mostly interested in the biggest display without notches or holes - P Smart Z definitely delivers this (when we will take the diagonal into consideration this is the so-called phablet, and not a smartphone). And for those who care about good lifespans. But I do not think that this is a phone for selfie enthusiasts – the camera is not ready for work from the start, popping up from the housing, with a fixed focus, without a LED flash and an additional camera for measuring the depth or without a wide-angle – it will not be the first choice for this group of people. And the feature of the camera sliding out from the housing will definitely not convince them.
Advantages and disadvantages
- big, almost bezel-less display without notches and holes
- bells and whistle lovers will appreciate the periscope selfie camera
- toned down colours of the back panel and the looks resembling the Google Pixel series
- quick and accurate fingerprint scanner
- capacious battery and great lifespans
- FM radio
- solid housing
- the device is big and heavy
- colours of the display
- average quality of photos from the front and the main camera
- decreased resolution of photos in the night mode and while using AI
- average quality of video recordings, lack of 4K
- weak earphones in the set
- lack of facial recognition
- lack of notifications LED or other methods of showing notifications, like AOD
- hybrid tray for SIM/microSD cards
- lack of protection from dust