Huawei Mobile South Africa has revealed its first new smartphone for 2019. No, not the successor to the P20, but rather entry-level / mid-range device in the P Smart 2019.

This latest device picks up from the strong showing of last year’s P Smart, which Huawei tells us was the best-selling device in its segment in South Africa for eight months of last year.

Having seen the device in-person, Huawei has improved things across the board for this 2019 iteration. One of the most immediate improvements is the design with a styling more akin to the P20 and Mate 20 devices. To that end, it has a shiny new back cover, available in black and a gradient option that the company calls Aurora.

This back cover sports a fingerprint sensor and dual camera setup. The latter features a 13MP and 2MP lens on offer, with the 2MP one taking care of the depth of field to produce bokeh effect-esque pictures.

Shifting to the front, it has a 16MP camera with AI-aided selfie functionality. As the for the display, Huawei has upped things quite a bit with a 6.21″ Full HD screen (2 340 X 1 080). The display also boasts a 89.6 percent screen-to-body ratio, thanks to an ultra-slim bezel and the cursory screen notch in the shape of a tear drop.

Internally the P Smart (2019) isn’t lacking either, with an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset running things. This is the same setup as found in the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, along with 3GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage.

As for when you’ll be able to purchase the Huawei P Smart 2019, it will hit local carriers and retailers on 1st February, with a recommended retail price of R4 999. It can also be purchased on contract for R249 per month, but pricing will vary depending on the retailer.