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HUAWEI announces its first phone with a pop-up selfie camera

The HUAWEI P Smart Z is the first HUAWEI phone to feature a tall display without a notch.

Published onMay 8, 2019

Press render of the HUAWEI P Smart Z.

With pop-up selfie cameras becoming more popular, Huawei is embracing the trend with the P Smart Z. Announced earlier today, the P Smart Z is HUAWEI’s first smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera.

According to HUAWEI, the 16-megapixel selfie camera automatically pops up in one second and goes away when you’re done. To allay any durability concerns, HUAWEI claims that the P Smart Z’s pop-up mechanism withstands up to 12kg (~26.5 pounds) of pressure and still works after 100,000 cycles.

The pop-up selfie camera also means that the P Smart Z is the first HUAWEI smartphone to eschew any sort of notch or display cut-out. Instead, the phone features a large 6.59-inch LCD display with Full HD+ (2,340 x 1,080) resolution.

Press render of the HUAWEI P Smart Z's pop-up selfie camera.

Around back is a two-tone finish, though there’s no material difference between the top and bottom tone. Also around back is a dual-camera setup comprised of a 16MP primary sensor and 2MP depth sensor.

Under the hood, the P Smart Z features a modified version of HUAWEI’s octa-core Kirin 710 processor. Except for the packaging process, everything about the Kirin 710F is the same as the normal Kirin 710.

Other internal specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. Finally, the phone runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie and comes in blue, green, and black.

The P Smart Z is now available in Italy and Spain for 279 euros (~$313). We’ll update this post if or when the phone makes its way to other regions.

NEXT: 2019 photography showdown: HUAWEI P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Google Pixel 3

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