Huawei P10 Review: The Huawei P10 is the successor to Huawei’s P9 flagship, which in my thought was the firm’s best handset to date. It continues the company’s push to manage the camera market and option a refined version of the “designed by Leica” dual-camera setup viewed on its predecessor. This, plus a few subtle however important design and improvements, makes the P10 seem like it could be a strong rival to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 and the superb LG G6.
Display Size: 5.1 inches
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 960
OS: Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Internal Storage: 32 GB/ 64 GB
RAM: 4 GB RAM
Rear Camera: 20MP
Front Camera: 8MP
Battery Life: Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
Design-wise, the P10 appears more like an iPhone 7 than a Huawei phone. A few of the colored variants, such as the blue version, differentiate themselves by sporting a textured finish. Overall, though, were it not for the looks of a USB Type-C – not Lightning – port at the bottom of the mobile and the Leica and Huawei branding on its rear, you could simply mistake the P10 for an Apple phone.
The Huawei P10 comes with a 5.1-inch, 1080p resolution display. On record, this is a marked step down from the P10 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch with a 2K resolution display.
The Huawei P10 comes with an Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. The bad information, though, is that Huawei’s EMUI-laden overlay still gets in the way a bit too much for my liking.
Hardware and Performance
Huawei’s latest handset also takes a healthy update to its internals, with the P10 has an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 with a 4GB of RAM. There’s a healthy 64GB of onboard storage and a microSD slot, so you’ll be able to add as much as 256GB of extra storage.
Within the CPU-focused Geekbench 4 test, the P10 ran in with impressive 1,933 single-core and 6,145 multi-core scores. The Pixel finished with lower 1,562 single-core and 4,072 multi-core scores, by comparison.
At the rear of the P10, we find the identical Leica-tuned dual-camera setup that made the P9 the intriguing device it was. When it comes to technicalities, the P10 comes with what Huawei calls Dual Camera 2.0, comprising a 20MP f/2.0 monochrome sensor that produces detailed photos and a regular 12MP f/2.2 RGB module that shoots color.
The 8MP auto-focusing front-facing camera is a decent one, too, with selfies turning out pretty detailed, well-exposed, and with interesting, vibrant colors.
Huawei’s top-end devices are identified for their better-than-average battery life, and thus we had excessive expectations for the P10. It boasts a 3,200mAh juicer under the hood, a decent 200mAh improvement more than what the P9 had in tow, and has a faster, newer chipset, so we had excessive expectations for the battery performance of the P10.
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Hotspot
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE
Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
For followers of the P9, the P10 is a superb phone. Huawei has tweaked the design and added nearly all the right upgrades to make it feel like a step up. The phone has a superb screen, provides high performance and ticks all the right boxes design-wise. In Europe, the phone will sell for $685, which is a bit expensive than the initial pricing of $600-$650 for the P9. I’m also not convinced about its price. The Huawei P10 Plus is only €50 more than the regular P10 and comes with a better camera, a bigger higher-resolution screen, and 128GB of storage.
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