Huawei has brought to its P-line of flagships, the new Huawei p10 and p10+. These two phones pack the same specifications, or almost. The plus on the p10+ simply suggests a bigger size of the p10. This however is the review of the Huawei p10, released in March 2017. The Huawei P10 line is what I would like to refer to as Huawei’s attempt to revolutionize and change how we see smartphones. Let’s check it out. Is the Huawei p10 revolution enough?
Design and build
Huawei has always been good with their smartphone designs, at least in my opinion. The p10’s focus is on design and esthetics, some changes which I can almost bet all users will appreciate. The p10 has quite an interesting design. On its back, Huawei ditched their metal material for what the company calls a hyper diamond cut back finish which is less slippery and scratch resistant. The Huawei p10 does feel compact in the hand with this back finish. On top right of the Huawei p10 (back part still) are two LEICA branded camera. Huawei cooperated with LEICA to design a these cameras, and for the Huawei p10 line this could be the main selling point for this phone. We’ll look at these cameras later. At the top middle back is a flash. The fingerprint sensor of the Huawei p10 has been moved and is now on the home button that is in the face of the phone. The back off the p10 also has Huawei logo. The phone stands at 145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm and it only weighs 145 grams. The Huawei p10 does look different, I personally fancy the new design.
The p10 has a 5.1 inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (432 ppi pixel density). It has a 71.2% screen-to-body ratio and the screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This display is sharp, bright and has wide viewing angles. Its brightness makes it easily visible in direct sunlight and gives good color representation. The 432 ppi pixel density makes the screen very attractive due to the sharpness it offers.
A set of dual secondary cameras is what the Huawei has to offer with the p10. It looks like this will be the trend for Huawei’s high end devices since we have been seeing his feature much lately. The cameras are 20 MP + 12 MP, f/2.2 with OIS, Leica optics, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED. Now why two cameras Huawei? I’ll tell you, the 20 MP monochrome camera gets all the details of the image in focus while the 12 MP color sensor fills in the color detail of the image in focus. The result, brilliant and detailed photos as you would expect. These cameras also pack features like beauty filter which smoothens the images and portrait mode which creates nice smooth colors.
The selfie camera is an 8 MP shooter which also does a great job witch picture quality. It gives the best still phots. I love how with both cameras of the Huawei p10 you can focus only on the image you are taking a picture of and blur every other thing. It’s a nice add on without needing a secondary application for this feature.
Video records 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, that’s up to 4K. A lot going on for the Huawei p10’s photography I’d say. You are buying the Huawei p10 for its camera? You will not regret it.
Performance and Memory
The Huawei p10 is a power house that packs Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 960, an Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and a Mali-G71 MP8. These ensure for great performance in gaming, multitasking, browsing and so on. The phone runs smoothly and sets an excellent performance mark.
It comes in two, a 32/64 GB internal memory, but both run on 4 GB RAM.
The user interface is an over lay of Huawei’s new EMUI v5.1 on top of Android Nougat which it ships with.
The battery life of the Huawei p10 is remarkably excellent. A 32OOmAh battery with an endurance rating of 75 hours. For a 5.1 inches screen, this is more than enough power to last you a full day with ease. Good news is, the Huawei p10 also does support quick charging which Huawei calls, supercharging.
Connectivity and Network
The p10 supports Wi-Fi 802.11, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO and uses a USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE- 2G, 3G and 4G. Supports either single or dual sim.
Headphone performance on the Huawei p10 is amazing. Speaker quality is standard. It has the good 3mm jack that gives 24-bit/192kHz audio and has a dedicated noise cancelation mic.
Generally, the Huawei p10 is a good phone. It is not overpriced as one think. Were its specs on a different manufacturer’s phone then we probably would be looking at a price even higher. I would say, the p10 is for folks looking to buy something different.
It comes in a variety of colors Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Dazzling Blue, Greenery.
Check out Huawei p10’s official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehr3_TS5yKY
Check out Huawei p10’s official website: http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-phones/p10/index.htm