Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

The Huawei P10: an overview

As the successor to the flagship P9 handset from Huawei, the Huawei P10 has a lot to live up to. With many believing the P9 to be Huawei’s best handset to date. The new P10 and it’s slightly larger model the P10 Plus are surely going to be even better.

Huawei’s plan to dominate the camera market, they have refined their dual camera setup which they used on the P9 for use on the P10 and P10 Plus. With some subtle but necessary hardware and design improvements, the Huawei P10 could even match up to some of the major handsets currently on the market. They as yet unreleased Samsung S8 for example.

Retailing at £550 in the UK when sold by UK networks (originally retailing at £600 from the brand themselves), this is one of the brands most expensive smartphones to date. Pay just a little more for the P10 Plus, and you may just consider opting for the latter. A slightly larger payment for a slightly larger smartphone.

Huawei P10 Plus

Phone specifications

The Huawei P10 uses Android 7.0 Nougat which is then overlaid with the brands own Emotion UI 5.1. It also uses the same chipset as their Mate 9 phablet, the Kirin 960. Paired with 4GB of RAM, the specs of this handset are better than its predecessor, the P9. However, it does come slightly behind its Plus model regarding storage as that comes with extra memory; 6GB to be exact.

The handset is powered by a 3,200mAh non removable battery – fairly large for a phone of its size.

It does, however, enable the handset to sustain a relatively full charge all day which is great – this includes regular use such as gaming, making and receiving calls, checking social media accounts and listening to music. Even when apps such as Netflix are streamed, the handset holds its charge well – only losing an average of 8-12% of battery per hour when streaming with the screen set at half the brightness.

Phone features

The phone has a 5.1-inch 1080p display if you are purchasing the P10, a 5.5-inch 2K display if you opt for the P10 Plus. The battery is 3,200mAh for the P10 and 3,750mAh for the P10 Plus. Memory wise, the phone has 4GB of RAM.

It has Kirin 960 CPU, EMUI 5.1 and a 20MP monochrome sensor, a 12MP RGB sensor, an 8MP front camera and a F/2.2 lens.

The dual lens Leica system pairs the 20MP monochrome sensor with the 12MP RGB sensor which the brand claim will offer many benefits. These include more realistic bokeh effects and better low light performance. The camera isn’t the worst on the market, but it isn’t the best, especially for the price. Some photos taken at night or in low light may look over processed. Plus some photographs don’t display quite as much detail as the phone’s competitors do. It could have something to do with a F/2.2 aperture which is fairly low. However, the camera is fairly reactive and doesn’t seem to suffer any significant lag.

The rear camera also offers the option to record 4K resolution video at 30fps or standard FHD video at 60fps. Low light could be a potential issue and footage can look a little shaky if a tripod is not in use.

When in regular use, there are no noticeable problems. Apps open almost immediately, and users can open multiple tabs without any problems. Gaming titles do take slightly longer to load than some other flagship smartphones, but they do run smoothly.

Display

The handset has a 5.2-inch 1080p resolution display for the P10 and a 5.5-inch 2K resolution display for the P10 Plus.

The brand has included an IPS-NEO panel which results in blacks that are better than those seen on regular IPS screens. The whites are also clean, and the colours are just right too. However maximum brightness is perhaps a little too bright and would benefit from being quite reduced in order for users to use their handset comfortably. The display itself is quite impressive.

Design

The design of the Huawei P10 takes inspiration from Apple’s iPhones more than it does other Huawei phones. While there are major differences, the look of it cannot be denied. The blue version, plus some of the other coloured variants, are unique in that they have a textured finish.

The phone itself has a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the handset and has Gorilla Glass 5 on the front screen – this should offer some decent scratch resistance. There is a fingerprint scanner on the front of the Huawei P10 which is markedly different to the P9. However, despite moving the scanner on this handset, the brand has also added some advanced control options. A short press on the back button and a long press to bring the home screen back. A quick swipe left or right and the apps overview will appear. Huawei claims that users will benefit from this button, especially the custom Ultra Response feature.

The metal exterior is solid, and the thickness of the phone is 7mm; it also weighs just 142g which makes it very comfortable to hold.

The inclusion of a microSD slot is great; enabling customers to add further storage to the basic inbuilt storage.

Is the Huawei P10 worth the money?

The phone is a great phone for users who loved the P9. Huawei themselves have worked on the design and made the relevant upgrades and improvements needed to make this handset a better option. It is of great design.

There are concerns about the price. The price of this model is very much at the higher end of the Huawei scale, and the Plus has much better specs for just a fraction more money. There is also concern about the aperture of the rear camera. Overall, the Huawei P10 is a great phone and is worth checking out.