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Tested: the Huawei P10

by PhilippeDid you know...14/03/2017

Tested: the Huawei P10
At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, virtually the world’s biggest telecoms fair, Huawei introduced its new flagship: the Huawei P10.

Following on from the successful P9, it proves that the Chinese manufacturer is perfectly capable of producing a first-class phone. Photography enthusiasts in particular will love the P10. In our view, this device shows that Huawei is also capable of putting pressure on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models in the higher market segments.

Design

The Huawei comes in three different versions: the P10, the P10 Lite and the P10 plus. The main differences are in the screen size but beneath the surface, the electronics differ too. The edges on each model are very thin. The screen takes up almost the whole front of the device, giving it a modern look. It has just a narrow strip at the top and bottom for the front camera and the loudspeaker as well as a fingerprint scanner.

The sides are in high-quality metal. The back is made of glass, but it has been processed using a technique that Huawei calls ‘Hyper Diamond Cut’. It is designed to make the P10 almost entirely resistant to scratches, while streaks and fingerprints are less visible, too. What is more, the devices come in a range of colors, rather than just the everlasting black and white. Potential buyers can choose between blue, black, green, silver and no fewer than three gold variants: dazzling gold, rose gold and prestige gold.

Huawei P10 - Review

Screen

Huawei has given the P10 a 5.1-inch LCD with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The P10 Plus offers even more: 5.5 inches and 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. The P10 Lite has a 5.2-inch screen with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

Both the P10 and the P10 Lite are a delight to look at. But thanks to the higher resolution, the P10 Plus really caresses the eye with crystal-clear letters and beautiful photos. All three ensure good viewing angles, sharp contrasts and great clarity. We are also pleased to see that Huawei has opted not to use a 4K screen. This is perfect for televisions, but you’ll never notice the difference on a phone screen and it takes more out of the battery.

Huawei P10 - Review

Camera

One of the best features of this new P10 is definitely the camera. Huawei has again joined forces with the German firm Leica, a byword in the photography sector. The P10 and P10 Plus have not one but two sensors and lenses on the back: a 12-megapixel color sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The images captured by the two are combined, with the monochrome sensor used to add more details. And it has to be said, it works a treat.

Another striking feature is the lens in the P10. It has a great F2.2 aperture. The P10 Plus goes one better with F1.8. Without being too technical, the lower the number, the greater the light sensitivity of the lens and the better the photos taken in low light.

For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel camera at the front that is more than enough to take good shots for the social media networks. Want to make videos? You can record them at 30 frames per second in 4K and 60 frames per second in Full HD.

The P10 Lite is admittedly quite a bit simpler and less advanced. It only has one lens and sensor, with 12 megapixels. You will be able to take perfectly acceptable photos with it, but you naturally can’t expect the superb image quality of the Leica models, particularly not in the evening or in poor light.

Huawei P10 - Review

Battery

The P10 has a 3,200 mAh battery and in the somewhat bigger Plus model there was room for a 3,750 mAh version. The Lite has a 3,100 mAh battery. All three versions should easily get you through the day without having to recharge your phone. As you would expect from a device in this class, there is also a fast-charge function so that you can recharge your mobile in a flash. However, there is no wireless charge function.

Huawei P10 - Review

Multimeadia and Games

These Huaweis are equipped with the brand-new Kirin 960-processor designed by the Chinese company itself. The 960 is an octacore chip (for enthusiasts: 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53), supplemented by a 4-gigabyte working memory in the P10 and 6 gigabytes in the P10 Plus.

In simple terms: this phone deals effortlessly with the most demanding tasks and it can hold its own with the top models from competitors in Japan, South Korea and the US. Playing the heaviest games or watching HD videos while you have six, seven or even more apps open at the same time presents no difficulty for this device.

What is more, it comes with Android 7 Nougat, the very latest version of the Google operating system, as a standard fitting.

Here again, the P10 Lite, which is in a totally different price category from its two big brothers, is quite a lot more modest, running on a Kirin 655. This won’t offer the lightning speed of the P10 and the P10 Plus, but it can hardly be considered sluggish. If you keep that in mind, you won’t be in the least disappointed by the chip.

Huawei P10 - Review

In short…

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus both certainly deserve a place on the shortlist of everyone in search of a first-class device. We were won over by the great camera and attractive design in particular. The downside of their stringent specifications is the price tag (from € 599 to € 749). If you prefer to spend somewhat less and are satisfied with (a little) less, then the P10 Lite will be just what you want, as it can be yours for € 349.

Huawei P10

We were won over by the outstanding camera and attractive design.

9/10

Pros:
  • Powerful camera
  • Magnificent, robust design
  • Fast-charge function
  • New fast Kirin 960 processor
Cons:
  • Fairly pricy
  • No wireless charge function

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