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Tested: the Huawei P10

Published on 13/04/2017 in Bits & Bytes

Tested: the Huawei P10

It must have been pretty much the biggest announcement at the past Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: the introduction of Huawei's latest flagship.

Last year the Chinese manufacturer already shook the market with the P9, which was one of the first smartphones in the world to feature two rear cameras. The quality delivered came close to that achieved by a professional camera.

The new Huawei P10 is said to do even a tad better in that department. And for less money than its direct competitors. But is that really the case? Is it still the main frontrunner in the top segment when it comes to value for money?

We decided to find out for you.

Huawei P10

The ideal smartphone for people who like to take photos.

9/10

Plus points:
  • Excellent camera
  • Thin yet robust
  • Rapid charge function
  • Long battery life
Minus points:
  • Not waterproof
  • Wireless charging not supported
The results: the innovative P9, but now even more fine-tuned
Design

The Huawei comes in three different versions: the P10, the P10 Lite and the P10 plus. The difference lies mainly in the size of the screen, but the electronics under the bonnet are also quite different.

What they all do have in common are the thin edges. This lends the screen a classy and modern look. The sides are of high-quality metal. The rear is made entirely out of specially processed glass which, judging by our initial tests, is quite scratch-resistant. Swipes and fingerprints do not leave much of a mark either.

As for colors, you have ample choice. Because there's not just black and white. No Sir, you can also choose between six other colors, including three gold variants.

Screen

The P10 has a 5.1-inch NEO-LCD display with a resolution of 1080 pixels. This is more than enough not just for daily use, but also for watching videos. What struck me most was the great brightness and fine contrast. Moreover, readability always remains good, regardless of the viewing angle.

Camera

This is the spearhead of the new P10, just like it was with its predecessor. For this, Huawei again partnered up with German firm Leica, which is very well-known in the professional photography world.

On the rear we have not one, but two sensors and lenses: one 12 MP color sensor and one 20 MP monochrome sensor. The latter is used to give the photo more detail. And we have to admit, the resulting photos are indeed rich in detail.

There is an 8 MP camera at the front for selfies. More than enough, therefore, to produce nice snaps for Facebook and co. You can also shoot video with this camera, even in full-HD.

Battery

The Huawei P10 features quite a powerful battery of 3,200 mAh. In layman's terms, this will easily get you through a whole day on a single charge. Like with other top models on the market, the P10 comes equipped with a rapid charge function which, in no time at all, lets you continue to use the phone for another couple of hours. Unfortunately, there's no wireless charging function.

Other new features

What else is under the bonnet? Well, at the heart of the P10 is a brand-new Kirin 960 processor. Being an octacore, it ensures you can multi-task smoothly and play heavier games without a hitch. Especially with 4 GB of working memory on board.

Highlights

A number of nice features stood out for us:

Dual 12 megapixel rear camera

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Together, they deliver superb photos with lots of detail!

Adjustable aperture

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Create a great sense of depth. Like a pro!

Fingerprint scanner

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Give your valuable possession that extra bit of protection. Great, isn't it?

In short:

The P9 was already an absolute winner last year. And with the P10, everything has been improved a tad further. More than ever, this smartphone is the perfect companion for those who want to photograph more creatively. Or who just want higher-quality images.

Michel

Working in the Devices team, I gladly share the innovations we encounter. My passions are photography, modern & contemporary arts and being outdoors.

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