Huawei has been very active at launching cool new gadgets year after year. Their previous flagship, Huawei P9 was well received worldwide. It not only catered tech enthusiasts but also focused on people wanting a near DSLR experience on their phone itself.
The Huawei P9 nailed it in terms of design and overall form factor. The all new P10 series follows the same legacy but in a more refined way. Its still as thin as the P9, measures at 6.98 mm and weighs at 145 g and 165 g (P10 Plus) respectively.
Design and Key Features
Design wise the phone flaunts polished and rounded edges but still retains the flat back for better grip. To make it less slippery, Huawei has come up with a new hyper diamond cut process. It basically provides a textured back and adds a better grip compared to other metallic phones.
The back retains the glass strip covering the dual camera lens along with laser auto-focus and NFC under it. The phone does have some design elements of Google Pixel. The visor at the back is the iconic look to the P series carried from the P8 which was released back in 2015.
It still have the antenna lines but has taken a more iPhone 7 like approach to conceal them.
Surprisingly, Huawei this time has gone with a front mounted fingerprint sensor like the Huawei Mate 9 Pro. While, the Mate 9 Pro sports a physical button, the P10 series features “under the glass sensor.”
Although, the all new predictive fingerprint tracking feature is a great feature as It will help the phone understand the usual position of your finger on the sensor based on usage. The fingerprint scanner learns and become better with time. With time the whole experience becomes even more faster and accurate
The finger print scanner comes with some gestures support too like a single tap for going back, long press for home and swipe for recent apps.
Huawei has still kept an option of swapping for on-screen navigation buttons in-case one doesn’t like this implementation of using the home button for navigation. They’ve also promised of adding more features to the sensor in the coming weeks.
Key Specs Huawei P10 and P10 Plus
Both the phones feature top of the line specifications with some minor changes here and there.
The smaller P10 flaunts a 5.1 inch FHD (1080X1920) IPS LCD display. It’s not using an AMOLED display but the color calibration and deeper blacks makes it quite vivid.
Where as the bigger P10 Plus sports a 5.5 inch QHD (2560×1440) IPS LCD display. Both the phone’s displays are protected by the all new Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0.
The P10 and P10 Plus is driven by Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 SOC coupled with Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. The processor is paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. While, the Plus variants will be available in 64 GB/128 GB variants with 4 GB/6 GB of RAM respectively.
It’s real good to see Huawei moving away from the 32 GB base storage option for the flagship device. The storage can further be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of micro SD cards. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have dedicated storage slot and doesn’t support adaptable storage option like HTC.
The P10 has seen a slight bump to 3200mAh from the 3000mAh found in the P9. The Plus variant still manages to pack in massive 3750mAh battery pack in the 6.9mm nutshell.
Oddly, the P9 lacked any kind of fast charging, which was certainly a let down from a flagship offered in 2016. Well, Huawei has fixed that and opted for their SuperCharge technology through its USB type-C port for both the phones.
Since, the spec sheet matches Huawei’s own Mate 9, its no surprise that the P series adopt the same charging technology.
OS – Both the phones come with Android N v7.0 and EMUI v5.1 skin out of the box. It’s certainly not v7 1.1 like the Google Pixel, which is absurd as the phone features an upgraded version of EMUI.
P stands for Photography
As the P stands for “Photography”, Huawei has again used Leica lenses which results into outstanding use of Dual camera technology to compete with other smartphones.
The P 10 series features the sec-gen sensors from Huawei and Leica, which will help them to live up to its standards.
There’s dual 12 MP RGB sensor with OIS + 20 MP Monochrome sensor with f/2.2 aperture at the back. It’s a significant upgrade from the dual 12 MP sensors found in P9.
While, the P 10 Plus comes with the same setup but with smaller aperture for more crisp and better results. The dual 12MP + 20MP sensors come with f/1.8 aperture.
At front the phones sport an 8MP selfie shooter with f/1.9 aperture. This time around Huawei has used another Leica lens at the front, making it the, “World’s first phone with a Leica front camera.” Huawei claims that this new sensor would give double the brightness and higher dynamic range to your selfies.
It also includes a new adaptive selfie mode which will sense the total number of people in one frame and the phone will adjust the angle accordingly for wider shots.
Availability and Colors – ohh too Many
Huawei has always offered their phones in a range of different colours, the P10 series continues the tradition by offering 8 different options for the users. The P10 and P10 Plus will be available in Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold, Rose Gold, Greenery, White Ceramic, Mystic Silver and Graphite Black.
The phones will be available in 30 countries during the month of March. Unfortunately, India is not listed in these 30 countries. Which means India will have to wait for sometime before the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus gets launched in the country.
The P10 comes in single variant and will cost for €649 (approx Rs 45,000). While the base variant of P10 Plus variant will cost €699 (approx Rs 50,000). The 6GB variant will be available for €799 (approx Rs 57,000).
All in all the P10 series are enticing enough for many consumers out there and will serve the purpose of being a daily driver for the next 2 years.