The Huawei P10 is the latest iteration of Huawei’s flagship line of smartphones, last year I took a look at the P9 Plus, so let’s see what has changed.
For this review the device I have been sent is the Graphite Black colour of the Huawei P10, but there are several other colours to choose from including (but not limited to) a silver, rose gold, gold and blue variant of the device.
The overall design of the device is very premium and sleek, carrying a glass and aluminium build with chamfered edges on the aluminium surrounding the glass. The back of the phone was what initially caught my attention as the matte black finish of my model really looks great. Also on the back of the Huawei P10 you’ll find the subtle Huawei branding, which is no longer on the front of the front of the device like the P9, and you’ll also find the Leica camera array – but I shall talk about the cameras in detail in a little bit.
The sides of the phone are sleek with the SIM/microSD combo slot on the left hand side of the device, the bottom of the device is home to the headphone jack, USB-C port and also microphone and speaker, there is also a secondary microphone on the top of the device. Finally, on the right hand side of the device are the volume rocker buttons and the power button. One good thing that I would like to point out here is that the power button has a different texture finish to the volume rockers so it is easy to distinguish between the buttons by touch.
On the front side of the Huawei P10, the 5inch 1080p display can be found, as well as the 8 megapixel front facing camera. One interesting element that took a while to get used to with the P10, is the fingerprint scanner being on the front of the device – because the phone still uses on screen navigation and home buttons. So I had a habit of pressing the fingerprint scanner when I actually meant to press the home button.
The phone also came with a factory installed screen protector which I wish was an optional choice and I do not usually put screen protectors on my devices, a case was also included in the box which is a nice touch. The overall size of the phone I would say is similar to the standard size iPhone, so it is not a large phone by todays standards so using the phone was not difficult at all.
The display on the Huawei P10 looks great, it looks sharp and colours look well saturated. The display is easy to see in sunlight thanks to the amount of brightness that the display can put out.
The display is an IPS-NEO LCD display which features rich whites and deep blacks which really help for viewing images and reading text on the display and the viewing angles are also great for the display with very little distortion at all in regards to colour, even at extreme angles.
As before with the P9 Plus, I wish that the display would get a resolution increase to at least 1440p as many other flagship smartphones have these higher resolutions. This would help for content on the screen to be even sharper.
The Huawei P10 ships with Android 7.0 Nougat, running version 5 of Huawei’s EMUI Android skin over the top. As before, the EMUI skin is quite a heavy skin and removes a lot of what would be determined as stock Android. The skin is very similar to iOS, and by default there is no app drawer in the launcher – but there now is an option in the settings to bring back the app drawer. The skin being similar to iOS isn’t a bad thing, it means that iPhone users making the switch to Android will be more familiar with their surroundings thanks to EMUI, but I do wish there was a bit more originality with regards to the skin.
There are also some other built in features and apps, some of which are useful and some which feel like bloatware. Third party apps are also installed by default, which can be removed but personally I’d prefer it if they weren’t there in the first place.
As with most smartphones nowadays, performance on the Huawei P10 is great. The device has 4GB of RAM so plenty of apps can be left open in the background and multitasking is very smooth and works flawlessly. Day to day usage of the smartphone is very pleasant and apps open almost instantly with little to no lag – which is great.
Gaming also runs flawlessly on the device, as with all of my phone reviews, both Leo’s Fortune and Asphalt 8 run without issues and device stays cool even with graphic intensive games.
Huawei continues to carry on with the Leica stamp on the P10, and I still don’t think that it is the best camera in the world. Don’t get me wrong, the camera is decent but compared to other smartphone cameras – but it doesn’t stand out.
The camera system on the Huawei P10 is a dual 20-megapixel camera, that shoots 12 megapixels by default so I had to change that in the settings once I had realised that I was shooting at 12 megapixels. The second camera helps gather extra detail from a monochrome image taken, as well as to create a toggle able depth of field effect.
Overall, photos look decent. The photos look very sharp but in some of the images I have taken using the phone, some of the edges look a little soft. I also think that some of the images look a little desaturated and lacking in colour – this was more prominent in my landscape images.
The camera also shoots 4K video at 30 frames a second, and 1080p video at 30/60 frames a second with image stabilisation, which works surprisingly well. The front facing camera carries an 8-megapixel sensor and the photo quality from that is fantastic, so if you really like taking selfies then you’ll like this phone.
The camera app also has some custom modes for depth of field effects using the second camera and full manual controls, which is nice to see in the included app.
Battery life on the P10 is great thanks to the 3200 mAh battery. This will easily get you through a day of usage and even if you are running a little low on charge, the device supports fast charging so you can charge your phone up quickly using the USB C port.
Overall, the Huawei P10 is a great smartphone, with a high quality camera and build. Just don’t expect outstanding results all the time with the camera as at the end of the day, it is a smartphone camera. I would recommend the P10 as even though there are a few issues with it that I’m not a fan of, overall it is a great phone for the price.