BARCELONA: CHINESE PHONE COBBLER Huawei took the wraps off two brand new flagship handsets at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Sunday, the P10 and P10 Plus.
Looking and feeling almost identical to an iPhone, the P10 is basically the Huawei P9 with some smart updates thanks to some nifty new features. Want to know how they translate in the real world? Well, we got a close-up look at the device on the MWC show floor.
Design and display
The Huawei P10 feels about the same in your hands as the P9 did; a well-constructed, pretty slab of metal that desperately wishes it was an iPhone. Admittedly, it has a bunch of sexier features than Apple’s offering, especially in the camera department, but we’ll go into that later. The handset has a lovely smooth finish, and is easily the most premium handset Huawei has put out yet – probably because of its iPhone-like appearance.
And just like Apple’s smartphone, the Huawei P10 feels good in the hand. Not too heavy, not too light, not too big or too small. Despite its large display, we were comfortably able to stretch our thumbs across its real estate to select the calendar app. Ahh, the calendar app; a place where we can gaze fondly at better, brighter dates later in the month when we (hopefully) won’t be standing on MWC show floor territory.
The Huawei P10’s display measures 5.2in and boasts a 1080p Full HD resolution, which in our tests on the show floor appeared very sharp and vibrant, although nothing to write home about.
Processor and software
Under the hood, the Huawei P10 uses a Kirin 960 CPU, the same processor we saw in the Huawei Mate 9. There’s also a decent 4GB of RAM to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, as well as looking after all your multitasking needs. WhatsApp messages, porn gifs and Spotify playlists all at the same time? You betcha.
Considering we had no qualms with the chip’s performance inside the Mate 9, it’ll likely be as good a performer in the P10, especially considering some of the improvements under the hood to EMUI 5.1. That’s right, the Emotion UI is back and, while the only emotion it invoked in us was that of iOS nostalgia, it appeared nippy in response to our touch.
With its dual-lens camera system, Huawei aims to revolutionise the way we take photos on our smartphones, just like the P9 did. And like its predecessor, the P10 has a Leica-certification – a company that has long been the hallmark of fine quality optics.
However, the Huawei P10’s set up is much more similar to the Mate 9 with a 12MP colour sensor working in tandem with a 20MP monochrome version. As a result, shots give much better detail with an added layer of contrast to full-colour images.
The Huawei P10 also offers f/2.2 aperture, which should mean you can get brighter photos at a given shutter speed. We had a little play around on the show floor, but with the millions of bright lights beaming down at us, it’s impossible to compare handset cameras in such environments. We’ll be looking forward to testing this out properly in a full review, though.
Battery and storage
The Huawei has a pretty standard 3,200mAh battery alongside 64GB of onboard storage. Strangely, Huawei has decided to limit its inbuilt storage options to this amount only, which at least makes it a lot easier to make your choice when buying the Huawei P10: there’s only one option to choose from. Well, in terms of storage anyway. Don’t get us started on colour optons. *eye roll*
There is also microSD support up to 256GB for those that need some extra room to store their entire collection of airbrushed-to-shit selfies.
The Huawei P10 looks and feel very similar to the P9, and even closer to Apple’s flagship than previous attempts. But all-in-all it seems responsive thanks to a number of spec updates. The screen is pretty neat and there’s everything there’s you’d expect from the Chinese manufacturer, just nothing really that innovative.
The price of the Huawei P10 is yet to be confirmed by Huawei, but we do know that the handset will come in far too many colours than we care to remember. There’s a ‘ceramic white’ version that dumps the metal chassis in favour of, er, ceramic, and two “Dazzling” (sigh) models that come equipped with ‘Hyper Diamond’ technology that means it won’t pick up fingerprints or scratches, available in either blue of gold.
On top of that, there are the standard stainless steel versions of the phone that come in green, silver, gold or rose gold. µ
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