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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus – the next evolution (first look)

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Huawei has opened pre-orders for its new P10 and P10 Plus flagship smartphones for delivery from 25 May.

iTWire attended a briefing and has received a P10 for review. Spoiler alert: both models equal or better the defined flagship paradigms.

At first look, these are well designed, well made, and well worth the price.

The art of photography

Huawei has collaborated with Leica to develop its take on a dual-lens camera — a 12MP RGB (colour) and a 20MP monochrome (black) to achieve the “Leica look” — reminiscent of film photography with no oversaturation or excessive post-processing sharpening.

Version one was on the P9 last year and, while good, was not a standout performer, scoring 80 on the DxoMark (an independent camera review site).

The next iteration — version two — was on the Mate 9 phablet and that edged up to a DxoMark of 85. 

The P10 has just received a DxoMark of 87 for what is very similar camera hardware to the Mate 9 but with improved camera firmware and app features.

The P10 Plus (yet to be tested) is likely to top the current DxoMark champion, Google Pixel on 89, if only for its brighter, top quality Lecia lens.

Price/availability from 25 May

The P10 Plus has a 5.5”, 2560 x 1440 screen; 6GB RAM, 128GB, microSD/OTG to 2TB; Dual Lens camera with SUMMILUX-H f/1.8 lens; 8MP selfie; and 3750mAh battery for $1099.

The P10 is a 5.1”, 1920 x 1080 screen; and 4/64GB and microSD/OTG to 2TB; Dual Lens camera with SUMMARIT-H f/2.2 lens; 8MP selfie; and 32000mAh battery for $899.

The P10 will be available in Prestige Gold from Vodafone starting at its 1GB Red $40 plan plus $20 handset charge (total $60 minimum cost $1440 over 24 months) right up to its 22GB MyMix Red global plan ($120 per month minimum cost $2880 over 24 months).

Optus has the P10 in Dazzling Blue and has not published plans at the time of writing.

The P10 Plus in Graphite Black will be sold via JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and selected retailers.

Huawei P10 range

Technical Specifications

 

P10

P10 Plus

Size/Weight

145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm x 145g

153.5 x 74.2 x 6.98 mm x 165g

Colours

Graphite Black, Prestige Gold (Vodafone), Dazzling Blue (Optus)

Graphite Black

Display

5.1” IPS Neo, 1920 x 1080, 432ppi, Gorilla Glass 5, 71.2% screen to body ratio.

5.5” IPS Neo, 2560 x 1440. 540ppi. IPS NEO, Gorilla Glass 5; 71.6% screen to body ratio

CPU/GPU

HiSilicon Kirin 960 (64-bit),

Octa-core (4 x 2.4 GHz A73 Plus 4 x 1.8

GHz A53), Mali G71 MP8

same

Comms etc

Wi-Fi AC, dual band, Wi-Di, DLNA, Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2

same

OS

AndroidTM 7.0

same

Emotion UI

EMUI 5.1

same

Memory

64GB storage

4GB RAM

128GB Storage

6GB RAM

NFC

Yes

Same

Front Camera

8MP, F/1.9

same

Rear Camera

Leica Dual-Camera 2.0

20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB, SUMMARIT-H F/2.2, OIS, 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus, 2X hybrid zoom,

HDR and dual tone flash

Pro Edition adds RGB, SUMMILUX-H F/1.8, OIS

Battery

3200 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge (5-gate protection to manage charging, monitor temperatures and reduce risks). USB-C (2.0) 75-hour endurance rating

3750 mAh, 76-hour endurance rating

Sim

Single

Dual

Retailers

Vodafone, Optus, Virgin Mobile

JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and selected retailers

Availability

May 25

May 25

SRP

$899

$1099

Global website

http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-phones/p10/index.htm

http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-phones/p10-plus/index.htm

iTWire's review of the 6" phablet Mate 9 is here and has a good Leica camera explanation.

Related: Huawei P20 Pro Full, in-depth review

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