Monday , August 21 2017

Huawei unveil the P10 and P10 Plus at Mobile World Congress with Leica cameras all round and dazzling colours

At Mobile World Congress, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group Richard Yu has taken to the stage to unveil the latest Huawei P-series phones the P10 and P10 Plus.

The phones are a follow up to one of our favourite pieces of hardware from last year, the P9 and look to have taken many of the things we loved about the hardware and tinkered where necessary to make them just that little but nicer.

The P10 and P10 Plus are going to launch in a range of colours that are inspired from a collaboration between colour experts Panetone and Huawei. Colours like Dazzling Blue and Dazzling Gold make the cut, as do the usual colour options like Ceramic White, Mystic Silver and of course there’s Rose Gold and Graphite Black. Huawei isn’t just introducing new colour options, they’re working on new finishes with the Dazzling Blue and Dazzling Gold available in new diamond cut finish that is resistant to fingerprints, scratches and importantly non-slip. The rest of the series will come in the usual sandblasted matte surfaces we’re used to.

Inside the body is an improved processor in the Kirin 960 which will power both the P10 and P10 Plus, the P10 will come with 4GB of RAM and 64Gb of storage while the P10 Plus will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – never fear though, as both phones will come with support for microSD cards.

The models also differ on the screen with the P10 sporting a 5.1″ 1080P display while the P10 Plus will pack a slightly larger 5.5″ display with WQHD (2560×1440) resolution, the P10 will be smaller in size and pack a 3,200mAh battery while the larger P10 Plus can squeeze a 3,750mAh battery inside.

Full specs:

 Huawei P10Huawei P10 Plus
Release dateMarch 2017March 2017
Screen size5.1-inch5.5-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,0802,560 x 1,440
PPI431
Rear camera20MP mono + 12MP RGB20MP mono + 12MP RGB
Front camera8MP
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 960HiSilicon Kirin 960
Core config
  • 4 x 2.4 GHz
  • 4 x 1.8 GHz
  • 4 x 2.4 GHz
  • 4 x 1.8 GHz
Ram4GB6GB
Storage64GB128GB
MicroSDYes, up to 256GBYes, up to 256GB
Battery3,200 mAh3,750 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB CUSB C
Headphone PortYesYes
Headphone LocationBottomBottom
Speaker ConfigurationBottomBottom
Android OSAndroid 7.0Android 7.0
Vendor skinEMUI 5.1EMUI 5.1
Dimensions145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm
Weight145g
Colours
  • Dazzling Gold
  • Prestige Gold
  • Mystic Silver
  • Rose Gold
  • Ceramic White
  • Graphite Black
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Green
  • Dazzling Gold
  • Prestige Gold
  • Mystic Silver
  • Rose Gold
  • Ceramic White
  • Graphite Black
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Green

The cameras are where it gets a little more interesting for the P10 series. Huawei have leveraged their relationship with camera company Leica again this year to supply the camera technology, this time on both the front and the rear of both phones.

The P10 series again has a dual rear camera setup with a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP full colour sensor on the rear making for a sharper, more crystal clear shot with higher detail thanks to both sensors working in tandem in software to create a highly detailed and colour accurate shot. The P10 Plus does get a slightly better f/1.8 aperture verses the P10’s f/2.2 but it’s going to come down to real world usage to decide how this goes.

The front camera on the P10 series is an 8MP sensor behind an Leica lens with an f/1.9 aperture and has some interesting tricks with software including 3D face detection for an amazing Leica Portraiture Mode. The camera software is also your friend when it comes to ‘groufies’ as well, sensing when you’re taking a selfie or there’s more people in there and automatically expanding to a wider angle to ensure everyone is in the shot. It’s a neat touch that could win some people over.

The big design change for Huawei on the P10 series is the move of the fingerprint sensor from the rear to the front. It’s not a physical home key as you’d expect, it’s still a fingerprint scanner, but it’s also had its functionality expanded to include gestures such as a single tap to take you back or long press to take you home. You can also swipe left or right to scroll through your recent apps list. It’s a departure to what we’re used to with the fingerprint sensor but could be a good user experience once you get it in your hands.

The P10 series come with Android 7.0 Nougat which of course has been customised with Huawei’s EMUI which has been updated to version 5.1. There’s again been some deep modifications here with ‘Ultra Memory’ and ‘Ultra Response’ combining to give you a 20% boost when opening apps when compared to other phones. We’re not huge fans of the EMUI skin here at Ausdroid, however there was movements on the Mate 9 to lighten its touches and it was indeed a faster experience

The P10 is definitely coming to Australia, but we’re still trying to nail down whether we’ll see the P10 Plus here. Pricing for the phones hasn’t been released in Australian dollars, but will be priced at €649 ($893AUD) for the Huawei P10, and €699 ($962AUD) for the 4GB/64GB model of the P10 Plus and €799 ($1,099AUD) for the 6GB/128GB model. We’ll be seeing more on release details for the phones in the lead-up to launch.

Huawei will be bringing select handsets from the P10 range to Australia towards the middle of the year, with precise range, pricing and timing to be confirmed.

 

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

Join the Ausdroid Conversation

2 Comments on "Huawei unveil the P10 and P10 Plus at Mobile World Congress with Leica cameras all round and dazzling colours"

avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Member
Dean Rosolen

Would’ve loved the green one but I hate playing the “will they or won’t they” game when it comes to third party OEMs and Android updates (plus EMUI is still awful).

Now if it was a Pixel on the other hand….(hint hint Google)

montalbert_scott
Valued Guest
montalbert_scott

i so wanted ot love EMUI but you are right, it is still awful. They spend too much time trying to fix things that arent broken.
I am still of the opinion that a really blue Telstra pixel will arrive here before too long- it has landed in Canada and the UK now so surely we are next? #hearditherefirst

wpDiscuz

Check Also

Likely Google Pixel XL 2 LTE/HSPA bands show up through the Global Certification Forum

The countdown to the release of the Pixel 2/Pixel XL 2 means we’re seeing leaks. …