Let’s check out the company’s latest flagship.
Undoubtedly Huawei’s best smartphone yet, the P10 Plus defines everything that the company has working on having since it entered the world of smartphones.
It won’t win awards for its design, but it’s sticking to what it knows best. The matte black color scheme gives the smartphone a certain touch of elegance. It’s thin and light was well, which makes it easier to hold even only with one hand.
Buttons are minimal, with only the power switch and the volume rockers located on the right side. There’s still a headphone jack, and USB-C is now the default port for charging and data transfers. A certain change from its predecessor is the fingerprint sensor, which has been moved from the back and is now at the front, which I actually prefer.
The Huawei P10 Plus sports a 5.5-unch quad HD screen with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The LCD IPS-NEO does the job well, not as saturated as the AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S8, but it’s still good. The display is customizable, meaning that you can tweak the colors on the cooler or warmer side depending on your preference.
But one main problem we had with the Huawei P10 Plus is the lack of oleophobic coating on the display. That coating is present on most smartphones, and is the main thing that makes the display less prone to smudges and fingerprints. It also the reason why your finger easily glides through the screen.
The Huawei P10 Plus comes with a screen protector already placed in, and for good reason. If you take it out then you are at risk of getting more fingerprints on it, thanks to the lack of the mentioned oleophobic coating.
Internals are similar to the Mate 9: Kirin 960 CPU with 6 GB of RAM. It comes with a 128 GB internal storage, which you can of course expand using the microSD slot that can support cards up to 256 GB.
On the software side, the Huawei P10 Plus runs on EMUI 5.1 that is based on Android 7 Nougat. It’s faster and more fluid, which has greatly improved compared to the early days of Huawei’s Android skin. There’s a bunch of bloatware installed, but the good thing is you can easily remove them. While that is great, there’s still the question of how fast Huawei can being the upcoming Android O to its devices, if at all.
The Huawei P10 Plus sports a dual lens camera that includes a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor that even has optical image stabilization. The P10 Plus’ f/1.7 aperture help it take better images even in low-light conditions.
Images are crisp and clear with little loss in detail. It excels in daylight shots, giving you brilliant colors with accurate skin tones. The camera includes a Pro Mode as well, which lets you adjust various aspects of a scene before taking a shot.
It can also shoot in 4K and there’s also a front-facing 8-megapixel camera if you like selfies (I know you do).
The Huawei P10 Plus has a non-removable 3750 mAh battery that provides enough juice for me to last for a whole day depending on usage of course. In my weeks of using this smartphone though, I noticed that I still get about 30 percent left from a whole day’s use (100 percent at 8 am) until 7 pm.
The Huawei P10 Plus is undoubtedly the company’s best smartphone to date. Despite some flaws, it stands as one of the best Android smartphones available.
*Review unit was provided by E-City. The Huawei P10 Plus is now available for 2,599 AED at all E-City branches.