Huawei has been one of the most reputable smartphone manufacturers, consistently releasing great phones for a number of years now. Although the competition is getting fierce in the world of smartphones, Huawei is still a force to reckon with and the release of the Huawei P10 once again proved it.
The new device is an upgrade on the Huawei P9 with some tweaks to its design and features like the camera setup. Is the Huawei P10 a device worth owning? Let’s find out.
Huawei P10 Price in South Africa
The price of Huawei P10 in South Africa presently goes for R5000 – R5500 in South Africa, depending on factors like your location, discounts, the period of purchase and so on. Be sure to check the price of a unit from two or more retailers so you can get a good deal.
Huawei P10 Specs
- Release date: February 2017
- Network Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Body Dimension:3 x 69.3 x 7 mm
- Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Display:1 IPS-NEO LCD Capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels (432 ppi)
- RAM: 4GB
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual standby)
- Internal Memory: 32GB, 64GB (expandable to 256GB)
- Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 9600 (16nm)
- Networks: 2G, 3G & 4G (GSM, HSPA, LTE)
- Camera: 12MP, f/2.2 + 20MP, f/1.8 PDAF & laser AF (Main), 24MP HDR (Selfie)
- Battery: 3, 200 mAh Li-ion Battery (non-removable)
- Other interesting features: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Huawei P10 Review
Design and Body
Although Huawei is known for offering high-end design, the Huawei P10 isn’t some entirely different from its predecessor and other smartphones. Straight out of the box, the device feels very iPhone 7: minimalist with lots of curvy goodness. In fact, many people will easily mistake the device for an iPhone because of the striking similarities. The Huawei P10 is different from the P9 in several ways and one of them is that it now has a less glossy soft metal instead of its traditional shiny metal.
Another obvious change is the position of the fingerprint which used to be on the back of the P9 but is now on the front, just below the display. Unlike most smartphones that make the scanner double as a home button, there’s no home button on the front neither will you find the capacitive buttons; instead you will have to navigate between the screens and apps using the fingerprint sensor.
It might take a few days for you to adapt to the new arrangement but the good part is that it is fast like lightning. As per usual, there’s a power button as well as volume rockers on the right side of the device while the USB-C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack are positioned at the bottom of the smartphone. The left side houses the SIM and microSD card tray, and there’s nothing on top of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone is available in eight different colour variants namely: graphite black, dazzling blue, dazzling gold, rose gold, greenery, white ceramic, prestige gold and mystic silver.
Whichever colour you go for, you will be treated to a 5.1 inches screen with an IPS resolution of 1080 x 1920, bordered by some pretty thing bezels on either side. This is the same screen used in Huawei P9, leaving us with questions as to why Huawei decided not to update the panel.
Even its rival, the Samsung S8 has a punchy screen of 1440 x 2560 resolution and likewise other contenders with better screens than the Huawei P10. Nevertheless, the display is quite crisp and bright, even in direct sunlight. The colours are rich are clear and the viewing angles are good too, even though it’s nothing compared to what you will get on an AMOLED screen.
The 5.1 inches screen size means you can reach all the corners of the display with your thumb, but you might have to use both hands to use a particular feature. It is certainly not for lovers of big screens. The display is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect it from damage.
Prior to the release of the Huawei P10, we expected a massive improvement on the battery life but we were disappointed as the smartphone came with a 3,200mAh battery cell. It is a slight improvement on its predecessor (3,000mAH) but it could have been better.
Comparing them both, the P10 lasted 13hrs and 12 mins in a playback test while the P9 lasted 11hrs and 24 mins, meaning the battery can withstand a full day of responding to emails, streaming music, checking favourite social media apps and watching some videos.
Thankfully, the Huawei P10 comes with a fast charge technology that can top up a dead battery unit to 30 per cent in little over 10 minutes. The battery drain is also lower than its predecessor, a feat made possible by the power-efficient chipset.
The Leica-branded dual-lens camera was a critical part of the Huawei’s pitch for the P10. It debuted in the P9 and it is back for the P10. Getting to the specifics, the rear camera setup features a 12MP RGB sensor working alongside 20MP monochrome shooter.
What you will have is better images when you take shots in good light conditions since the plan was that both sensors combine the images to give a detailed, colour-rich photo. The optical image stabilization also makes the photos clearer and sharper than the usual.
The Lieca portrait mode is also one of the top-selling points o the camera as it allows the fake bokeh effect (which blurs the background) and the beauty mode effects to create better, high-resolution photos. The front camera also had an upgrade, sporting an 8MP shooter which produces lovely shots too.
Under the hood, the operations of the Huawei P10 are managed by the HiSilicon Kirin 9600 which is the latest at the time of its release. It is power-efficient compared to its predecessors and allows for an enjoyable gaming experience since the chipset is supported by a 4GB of RAM.
To wrap it up, the Huawei P10 is a great phone but it appears it’s for phone enthusiasts who care more about aesthetics than the latest spec inside their phones. While there are upgrades in certain features, there’s hardly anything too thrilling about the Huawei P10.