March 7, 2017

MWC 2017 Series: New Huawei P10 puts the iPhone to shame

If you’re a tech company that can’t compete toe-to-toe with Apple and Samsung (who both skew towards people with more purchasing power) create reliable tech that’s accessible to a greater part of the population. That seems to be the way of some brands and Huawei is no exception as they’ve unveiled at the Mobile World Congress their next flagship smartphone, the P10 and the P10 Plus.

If you don’t care about expensive smartphone brands with all their tricks and gimmicks, Huawei P10 is for you. The competent successor to the successful P9 of last year, which combines durable build quality, minimalist design, and a fairly affordable price point into one neat package, the P10 has all that plus some updated specs and features that borrow from the iPhone.

Better specs

The P10 measures 5.1 inches with a 1080p display while the P10 Plus measures 5.5 inches with QQHD resolution. Both are run by Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor, which powers its EMUI 5.1 software built on Android.

The P10 Plus has 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3,750mAh battery, while the P10 has 4GB of RAM, 64 GB storage, and a 3,200mAh battery, but they both have expandable memory via MicroSD.

As with the P9, the P10 features Leica’s dual camera system. The P10 Plus has a wider aperture at f/1.8 while the P10 has f/2.2. Both have a 20MP monochrome sensor for sharper details and more light, and a 12MP color sensor for more colors. These specs give the P10 and P10 Plus’s cameras to have great depth of field and focus.

The front camera can also detect if you’re taking a portrait or a group shot, so it can widen its angle and depth of field to accommodate a group shot.

Huawei innovates

The Huawei P10/P10 Plus transfers the fingerprint reader from the back to the home button on the front, which is a more intuitive location for a fingerprint reader. The home button doesn’t exactly press in but functions more like a tiny limited laptop touchpad, recognizing swipes, taps, and long presses.

Huawei claims that its “behaviour-based compression mechanism” will autonomously compress apps you don’t use often. With a modified kernel, the OS will be able to more quickly recycle the phone’s memory. They also promise a 20% faster opening time for apps and faster Android updates on the Huawei P10/P10 Plus compared to other phones without their machine-learning algorithms.

Sad to say that the Google Assistant on the P10/P10 Plus is only a wish at the moment, as it’s not exactly a pure Android phone.

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus begins shipping to the UAE and 29 other countries this March. The P10 will retail for around 2527 AED while the P10 Plus will retail for 2721 AED. Both prices are based on their price announcement in Euros, and will be subject to change once they get here in the UAE. We just hope that for this price, it will hold to its promises and be a reliable phone.

You can check out Huawei Mobile’s full keynote on their Youtube video below.