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Huawei P10 Plus Hands on and First Impressions

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For 2017 as of this writing, we have the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6 and the Huawei P10. All phones are set to launch in the Philippines after the Holy Week and we are lucky enough to have a few hours with the P10’s bigger sibling the Huawei P10 Plus. Is it worth the extra cash? Let’s find out.

Huawei P10 Plus specs:

  • Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • Mali G71 MP8
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS NEO LCD display (2560 x 1440 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Dual 20 megapixel + 12 megapixel Leica cameras with OIS, PDAF dual LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing Leica camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth NFC, USB Type C, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 3,750 mAh battery with fast battery charging
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1
  • Price: P36,990

UNBOXING

What’s inside the box?

  • Huawei P10 Plus unit
  • USB Type C cable
  • Super charge capable wall adapter
  • Earphones
  • SIM card ejector
  • Free hard plastic case

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

Looking at it, the Huawei P10 Plus seems to resemble last year’s P9 and P9 Plus but take a closer look and you’ll see the difference. There’s a non-clicking home button that serves as the fingerprint scanner. It is also thinner and some design cues are Apple-inspired but not by much. Overall, the P10 Plus is delightful phone to hold with one hand. We also love this black variant we have here.

The Huawei P10 Plus has biggest internal memory among the 2017 flagships – 128GB of internal memory. This means more room for photos, videos and apps. It is also expandable via microSD card.

As for the display, it has a 5.5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution. Its nice to see a stunning display on a Huawei phone. It is by far the brightest compared to other Huawei smartphones we’ve tested in the past.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Huawei have made improvements with its software and now you can add the traditional app tray on the home screen, a feature lacking on other Huawei smartphones. We do prefer an app tray rather than all apps are scattered on the home screen. On our few hours with it, we are very delighted that the phone never lags or hangs thanks to its generous 6GB of RAM and reliable Kirin 960 chipset.

CAMERA

Compared to the P10, the P10 Plus has a larger f/1.7 aperture on its dual rear camera. This results to better photos in low light as it accommodate more light in to the photo. Usual features like bokeh effects are still here. We’ve also love its improved selfie camera.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Huawei P10 Plus is a sure standout – amazing camera(s), better selfie camera, improved software experience, more room with 128GB internal memory and great hardware. It is a perfect alternative to the Galaxy S8. So, before you buy a Galaxy S8 or the LG G6, please do take a look at the Huawei P10 Plus first.