The Huawei P10/P10 Plus are honestly one of our favorite smartphones for 2017. Those cameras was just awesome! People are talking about it, excited to buy one and clamour was just WOW. About 5 months after its launch, we talked to some of the people we know who owns a Huawei P10 or P10 Plus and they say only one thing – amazing.
Today, let’s revisit the Huawei P10 Plus and see how it aged and if it is still a viable phone to buy.
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
- Status: Available at Huawei stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
This particular Huawei P10 Plus unit we have here has been with our possession for weeks now. Before it was handed over to us, the device has been used and sometimes abused by other fellow bloggers to test its endurance. You will see some small traces on the sides in which you will find small scratches and dings. It did not have any major damage whatsoever, no cracks or scratches on the screen.
The display remains top notch. Brightness output is still tolerable under direct sunglight and outdoors. No dead pixels, no color distortions or any misbehaving.
Battery life was inconsistent at first. But Huawei was quick to send software updates to fix bugs in the battery problem. Now, it behaves as it should be. We normally last around 12 hours of mixed to moderate use with around 15 to 25% juice to spare.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Having an app tray button for Huawei’s current EMUI 5.1 iteration is a breath of fresh air. In China and other Asian markets, people really don’t mind having an iOS-like interface but since Huawei wanted to capture the US and European market, they listened and added an option to add an app tray for folks who wanted to feel like they are using an Android phone.
Overall experience is still superb thanks to its roomy 6GB RAM and the device can allow more open apps in the background. Gaming is just a joyful experience. Lags were very minimal. It only proves that Huawei’s home brewed Kirin 960 handles everything very well even if the device is already 5 months old.
As for software updates, the Huawei P10 Plus is eligible to get Android 8.0 Oreo with rumored EMUI 6 sometime early next year. We also believe that the following year, it may get Androd P as well. Nice! Future proof!
The Huawei P10 Plus is upgraded to Leica’s higher end Summalux lens as compared to the regular P10 with a Summarit lens. Leica fans will understand the terminology. The P10 Plus has a wide aperture of f/1.7 aperture which means more light on your subjects even in dark areas when taking a photo. Huawei remains to be one of the best in terms of camera.
We’ve praised Huawei for its excellent signal reception and quality and the Huawei P10 Plus is a perfect example of it. We’ve used both Smart and Globe SIMs, used them on known places they have weak to no signal and the Huawei P10 Plus just gets signal and sometimes even stronger than other flagships side by side. Calls are also superb with no drop calls.
LONG TERM VERDICT
The Huawei P10 Plus proves it is one durable smartphone. The unit we are using has been through a lot already before it was handed over to us. We also accidentally dropped this unit twice though not high enough to break it. The dual Leica cameras are truly the gem of this device. Even after 5 months and several software updates, the Huawei P10 Plus is still one of the best smartphone you can buy right now. The price is also one the most competitive in the market too. We suggest you give it a serious look as your next smartphone.