The Huawei flagship P line is known for its novelty, keeping to the basics and also selling at a relatively an affordable price line. With the P10 however, more of that is left to the past as we usher in 2017. Like it has become customary of smartphone manufacturers, Huawei launched two models of the P10, the regular P10 and the much larger P10 Plus.
The regular Huawei P10 has a 5.1Inch FHD 1080p screen with 4GB of RAM, 64GB ROM and a 3200mAH battery while its larger sibling the P10 Plus has a 5.5 Inch WQHD screen, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a slightly larger 3750mAH battery. Both are powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 960 SoC, have expandable storage via microSD and keep the Leica branded dual camera setup which now extends to the selfie camera too.
Huawei equipped both phones with a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP RGB sensor but the differentiation comes in aperture for both models. The P10 Plus takes a lead advantage with a wider f/1.8 lense while the P10 comes in with a smaller f/2.2 lense.
The iPhone comparisons
The Huawei P10 now has a portrait mode as is Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera setup. The fingerprint sensor has migrated from the back of the slab to the front and as you’d guess, it doesn’t press in (just like the iPhone 7). Instead it responds to swipes and taps where a single tap is back, a long press is home and a swipe toggles the recents Android tabs.
It doesn’t stop there, the Huawei P10 now has the same curved discreet antenna lines just like the iPhone 7. The major differentiator is that the P10 runs Huawei’s custom skin EMUI 5.1 atop Google’s Android Nougat and will come in different color flavors never seen before with the current iPhone line of green and blue.
A little bit of AI
Besides the photo centric AI algorithms, Huawei has what its has termed as the “behavior based compression mechanism”, an AI integration of sorts that will prioritize and accelerate the most used apps by 20% and will intelligently compress the unused apps so that the phone’s memory is recycled faster. So while the unused apps will lay in limbo, the extra computing power will be extended to the most used apps.
Also on the AI list is the predictive fingerprint reading to convey snappier touch based responses on the P10. Huawei is also in talks to bring Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant to the P10 but that hasn’t yet materialized. By the time the P10 lands in consumers hands, either of the two will come pre-loaded with it.
On the contrary, the Huawei P10 is a little pricier than any of its predecessors at $685 for the regular P10 model and $738 for the Plus model, of course without taxes.