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Huawei P10 vs Huawei P9: specs comparison

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Huawei P10 vs Huawei P9: specs comparison
At MWC yesterday, Huawei revealed its new P10 lineup, consisting of three devices – the base model P10, a Lite version, and a 5.5-inch Plus variant. The trio succeeds last year’s P9 family, which too included Lite and Plus versions alongside the regular P9.

The Huawei P9 was a neat phone, with its stylish design and slim profile, responsive user interface, and the great dual-camera setup on its back.

The new Huawei P10 strives to improve over its predecessor by slightly upping battery capacity and the number of effective pixels on its Leica-branded monochrome shooter, among other things, but is it a big enough step forward?

For all its fresh luster, some aspects of the Huawei P10 have remained unchanged since last year. For example, the resolutions of both its display and its RGB camera are the same as the P9's.

Being on the heels of P10’s official unveiling yesterday, it is still early to give a definitive answer as to whether the update is worth the new price tag, but we can still pit the P10 against the P9 in a good old-fashioned specs battle, using the all information Huawei has provided us.

Let’s have a look:

Huawei P10 vs Huawei P9

OSAndroid (7.0), Emotion UIAndroid (7.0, 6.0), Emotion UI 
Dimensions5.72 x 2.73 x 0.27 inches (145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm)5.71 x 2.79 x 0.27 inches (145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm) 
Weight5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
5.08 oz (144 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (156 g)
MaterialsMain body: AluminumMain body: Aluminum 
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch) 
Physical size5.1 inches5.2 inches 
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels 
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

432 ppi424 ppi 

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

71.17 %72.53 % 
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 
Camera12 megapixels12 megapixels 
FlashDual LEDDual LED 
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

 27 mm 
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

 1.25 μm 
Hardware FeaturesDual-camera, Optical image stabilization, AutofocusDual-camera, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI) 
Software FeaturesRAW image capture, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingManual focus, Object tracking, RAW image capture, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging 
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps) 
FeaturesVideo calling, Video sharingTime-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Video calling, Video sharing 
Front-facing camera8 megapixels8 megapixels 
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

HiSilicon Kirin 960HiSilicon Kirin 955 

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Octa-core, 2400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bitOcta-core, 2500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A72 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit 
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Mali-G71 MP8ARM Mali-T880 MP4 
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

4 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR43 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 900 MHz) / LPDDR4 
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

64 GB32 GB 
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

3200 mAh3000 mAh 
Fast ChargeYesYes 
Talk time (3G) 20.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1087 min)
Internet use   
LTE 8 hours 
Music playback 56.00 hours 
Video playback 12.00 hours 
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen shareDLNA 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28 
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 39, 40, 41Bands 38, 39, 40 
DataLTE-A, HSPALTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA 
Shopping information
MSRP price€ 649€ 599 

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posted on 27 Feb 2017, 05:22

1. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

the is no reason to buy P10 as long as P9 is on market...and now you can buy it for almost half of P10 price.

posted on 27 Feb 2017, 05:54

2. Leo_MC (Posts: 2733; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

One thing is definitely better: the fingerprint sensor position.
I don't know how is the SOC, but I too see no compelling reason to get the P10.

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