Huawei admits using different memory chips on the P10 and P10 Plus, blames shortage in supply chain

Huawei admits using different memory chips on the P10 and P10 Plus, blames shortage in supply chain

There's been quite a ruckus lately regarding Huawei's new flagship smartphones, the P10 and P10 Plus, as many consumers have found out that these devices perform differently when it comes to storage speeds.

We've explained in our previous report that many P10 and P10 Plus users have noticed major discrepancies in the storage speeds on their devices. Basically, the sequential read speeds of the P10 and P10 Plus significantly vary between 700MBps and lower than 300MBps.

The reason behind these discrepancies is the fact that Huawei had used different combinations of LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 for the RAM, as well as eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0 or UFS 2.1 for the storage.

In the official statement recently issued by Huawei, the Chinese company admits that it's using different memory chips on the P10 and P10 Plus since it has chosen multiple suppliers for these components to avoid shortages.



Obviously, Huawei is not the only smartphone company to use different components inside its products. The most recent example is Samsung, which uses different camera sensors on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Huawei admits using different memory chips on the P10 and P10 Plus, blames shortage in supply chain


Furthermore, Huawei claims that the scores achieved by its P10 and P10 Plus in performance tests ran on AndroBench app do no reflect the overall performance of these smartphones in day to day use.



Last but not least, Huawei emphasizes on the fact that buying a P10 or P10 Plus these days is like playing the lottery since “different flash memory components are shipped randomly based on the supply at that time.”

So, you might end up with a better memory chipset inside your phone, or not. In the meantime, check out our Huawei P10 review, if you haven't done so already.



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29 Comments

1. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Paying 600$ to get lpddr3 and eMMC 5.1 is fraud

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Whats funny is that the p10/p10+ are marketed as with ufs 2.1 and lpddr4 lol

20. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Not anymore - they are deleting those claims for both P10 and Mate 9.

24. Furbal unregistered

I was about to pop down ~$770 to import a p10 plus, not anymore.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

"Obviously, Huawei is not the only smartphone company to use different components inside its products. The most recent example is Samsung, which uses different camera sensors on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+" Hello Cosmin - different sensors with same spec in S8/S8+ is not the same as mixing components using different generation tech in Huawei P10. What level of journalism is this?????

6. yann

Posts: 608; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You're right. Also Cosmin did not mention, maybe on purpose, that the same was with iPhone 7 - 32GB model have 8 times slower memory than 128GB model.

11. cosmin.v

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Not on purpose, but you're right.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2887; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Flash storage with lower memory will always have slower read/write speeds than the same one witha higher amount of memory. This is because of their internal crystals(I think so). Read more on google. Apple wasn't scamming you.

29. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

That how SSD flash memory work, there is no work around, Flash chip basically work in a internal RAID system to achieve higher read write speed, but with the smaller memory size, a single flash chip suffice which means it cant RAID. Which in turn, leads to worse read write performace. Its like most computer SSDs, the 64GB/128GB drives are usually slower than the 512/1024GB ones if you read the specs closely.

13. cosmin.v

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

True, but I wasn't talking about performance. I only tried to emphasize the fact that it's common among smartphone companies to get their components from different suppliers. But it's not uncommon to have components perform differently. The problem with Huawei P10 and P10 Plus performance tests is that results vary greatly. Either that influences your daily use or not, I couldn't say, but on paper, it certainly doesn't look good.

15. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You are only writing this to save face. An average person will believe Samsung did the same thing Huawei did. You would have written both Samsung and Apples iPhone. The iphone is even worst cos it used a slower memory component.

16. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You are only writing this to save face. An average person will believe Samsung did the same thing Huawei did. You would have written both Samsung and Apples iPhone. The iphone is even worst cos it used a slower memory component.

19. cosmin.v

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Of course not. Read the text, it says "the most recent example."

23. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

How are they same? Only similarity between the two is that it used two suppliers but are you getting less mp out of one sensor over the other? Is one missing features from the other?

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If you look closely there is key difference in end result on picture from S7 using sony sensor versus the one using samsung sensor.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Samsung use different components with same quality and performance not with 2 years old different generation. ...

21. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung gave Sony the specs to make it, it be like making batterys that all phones use more the. 1type including iphones

5. sunnyfpy

Posts: 275; Member since: May 12, 2013

No integrity, always blame suppliers.

7. Saqlain

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

What a pathetic statement, the person behind this statement seems to me an illiterate person, i wished they would have reacted like samsung in case of note 7, ok u made a mistake so accept it, cheaters...

14. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I was thinking Huawei is becoming the new HTC.. but this is terrible, should almost be illegal.

8. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Shameless Chinese company. Where is our beloved Chinese patriot HugoBarraCynogenmod when we need him.

9. slatt01

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

Its a fake product

10. slatt01

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

Its a fake

12. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Diff between emmc and it's can't be THAT great can it

22. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Emmc is junk next to ufs

17. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

This is why I DONT TRUST HUAWEI! THEY CHEAT their customers.

18. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Would they admit this if they were not caught? I don't think so. It's like their camera They did not say it was Leica approved and tried to give the impression it was Leica made and only admit it when they were caught just like what is happening now.

26. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

haha what Samsung uses different camera components which perform nearly the same quality wise, is the same as using much different components which influences the speed drasticly? I hope that was just a bad joke and not ment seriously.

27. Djz89

Posts: 437; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

After the leica nonsense surrounding the p9 I don't trust that company anyway.

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