Interface and functionality

As virtually any recently released Huawei phone, the P10 Lite ships with the Android 7.0-based EMUI 5.1 interface. The overall experience is absolutely identical to the P10, with the exception that there is no physical home button to act as a multi-functional navigation key.

If you've tinkered with EMUI before 5.0 was released and didn't like the software, it might be a good idea to give it another chance. Although it still looks like an iOS ripoff, Huawei has made sure to include some features which will make stock Android fans feel more comfortable.

There's no app drawer enabled by default, but turning it on simply requires you to access the "Home screen style" section from the Settings menu. If the arrangement of the default on-screen navigation keys is not your cup of tea, there is the possibility of choosing between four different combinations.

Power users will love the fact that there are a lot of features and customization options available with EMUI. However, this richness might stagger some casual users or seniors, who won't have an easy time navigating through it all. In that case, the Simple mode, which is paradoxically located in the Advanced settings tab, can be really useful.

All of these bells and whistles suggest that EMUI is one heavy Android skin, and while that is true, cruising through the different pages, sections and screens of the interface with the P10 Lite actually happens with no observable delay. This might be due to the fact that EMUI 5 uses on-device machine learning to monitor and allocate hardware resources where they are needed the most. We've struggled with the examination of this under-the-hood feature with the P10 and P10 Plus as they boast beefy specs, but it might be making all the difference with the Lite and its less high-end hardware.

Processor and memory

Half the performance of a P10 for half the price – that's the deal offered by Huawei for the P10 Lite, at least on paper. This mid-ranger is powered by the company's in-house Kirin 658 chipset, comprised of eight Cortex-A53 cores. Four of these are clocked at 2.36GHz, while the other four run at 1.7GHz.

If you happen to live in Western Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, or Northern Africa, chances are that you'll be able to purchase the P10 Lite with 4GB of RAM. The unit that we have at our disposal comes with 3 GB of the stuff, but even this slightly inferior configuration functions surprisingly well.

Yes, the P10 Lite doesn't “bench” as much on AnTuTu or Geekbench when compared to new flagships, but it will manage to handle the vast majority of your daily needs without running into too much trouble. Navigation through the UI is seamless, and even demanding 3D games run rather smoothly on the device. Granted, you won't be playing at 60 frames per second all the time, but the experience is far from insufferable.

In terms of internal storage, you'll be getting 32GB regardless of your location. In case you need some extra space for multimedia, there’s also a microSD card slot at your disposal.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 58606
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 60678
Honor 8 89824
Sony Xperia XA1 62167
JetStream Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 30.750
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 31.472
Honor 8 45.665
Sony Xperia XA1 27.973
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 19
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 33
Honor 8 40
Sony Xperia XA1 32
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 5
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 9
Honor 8 18
Sony Xperia XA1 15
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 1209
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 1432
Honor 8 1957
Sony Xperia XA1 1302
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 844
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 766
Sony Xperia XA1 857.66
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 3114
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 3951
Sony Xperia XA1 3714

Internet and Connectivity

The P10 Lite supports most of the standard bands, but we're yet to see a US version on the market. Thus, if you live in the States and you're planning to buy the device, it might be a good idea to check for compatibility with your carrier.

As for connectivity options, the smartphone offers the full treatment - Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, the latest Wi-Fi standards and so on.



1. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Another review , another 7 out of 10 , another unlogical cons ..... Yes , it is iPhonearena ....

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

How are "Poorly calibrated display" and "Some serious competitors at this price range" illogical Cons?

3. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Because the display can be calibrated from settings . Because not all people like ZTE or OnePlus or the honor 8 .

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Are you seriously suggesting that the way the device comes out of the box isn't important to note? Are you seriously suggesting that they can't flag the competition as having higher value on the off chance that somebody dislikes those devices?

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The display calibration still doesn't put it anywhere near the identical calibration values, not in colour temperature, and not even in Delta. And your second point is totally invalid because no matter if someone likes those brands you mentioned or not, no one can deny the fact they are some serious competitors to the P10 lite in the US$ 50+- price range.

7. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Probably because S8 doesn't get a con for the same stuff.

6. Savioroftechnology

Posts: 4; Member since: May 12, 2017

It does have a lot of competitors in it's price range which are more appealing. But this phone with it's cons receives the same score as xiaomi mi 5. LOL. Nice review system you have there phonearena

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it's much slower than honor8 :-/

9. Savioroftechnology

Posts: 4; Member since: May 12, 2017

Notice my sarcasm bruv
P10 Lite
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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