Huawei P10 Lite Review

Huawei P10 Lite

Posted: , by Plamen Dimitrov Plamen Dimitrov



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.

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.


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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
4 GB
Size5.77 x 2.83 x 0.28 inches
(146.5 x 72 x 7.2 mm)
5.15 oz  (146 g)

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