Call Quality and Battery life



We have no qualms with the way the P10 Lite sounds during calls. The earpiece is loud enough, and the sound quality is decent. On the other side of the line we're easily understood, with no need to repeat ourselves.

In terms of battery life, the handset does not disappoint. We put the 3,000 mAh power cell through our custom benchmark, and it managed to clock in at 8 hours and 23 minutes. This is better than the P10/P10 Plus and some other contemporary flagships, but we can't ignore the fact that one of its direct rivals, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), is vastly superior with its 11 hours and 9 minutes.

There is room for improvement with charging speeds, as it takes 138 minutes for the P10 Lite to go from 0 to 100%. If the battery level is low, a quick 20-minute charge will provide you with just enough juice on the go, but reaching 100% is a bit sluggish.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Huawei P10 Lite 8h 23 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 11h 9 min (Excellent)
Honor 8 9h 7 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia XA1 8h 28 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Huawei P10 Lite 138
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 91
Honor 8 98

Conclusion



The Huawei P10 Lite is one intriguing mid-range contender. For about €350 (also going for $330 on Amazon), you get a slim phone with a great design, adequate performance, good battery, decent cameras, and the latest software.

On the downside, the display is blueish and unbalanced, the main camera lacks some features like OIS and 4K recording, and you really need to use a case to ensure the phone's prolonged survival.

We won't deny that we're nitpicking a bit here, but this is only because we simply can't leave the formidable competition out of the picture. For about the same price, the Galaxy A5 (2017) offers superior battery life and water-protection.. Meanwhile, Honor 8 comes with a similar set of advantages, with the added bonus of a dual-camera setup at the back. Lastly, we have to mention that along with the improvements over the P9 Lite, Huawei has also bumped up the price a bit since last year, and if this trend continues, future Lite handsets might end up in direct competition with OnePlus, where they won't hold much ground.

Future talk aside, let's get back to the real question – Should you buy the P10 Lite? If you like and can handle EMUI and you do prefer Huawei's design over its rivals, by all means yes. This is one complete phone that offers great value for your money, so we can't help but give it the thumbs up.

Pros

  • Surprisingly nimble performance
  • Good Battery life
  • Decent cameras
  • Quick and reliable fingerprint scanner

Cons

  • Poorly calibrated display
  • Waterproofing would have been nice
  • Some serious competitors at this price range

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

9.0
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9 Comments

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: 2583; 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: 2583; 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: 2921; 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: 781; 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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