Interface and Functionality

A flexible UI opens the door for tons of personalization options

Huawei P10 Plus Review

The interface of the P10 Plus gives you just what you'd get from the P10. That is: Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 on top. Much of our same complaints carry over to this phone, including the unimpressive, somewhat dated-looking appearance of the phone's icon packs. We can appreciate what Huawei's trying to do by giving users a themed UI that's supposed to match the handset's exterior coloring, but the default, monotone look that results in isn't particularly attractive.

Luckily, EMUI offers a ton of options for customization, and it's easy to change things like the appearance of fonts, screen layout, app drawer settings, and numerous other tweaks that let you get the P10 Plus running just the way you'd like it.

The P10 Plus uses a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, and like the scanner on the Moto G5, this one supports a number of tap and swipe inputs that can replace on-screen Android buttons. While we were initially a little apprehensive of Huawei's implementation, it is something that you tend to come around to after a bit of practice, and like so many other features of this interface, it's totally up to you whether you want to use it or not.

We previously mentioned the phone's IR emitter, adding a bit of extra functionality lacking from the smaller P10 – why there wasn't room for such a compact feature on that phone, we can't say, but if you care at all about controlling legacy devices around your home, the P10 Plus has you covered.

Processor and Memory

Huawei's Kirin processor does a nice job at keeping the P10 Plus running smoothly

The P10 Plus runs Huawei's own Kirin 960 processor, just as the P10 itself does. While that isn't quite up to the performance level of next-gen 10nm chips like we see in the Galaxy S8, it does appear to be slightly more capable than the Snapdragon 821 we see on recent handsets like the LG G6 or HTC U Ultra.

Huawei P10 Plus Review

Of special note for the P10 Plus, Huawei offers the phone in not just a 4GB RAM configuration, like the P10, but also has a 6GB version of the hardware – and that's what we tested here. Honestly, that extra RAM is probably overkill, but much like storage, we'd rather have too much than too little.

On both the RAM and storage fronts, it looks like we didn't end up with a bad combination of those components Huawei has been caught putting in P10 phones. Instead, our benchmarks suggest that, at least for storage, we've got the highest-end UFS 2.1 flash chip. That's great for us, sure, but despite Huawei's insistence that the varying parts has little impact on performance as end-users will notice, we really, really hate the idea of going out to buy a phone like this and having no way to know (before taking the handset home) which combination of chips we're going to end up with.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 121620
Huawei P10 116267.66
Huawei Mate 9 128531
Samsung Galaxy S8 166646.66
JetStream Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 58.383
Huawei P10 57.971
Huawei Mate 9 68.406
Samsung Galaxy S8 55.503
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 42
Huawei P10 58.33
Huawei Mate 9 60
Samsung Galaxy S8 60
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 13
Huawei P10 23.33
Huawei Mate 9 36
Samsung Galaxy S8 41
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 2225
Huawei P10 2669
Huawei Mate 9 2785
Samsung Galaxy S8 3201.66
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 1867
Huawei P10 1906
Huawei Mate 9 1923
Samsung Galaxy S8 2008.33
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 4944
Huawei P10 5762.66
Huawei Mate 9 6140
Samsung Galaxy S8 6575

Connectivity


Huawei P10 Plus Review

So many phones are on a relatively even playing field when it comes to connectivity these days, that a handset only really stands out it when it does something new and innovative or fails to live up to the standards set by every other phone. The P10 Plus is certainly solidly equipped on the wireless front, supporting well over a dozen LTE bands, as well as expected protocols like Bluetooth 4.2.

But while wireless connectivity may present no problems, we ran into a few hiccups when trying to connect the P10 Plus to a computer over its USB interface. The Type-C port is only USB 2.0 – that's unfortunate, but this is far from the only phone that continues to marry the modern Type-C port with aging USB 2.0 communications.

The more annoying problem was getting a PC to recognize the phone, and while a modern Windows 10 machine installed the correct drivers and was able to connect after a few moments, we struggled to access the phone's files through a Windows 7 PC. That's probably not a huge issue for most prospective P10 Plus buyers, but it did cause us to raise an eyebrow, all the same.

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19 Comments

1. NoAllegiance unregistered

I wonder which Chinese company is going to be the first to make an IP68 phone, Huawei has made one but it has flaps to prevent dust and water from entering. So far only it's only left Moto and Nokia. Not sure when Blackberry will make a phone again or if Asus is even relevant.

5. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

It has nothing to do with flaps. It is about depth and how long it remains under water. Xperia Z3 has 2 flaps, but is IP68. Iphone 7 and u11 are IP67.

2. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No oleophobic coating should've been a con

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

I think the fact that they revert back to LCD should also be a con, P9 Plus had OLED display.

3. S4NDY

Posts: 193; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Waiting for Mate 10 My P10 Plus and Honor 9 is amazing devices

6. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

Nice one

7. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

The image quality is more than respectable not the best like pixel or u11 .But colors are punchy . But when iPhone 7 plus produces dull colors they say colors are true to life and when s8 produces unbearable yellowish and too warm shots they the colors are great Oh very well double standards .

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Do you know the difference b/w true-to-life and dull?

12. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Yes I know . And please compare iPhone shots to full frame DSLR . Only then you can notice what does true to life colors mean

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Just wanted to know. Don't get offended. However, a DSLR doesn't get the actual true to life colours I was talking about. It's your own eyes...........against which you should compare the shots. And I find the colours, in most shots from iPhone 7, 'truer'-to-life than a Galaxy S8 or any other phone known to me. Sure it may not be able to compare against a DSLR, but that wasn't even my point.

14. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

I am not offended .But also it's very difficult to compare what you see on a display with what you see in real life .If ever you want to compare the color accuracy of any sensor the display calibration will come into the way. Only a perfectly calibrated display can show the color tones produced by your sensor . But if you compare the shots of DSLR and iPhone on the same display you will get better accuracy because the display will have show same level calibration error. My point to say is you can't compare what colors you see in real life and what colors you see on a display except you have perfectly calibrated display .Because displays have limited gamut and their color reproduction isn't comparable to living world

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Excellent point you have there!

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1436; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Phone Arena, the only place where the galaxy S8 has better battery life than the galaxy S8+.

9. Ferrari458

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2017

WHO WANT TO SEE XIAOMI MI6 AND ONEPLUS 5 REVIEWS? LET'S ASK IT TO PHONEARENA!

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Have patience. Neither have come to the US even.

16. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Awesome camera specification

17. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Huawei P10 Plus Huawei SuperCharge adapter USB Type-C to standard-A cable Earbuds Clear case SIM tool Quick-start guide Nice specification

18. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

This is what i like with Huawei-P10 The camera set up has a 12MP RGB sensor working alongside a 20 MP monochrome shooter. The Leica- branded dual-lens camera that thrilled many in the Huawei P9 is back with the Huawei P10. The new Leica Portrait mode combines the previously seen beauty mode and Bokeh effects into a good quality package and offers portrait enhancement features that use 3D facial detection technology, dynamic illumination, and studio-like re-lighting that results in radiant flattering self-portraits

19. moshe345

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

Hello Everyone, My name is Moshe, after a lot of contemplation I decided to buy a new P10 Huawei phone which I purchased a few days ago. I had, amongst many reasons, decided to go with the P10 rather than the MI6 of Xiaomi because of the Operation System which seemed to have really nice features, and so I wanted to own their device. After I purchased the phone I naturally installed the apps I use, not to many since I am not a heavy user, but I did install my favorite game Clash Royale. Upon playing the game I noticed when it gets crowded and new items are added to the game the phone freezes! My nephew who is 9 years old and is a very heavy user, plays Clash Royale every available moment he gets (a little scary at times) owns a Homtom HT17 Pro 4G Phablet that cost on website about 80$, the game runs perfectly so you can imagine the frustration! So, I did some tests and used all benchmark apps, with the appropriate instructions and ran them. I have found that my new device performs very badly, with the worst result appearing on the GPU. I ran the app 3DMarks The test results were around 1270 +- every run for at least 10 runs after I let it cool down, and during different hours of the day. When you look at the phone while the test is working, you can see it's not working well. The app said that my results are very bad for the hardware and I should clean the ram and wait for the device to cool down and try again (Average result is around 1870 for P10). When I saw tests done from other youtubers, I saw that they got 2200+ and one other got 2680, that’s more than x2 my result. After speaking to Huawei’s customer service department, which was absolutely useless, I decided to go to Huawei Official lab, where they said that they do not know how to test it (O M G) and will contact Huawei Global to see how they can test it. They also told me that if they don't find anything wrong, I will have to pay for the lab tests!!! So…not only do they not know how to test it, they will also charge money for their ignorance! I saw a picture on their wall stating that P10 is better than iPhone 7, I have an iPhone 7 and I ran same 3dMarks testing and got 2160 and told them about it and their response was “What do you expect, its iPhone 7”. Even at their official lab they stated that, the phone is bad compared to other flagships. On top of it all, the customer service told me that my new phone will be fixed and not replaced because that's their policy. Now can you imagine, buying a new phone, it does not work properly and they offer to fix it for you? Disgraceful... If anyone has a P10 Huawei, and can run a 3DMarks test and would be prepared to send me the output, I would very much appreciate it! If we find something wrong with most devices I will act to get a recall for the device. If you own any other Huawei device that is malfunctioned in anyway and you are not b
P10 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3750 mAh

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