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Huawei P10 Plus Review

Huawei P10 Plus

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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.

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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PhoneArena rating:
7.8Good
Display5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
6 GB RAM
Size6.04 x 2.92 x 0.27 inches
(153.5 x 74.2 x 6.98)
5.82 oz  (165 g)

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