Huawei P10 Plus Review

Huawei P10 Plus

Posted: , by Stephen Schenck Stephen Schenck




Dual cameras let the P10 Plus tap into an impressive array of photo effects

As we discussed in our review of the Huawei P10, these phones are equipped with some pretty respectable camera hardware. The combination of a very high-res sensor that's only equipped to detect luminance levels and a lower-res full-color sensor is a smart one, and their combined output allows the phone to produce images that include lots of detail, even across varying lighting conditions.

But while the P10 Plus does have very nearly the same camera setup as the P10, there's at least on important change, with a wider-aperture f/1.8 lens designed to let in slightly more light than the P10's f/2.2. Does that ultimately impact its imaging performance? Let's take a look.

Image quality

For the most part, the P10 Plus impresses in the same ways the P10 did. Not only is the camera hardware itself versatile, but a bevy of shooting modes and software options help stretch that hardware as far as it can go. Of particular note is the camera's monochrome mode, which taps into that dedicated camera sensor to produce some stunning B&W shots; if you can't get past the lack of color you're doing yourself a disservice, because there's tons of dramatic potential in this mode.

For the most part, the P10 Plus takes good advantage of its extra-wide aperture, and rarely did we find our images hurting for light. On the flip side, though, on more than a few occasions we saw the camera seem to be overwhelmed by this new abundance of light, producing shots that looked far more washed-out than environmental conditions would have us expect.

Video recording

The P10 Plus is pretty clearly equipped with some hardware that should have no problem delivering some very nice-looking video. In practice, though, we ran into a few issues preventing the system from living up to its potential. None of them are too huge on their own, but they added up to create a situation that left us feeling a bit dissatisfied with the phone's video performance.

For instance, the P10 Plus struggles to re-focus on foreground subjects when recording video. Keep your distance, and things are fine, but if someone new walks into the frame you might be in trouble. And while the presence of an stabilization mode is nice to see, it seems to exhibit some sort of minor “pulsing” artifact that makes it look like the camera is trying too hard to process the scene. We also had the occasional glitch where we'd film a video in our preferred landscape orientation, but the resultant file came out in a 90-degree-rotated portrait layout.

That all said, when things are working well (and barring these sporadic upsets, they tended to) videos captured with the P10 Plus can look very nice, with well-compensated exposure even on overcast days. Just don't necessarily go in expecting a hiccup-free experience.


Stereo that sounds great, even without dual front-facers

While the P10 Plus lacks stereo front-facing speakers, it very nearly makes up for that by pairing the phone's main bottom-edge speaker with output from the front earpiece. As we've noted so many other times when looking at other phones that pull this same routine, there's a real risk of imbalanced audio with schemes like this, and though there's no denying that the earpiece is much quieter than the primary speaker, the net effect of both running at once is still surprisingly satisfying.

When you pair that kind of pleasing audio output with a big, high-res display like we find on the P10 Plus, you end up with a phone well-equipped for consuming all variety of media.


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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
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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