Camera

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.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 1.8
1.9
897
557
Huawei P10 2
2.1
812
497
Huawei Mate 9 1.5
1.7
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy S8 1.2
1.3
281
261

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.

Multimedia

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.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 0.29
Huawei P10 0.29
Huawei Mate 9 0.296
Samsung Galaxy S8 0.75
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 72
Huawei P10 74
Huawei Mate 9 75.1
Samsung Galaxy S8 78


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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: 6873; 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: 240; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

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

6. Pigaro

Posts: 87; 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: 2921; 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: 2921; 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: 2921; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Excellent point you have there!

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; 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: 2921; 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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