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Huawei P10 Plus Review

Huawei P10 Plus

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Huawei P10 Plus Review
Call Quality


No big mistakes pop up with how the P10 Plus handles voice calls, and while the audio can be a bit washed-out and lifeless-sounding, at least it's clear; we had no issue hearing callers on the other end, nor did they report any problems understanding us.

Battery Life

A bigger battery largely manages to offset increased power consumption

Huawei gives the P10 Plus a 3,750mAh battery, compared to the 3,200mAh component in the smaller P10. And while both phones run the same processor, the larger, higher-resolution screen on the P10 Plus ultimately takes its toll on battery life.

In our custom tests, the P10 Plus managed to run for just over eight hours of screen-on time before depleting its power reserves. As we already established, the P10 runs out of juice in under eight. So while the P10 Plus has a significantly higher-capacity battery, the hardware's increased power demands ultimately translate into only a 25-minute extension of battery life.

Huawei P10 Plus Review

All things considered, though, that's not bad. After all, Huawei only increased the size of the face of the phone with the P10 Plus, retaining the original's just-under-7mm thickness. And correspondingly, that limits just how large a battery the company's engineers could squeeze in. If the P10 Plus had arrived with worse battery life than its sibling, we'd be rightfully upset, but even parity wouldn't have been a disaster, and it's hard to get too upset about the meager gains we see instead.

Recharge times understandably take a little longer on the P10 Plus than the P10, but the 112 minutes it took to restore the phone to 100% with its bundled fast charger isn't too shabby.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Huawei P10 Plus 8h 18 min (Excellent)
Huawei P10 7h 42 min (Good)
Huawei Mate 9 12h 14 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Huawei P10 Plus 117
Huawei P10 100
Huawei Mate 9 144
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
View all

Conclusion


The Huawei P10 Plus is a totally decent phone: it's got brisk performance, a camera that's more flexible than most, and a big, high-res screen. But at the same time, it's also a phone that's really difficult to feel very passionately for.

Huawei P10 Plus Review

Part of that has to do with the phone not really going above-and-beyond in any one way. Like while its performance is good, we've already got faster phones. And though the camera doesn't make a ton of huge mistakes, this isn't going to be the first phone we look to when we need to snap a few shots.

Then there's the specter of the memory and storage-speed scandal hanging over the phone, and while this is something we fundamentally know we should be upset about, we're finding it difficult to get overly bent out of shape about it – and not because it's less of a big deal than it could be (even though we did end up with some of the “good” chips in our review handset), but more because it fits in with the general good-not-great vibe that's been driving our experiences with the P10 Plus.

That shouldn't be a huge criticism of the handset – and even on the “good” spectrum, we'd say this is up in “very good” territory. But it's not as well put together as the Galaxy S8, LG G6, or even the HTC U11. And especially with the wide array of colors Huawei is making the P10 series available in, that U11 comparison seems apt. Both phones sell for just about the same price, but in nearly every aspect of the phone's experience, the U11 comes out on top. The P10 Plus is thinner … but that's about it.

So while the Huawei P10 Plus isn't a bad phone, it is one that's facing some stiff competition. Just make sure you check out some of those peers before going all-in on the P10 Plus.



Pros

  • Versatile, powerful camera
  • Fast performance, ample storage/memory
  • Great stereo sound
  • Speedy fingerprint scanner w/ useful gesture controls

Cons

  • Huawei's display quality issues continue
  • Build doesn't feel particularly robust
  • No waterproofing
  • Camera performance not always consistent
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posted on 23 Jun 2017, 06:30

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.

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 07:12 2

5. Lumberjack (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 May 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.

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 06:35 4

2. maherk (Posts: 4996; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


No oleophobic coating should've been a con

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 07:03 4

4. NoAllegiance (unregistered)


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

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 06:43 7

3. S4NDY (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Mar 2016)


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

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 08:03

6. Pigaro (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2016)


Nice one

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 09:55

7. antifanboyism (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Jun 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 .

posted on 25 Jun 2017, 02:08

10. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


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

posted on 25 Jun 2017, 08:13

12. antifanboyism (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Jun 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

posted on 25 Jun 2017, 11:15

13. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2017, 23:37 1

14. antifanboyism (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Jun 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

posted on 26 Jun 2017, 00:10

15. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Excellent point you have there!

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 09:56

8. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


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

posted on 23 Jun 2017, 13:04

9. Ferrari458 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)


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

posted on 25 Jun 2017, 02:09

11. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Have patience. Neither have come to the US even.

posted on 03 Jul 2017, 00:14

16. madara82 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)


Awesome camera specification

posted on 04 Jul 2017, 07:01

17. madara82 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)


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

Nice specification

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 08:37

18. madara82 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Jul 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

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 08:15

19. moshe345 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Aug 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

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Hardware
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