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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.

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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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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