Huawei P10 Review

Introduction


Right off the bat, the Huawei P10 has some large shoes to fill. Ahead of the new flagship device of the major China-based manufacturer lies an arduous task – to show that the P9 was not just a one-off success but truly representative of Huawei's vision for what a smartphone should be.

At first sight, the P10 is a meaningful albeit not drastic evolution over the P9 – it retains the overall design with just a couple of small, but important changes, has beefed up specs, and last but definitely not least, improves the winning dual, Leica-tuned camera setup.

Sounds like quite the winning list of enhancements on paper, but let's not put the cart ahead of the horse and explore Huawei's new flagship up close and personal. Let's dive right into it!

In the box:

  • Huawei P10
  • 4.5A charger
  • USB Type-C cable
  • Protective case
  • In-ear headphones
  • Information leaflets
  • SIM ejector pin

Design

More of the same, but that's not a bad thing at all

Huawei P10 Review
Huawei P10 Review
Huawei P10 Review
Huawei P10 Review

From a design standpoint, the P10 follows exactly in the P9's footsteps. Similarly sized and just a smidgen narrower, the P10 makes use of the very same all-metal design that Huawei used a year ago with only a few minor differences.

Most notably, the fingerprint scanner that used to be in the back is now positioned at the front of the device, embedded in a new multi-functional home button. This button has other noteworthy functions, but we will address these later on. Depending on your stance towards fingerprint sensor positioning, you might praise or condemn Huawei for doing this. We are on the fence, though we admit that having the sensor in the front makes unlocking the phone a bit easier, especially if it's laying on a flat surface.

If you like to use your phone with a single hand only, then the P10 scores a minor win over the P9 due to its narrower body. Both devices are rather slippery... unless you opt for the Shimmer Blue version of the P10, which is the only one that comes with an array of tiny diamond-shaped ridges in the phone's metal body. These not only refract light in eye-catching ways, but also add a bit of grip. That's neat, since the regular non-textured versions of the P10 are as slippery as the P9.

It would have been nice if Huawei had water-proofed the phone, given that all the major players in the industry are now doing just that. Probably with the P11, eh, Huawei?

Huawei P10

Huawei P10

Dimensions

5.72 x 2.73 x 0.27 inches

145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Huawei P9

Huawei P9

Dimensions

5.71 x 2.79 x 0.27 inches

145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Huawei P10

Huawei P10

Dimensions

5.72 x 2.73 x 0.27 inches

145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Huawei P9

Huawei P9

Dimensions

5.71 x 2.79 x 0.27 inches

145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

The P10 has a bright but ill-calibrated display

Huawei P10 Review

The P10 proudly boasts a 5.1-inch, 1080p Full HD display at the front, which works out a pixel density of 431ppi. That's sharp enough for us. The P10 also shines when it comes to maximum brightness – it hits 545 nits, making it perfectly legible outside, even in direct sunlight. On the other hand, the minimum brightness of 2 nits won't burn your retinas when you use the phone at night.

Unfortunately, the display's color rendition is underwhelming. With a color temperature of 8258K, the display is noticeably cold and makes white colors appear bluer than they're supposed to, which is not okay. Yes, you can tweak the color temperature in the Settings menu (go into Display > Color temperature, and select the Warm option if you want more balanced colors, or Cold if you want even bluer shades of white), but we can't imagine many people figuring out on their own how to do that manually. Furthermore, colors appear way oversaturated, with lots of added vibrancy that's pretty far away from their real-life targets. That's particularly visible with green, yellow, and red colors. To add up to the overall display disappointment, gamma is also pretty poor - bright tones appear darker while dark tones appear brighter than they are supposed to.

Clearly, display tweaking remains one of Huawei's Achilles heels.



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65 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

btw, the CONS is to weak to make it 7.5/10 score.. (compared to it's strong PROs in important aspect, like good battery life, great camera, and snappy UI) and why didn't you recommend any other phones in conclusion part?

5. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Funny how since the iPhone 7 was released, waterproofing has became a necessity

11. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

This phone should be 8.5 at MINIMUM.

12. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

ditto, it should earn 8.5 if not 9.0

15. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

PA says "Kiss my @$$" LoL or Doomsday should come first before they give a score higher than even the worthless iCrap 6.

18. SaRPeR

Posts: 137; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It can't score 8.5 because it is not an iPhone. But if Apple released the exact same phone with exact same specs it would have scored 9.0 minimum. In the reviews, they only look for Apple logo. If the phone has an Apple logo it automatically gets at least 9.0.

40. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Waterproof phones have been a thing back when Nokia wad still relevant. FFS.

43. cheetah2k

Posts: 2156; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Waterproofing was a gimmick when Sony was doing it. Now its a standard requirement and a con if not implemented? wow iPA, just wow! Maybe the price point should be noted as a Pro.. For the price point its a bloody good phone

6. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i stop reading their review for a while now, just out of curiousity, I've always skip to prod and cons and i always laugh out a little... Thank you p.a for your always on point tiny jokes in every phone you reviewed!!

7. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

*pros

51. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same, I just skip to end and read the comments lol.

20. Mixkhata1

Posts: 161; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Waterproofing isn't a necessity so putting it in CONS is unjustified. UI is beautiful in its own way. U r judgin it's UI based on what others does. Despite a boatload of features, it feels snappy and powerful. So putting this in cons is also unjustified. The only thing that is right in CONS section is ill-calibrated display. This device AT LEAST deserves 8.0 score for what it offers.

32. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Well you have to include the not-an-iPhone handicap of - 2 points.

35. TerryTerius unregistered

Think about it this way, you don't literally need a radio or bluetooth connectivity in a car. But, chances are you would rather have it than not. Waterproofing s not a necessity for the operation of a device, but it is a nice bit of security to have in case you drop it in liquid.

53. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

When I red quickly through I just laughed how these apple w***es reviewers writes as apple commands :) Am not fan of P10 P9 is best, but so much rant who else would it be than iPhoneArena :D Well they has to otherwise they would have to shut site down as btches would be out of money heheheheh

2. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh wow. I can feel the hate incoming from Hauwei fans. I agree with two of the three cons, except the display gripe, but I just don't completely understand PA's grading system. I imagine the majority of it is conjecture based on user preference and your ordinary benchmarks. However if that's the case, wouldn't a non-scoring method be more appealing? Or do you guys simply like pissing off fanboys? If it's the latter.......please, continue to grade the way you have lol.

24. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

That score is totally unjustified. I wasn't a Huawei phone until I bought an Honor 8 a few months ago. It is snappier than most of the other flagships, has better battery, the camera is also great for the price. I like the new EMUI more than any other Android UI, packs tons of features and still, offers snappy performance. I don't like the settings menu as it is very complex. Other than that it is a great UI. Considering how great things are on Honor 8, P10 should be much better. Some people like cold colors some like warm colors, EMUI lets you choose any of those, you can customize the display to your liking. Waterproofing is a CON in my opinion since I had to spend $80 dollars to replace the display on my Honor 8 when it was dropped into a pot full of cooking oil.

33. TerryTerius unregistered

Wait, are you basically saying that you would rather pay the cost of replacement for killing a device by dropping it in liquid? Paying $80 to replace the display is worse than having to pay a couple hundred to replace the entire device? I... I don't get that logic.

61. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

Forgot to add "no" before waterproofing. I meant to say No waterproofing is a CON. Why would I think of waterproofing as a CON since I have damaged two of my phones by dropping it into a liquid (Oil + Water)

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Kiko, just accept the fact that PA is Apple biased. It doesn't take an Apple hater to see it. Also the people ranting above are not even Huawei fanboys. You should take your Apple fanboyism down a couple of notches.

42. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Kiko, just accept the fact that PA is Apple biased" Of course they are. Every non-Android site is biased against Android. It's not like these phones ever have flaws, right? Yeah...no. "It doesn't take an Apple hater to see it." Again, why wouldn't they be Apple biased.....you all KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE. You can't complain about bias, sit there and comment about bias, and the up and accept it just to keep commenting. The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over, and over, and over again, yet expecting a different outcome. PA has proven to most of you that they give zero fs about deconstructing their bias, and yet every review comments section is filled with the same exact faces. I see why they set it up this way....sound monetary strat. "Also the people ranting above are not even Huawei fanboys." Did I say Huawei fanboys? I could've sworn I said fans. "You should take your Apple fanboyism down a couple of notches." What? I asked them questions about their grading system. All I see here is a bunch of subjective drivel, including the comments section. I don't see what any of that has to do with my Apple fanboy or not status.

46. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Me calling you an Apple fanboy is not just about your single comment I replied to. Maybe because you defend Apple at any given chance, and defend them with almost techie-long essays? Don't get me wrong, I find you one of the most reasonable Apple fans here, but sometimes you just go too far as if you were a high-level iFan.

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I'm curious that how reviewer rate 7.5/10 score. (I only know that devices with Apple logo will always 9++/10 score, lol)

34. TerryTerius unregistered

Not exactly. Oneplus, HTC and Google have also received 9+ ratings from PA. All last year.

38. htcisthebest

Posts: 433; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I didn't know Google is a phone.

56. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

it isn't. You didn't understand his comment based on what maple_mak said.

4. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Man, if this had the P10 Plus camera sensors, this would've definitely been my next phone. I'll wait to see how the P10 Plus camera will perform in low light conditions.

13. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I thought the only difference between the two were the aperture size?

14. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You're correct, that's why I am looking forward to see P10 Plus' low light tests

8. fyah_king unregistered

Another weak speaker from Huawei. The new S8 and S8+ better have a loud speaker if they want my money.
P10
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh

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