Interface and functionality

EMUI is the ugly duckling that does the job just right


The Huawei P10 comes with the company's in-house EMUI 5.1 software, which is based on Android 7.0 and by default comes with no app drawer (you can enable one later on, though). It's chock-full of features to the point where uninitiated users will find the interface a tad overwhelming and not intuitive at all. It would have been nice if the P10 had substituted most of its gimmicky features for actually useful ones, like different performance modes and equalizer settings. At least split-screen multi-tasking has made the cut, though bundled notifications have not.

As we mentioned, the front home button doubles as a fingerprint scanner and a multi-functional navigation key. You tap on that one to go back, press and hold it to go to your home screen, and swipe it sideways to open your recent apps menu. Can't say this approach grew on me - call me old school or whatnot, but I still prefer capacitive hardware buttons over anything else and Huawei simply couldn't convince me to rethink my preferences. Thankfully, the P10 allows you to forego the all-new home button and use an on-screen button setup if you feel like doing that. Sadly, you can't customize these gestures - you're left with what Huawei's decided to throw in.

Huawei is once again dropping the ball in the aesthetic department. EMUI's unsightly iconography feels terribly dated; as much as I tried, I couldn't force myself to like it. There are a bunch of themes to choose from, but these are somehow worse than the default one. In the end, I resorted to using a custom launcher and my favorite icon pack – Huawei should probably do the same with its next flagship phone.

The fingerprint scanner at the front is also quite fast and accurate. I've hardly encountered an instance where the phone would fail in reading my fingerprint. It's also worth noting that touching the sensor while the device is asleep unlocks it in an instance.

Processor and memory

Beware, the Kirin chipset will chew through anything you might throw at it

The P10 arrives with Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset as well as 4GB of RAM, an octa-core solution that comprises four 1.8GHz A53 cores and four 2.4GHz A73 ones. Boring technicalities aside, it takes one around 10 seconds or less to realize that the P10 is a nimble and snappy performer that has some serious power below the hood. It will hardly break a sweat no matter the task at hand. You will rarely experience choppy frame rate even with the heaviest of games available on the Play Store. Navigating the interface is also as agile as you'd expect from a contemporary flagship.


I had no problem with the P10 boasting “only” 4GB of RAM. The phone usually held all the apps I use daily as well as one or two heavier games in its memory and didn't need to reload these whenever I decided to use any of these. In my experience, that's perfectly acceptable. Same applies to the internal storage: 32GB of storage in the basic version is great news, while the 64 gigs in the top-tier one is even better. The on-board microSD card slot will likely appeal to data hoarders just as it did to me.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Huawei P10 116267.66
Huawei P9 96185
Samsung Galaxy S7 136695
Apple iPhone 7 168795
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Huawei P10 2730
Huawei P9 2940.33
Samsung Galaxy S7 3632
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Huawei P10 5609.33
Huawei P9 6679.66
Samsung Galaxy S7 5339
JetStream Higher is better
Huawei P10 57.971
Huawei P9 67.93
Samsung Galaxy S7 62.049
Apple iPhone 7 144.71
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Huawei P10 58.33
Huawei P9 42.66
Samsung Galaxy S7 53
Apple iPhone 7 57.3
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Huawei P10 23.33
Huawei P9 11
Samsung Galaxy S7 29
Apple iPhone 7 59.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Huawei P10 2669
Huawei P9 1946
Samsung Galaxy S7 1943
Apple iPhone 7 3355
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Huawei P10 1906
Samsung Galaxy S7 1840
Apple iPhone 7 3464
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Huawei P10 5762.66
Samsung Galaxy S7 5462
Apple iPhone 7 5605

Connectivity


The P10 is a dual-SIM device (one of the SIM slots doubles as a microSD card reader) that supports all the major LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, and 41. This means it will work on most GSM networks just fine (but might not be compatible with CDMA networks like the ones used by Verizon or Sprint).

There's also Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, and last but not least, a USB Type-C port.

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