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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65 Comments

65. 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

64. JohanP

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

I think that this phone must be +9.0 but because they are from Chinese manufacturer get small rate. But he is Top class phone.

62. Tuckson

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 2017

I really do not understand what problems ppl have with EMUI . Love it. Happy that not all apps are stuck away in such thing as an appdrawer?

57. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

I see a lot of Chinese on the comment section

54. mokhabadi

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

P10 get 7.5 and A3(2017) get 8. that's ridiculous!!!

52. bford

Posts: 15; Member since: May 18, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy A3 gets an 8/10 but this gets s 7.5/10? What kind of site is this? All credibility should be gone from this site.

48. raky_b

Posts: 471; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

so, device for which you statet in conclusion : "it won't be an overstatement to say that it's an excellent all-around device" and only cons are "not perfect display", EMUI interface (better than TouchWiz) and that it missing waterproofness is getting so low score? even it cost 1/3 less than s8 will!? not a huge fan of Huawei...but this is ridiculous, no wonder that no one is taking PA reviews seriously

47. supasonic_boobyalater

Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 2016

tiny 5 inch screen is pathetic.. should have been over 6 to 7 inch display

49. raky_b

Posts: 471; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

no, i think 21' is minimum

44. w1000i

Posts: 252; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I read these review to laugh. And the reviewer seems does not explore the P10 software right.

37. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Read the title>look at pros and cons>jump straight to comments sections>grabs popcorn This is my way of reading PA's review articles.

60. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Me too XD

31. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Remind me to evade these Bulgarian reviews next time. I'm here for the comment sections, not these ridiculous articles.

28. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

A review of the LG G6 or upcoming S8 won't see the UI as a con despite EMUI being a far better UI. Moreover most of those doing reviews are those 1% stock android fanboys that just want a boring empty UI that gets new features that was present on skinned UIs for years.

27. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

gsmarena is mostly neutral in their review.

39. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

And non-bias.

26. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

" Inaccurate display with oversaturated colors for a second" i have to say fair con. 650 price tag should have at least provide more to real life screen calibration option.

29. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

If it was Samsung or Apple, this would have been a pro as they would consider it to be "punchy colors" .

30. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

:) Indeed that happens too

63. Tuckson

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 2017

lol. Touché

25. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When it comes to android phones, the stock launcher interface should not come into the picture at all. In less than a minute, you can download any launcher to your liking from the play store and you do not need to be nerdy or techie or be rooted to do that. Unlike IOS or Windows devices, android phone and tablet users are not stuck with the stock UI/launcher.

23. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Cons: not waterproof? What?

50. raky_b

Posts: 471; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

it is con for me...but in this reviews it wasn't con, until Apple made iphone waterproof...now, since iphone and galaxy s line have it...they are counting that as a con to all other than doesn't.

21. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Both the LG G6 and this should have received higher scores but this is iphonearena. I expect the GS8 to get an 8.9. Iphone7s 9.4 iPhone 8 if it really is this year. 9.9

22. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

BGR and iCrapArena are two of the best @$$ lickers of Cr@pple so no wonder it will happen this year.

19. baibhav93

Posts: 24; Member since: May 09, 2014

a 8.5 is minimum for this device. cmon PA, why are you doing this? You are losing our respect.... if you cant be competitive, please dont be ridiculous...

16. SaRPeR

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

"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?" Actually Huawei P10 and P10 Plus has basic splash resistance. It doesn't have an official IP rating though.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Good hardware with trash software. If stock Android can be installed then it's a different story.

17. SaRPeR

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Huawei's UI is better than the most other manufacturer's UI. It has really useful features.

41. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Oh, right. Features like a COMPLETELY BROKEN push notifications system or their "feature" that arbitrarily closes podcast apps and Spotify unless you dig REALLY deep into the settings!!! Don't quote me on that bit. Just ask these users.https://forum.xda-developers.com/mate-9/help/simply-awful-software-t3570910
P10
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Huawei Emotion UI

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