Call quality


As far as call quality goes, the P10 is more than a decent performer. Regardless whether you're on the calling or receiving end of the line, you will have no issues with hearing the other party loud and clear. The noise-canceling mic on the top of the phone does a good job at filtering out any ambient noises that might interfere with the quality of your conversation. Overall, a flagship-grade performance.


Battery

Very good battery life in standby

Huawei's top-end devices are known for their better-than-average battery life and thus we had high expectations for the P10. It boasts a 3,200mAh juicer under the hood, a decent 200mAh improvement more than what the P9 had in tow, and has a faster, newer chipset, so we had high expectations for the battery performance of the P10.

And it didn't disappoint – the handset clocked in at 7 hours and 42 minutes in our custom battery test. That's a good result, outclassing the Galaxy S7, the G5, and the Huawei P9 in the same discipline by a margin. Standby battery life is also good – the phone easily lasted me a whole day before it needs to be recharged.


Huawei has also introduced a few features that can further save you some energy: there is an ultra-power saving mode that makes only select apps available, as well as a a feature that allegedly lowers the display's resolution in order to save power, but I didn't notice a drastic increase in battery life.

The Huawei P10 takes exactly 100 minutes to go from 0 to 100%. That's quite the improvement in comparison with the P9, which had to be charged for roughly two and a half hours.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Huawei P10 7h 42 min (Average)
Huawei P9 6h 51 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Huawei P10 100
Huawei P9 146
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
Apple iPhone 7 141

Conclusion


All things considered, the Huawei P10 is not a groundbreaking improvement over the P9. However, it does introduce a host of meaningful improvements and incremental tweaks over the already-decent P9 in order to offer a better overall experience to the user. Somehow, this “more of the same” formula works just fine for Huawei.

Yes, the P10 might not be the groundbreaking phone you've been looking for, but it won't be an overstatement to say that it's an excellent all-around device that's not flashy or as head-turning as other devices, but will get the job done without introducing any serious issues along the way. The camera is the one true highlight of the phone, and Huawei has done what's needed to keep this one fresh and comparable with almost any phone out there.

Is the Huawei P10 a neat device? It definitely is. Is it worth getting one? Sure, provided that you can stomach the price tag. In Europe, the phone will sell for €649 ($685), which is a bit higher than the initial pricing of $600-$650 for the P9. Seeing the improvements Huawei has thrown in, I'd say that this price hike is just, but it can't be argued that a cheaper price tag would have immediately made the P10 a way more appealing pick for the regular consumers out there and a prime candidate for one of the top phones of early 2017.

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Snappy UI
  • Fingerprint scanner is quick and accurate

Cons

  • Inaccurate display with oversaturated colors for a second year in a row
  • Not waterproof
  • The EMUI interface is in dire need of an aesthetic overhaul

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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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: 461; 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: 461; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

no, i think 21' is minimum

44. w1000i

Posts: 251; 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: 461; 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: 171; 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: 171; 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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