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.

Update: You can now read our Huawei P20 & P20 Pro review!

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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