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Huawei P10 Plus review
Posted on 13-May-2017 17:28 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Reviews


Huawei is quickly becoming a household name in the smartphone market. Its Huawei P9 brought in innovations such as dual lenses, Leica partnership for the camera software and hardware while the Huawei Mate 9 brought super-fast processor, AI-based multi-tasking and power management. With the new Huawei P10 this goes even further.

 

I have been using the Huawei P10 Plus, which is powered by an octa-core HUAWWEI Kirin 960 CPU split as 4x A73 2.4GHz plus 4x A5 1.8GHz cores. The one I have here isthe mid-level model with 6GB RAM and 128 GB built-in storage. This gives so much space for photos and video recordings plus app installs, it's like a dream. You can expand this memory even more with a microSD card. The phone is very responsive and it can switch between apps with speed - Huawei says it uses a bit of AI to determine usage patterns and what app should be in memory at what time.

 

 

The model VKY-L09 sold in New Zealand supports 4G TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40; 4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/29; 3G UMTS (WCDMA) / HSPA+ / DC-HSDPA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19 and 2G GSM / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz.

 

The 5.5" screen on the Huawei P10 Plus is just a bit smaller than the Huawei Mate 9 but the resolution is seriously... serious with 2560 x 1440 pixels (540 PPI) which means you end up seeing the same as in the larger 5.9" screen.

 

The Huawei P10 Plus measure 153.5mm x 74.2mm and it's only 6.98mm thick. This means the 3750 mAH battery itself is just a bit smaller than the larger Huawei Mate 9 but still packs a punch with a nice long life the can be seriously managed if you leave the default options set to close apps behind the lock screen.

 

The Huawei P10 Plus body is sleek and glossy, without being slippery and with no risk of fingerprints - Huawei also offers diamond cut and sandblast finish options and with a new partnership with Pantone, a cool selection of body colours.

 

The fingerprint sensor, which was situated on the back of the device in the Huawei P9 is now under the glass in the front and can be used both as a fingerprint scanner and a home/back button. This means you have the option of an on-screen set of Back/Home buttons or gain a bit more of screen space and have the scanner do this functions instead. While this is an interesting option I found out that if you are in the login screen (for your bank app for example) you have no other option than login - the long press to go home and the swipe to show the current open apps won't work on that specific situation. One thing is for sure: unlocking the phone by tapping on the fingerprint sensor is probably the fastest I've seen around.

 

You can also use your fingerprint to unlock a safe storage space - a container created on either the internal memory or the external microSD card where encrypted data is stored, away from prying eyes.

 

 

With a updated 20 dual lens Leica camera (SUMMILUX-H lenses, 20 MP monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F1.8) that incorporates better facial detection, dynamic illumination and other enhancements for portrait photos you are sure to get stunning photos even if you are not a professional photographer. And if you are you can quickly switch to Pro mode and manually change settings that will make photos worthy of much bigger kits.

 

Also worth noting is the new front camera (8 MP AF, F1.9) with Leica lenses - a first. You an take great selfies with this camera - and more importantly it will automatically switch to a wide photo if it detects more than one face on the frame.

 

 

I have been using the Huawei P10 Plus VKY-L09, which is powered by an octa-core HUAWWEI Kirin 960 CPU split as 4x A73 2.4GHz plus 4x A5 1.8GHz cores. The one I have here is the model with 6GB RAM and 128 GB built-in storage (which apparently is not the one available in New Zealand). This gives so much space for photos and video recordings plus app installs, it's like a dream. You can expand this memory even more with a microSD card. The phone is very responsive and it can switch between apps with speed - Huawei says it uses a bit of AI to determine usage patterns and what app should be in memory at what time.

 

The model sold in New Zealand supports 4G TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40; 4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/29; 3G UMTS (WCDMA) / HSPA+ / DC-HSDPA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19 and 2G GSM / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz.

 

The 5.5" screen on the Huawei P10 Plus is just a bit smaller than the Huawei Mate 9 but the resolution is seriously... serious with 2560 x 1440 pixels (540 PPI) which means you end up seeing the same as in the larger 5.9" screen.

 

Huawei's signature EMUI interface is evolving, with options to be used in its default configuration (all apps in the home screens) or with an app drawer.

 

Huawei also have pre-installed some interesting apps, including a Health app (which uses your smartphone to track steps and exercise) and a Phone Manager app, that allows you to cleanup your phone's memory, manage storage and even scan for malware, using the Avast scanner engine.

 

 

 







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