Huawei P10 Throwback Review – Camera Centric Flagship

Here is my throwback review of the Huawei P10, which I still consider as one of my favorite phones of 2017. This is probably the only Smartphone that delivers a balance between aesthetics, performance and camera. The phone offers one of the best Camera to be fitted on a Smartphone on 2017.

Shutter Bugs Dream Phone

SpecsHuawei P10
BuildHigh Gloss, Hyper Diamond Cut, Sandblast
ChipsetHuawei Kirin 960
(64-bit), Octa-core (4 x 2.5 GHz A72+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53)
GPU: Mali-G71 Octa Core
MemoryRAM: 4 GB
ROM: 64 GB
Expansion: Supports MicroSD up to 128 GB
OSEMUI 5.1 (Android 7)
Display5.1" 2.5D Glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
1920 x 1080p
Main CameraRear: Leica Dual-Camera 2.0, 20MP Monochrome & 12MP RGB, SUMMARIT-H F/2.2, OIS, 1080p @ 60fps, 4K @ 30fps with Stereo Audio
Front Camera8MP, F/1.9
NetworkDual Nano SIM, Dual Standby
2G: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B9/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26
ConnectivityDual Nano SIM
Bluetooth 4.2
Dual Band WiFi 802.11 ac/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz)
USB Type C
SensorsAccelerometer, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Fingerprint Scanner, Hall Sensor, E-compass
PositioningGPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BDS
IO2x Sim Card Slot
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x USB Type C
Dimensions145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98mm
Weight: 148g
Battery3200mAh,
Huawei Super Charger (5V 4.5A)


 

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A no fuss or BS Camera Centric Flagship

The Huawei P10 is one of those Flagships that strikes a balance between Performance, Aesthetics and Camera. It delivers everything you want on it. The Cameras in particular are impressive and I am not speaking as a Leica Fan Boy. Although it might not replace professional cameras, it offers a lot of versatility of a point and shoot camera. There are a lot of shooting modes and customization available on this Smartphone, that makes shutter bugs like me smile.

Pros:

  • Impressive Cameras, even on low light performance
  • The Camera is made for shutter bugs or camera enthusiast in mind
  • Built to last, iPhone like design with impressive build quality
  • High Quality 1080p Screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Super Fast Front Touch ID or Fingerprint ID recognition
  • Supports MicroSD Expansion
  • Optimized system, slick, fast with no issues with performance
  • UI looks like iOS, and has a lot of customizations
  • Great gaming and multitasking performance
  • No overheating issues, idle temps rests between 28-30C
  • On heavy use or gaming, temps can raise 40C+
  • Excellent Connectivity, 4G LTE Speeds are blistering, Dual Band WiFi performs strong
  • NFC built in
  • Impressive Audio Quality, both for the loudspeakers and 3.5mm Audio jack
  • Comes with a free high quality earphones
  • Super Charger (5V 4.5A), can charge the phone in less than 90 minutes

Cons:

  • No Oleophobic Coating, meaning it is prone to fingerprint smudges and oil smears
  • Not as powerful pound per pound to other Flagships in the market
  • Price, it is still priced close to the OnePlus 5T and other Flagships
  • Only 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC for a Flagship
  • 7 hours screen on time, not really spectacular
  • No info yet, if it can be updated to Android 8 or Oreo

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