Huawei is big in China, and growing the West. In the past twelve months, it’s gone from being that one company that made great hardware but could never seem to get the software right, to being able to legitimately compete with more established brands in Europe.
So in 2017, the new P10 phones are tasked with building on that momentum, while also competing with what’s to come from Samsung and Apple. In our video review of the 5.1-inch Huawei P10 and its 5.5-inch sibling the P10 Plus, we’ll see how Huawei has created two of its best phones yet, with superb build quality, an eye-catching “dazzling” finish and a competitive camera. But is it all undone by one fairly major hardware oversight?
Huawei P10 Plus Features Specifications
Huawei includes a factory-fitted screen protector in the P10 as standard, just like most of its other phones. However unlike the P9 and Mate 9 — and even cheaper models like the Nova — neither P10 has an oleophobic coating on the screen. (That’s the smudge-resistant layer included as standard in the vast majority of phones, without which the display quickly becomes smudgy and greasy.
We’ve got a whole other article on why this is an insane decision about which someone should feel bad. But briefly: For me, it’s almost a deal-breaker. And for your own sanity, please keep the factory-fitted screen protector attached if you plan on picking up a P10.
At least there are no weird compromises on the inside of this thing. Both P10s are based on the same Kirin 960 platform as the Mate 9, meaning there’s plenty of performance to go around, whether it’s paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in the smaller P10, or 6GB/128GB in the Plus.
And Huawei has specifically targeted touch latency in its performance tweaks in EMUI 5.1 — a big part of what makes a phone feel fast. So between the proven horsepower of Huawei’s homegrown chip and further software optimization, both phones are absolutely blazing fast. That high performance extends to gaming too, thanks to the new ARM Mali-G71 GPU.