Huawei is capable of making some great phones and the P10 is no different. The P10 is the first true Huawei phone I’ve used with all their customizations and what not, the only other Huawei phone I’ve tested was the Huawei/Google Nexus 6P but that was technically a Nexus phone and was stock Android.

Overall, I really like what Huawei has to offer, but their software is what really irks me the most.

Design & Hardware

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On first glance, the Huawei P10 has similar stylings to the iPhone 5/5S with its metal and glass design. It feels sort-of premium but you can tell that it’s actually not. The Huawei P10 is fairly thin and it feels nice in the hands surprisingly, Huawei was able to keep the headphone jack while also making the phone thin.

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Just like the iPhone, the P10 comes in two sizes, the standard 5.1-inch P10 and the 5.5-inch P10 Plus. I got to test out the standard P10. The screen is Full HD with 2.5D glass, also on the front, is the phone’s fingerprint sensor. The sensor works well but I wish there was some vibration feedback when you press it.

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On the right side, you’ll find the power/lock button and volume buttons. The bottom is where you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port.

Inside, you’ll find a Kirin 960 Octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. The processor was fairly quick and I had no slow-down issues during my testing. The GPU is the Mali-G71 MP8.

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The P10 comes with 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. The battery is 3,200 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge. The phone was able to last all day and standby time is good.

The Huawei P10 is available from a number of carriers in Canada, including Rogers, Bell, Fido, Virgin Mobile for around $649 CAD off-contract or as low as $0 on a two-year contract.

Software

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The P10 is running Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1. With Android 7.0, you do get access to the Google Assitant and other background improvements.

I’m the kind of guy who likes stock Android, it started when I got the Galaxy Nexus and continued with the Nexus 6 and now the Pixel XL. And in my testing of the P10, I haven’t become a big fan of their UI.

EMUI shares a lot of similarities to LG’s custom UI but at least LG is starting to slowly get better. EMUI, on the other hand, is just finicky, especially the homescreen. I’ve had issues where apps wouldn’t show up in the app drawer which became frustrating. I would have to resort to finding the app in the Google Play Store to be able to open an app I just installed.

Huawei definitely needs to work on EMUI. There’s also the option to custom the theme of your P10, similar to LG and their LG World store.

Camera

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The Huawei P10 has a Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 setup which consists of a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor along with OIS and a F/2.2 aperture.

The photos take on the P10 look great, colours really pop and since the device has a monochrome sensor, you’re able to take black and white photos. There’s also a manual mode and a whole bunch of other modes.

The P10 can record up to 4K video as well as time-lapse and slow-mo video. Videos look great on the P10.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really like the Huawei P10, it shows that they can make a smartphone that’s up there with the like of the iPhone, Galaxy and Google Pixel. Huawei has nailed the hardware, for the most part, it’s just the software that needs work.

Pros

  • Great display
  • Excellent dual camera
  • Nice design & build (feels like an iPhone)
  • Expandable storage
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • EMUI needs a lot of work
  • Not waterproof

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