Review: Huawei P10
The Huawei P10 is one of those phones that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. In baseball, the P10 would be a home run that winds up being a double because some dumb fan caught the ball and threw it to third base. The P10 is so close to being a killer phone, and yet it falls disappointingly short.
I have no complaints about the basic hardware. Aside from the too-familiar design, Huawei pieced together a nice set of high-quality materials in a compact form that's a pleasure to use day in and day out. Call quality is very good, data speeds are fine, the screen is nice (though prone to grime), and battery life is outstanding. The camera app is incredibly powerful and produces mostly excellent results.
Huawei's Emotion UI could be better. The biggest problem is how Huawei treats the fingerprint button. You're better off ignoring its duplicative and confusing navigation actions in favor of the simpler on-screen controls, even though they're not great.
Then there's the price. Unlocked phones have their own appeal, and dual SIM phones even moreso, and people are often willing to pay a small premium to get these features. And yet the P10's $685 price point feels too high. It costs more than the iPhone 7 and LG G6, and doesn't quite perform on par with either.
If you need support for two SIM cards, the Huawei P10 is one of the better options in the market. If not, most people will be better served by a more mainstream handset that has fewer tradeoffs.
The P10 is Huawei's flagship phone for 2017, (aside from the super-size Mate series.) It's a definite step up from the P9, packing in the very impressive Kirin 960 chipset, also found on the Mate 9. It sports a more rounded metal design and a new style of fingerprint sensor on the front.
Feb 16, 2017
The FCC today approved a new, unannounced phone from Huawei that matches leaked photos of the P10. The company is expected to announce the P10 flagship phone in a little over a week at the MWC trade show in Barcelona.
Feb 26, 2017
Huawei today announced the P10, its new mid-size flagship phone for 2017. The phone is similar in size to last year's P9, but with more rounded sides and corners to make it feel thinner.
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