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Review: Huawei P10 Plus

Following after the success of Huawei’s P9 flagship, its successor, the P10 Plus looks to dominate the camera and smartphone market with the refined version of the “designed by Leica” dual-camera setup.

This, and a few other important design and hardware improvements, has made the Huawei P10 Plus to be valid rival to Samsung Galaxy S8+.

This makes P10 the perfect choice for premium smartphone buyers.

Design

Looking at the design of Huawei’s new flagship smartphone, the P10 Plus, from a glance, it appears to be resembled an Apple’s iPhone 7 than a Huawei smartphone.

Some may grumble about the lack of design originality but personally, P10 Plus’ design is not too much of a problem as it hits most of the marks when it comes to the phone functionality.

Given its metal exterior and the use of Gorilla Glass 5 on its front screen should provide reasonable scratch-resistance but it would be still advisable not to mix it up in a pocket with your keys. (It is always wise to get a screen protector!)

It was a good to see Huawei making the move to use the latest Gorilla Glass 5 as P9’s screen was prone to splintering with relatively minor knocks.

The P10 Plus matte finish of its back panel which does not attract fingerprints easily but it makes it a somewhat slippery phone to hold in your palm.

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Camera

With Leica dual lens system that pairs a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and 12-megapixel colour sensor, Huawei P10 Plus would be an ideal smartphone for many photography enthusiasts including myself.

Many would believe that the P10 Plus’ dual lens system will offer a variety of benefits that include better low-light performance, the ability to create more realistic Bokeh effects and improved black and white photography.

Comparing to the Huawei P10, the P10 Plus low-light shots are better captured as the P10 Plus has a wider f/1.7 aperture that allows far greater light than the narrow f/2.2 lens on the P10.

P10 Plus would be the better choice if night and low light photography is something that you are after.

Images captured in low light environment are superb with the dark spots do not overly noisy and the colours are still sharp and visible. The P10 Plus camera is pretty remarkable in low-light setting as it manages to capture sufficient detail in a low light setting.

Well-lit daylights shots are exceptionally stunning too as with the wider aperture feature; it is able to naturally blur the background while taking portrait shots.

Huawei has brought forward the Pro Mode feature from P9 for the P10 Plus where it allows user to either can either improve the outcome of an image or manually set the camera settings.

What stands out the most of the P10 Plus camera would be the how sharp monochrome shots are taken.

The camera’s dedicated black and white sensor is what makes the difference of the photo quality comparing to simply adding a black and white filter over a colour photo.

Battery life

The P10 is powered by a 3,750mAH, non-removable battery, a sizeable battery for 5.5-inch phone.

With daily usage starting at 9am after being fully-charged and using primarily for work and personal, the P10 Plus had more than 60% of power left at 9pm with regular use.

My regular use consist of listening to music commuting to and from work, making and receiving couple of calls, watching 30 minutes of video on Youtube and constantly checking social media and email accounts.

Definitely, the P10 Plus’ battery life is reasonably good.

That said, gaming on the P10 Plus and like most smartphones, it has a bigger impact on the battery. A full hour of catching Pokemon on Pokemon G would see the P10 Plus being drain of its battery about15 to 25 per cent.

Thankfully, to recharge the Huawei P10 Plus is quick with the use of the USB Type-C port. With its ‘Super Charging’ mode, it would only take about an to fully charge up the phone.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the Huawei P10 Plus is one of the best Huawei’s smartphone in the market. It is not perfect but it hits most of the marks for an impressive flagship phone.

The Leica-engineered camera is one of the best feature of the P10 Plus, with its wider aperture that makes a huge difference when compared to its ‘junior’ the Huawei P10.

With a few setbacks that include the front screen smudges easily leaving the P10 Plus looking smudgy and oily. Another setback would be the P10 Plus is not water-resistance among the other flagship smartphones; Apple 7 and Samsung S8 Plus in the market.

 

 

 

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