Ever since Huawei shed the ascend monicker, their design and build have received a significant bump up. The P series is Huawei’s attempt to show the world that they are not out of the race just yet. The P10 and the P10 Plus have both received royal treatment from the designers at Huawei in the sense that that the device is truly premium to look at and thanks to its various available finishes, it is very very premium to hold. As of today, the P10 Plus is available in almost 10 different colour options – Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold, Graphite Black, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, and Greenery. While not all options are available everywhere, it is good to see Huawei give such a wide catalogue to its customers. capping off the design area is the back camera setup and casing. The P10 Plus features the Leica co engineered dual camera setup with no camera hump whatsoever. While bigger phones like the iPhone and even the Galaxy lineup have struggled with the camera bump, the P10 Plus has got it absolutely spot on. Also, Huawei has gone a step further and replaced the usual plastic protection for the cameras with gorilla glass 5. On the front end we have the beautiful 2.5D curved display which works beautifully with the aluminium unibody . The P10 Plus also comes with an IPX3 certification, which means its splash proof, but the phone will not hold up if immersed or exposed to running water.
The Huawei P10 Plus runs on Android 7.0 with their custom EMUI 5.1 running on top. The designers at Huawei have definitely put in some effort this time around and have really pushed out a refreshed version of the EMUI . Everything from the lock screen to the little features have been tweaked and refined and while you cannot experience the lock screen if you choose the fingerprint scanner, one respite is that the scanner is blazing fast and you probably ill be impressed with that to notice the lock screen anyways.
The Leica branding has been adorning the best of the best Huawei’s devices to date and the P10 and the P10 Plus take the legacy forward in some style.The basic formula remains the same – a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP RGB one, the latter complete with OIS. The difference comes down to the lens. The P10 plus ups the ante with a brighter and faster, f/1.8 Leica SUMMILUX. In theory, the P10 Plus should give you higher quality photos with better corner details and also a better pronounced bokeh effect.
The P10 Plus is a very strong offering from Huawei, featuring a stellar design, decent display, refreshed UI, latest Android and an excellent camera and battery. I did not include the chipset here because I believe they can still improve on that front. There are many users out there who are performance buffs and when they see the snapdragon 835 smoking the competition, the transition is going to be immediate. In that case, the camera setup will not really matter. So its time for Huawei to rework their chipset and come back stronger in their next device.