It’s been almost a year since the Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus, great smartphones that came at a great price. The leaks and rumors of the successors to these devices have increased over the past few days. Huawei finally unveiled its new P10 and P10 Plus at MWC 2017.
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus offer similar aesthetics, hence we will highlight them both, side to side. Both devices feature a full metal unibody design with a slightly curved back that makes it easier to use the phone in one hand. At back, the P10 and P10 Plus look a lot cleaner than the predecessors. The fingerprint reader has been moved to the front, but the two keep the dual camera design we saw from the P9 and P9 Plus. The P10 devices now have a glossier finish, rather than the matte finish we saw last year.
Where we see the differences, is in the specs. The standard P10 sports a 5.1 inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, while the P10 Plus comes with a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (QHD). Under the hood, both devices come with the same 2.4GHz octa-core Kirin 960 processor that’s found on the Mate 9. The P10 is packs a 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of internal storage, while the P10 Plus comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Both devices support micro SD expansion up to 256GB.
When it comes to cameras, we do see the return of Leica branded camera sensors. The Huawei P10 sports a dual camera setup on the back, with one 12MP color sensor coupled with a 20MP monochrome sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. The P10 Plus on the other hand has a slightly upgraded set up which features the same 12 and 20MP camera setup as the standard P10, but instead it has an f/1.8 aperture. Both the P10 and P10 Plus’ rear cameras have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
When we move over to the front-facing cameras, both devices have Leica-branded 8MP sensors, which was surprising. Huawei says this new front sensor offers double the brightness and wider dynamic range. There’s also a new adaptive selfie mode, which will automatically senses how many people are in the photo and adjust the angle for a wider shot (impressed).
On the battery front, we have some differences as well. The Huawei P10 has a 3200mAh battery, while the P10 Plus has a larger 3750mAh battery.
Love colors? Huawei has your back. In total, there are 8 different color options of the P10 and P10 Plus: Dazzling Blue, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Rose Gold, Greenery, White Ceramic, Mystic Silver and Prestige Gold.
As expected, the P10 and P10 Plus both run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. These are the first phones to run EMUI 5.1, Huawei’s updated software overlay. We saw EMUI 5.0 on the Mate 9, and we loved the improvements, it is really encouraging to see that Huawei is making great strides forward. Below are the full specifications of both devices:
|Huawei P10||Huawei P10 Plus|
|Display||5.1" LCD (1920 x 1080) covered in Gorilla Glass 5||5.5" LCD (2560 x 1440) covered in Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||64-bit octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960||64-bit octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960|
|Memory||4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage||4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage|
|Cameras||Rear: Leica Dual-Camera 2.0|
12 and 20MP sensors
Front: Leica 8MP sensor
|Rear: Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro edition 12 and 20MP sensors
Front: Leica 8MP sensor
|Battery||3200mAh Huawei SuperCharge||3750mAh Huawei SuperCharge|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Android 7.0 Nougat
Huawei Watch 2 and Wacth 2 Classic
Moving over to the Huawei Watch 2, we saw the unveiling of two different Watch 2 variants, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic. Both the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic come with almost the same feature set. They are both running Google’s recently-unveiled Android Wear 2.0, have Google Assistant on board and support for mobile payments via Android Pay (NFC).
The main differences between the Watch 2 and the Watch 2 Classic lie mostly in aesthetics. The Huawei Watch 2 is being marketed as the sportier model, thanks to its silicone straps. The Watch 2 Classic, on the other hand, sports a stainless steel bezel and leather straps, giving it a more stylish look. The biggest difference between the two is, the Huawei Watch 2 comes with 4G LTE connectivity, while the Watch 2 Classic does not.
Both models come with a built-in GPS and heart rate sensor and feature an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. They both have a 1.2 inch AMOLED display with a 390*390 resoltuion. They are powered by a Snapdragon Wear 2100, offer 768MB of RAM and pack 4GB of internal storage (only 2.3GB is available). They both have a 420mAh battery and offer bluetooth connectivity and interchangeable straps.