Two cameras, but is it too pricey?
Huawei’s P9 was notable for introducing the concept of a dual camera that offers two lenses that work together to provide a range of focal lengths. This means no more fuzzy digital zoom or faking the kind of background blur that can be produced by a full-size camera with a wide-angle lens.
Apple then followed suit with the dual camera in the iPhone 7 Plus.
The P9’s successor still has the dual camera, and as before it works very well, though it’s relatively weak in low light.
Everything else has changed. The new case has a matt rear panel, which is less prone to scuffing, and the fingerprint sensor has moved to the front, not a change we particularly welcome. It comes in eight colours, and looks great. The Full HD display provides top-notch contrast and color, and for an AMOLED screen it’s bright, too.
Inside is a Kirin 960 processor that copes effortlessly with advanced 3D games as well as general multi-tasking and web browsing. In our video-playback test, the battery lasted 13 hours 12 minutes, not particularly impressive but adequate. The latest Android 7.0 Nougat comes installed, although Huawei’s version has a few ill-judged modifications to the way apps and notifications appear.
The P10 is a lovely phone, but at more than the P9 it’s quite pricey. If you want to spend even more, there’s a bigger P10 Plus, while the P10 Lite costs under but omits the dual camera.
5.1in 1920×1080-pixel screen • 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel rear cameras • 8-megapixel front camera • 64GB flash storage • MicroSD card slot • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 4.2 • 3G/4G • 145x69x6.98mm (HxWxD) • 145g • One-year warranty
Huawei has definitely improved on the P9’s design and features, but the significantly higher price tag isn’t so appealing
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Despite its bland design, this is a great phone with a superb screen and the best single camera around