MWC 2017: Huawei P10 and P10 Plus play it safe

Thomas Wellburn
February 26, 2017

Huawei has today unveiled the new flagship Huawei P10 and P10 Plus handsets at MWC, both of which play things safe and offer no radical departures compared to last year.

The P10 carries a 5.1-inch 1080p display much like last year, whilst the Plus has a larger 5.5-inch 1440p screen. Both are constructed from Gorilla Glass 5, which has been designed to withstand impacts and scratches more than conventional screens. The handset comes in an all-metal design similar to the P9, however the edges are now curved much like the newest iPhone models. Equally, the P10 also has curved antenna lines which were until recently a staple trait of the iPhone 7.

Both handsets come equipped with a Kirin 960 octa-core processor, the latest flagship chipset from Chinese semiconductor manufacturer HiSilicon. The P10 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, whilst the Plus has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. External memory is included thanks to a dual-sim port, with the second slot doubling as microSD storage.

Improving on the company’s partnership with Leica from last year, the P10 is the first smartphone to feature both a rear and front camera manufactured by the German camera specialist. The front of the phone has both a 20MP and 12MP lens which are designed to offer better clarity and focus. Both cameras can be combined to create a single 12 megapixel colour image or used separately to deliver a 20 megapixel monochrome version, much like what we saw with the P9. Facial recognition technology has also been installed, which detects patterns using 3D depth-sensing to help create better quality selfies. The camera application also comes with full manual editing controls including focus, white balance and shutter speed.

Other notable features include a front-facing fingerprint sensor, USB-C and enhanced connectivity. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are the first 4.5G compatible handsets, incorporating 4×4 MIMO tech for much faster mobile download speeds.

Both handsets are available from all major networks and the Carphone Warehouse starting March, with pricing starting from £649 for the standard variant and £799 for the Plus. Colour options available for purchase will be black, silver, gold, green and blue.

Via Mobile News

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